Wow! You sure did drink a lot of beer in 2018! Congrats!

We always strive to bring you the best, the newest and the coolest. When it comes to craft beer that can be a tall order–there are just so many new beers coming out almost every week. We obviously can’t bring them all in–that would just be overwhelming for everyone. But more importantly, we don’t really want to bring them all in. We bring in what we really think stands out. What’s going to make you go, “I gotta have that again.” That’s what we’re going for. We may not have the biggest selection, but I think that we certainly have a carefully crafted selection to make everyone happy.

I can’t believe how far our Craft Beer Department has grown in such a short time. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brews up!

Enjoy, and happy holidays to you all!

Doug

Doug’s Pick
Two Roads Lil’ Heaven, American IPA (4.8%)
$9.99/6-pack or $18.99/12-pack
I love tasting new beers, but I don’t often bring that much beer home with me (usually wine and cocktails at happy hour for me). But you can typically find a six-pack of this Connecticut’s brew in my fridge! An easy and refreshing session IPA made with Azacca, Mosaic and Equinox hops. The result? Lots of tropical fruits, specifically passion fruit, grapefruit and apricots. Lil’ Heaven finishes with just enough toasted malt and character to balance. It’s a no brainer!

Doug’s Pick
Springdale Brigadeiro Breakfast Stout, English Oatmeal Stout(7.5%)
$13.99/4-pack

A breakfast stout?? Yeah, I know…I kind of even surprised myself with this pick! Springdale, the brain child of our friends over at Jack’s Abby, comes a crazy good stout. Brigadeiro was born in the Barrel Room, where they let the “yeasts and imagination run wild.” A creamy and chocolate infused oatmeal stout that is roasty, rich and incredibly smooth. Forget the Wheaties!

Kevin’s Pick
Stoneface Porter, Porter (5.5%)
$12.99/4-pack

I’m not a hop head. Just not my style. But a good porter? Now that’s what I’m talking about! The robust porter utilizes a myriad of dark malts that impart coffee and chocolate notes. This roasty profile makes for a smooth and remarkably drinkable beer. Medium bodied, balanced and finishing slightly dry…great for multiple pints!

Kevin’s Pick
Switchback Ale, American Amber (5.0%)
$10.99/4-pack

I’ve been a fan of the Vermont ale for years, but they recently released the local liquid in cans, which I’m a big fan of (easier to pack a can or two on my bike rides during the summer!). The unfiltered ale is well-balanced with a complex flavor and unusually smooth character. Five different malts are used in the base with some select hops for a real pleasing finish.

Alex’s Pick
Notch Left of the Dial, American IPA (4.3%)
$9.99/6-pack or $16.99/12-pack

That “IPA is strong” stuff? Kind of just a myth. Low ABV IPAs have been around for centuries and nobody does it better than Notch. The Salem brewery uses Mosaic and Citra (two of my favorite hops) that gives this session IPA some passion and stone fruit aromas. Nice amount of citrus on the palate with a slight peppery finish…no wonder this was one of our top selling beers of the year!

Alex’s Pick
Great North Ale Works Tie Dyed, American Pale Ale(5.3%)
$11.99/4-pack

One of the best, if not the best, Pale Ales I’ve had in years! I seriously just love this beer. Tie Dyed started as a summer seasonal–they wanted a beer that had great hop aroma and flavor, but smoother and easier drinking. Well, they nailed it! And they have been making it ever since. Aromatic, refreshing and brewed with Citra, Amarillo and Cascade hops…a lively beer that is light, crisp and flavor-packed!