Top Ten Beers to Try at the New Times Original Beerfest
|The Reverend will be making an appearance at the festival. Catch him at Avery's booth.|
Avery Reverend: Colorado's Avery is a balls-to-the-wall brewer that makes bold beer with big flavor. Its three beers at the fest include White Rascal (an unfiltered Belgian wheat), IPA, and the Reverend -- a spicy, candy-like, quadruple Trappist ale that may have you taking the Lord's name in vain.
Star Hill Jomo Lager: Virginia's Starr Hill is bringing a bunch of interesting beers to the fest, including "The Love," an unfiltered hefeweizen. But Jomo, a balanced lager with German-style yeast and malt, has won three medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Check it out.
Drifter Pale Ale: Oregon's Widmer Brothers Brewery crafts this coppery pale ale with piney Summit hops for a dry, crisp finish.
Winterhook Ale: This approachable, highly drinkable winter ale is medium-bodied, with toasty, caramel flavors and a dry hop finish. Red Hook out of Washington keeps improving on the recipe year after year.
Yuengling Bock: The nation's oldest independent brewery, Yuengling has brought its bock back for 2010. It has a deeper, amber color, creamier head, and richer flavor than the company's well-known lager.
He'brew Genesis: You've heard of Schlitz? Well, here's Shmaltz, brewers of Chosen Beers for the Chosen People. Genesis is the company's first "creation," a medium-bodied ale with a light hop finish.
Brooklyn Summer Ale: Brooklyn's lager is one of the most flavorful light beers out there. So if this refreshing Summer Ale is anything like it, we'll be in for a treat.
Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale: The local boys and gals from Fort Lauderdale's Gordash Brewery make this complex, 8.5 percent alcohol brew using pilsner malt, saaz hops, and Belgian yeast. It's an interesting Florida beer worth checking out.
Monk in the Trunk: Jupiter's Inlet Brewing makes this Belgian-style copper ale that's highly quaffable even in the Florida sun.