Ten Geekiest Beers to Bring Out Your Inner Nerd
The beer world is full of funny names, one-off releases, and interbrewery collaborations. It's an industry that takes pride in its sometimes-whimsical nature.
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Sometimes you just have to geek out, whether you're a sports geek, videogame geek, or beer geek (maybe all of the above?) to touch only the tip of the iceberg. Below, we've listed ten of the nerdiest, geekiest, and otherwise socially awkward beers. Let us know how many you've had.
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Alien Stout - Sierra Blanca Brewing, New Mexico
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New Mexico is a pretty geeky state; after all, it's the home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the premiere sites in the country for science. But when the science is done, it's time to celebrate New Mexico's other famous nerd-event, the Roswell UFO crash of 1947, with the recently crowned Alien Stout from the Sierra Blanca Brewing Co.
Usually known for the lackluster Alien Amber Ale, Sierra Blanca pushed out this imperial stout with the alien branding to help win beer lovers over. Clocking in at 8.3 percent abv and with a roasted-coffee and chocolate taste, this deep-brown beer is getting much better press than its predecessor. It even won a silver medal at the 2012 New Mexico State Fair. Besides a better product, the alien skull logo really seals the deal.
TROOPER - Robinson's Brewing, UK
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You drink my beer, but I'll drink yours too! Here's a beer for the those wanting a little more metal in their drink.
TROOPER is a British style amber ale developed by renowned Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Featuring Eddie the Head on the label, the beer just recently hit production and shipments are making their way through Europe, with US distribution not far behind. Featuring Cascade, Goldings and Bobec (a variety of Styrian) hops, the beer should have a pleasant hoppiness that doesn't dominate the palate. "It pours a deep golden colour, so deep it verges on copper," says Marverine Cole, an accredited beer sommelier, and member of the Campaign for Real Ale. "Caramel, earthy/grassy notes and a hint of lemon citrus on the nose. All very subtle, but no real punch in terms of aroma...That subtlety translates into the flavour of a delicate sweetness, a light dry finish with no lingering bitterness: all-in-all, a well-balanced brewed beer... This is a "session" beer in the truest sense of the word."