Insight's Yuzu Pale Ale Is Exotic, Yet Familiar

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Loren Green

Insight Brewing's mantra is to focus on the global history of beer and its many styles, pulling from different directions for unique, handcrafted recipes. Their taproom-only Yuzu Pale Ale is a perfect sample of this brewing philosophy, as the beer takes a familiar light, crisp, and enjoyable pale ale and adds the distinct yuzu fruit, native to Japan, for complementary citrus elements.

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Need a Beer to Pair with Your Christmas Baking?

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Loren Green

The misconception about winter beers is that they're dark, filling, and high on the alcohol scale. Schell's Snowstorm 2014 begs to differ.

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Catch Jingle Fever from Bauhaus While You Can

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The first winter seasonal from Bauhaus Brew Labs has arrived on a wave of puns, holiday flavor, and good cheer.

Jingle Fever is a Baltic porter with complex, bold flavors that are smooth and very easy drinking. The beer is 8.0% ABV but goes down like a lighter beer. It starts with a soft chocolate impression and finishes with a vanilla sweetness. Chocolate is the dominant flavor among the roasted malt. The beer has a creamy texture that gives an almost oat smoothness to its body. "We brewed it almost three months ago in order to give it plenty of time to age and smooth out," says Bauhaus's Lydia Haines.

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Add a Robust Summit 3X Mild Ale to the Thanksgiving Menu

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Loren Green

What's a good beer to pair with a traditional turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and the works? Look no further than the brand new Union Series offering from Summit, the 3X Mild Ale. This beer is a throwback to a 19th-century recipe, touched up with modern ingredients by head brewer Damian McConn.

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Lift Bridge's Pilsner Is a Fine Getaway Beer Year-Round

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Loren Green

Take a break from the cold temperatures and that sidewalk ice that just won't chip away. Pull a lawn chair out of the garage, get a fire pit roaring, and think back to summer with Lift Bridge's year-round vacation, Getaway Pilsner.

The light yellow pilsner from Stillwater's elder brewery pours with a white foamy head that billows and collapses quickly, leaving a soft and light layer atop the classic European-style beer. Its aroma is grassy, with some pepper and yeast coming through as well, while the beer itself is crisp, clean, and flavorful with malt leading the way over the hops component. It's a pleasing beer to drink and the hops pull through with a crisp finish and not a tinge of bitterness.

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Bad Weather's Firefly: A Fall Beer with a Light Complexion

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Loren Green

Firefly from Bad Weather Brewing is a fall seasonal that offers something lighter in tone and body, pouring a bright yellow. On a shelf with the typical brown and amber fall seasonals, it helps make for a colorful array of the season's best.

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Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Is Red and Hoppy, but Not All That Evil

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Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Is Red and Hoppy, but Not All That Evil

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Loren Green

Fall seasonals are often darker in shade and a touch heavier on the tongue -- all in keeping with the changing leaves and the cooler temps. Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co. of Cleveland is a natural pairing for sweatshirts and the season's first beanie.

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Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy: Rich, Heavy, and Definitely to Be Enjoyed in Moderation

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Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy: Rich, Heavy, and Definitely to Be Enjoyed in Moderation

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Loren Green

Imperial stouts are known for being big, bold, and powerful beers. The alcohol by volume is higher than other beers and they often don't try to mask that, instead offering a complex depth of flavors for those who can sort through the booziness. Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues in Colorado definitely fits the criteria, but the beer itself is smooth and calm, replacing the black cherry tartness in many imperials with a milky, chocolate smoothness.


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Try a New, But Familiar, Fall Seasonal From Steel Toe


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Try a New, But Familiar, Fall Seasonal From Steel Toe

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The changing of the seasons is always a time for beer fans to get excited, with new recipes hitting shelves and old standbys returning for a limited time. This week we're sipping Steel Toe's Beltline Brown Ale, which falls somewhere in the middle: This is its second go-around but the recipe has been modified from 2013.

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This Rum-Aged Beer Is a Winter Warmer: Indeed's Rum King 2014

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This Rum-Aged Beer Is a Winter Warmer: Indeed's Rum King 2014

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A Rum King 2014 at the Indeed taproom

While the coming of colder weather is sometimes a bummer, at least that means more imperial stouts. The annual Rum King from Indeed, a black and boozy pour, is a complex, layered beer to bring some warmth as the earth goes barren for the winter.

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