New to craft beer, what should I try?

New to craft beer? Have you only drank Miller Lite or Bud Light in the past couple years unless you mix in a Blue Moon once and a while? Well, try some of these alternatives and find out what you’re missing out on. Some matches might not be exactly spot on, but we need a little adventure in our life right?

If you like these…

Then…Try this!

…Or This!

Miller Lite

Baderbrau Chicago Pilsener

Goose Island 4 Star Pils

Blue Moon

Revolution Bottom Up

Allagash White

Corona

Revolution Sun Crusher

Landshark (Eh…Kinda Macro, but Fins Up am I right Parrotheads!?)

Sam Adams Boston Lager

Great Lakes Brewing Eliot Ness

Brooklyn Brewery Lager

Angry Orchard

Abita Purple Haze

Off Color Troublesome

PBR

PBR – Don’t ever change

PBR – Don’t ever change

Goose Island Fulton St. Blend Coffee Ale

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Beer type: Golden Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Goose Island Beer Co.
IBU: 30

If you like coffee for the taste and are looking for a unique flavor of beer to try, Goose Island made this one for you. Right away, you smell the coffee blend in the beer and it transitions to a coffee aftertaste. Besides that, there’s a transition from coffee to a sweeter smell right before you drink it. The beer is a lighter caramel/golden ale color. For being a beer with coffee in it, it’s actually a lighter type of beer.

Goose Island says this beer is, “a golden ale infused with rich coffee flavor and aroma.” Until I checked their site, I didn’t know that Goose Island used Intelligentsia coffee beans for this beer. Another reason to like this beer if you’re a Chicagoan. To summarize this beer review, if you like a lighter style of beer and you like Intelligentsia, you have to give this local beer a try.

 

The Alchemist Brewery Focal Banger IPA

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Not the best photo quality….black and silver cans make it hard. 

Beer type: IPA
Alcohol Level: 7%
Brewed By: The Alchemist Brewery

This beer comes straight from Vermont with style. This American IPA is packed with Citra and Mosiac hops, providing a pure and clean IPA taste. The can has a great design to it with a artsy type of drawing. I love the message on the bottom of the can, “Don’t be a D-Bag. Recycle this can!”

Regarding the taste of this beer, it definitely has all the characteristics of a good IPA. It has a sweet smell to it. When you first drink it, you get a light and sweet taste and then a bitter aftertaste. I’m not a huge IPA fan, but I could drink a few of these and be satisfied.

Cheers to the Alchemist himself, John Kimmich on this masterpiece of a beer.

 

Flying Fish Brewery Exit 10 Trail Mix Brown Ale

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Not me, my boss actually. 

Beer type: Brown Ale
Alcohol Level: 7.5%
Brewed By: Flying Fish Brewery
IBU: 16

Shout out to Kyle for modeling this beer while he drank it. Yeah….we did crack this one open in the office. Shout out to the startup life.

Anyways, when I first saw the label on this I was skeptical, we all were actually. But, when I thought more about it, I was pretty excited to try it. My expectations were pleased as I tried this nutty, brown ale. This beer has an exceptional flavor to it. You immediately taste the chocolate, caramel, and sweeter side to it. It has a robust, semi-sweet smell to it. Don’t let the dark color push you away, this is a great beer.

Flying Fish Brewery says it’s a “Smooth and tasty brown ale features notes of toasted malt, caramel, dried fruit and chocolate.” On their site, it says this beer is retired so if that’s true, I’ll be a little upset.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking to try some more flavorful beers…if you can get your hands on one.

Alaskan Brewing Co. Amber Ale

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Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.3%
Brewed By: Alaskan Brewing Co.
IBU: 18

Shoutout to Maurice for leaving this one at my place.

We all know that I love amber ales. This beer is not an exception to that rule. With the traditional amber color and smooth taste, this beer is as good at it looks. This beer comes all the way from Alaska into your glass just so you can enjoy it as much as I do. I suggest really swirling this one in your mouth to taste all the flavors.

I’d highly recommend this beer to anyone. It’s a easygoing beer to drink and anyone can enjoy it. Alaskan Brewing Co. says it’s “Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored “alt” style beer notably well balanced.” Whatever they do to make it, they shouldn’t stop.

Cheers!