50 Must-Try Craft Beers from Each of the 50 States
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Alabama: Good People Brewing Company, Snake Handler
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As you can probably tell from the name, this beer ain’t for sissies. The Snake Handler Double IPA is as hoppy and bitter as it gets, an IPA-drinker’s dream—and, potentially, a nightmare for those without the acquired taste. But with notes of pine, citrus, flowers, spice, and pineapple, this light craft beer has some tamer, fruitier flavors to balance it out. Here are 19 beers you should try right now.
Alaska: Anchorage Brewing Company, A Deal with the Devil
This special reserve beer from Anchorage Brewing Company is only available at certain times throughout the year, making it a special treat when you can grab a bottle. This American Barleywine is aged in cognac barrels, giving a woody but sweet aroma, with notes of caramel, molasses, and oak.
Arizona: Sun Up Brewing Co., White Russian Imperial Stout
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You have to like coffee and like stouts to take on the White Russian Imperial Stout, made by Sun Up Brewing. A good winter brew, the White Russian has huge flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, with notes of vanilla, sweet cream, and plum. This craft beer is a meal on its own, but is also delicious paired with equally big flavors like duck, venison, and aged cheeses like Gouda, Parmesan, or sharp cheddar.
Arkansas: Ozark Beer Co., BDCS
The beer nerds over on BeerAdvocate rave about the BDCS (Bourbon Barrel-aged Double Cream Stout) from Ozark Beer Co. every year when it arrives. The 2017 BDCS will be released in May in honor of American Craft Beer Week, and it’s sure to be a winner. Past years’ brews have been described as dark and creamy, with heavy notes of bourbon and oak. Yum. If you want to feel justified while putting away a pint or three, take a look at these surprising reasons beer is good for you.
California: Five Threads Brewing Co., Lucy
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Blonde ales are often overlooked as being middle-of-the-road beers, with no intense flavors to set them apart. But the brewers at Five Threads find merit in these highly drinkable brews, and set out to prove their point by making five unique and delicious blondes, including Lucy, the English Blonde. Lucy has a smooth flavor from real English hops and malts, and notes of lavender and honey, perfect for enjoying in the sunny English countryside.
Colorado: Broken Compass Brewing Co., Chili Pepper Pale Ale
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Colorado is a craft beer heaven, so the best beer out of the state is a topic of much debate. But one brew that unarguably merits a taste is the Chili Pepper Pale Ale made by Broken Compass. Brewed with five different kinds of peppers, this pale ale is still surprisingly easy to drink, with just a subtle fire in the aftertaste. This flavorful beer could make a delicious addition to any Mexican dish, and could even make a good marinade for steak fajitas. Check out some more delicious ways to cook with beer.
Connecticut: Steady Habit Brewing Co., Bigger Badder Bunny
The big brother of Steady Habit‘s hit brew, Big Bad Bunny, Bigger Badder Bunny is a deliciously sweet Milk Stout—a boozy dessert in a glass! With 9.7% ABV, this dark beer is perfect for warming up on a winter day. Enjoy the chocolate and coconut flavors on their own, or drop a scoop of vanilla in your glass for a tasty beer float! If you find yourself tragically without a bottle opener, here are some tips on how to open a beer bottle without a bottle opener.
Delaware: Dogfish Head Craft Brewing, 90 Minute IPA
The Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA holds the distinction of being the favorite brew of many IPA-drinkers the world over. This Imperial IPA earns its name from the 90 minutes of continuous hopping that it goes through—a process originated by Dogfish Head. Although definitely a bitter brew, the 90 Minute has a malty base flavor that balances it out. A good beer to pair with pork chops or something starchy, like focaccia bread or French fries.
Florida: Funky Buddha Brewery, Morning Wood
A little bit of breakfast in a glass, Funky Buddha‘s Morning Wood tastes of maple, bacon, and coffee. This Imperial Porter is made in small batches during the fall, so make sure you get a pint before it’s all gone! Stop by the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park to grab a bottle of this limited edition brew and some tasty, locally-sourced grub, like a fried green tomato sandwich.
Georgia: Terrapin Brewery, Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA
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The official beer of the hit series The Walking Dead, the Blood Orange IPA is an annual brew made by the Athens-based Terrapin Brewery. Packed with blood orange and malty flavors, this fruity beer may just convert those who don’t normally like IPAs. The Blood Orange IPA pours out a gorgeous ruby red color with a creamy white head—a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds!