St. Bernardus Wit
Belgian Witbier is a style that has been imitated time and time again by both American craft breweries and also big dogs like Coors (Blue Moon, anyone?) and Anheuser-Busch (how about a Shock Top?). However, aside from Hoegaarden, we don't see a whole ton of actual Belgian witbier stateside. Though other offerings from St. Bernardus are fairly readily available, we've been trying in vain to get some of their witbier for quite some time. Until now! This is a classic wit, with perhaps less of a spice presence than say Allagash White, and a nice refreshing acidty. We won't judge you if you decide to put a slice of citrus in your glass (actually we will) but we doubt you'll feel the need. An absolute classic and benchmark of the style.
Lamplighter "Werewolves Of Cambridge"
Lamplighter popped up a little over a year ago in our neighbor to the north Cambridge, and just debuted on our shelves for the first time last month. So far we've liked everything we've tried from this brewery, and this porter is no exception. Classic dark chocolate flavors and a hint of sweetness, this should appeal to folks that enjoy a nice, strong, dark beer that doesn't quite go over the top into imperial territory. Plus there's a werewolf wearing sunglasses and giant headphones on the can.
The Bruery "Hottenroth"
Orange County, California's The Bruery has made a name for themselves for their world class sour and wild ales, imperial stouts, and Belgian-style offerings. This particular bottling, Hottenroth, is a low octane 3.1% abv Berliner Weisse that is particularly well suited to a warm spring day. Ample carbonation and light in body, this one is tart but not nearly as overwhelmingly sour or acidic as many American examples of this old German style can be.
The label of this newly imported German lager claims this beer is dark, but it is more in the amber realm to my eye. Rich and malty with a little sweetness and a little bitterness this is a delicious and easy-to-like beer that just became available to drinkers in the Boston area courtesy of the folks over at Night Shift Distribution (yes, they have started distributing other breweries). Check out our German beer section the next time you are in the store, you'll see a lot of new arrivals!
Lawson's Finest Liquids "Sip Of Sunshine"One of the most sought after beers coming out of Vermont, Sip Of Sunshine suddenly started popping up in stores in Massachusetts a few months ago. To date we've only ever gotten three shipments of this highly allocated beer, but the last time around we got it in sufficient quantity that we could spare a can for each of our loyal beer pass subscribers. Taste the hops, taste the hype!