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Cheers Beers’ Favorites from 2011

2011 has been an amazing year of beer!  Every beer store visit offers new introductions to breweries and beers we’d never seen before.  Some are easily forgotten, but others have managed to chisel a permanent residence in my adult ADD brain.  And that’s saying’ something!  So in honor of 2011, I’ve created a list of my personal stand out favorites. Some were newly introduced in 2011 and others were just newly introduced to me.  Don’t get caught up in numbers – the order doesn’t reflect any preferences, just keeping count.

So without further adieu, here are 12 favorite Cheers Beers’ discoveries from 2011….

1.  Franklin’s Highland Hugh – a Wee Heavy that puts me in Wee Heaven.  I love scotch ales, and this one is sublime.  Available only at the brewpub in Hyattsville, Maryland – if you’re ever in the College Park area, don’t miss out on a trek to Franklin’s Restaurant and Brewery.

2.  Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour  – a seriously orgasmic sour beer (see great review from the Booze Dancers).  Monk’s Cafe has pushed Philly even higher up on our beer bucket list.

3.  Bell’s Wild One Sour Brown Ale  – A Bell’s brewpub exclusive and one of the best sour beers I’ve ever had.  I can only hope they keep this one around for our next visit to Kalamazoo, MI.

4.  Roy Pitz’ Watermelon Lager  – I LOVE watermelon, and man do these guys know how to make a fantastic fresh off the vine flavorful watermelon beer. Roy Pitz has just expanded the size of their brewery and they are now bottling.  Access is currently granted to the lucky residents of PA, but they’re working to expand in MD and surrounding states, so just give ’em time to work their way into your neck of the woods.  My best of show brewery discovery for 2011.

5.  Dogfish Head’s Hellhound – a really delicious, unique, not heavy but full flavored hoppy beer finished with lots of lemon citrus flavor – one of my favorite hoppy beers ever with a great story behind the label.

6.  Founders Back Woods Bastard – delicious sipper that packs an amazing bourbon punch – well done Founders!  Am also a big fan of it’s sibling…the Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale.  Definitely a favorite brewery discovery of 2011.

7.  New Glarus’ Wisconsin Belgian Red – Not your traditional malty hoppy beer, but it has earned a reputation (and awards) as one of the world’s best fruit beers for a reason. Imagine tart cherry pie in a glass…so good!

8.  Firestone Walker’s Union Jack IPA – my favorite IPA discovery in 2011.  A WOW beer for sure, and a very welcome new comer to the MD beer scene.

9.  Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ale – a delicious surprise from Brooklyn Brewery.  A zesty belgian saison with a mild hoppy bite.  A gourmet beer for a gourmet meal!

10. and 11.  Dogfish Head’s Death Metal and Black & Red – Both are dark, thick, rich, decadent imperial style beers.  For espresso lovers, Death Metal is your beer – so full of delicious sweet dark dense chocolate and coffee flavor. The Black & Red is a sinful chocolate stout loaded with raspberry and mint.  Dessert anyone?

12.  Lagunitas’ (Bavarian Style) Doppel Weizen – It would be sad to forget this one since I just tried it last night.  But after one hearty sip, I knew it had to be on the list.  Lagunitas makes some of the most delicious and flavorful beers on the market, and this one is no exception.  I love how they’re branching out and introducing some new styles this past year.  And even though the styles are different, Lagunitas has branded the taste of their beers.  Truly, there’s no mistaking a beer that’s been brewed by Lagunitas.

I hope this gives you some ideas for new beers to try in 2012.  Best wishes to all of you for many new and exciting discoveries and beer ventures in 2012, and on behalf of Cheers Beers, have a very happy, safe and prosperous new year!

Cheers beers!

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  1. December 31, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Now that’s a roundup. Wishing you a happy new year.

    • January 12, 2012 at 6:46 am

      And to you as well!

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