The Ultimate Guide To Craft Beers

The Ultimate Guide To Craft Beers

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It’s a wild and crazy world of beer out there, and getting more so every day! If you’re just getting into craft brews, all those colorful labels and zany beer names might feel a little overwhelming, yes?

Here are our recommendations for some good introductory craft brews. What are yours? One of the best ways to start learning about beers is to go to a bar or restaurant with a decent beer list and just try something new. One glass is a pretty small investment for something that you might end up liking a lot! Once you find a new beer you like, try other beers by that same brewery. Chances are good that you’ll like those, too! Keep your eyes open for these:


Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Company, $3.99 at Shop Wine Direct

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Company

This is one of my own favorite craft beers. Pours a nice brown color with a quarter inch creamy head. Malty flavor with a good hop hit, but not overly bitter. Very balanced and easy drinking. Flavors really show through as the beer warms slightly. Aroma is roasty and mildly hoppy. This is a beer that sets the standard for quality and drinkability.


Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, $9.99 at Mel & Rose

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada deserves a lot of credit for bringing pale ales into the mainstream. This beer is super smooth and has a nice tangy citrus flavor. It’s well-balanced and not overly hoppy.

Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery, find it at your local gourmet grocer

Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery

This beer starts out fairly sweet and nutty, but then slips into a smoky molasses flavor. There are just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet, but not so much that the beer turns bitter.


Goose Island Urban Wheat Ale Beer, $7.38 at

Densley packed full of flavor, 312's hoppy aroma is followed by a smooth & creamy delivery that is full of body. 


Which craft drinks would you recommend for new beer drinkers? Let us know in the comments below. Not into these beers? Maybe one of these suits you better!

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