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Every time I’m asked to suggest beers to anyone I struggle because we all come from different backgrounds and people tend to be most picky about what they drink. Depending on your region, the season or your palette, you may hate one or all of the beers on this list. To reveal my own bias, I most often drink sour beers, stouts and porters. And while I enjoy a really good IPA, it’s not my go-to style. Here are a few of my picks that span the spectrum of hoppy to malty to unusual.
Live Oak Brewing Company: HefeWeizen
HefeWeizens are great German-style beers that are easy drinking, especially in the Texas Heat (#shoutout). Named after the German term for wheat beers (weissbier), Live Oak HefeWeizen has a strong banana and clove flavors with a crisp finish. This is the beer that changed my outlook on craft beer and will be one I drink for life. The catch is, you can only get it in bars or at the brewery because they do not bottle or can it (yet). Look out for the classic Live Oak wooden tap handle next time you are in the Lone Star State.
Boulevard Brewing Co.: Love Child No 3
Not only is this beer rated world-class on Beer Advocate, but it is also one of the best sour beers I’ve ever had. This American Wild Ale is 9.5% ABV. Love Child No 3 is a blend of beer aged from 16 months to six years in oak barrels and beer fermented in stainless tanks for 11 months. You can taste how long this brew took in the complexity and layers of flavors. It hits all the classic tastes of “funk, sour and fruit.” If you can track down a bottle, buy it and savor it. It may cost you a pretty penny though. If you can’t get your hands on one, the rest of Boulevard’s beers are also solid.
Firestone Walker: Double Jack
I know I said I don’t like IPAs, but this one is a must. This is the double IPA brother of Firestone Walker’s Union Jack. Double Jack is a well-balanced brew that is easy for most everyone to enjoy. I like double IPAs because they tend to have the maltiness to support the bitterness of the hops. Double Jack is boozy but very drinkable, so make sure it doesn’t sneak up on you. This beer is also a nine-time award winner across the globe.
Twisted Pine: Billy’s Chillies
Expand your horizons — and possibly blow out your taste buds — with this delicious chili beer. To once again show my bias, I love chili beers. A lot of chili beers focus on the earthy flavor of the pepper, but Twisted Pine does not fear the spice. Blending five types of chilies, this brew packs a punch while maintaining great flavor. If you’re not in love with spice (I am) this may not be the beer for you. There is a whole world of infused beers out there, and there is bound to be one that tickles your fancy.
Rogue: Double Chocolate Stout
You will recognize Rogue by its iconic packaging and brilliant colored bomber bottles. Rogue Double Chocolate Stout comes in the bright red bottle and packs a 9% ABV. The layered flavors of chocolate and coffee make it a sipping beer and a great closer to your night. If you like chocolate milk, then this is the beer for you! It is sure to cure any sweet craving which is why it’s one of my favorites.
I may not have included Pliny the Elder (or Younger) on this list, but I can guarantee that you can find one, if not all, of these beers in my fridge. While you may not have access to all of these beers, look around you. Great breweries are popping up all over the place waiting to serve you delicious, innovative brews.
-Shaun Martin, Bitch Beer