A while back I started a monthly post about my three favorite beers of the moment. That lasted like, two months. Oops! I’m bringing it back from the dead for November with a promise to be more consistent. Pinky swear. Without further ado, my top three faves: #1 – I told you in my last post about my obsession with saison, which has not changed. Given my love, I judge them harshly. I’ve had my fair share of too sweet imitators. Bunch of posers.
My current favorite is Northcoast’s Le Merle, a delightfully rustic saison that is bottle conditioned to perfection. This saison is not super dry, but still has a nice funk, and a lot of fruity esters in the nose and taste. It’s harder to find on draft, but apparently possible. On their website Northcoast has a handy dandy app that will let you find any of their beers locally. Definitely get on this. #2 – I am head over heels for Brooklyn Brewery’s Local 1. I have to say, I’m a bit ashamed I had never tried this until about two weeks ago. This 9% Belgian Golden Strong Ale is deliciously (and devilishly) drinkable. But so. freaking. good. Ugh, I can’t stand it. The complex esters and phenolics are tantalizing. The effervescence is mesmerizing. Tracey Morgan says it best, just sub “cornbread” for “Local 1”. Go get some. and finally, a dark, complex beer to round out #3: Firestone Walker’s Wookie Jack. At 80 IBUs and 8.3% ABV, tis is a roasty and wonderful black rye IPA. It’s got a simultaneously citrusy and roasty nose with a big hop flavor. You get the rye in the dry, peppery kick at the end. Kind of like a super hopped up robust porter more than merely a “black” IPA, but some see no distinction. Wookie is opaque black at 45 SRM. If you’re into big roasty and hoppy beers, you will love this. I had it on tap in Colorado last month and it was divine. I think it is almost as good in bottle form, but if you can get it fresh on draft that is even better. What’re YOU drinking and loving?