Special Report

America’s 40 Most Delicious Beers

Source: Courtesy of Midnight Sun Brewing Company

25. Monk’s Mistress
> Style: Belgian-style dark ale
> Brewery: Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
> Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Heady (at 11.5% ABV), dark in color, and richly textured, with some fruit and a hint of gingerbread spice.

24. Bourbon County Stout
> Style: Imperial stout
> Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
> Location: Chicago, Illinois

A chocolatey, high-strength, jet black imperial stout from a one-time independent craft brewery now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, of Bud Lite fame.

Source: Courtesy of The Lost Abbey

23. Duck-Duck-Gooze
> Style: Belgian-style sour ale
> Brewery: The Lost Abbey
> Location: San Marcos, California

A Golden State interpretation of the classic Belgian style called gueuze (hence the punning name). Gueuze is a type of lambic — beer fermented with wild yeasts and bacteria –made by blending young and older barrel-aged beers. This one is lively and redolent of stone fruits, with some tartness and sweetness.

Source: Courtesy of Side Project Brewing

22. Derivation (Blend #13)
> Style: Imperial stout
> Brewery: Side Project Brewing
> Location: Maplewood, Missouri

This is a blend of barrel-aged wheat stouts, aged 20 to 30 months and then flavored with Ugandan vanilla beans for a well-rounded, bittersweet mouthful.

Source: Courtesy of Bissell Brothers Brewing

21. Reciprocal
> Style: IPA
> Brewery: Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
> Location: Portland, Maine

Calling itself an “Australian” IPA (the term India Pale Ale was first applied to beers sent Down Under), this hop-forward entry is brewed from Maine wheat and oats.

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