Beer Department: 90+ Rated August 2019

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Flanders Red | Barrel Aged Sour Ale

Hi-Wire Brewing Co. | Asheville, NC

ABV: 7.2%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 92 points
$17.99  |  750ml bottle

I have a soft spot in my heart for Hi-Wire, a great brewery that hails from Asheville, my home away from home. Especially impressive are their sours, like this Flanders Red that’s aged in a combination of freshly dumped white wine barrels and stainless steel with both brett and a mixed culture that includes Lactobacillus. Tangy, fruity, sour, with bracing acidity and a refreshing finish, this beer is complex and nuanced enough to spend hours enjoying.

Recommended by: Eric, Eastgate

Located: American Craft

2×4 | Double IPA

Melvin Brewing Co. | Alpine, WY

ABV: 9.9%  |  IBU: 98  |  Rating: 99 points
$13.99  |  4-Pack Cans

Melvin brews a litany of great, mostly hop-forward beers and this is my favorite among them. This beer has racked up more gold medals than you can shake a stick at. But be warned, this beer is insanely easy to drink for how dangerously high the ABV is.

Recommended by: Eric, Eastgate

Located: American Craft

Two Hearted Ale | IPA

 Bell’s Brewing Company | Comstock, MI

ABV: 7.0%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 100 points
$10.99  |  6-Pack Bottles

Once again voted America’s best beer by the Homebrewers Association, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is one of my all-time favorites. Two Hearted Ale is made with copious amounts of Centennial hops that are added throughout the brewing and fermenting process. Many have tried to copy this beer and they always fall short. If you have never had Two Hearted Ale, try it. If you have, take some time this month to revisit an old, trusted friend!

Recommended by: Ferdinand, Fairfield

Located: American Craft

Tank 7 | American Saison Ale

Boulevard Brewing Company | Kansas City, MO

ABV: 8.5%  |  IBU: 38  |  Rating: 97 points

PRICE: $14.99  |  6-Pack Bottles

Boy oh boy, this beer is so good! Tank 7 is one of the most fruit-forward farmhouse ales I have ever had. This beer opens with flavors of grapefruit that fade to a subtle hop flavor with notes of Belgian yeast. It finishes with a dry, peppery taste and is a fantastic slow sipper after a long day.

Recommended by: Ferdinand, Fairfield

Located: American Craft


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