Beer Department: 90+ Rated November 2019

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Backwoods Bastard | Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

Founders Brewing Company | Grand Rapids, MI

ABV: 11%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 97 points
$15.99  |  4-Pack Bottles

A favorite of mine for years now, this barrel-aged big brother of Dirty Bastard is everything you could want in a decadent indulgence of a beer. Caramel, toffee, plum, and a hint of smoke interplay with vanilla, orange zest, and light spice to create an unforgettable beer. Pair with aged Gouda, cheesecake, and cigars.

Recommended by: Eric, Eastgate

Located: American Craft

Sofie | Saison

Goose Island Beer Co. | Chicago, IL

ABV: 6.5%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 92 points
$11.99  |  6-Pack Bottles

Choosing this beer might seem sacrilegious ever since Goose Island was bought by Anheuser Busch-InBev, but this zesty, citrus-forward saison is as delicious as ever and is still brewed at the original Goose Island brewery in Chicago, not farmed out to an ABI brewery in New York or elsewhere. Expect orange, lemon, and black pepper to lead the charge in this food-friendly, easy drinking beer that doesn’t sacrifice complexity for the sake of drinkability.

Recommended by: Eric, Eastgate

Located: American Craft

St. Bernardus | Christmas Ale

Brouwerij St. Bernardus | Watou, Belgium

ABV: 10%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 94 points
$12.99  |  750ml Bottle

Bernardus is a Belgian Quad brewed for the Christmas season. This is a big, dark beer with creamy mouthfeel and a bit of spice. Lots of dried stone fruits and chocolate on the finish. Drink with friends after a good meal or bring to a Friendsgiving bottle share!

Recommended by: Ferdinand, Fairfield

Located: International Beer

The Mad Elf | Strong Christmas Ale

Tröegs Brewing Company | Hershey, PA

ABV: 11%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 91 points

PRICE: $15.99  |  6-Pack Bottles

This is a once-a-year beer. Brewed with cherries, honey, and loads of chocolate malts, this is a heavy hitter that you don’t want to me. A strong ale that will warm you up from the inside out, this beer shines with big, bold flavors that will make you want to dance the night away. Grab some before it’s gone as Mad Elf never lasts long!

Recommended by: Ferdinand, Fairfield

Located: American Craft


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