Golden IPA, 6.4%
Americans love IPAs. Portland does them better than any other city. And Breakside makes perhaps the best. Hell, the GABF says it’s the best in the country. We kind of agree.
Farmhouse ale, 8.5%
Kansas City, MO
Named for a notoriously difficult tank at Boulevard that allowed them to discover this delightfully crisp, funky saison that would go on to become one of the KC outfit’s signature brews. Well played, Tank 7.
Winter warmer, ~5.5%
San Francisco, CA
Of his favorite all-time beer, Thrillist editor Grant Marek gushes, "Every year, Anchor Brewing Company makes a Christmas ale, and every year they use a different recipe, and a different hand-drawn label, and it's only sold November to mid-January, and it still somehow manages to makes you feel like you could piss raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. It's always dark, and full-bodied, and provides more of a liquid polar fleece than a blanket. And come February, without fail, you'll wish you'd stocked up on some for the not-winter."
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Andy Kryza is a senior editor at Thrillist, and is pretty sure a "pretzels to eat before you die" list should also exist. Follow him to salty snacks and saltier conversation: @apkryza.