Russian River Brewing Co. Pliny the Elder
Double IPA, 8%
Santa Rosa, CA
"I always try to stop by and see my buddy Vinny from Russian River. Pliny the Elder is a big, strong IPA clocking in somewhere around 8%. It's the big brother of Pliny the Younger." [Editor's Note: Put this beer on your bucket list.]
Avery Brewing Co. Rumpkin
Pumpkin Ale, 16%
"This is a local beer from Colorado -- my buddy Adam Avery at Avery [brews it]. They've been doing a pumpkin beer for 20 years, and then three years ago they came out with Rumpkin, which is a very strong, 16% ABV pumpkin ale that's aged in rum barrels. It's a massive pumpkin ale with rum character.”
Allagash Brewing Co. Coolship Resurgam
"This one's from our friends at Allagash. Wild yeast ferments in this Belgian sour they brew called Resurgam. It's got a fruity character to it. Definitely the most notable component is the wood-aged oakiness and the sour tartness, the high acidity of the wild yeast fermentation.”
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