Technically, this is just a beer. Yeah, and technically, a Ferrari is just a car. This 28% ABV behemoth is released in super-limited quantities whenever it happens to come out (once a year, if you're lucky), and it's unlike any beer you've ever had. Sam blends a bunch of their best brews together and barrel ages it in bourbon casks. You get a beer that has no carbonation, is meant to be served at room temp, and is a great conversation starter. Is it even beer anymore, technically? Drink it and find out.
Founders Brewing Co.
A beer should be as much fun to order as it is to drink, and thankfully Founders kept that in mind with its eminently drinkable, caramel-y, well-balanced take on a Scotch ale. It tastes like bagpipes sound. Pro tip: if you're into the bourbon, the barrel-aged Backwoods Bastard is a grand old time.
Green Flash Barleywine
Green Flash Brewing Company
Barleywine sounds like something Andre the Giant would drink all day long out of a really large, crude goblet if he lived in a medieval forest. Green Flash’s example of the classic strong ale stands as a counter to the San Diego brewery’s light and hyper-drinkable IPAs -- its sweet thickness is somehow still refreshing. Also, at 11%, drinking a bomber is basically like drinking a bottle of wine. Which is cool.