Topping Goliath Brewing Co. -- Decorah, IA
Why this beer is so good: I do not have words for this beer. People lined up for this beer and kicked the keg before the Thursday night session even really got underway. And I know why. It's aged in Pappy barrels, they release it once every 15 months or so, and it's one of the best imperial stouts on the planet. It's like angels came down from heaven and brewed this beer just for me, providing all the bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate notes I could ever want.
I might have to go to Iowa and try to score a bottle.
Lee Breslouer writes about food and drink for Thrillist and would not be mad if Topping Goliath sent him a case of Assassin. Follow him at @LeeBreslouer for blurry photos of beer.