Imperial stout; 11.2%
Grand Rapids, MI
What’s left to say about a beer that’s already been dubbed best beer in the world by some critics? Even if other peoples’ opinions aren’t your thing, if you’re a barrel-aged beer appreciator, there is very little to dislike here. Vanilla, espresso, chocolate, and, duh, bourbon, pack in richly deep flavors for this super full-bodied bad boy. Feel free to tuck it away for one of those colder spring days... next spring, since this baby ages beautifully.
Beavertown Black Betty
Black IPA; 7.4%
When you’re the son of Robert Plant (yes, that Robert Plant), there are plenty of career options out there for you. Luckily for those of us who enjoy beer, Logan Plant decided to get into the brewing game, and Black Betty is just one of the gifts he has bestowed upon us. It’s spot-on for a black IPA: medium-bodied with dark, roasty malts and a hop finish that’s like the lemon zest at the end of an espresso. After trying it, we’re pretty sure Dad approves.