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One way to find good beer is to randomly select one with a pretty label and hope that it tastes as good as it looks. But that's a dangerous proposition, and it's the same logic that got your idiot friend sick from eating poisonous berries on that seventh-grade camping trip. A better way is to listen to what smart beer-industry folks are drinking -- like co-founder Mike Hinkley of San Diego's IPA powerhouse Green Flash Brewing Co., purveyor of some of the best West Coast beers on the market. Hinkley told us his five favorite beers right now, and if we could've accepted a sixth, it would be Green Flash's new Cosmic Ristretto, an 8.2% ABV Baltic porter with espresso (and a pleasant caffeine kick).
Here are five beers Hinkley loves -- all of which are worth looking for on tap lists and in better beer shops everywhere.