7.5%, 70 IBU
There's a decent chance you've never played jai alai, but if you ever have the opportunity to choose between the sport and the beer (which would be an admittedly odd scenario), choose the beer, which remains one of the more compelling reasons to brave a visit to Florida -- although there's a good chance you'll be seeing it on more shelves soon. For now, a cold green can of this cuts through the thickest of Florida heat.
7.2%, 65 IBU
Grand Rapids, MI
One of the beers that helped put Founders on the map also helped America step up and take notice that the Midwest had a serious way with hop-forward beers too, dammit. Hell, the hops are right there in the name! Luckily they're also in the beer, which is dry-hopped, perfectly balanced, and eminently drinkable as it settles into craft beer middle age.
7%, 62 IBU
Actually named for a famous local whale who had a bite taken out of her fin and NOT a suggestion that you make an entire midday meal out of this brew (though if you do, you're living life well), Lunch has become one of the most sought-after beers of Maine's many fine selections, delivering well-balanced, almost tropical notes thanks to a quartet of hops (Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, and Warrior) and just the right touch of malt. Maybe have it for dinner, too? Kidding, Maine has you covered there, too.