Real Ale Hans' Pils
German pilsner; 5.3%
"I'm a fan of Real Ale Brewing's Hans' Pils, which is sold in 12oz cans. It won a silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Lagers generally don’t get the nerdz super stoked, but they are the most difficult beers to make and Hans' Pils is awesome!
Real Ale Brewing is a great brewery out of Blanco, TX, and in a lot of ways we think alike and like many of the same things. We just finished a collaboration project with them and Three Floyds. We all brewed an imperial black ale, Blakkr." - Todd Haug, Surly Brewing Co. (Minneapolis, MN)
Brewery Vivant Triomphe Belgian IPA
Belgian IPA; 6.5%
Grand Rapids, MI
"The first thing I notice in this beer is the aroma of plums and raisins, a fruity signature of Belgian yeast. The beer is very full-flavored and very complex. Caramel sweetness, phenolic spiciness, American hop flavor, and bitterness are all evident. It’s a beautiful copper color with a full head that lasts. I first had beers from Brewery Vivant a few years ago, shortly after they opened and started canning. I’ve been very impressed from the start, and look forward to good things coming from this young brewery. Triomphe achieves something that I think is very rare: a complex beer with a wide range of flavors that are strong, yet balanced." - Jason Buehler, Oskar Blues (Longmont, CO)