Anderson Valley Brewing Co's El Steinber (Euro Dark Lager, 5%)
Julian says: "An interpretation of an old German method of making beer, stein beer uses granite rocks heated to extreme temperatures in order to boil the wort. Anderson Valley has taken this style and applied it to a dark lager, making it a perfect transition from warm Summer months to Fall's colder days. Made with dark malts and toasted corn, this beer provides the crispy body of a lager with the roasted sweetness of a porter or stout. The nose has subtle hints of cocoa and dark fruits, while the hops come slightly through. Crisp, slightly roasty, and sweet with a light hop backbone make this a great beer for Fall days."