While falling just shy of 800 unique beers experienced in 2017, I have to say this was my favorite year in craft beer. So many great brews that makes narrowing it down to just a handful is super difficult. I literally could have had a list of 100 stellar beers. Follow me on Untappd if you want to peek at what I’ve been up to in 2017 (ID: dzyngrl)
Hudson Valley Brewery
Echo Sender Sour Ale (5% ABV)
It’s a sour farmhouse aged in oak conditioned on strawberries, hibiscus, and lemongrass. The fruit salad nose drew me in. Then the first sip. The complexity of the flavor experience was intriguing. First strawberry and grass, then papaya, proceeded by lemon, hibiscus and bread. All the while tasting the undertones of oak and funkiness. Smooth and approachable. Not at all tongue-zapping-tart like some sour beers.
Aslin Beer Company
‘You Call That A Knife?’ DIPA (8.3% ABV)
I’m really starting to dig IPA’s dry hopped with Vic Secret – an Australian hop variety that imparts flavors of passion fruit, pineapple and a hint of pine. This beautiful, hazy brew also is dry hopped with Citra and Wamiea. Starts out tropical and finishes with subtle dankness. A stellar combination!
Sunday Morning Brewing
Pineapple Pillows DIPA (7.1%)
A creamy, dreamy fresh sliced pineapple experience in yo mouth! So far my most favorite NEIPA that Derek has brewed. This beer is only available AT. MY. HOUSE. I’m the luckiest #beergirl to have a husband who brews crazy good NEIPAs. I mean the super smooth mouthfeel and tropical flavor notes are everything I want in a beer. It’s hopped with Galaxy, Vic Secret and Mosaic. Daaaaaamn!
Almanac Beer Company
Pumpkin Pie de Brettaville Pumpkin/Yam Beer (7.3% ABV)
Not your typical pumpkin beer. This one is light on the spice and aged in oak barrels. Oak, sweet potato and funk flavors swirl around in your mouth when drinking Pumpkin Pie de Brettaville. Another great brew from Almanac!
Suarez Family Brewery
Summer Whoa Saison (5.6% ABV)
Another fan-freaking-tastic Suarez brew. Not too tart. Not too sweet. Not too funky. All of those flavor elements are in perfect balance with this mixed fermentation beer that was aged on fresh, local peaches.