Best Beers of 2017 – Colleen’s Picks

best beers of 2017 colleen

After checking out many beers by the pool, at CBC, or after a long day with the kids Colleen knows exactly which ones are her favorites. Did your favorites make the cut?

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

SeaQuench Ale (4.9% ABV)

If you spent any time with me at my parents’ pool this summer, you know I love SeaQuench. In fact, I love it so much I’m STILL drinking it in the dead of winter. It’s such a refreshing and easy-to-drink beer with loads of flavor. It’s so good with seafood or spicy food or buttery popcorn or while watching an entire Sunday’s worth of football.

Boneshire Brew Works

Green Machine IPA (7.2% ABV)

This is probably my most checked-in beer of the year. The citrusy, but still hoppy, American IPA is so easy to drink, and no matter what else is on the board, I just seem to keep coming back to it. I could drink it all day everyday. (Disclaimer: I work part time in the tasting room at Boneshire, but would go get it even if I didn’t)

Pizza Boy Brewing

Sunny Side Up Little Amps Double Coffee Stout – Variations (Bourbon, Pumpkin, Mint, Cacao, Coconut, etc) (9.5% ABV)

Sunny Side Up has always been one of my most favorite beers, but Pizza Boy has been putting out these varietals recently that are just to die for. I couldn’t narrow down which one was my favorite because I love them all so much. I can’t wait to see what they do with it next!

South County Brewing

Gelato DIPA Series (8% ABV)

I got my first taste of the first Gelato at Little Big Beer Fest this year. It was undoubtedly my favorite beer of the festival. The fresh fruit and lactose sugar are a perfect combination. It tastes pretty much like the name would lead you to believe. It’s a fruit smoothie in a beer. I’m certainly not complaining.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery/ New Belgium Brewing Collab

Savor X Baltic Porter (10% ABV)

I might be biased because this beer reminds me of the incredible time that Tierney and I had together at Savor, but I really did enjoy this beer. It wasn’t as hoppy as you might expect from a baltic porter, but it had lots of chocolate and roasty flavors. It was smooth and savory (see what I did there?).

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout (17.5% ABV)

I LONGED for this beer when it came out! The place where I used to get my good bottles stopped selling to go bottles awhile ago so this one was harder to get my hands on. A friend of mine surprised me with a mix six and just happened to include this in it. It was worth the wait! My Untappd check in from that first tasted says, “This beer is so good I’m getting emotional about it.” I think that just about sums it up.

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