The funny thing as I glanced and it looks like several of us had beer on our mind tonight.
Most people know Bell's because they have a pretty big distribution, but if you don't they are out of Michigan. For whatever reason Michigan is home to a lot of great breweries. Must be that cold weather.
Almanac is out of California
This Brewery is called The Bruery. All their beers come in the bomber format so they are great for splitting. Mischief is a Belgian style that pours with a big head and packs some great flavor.
The Bruery is out of California.
Ballast Point is California.
Deschutes is another craft brewer who has been in the game way before it got cool. This was a very special tasting that involved several of my friends. The Abyss is an imperial stout that is as dark as the night. My buddy who is the biggest beer nerd I know was able to get us a 2011, 2014 and 2015 bottle to compare. In case you are wondering beer nerdom has matched wine snobs with the aging.
It was pretty cool to taste the difference in the three. My pallet is not as refined as some of my friends, but you can definitely tell a difference. The 2011 was much smoother.
Deschutes is out of Oregon.
With that being said this is probably the best ipa I have ever had. The brewery is Fat Heads and the beer is called Hop Juju. Everything about is just perfect. Of all the beer listed this is probably one of the harder ones to find as Fat Heads is more of a regional brewery. I don't think they distribute anywhere out west. The cool thing about Fat Heads is that they have a couple of restaurant/tap houses and one of them happens to be in Pittsburgh. The place is a diet killer, but it is nice to indulge every once in awhile.
Fat Heads is out of suburbs of Cleveland OH.
Cheers my friends.