Hop Rising

Hop Rising is a Double IPA brewed by Squatters Craft Beers out of Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s a malty, hoppy, and strong beer coming in at 9%. I wish hops were as large as this in real life. (Plot twist: Or maybe that is a tiny man harvesting accurately sized hops!)

Porkslap

Porkslap Pale Ale is brewed by Butternuts in Garrattsville, NY. I first had this beer back in 2007 at a NYC beer festival. I hadn’t heard of the brewery back then and I loved it so much that the man at the table let me sneak a couple unopened cans home with me. I’d say it still holds up to this day as an easy drinking session beer (4.3% ABV) with a tiny hint of spice to it. 

Pumking

Tis the pumpkin season and this beer is one of my favorites. In fact, we rated it the 2nd best out of a blind taste test we had a few years back involving 20 different pumpkin beers from 19 breweries and 7 friends/judges. Pumking is an Imperial pumpkin beer brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Co. out of Lakewood, New York.

Ruination IPA

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Ruination IPA by the Stone Brewing Company is truly “a liquid poem to the glory of the hop!”  Stone brews a ton of great beers but this one is my go-to beer from them. An IPA staple in my mind.

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