If you’re paying attention, you know that hazy IPAs are the hottest trend in beer right now. And while plenty of breweries are trying to emulate the pioneers of the style, only a handful are hitting the nail on the head. Add Fieldwork Brewing to that list with Hazy Train IPA, packing citrus aromas and a pale, hazy appearance. Hazy Train takes some of the hop bite out of your drinking experience, replacing it with a smooth, velvety, fruit-forward mouthfeel and taste.
Otterbox, one of the world’s most trusted phone protection and accessories companies, got their start in the ’90s making water resistant boxes for the outdoors. You can finally carry your beer with the same level of protection you have for your phone because Otterbox is now making growlers. The brand is returning to their roots with a line of rugged outdoor gear, but our favorite piece is obviously the new Otterbox Elevation 64 Growler. If you hadn’t already guessed based on the name, the rugged stainless growler holds up to 64 ounces of whatever liquid you want to put inside. Since you’re probably going to be using it for beer instead of coffee or water, it’s also worth noting that the vacuum sealed growler has an interior copper lining specifically built for superior cooling capability. Will it hold enough beer for an entire weekend trek? Doubtful. But it will keep four pints cold for longer than you’ll be able to resist drinking them.
Don’t judge a book by its cover is awful advice. How else are you going to make a decision when your local Barnes & Noble stocks something like a bazillion books? The same issue arises when we hit our local bottle shop. With fresh releases all the time, sometimes we just go with a cool label. Few are cooler than this. And Union’s Unfiltered Lager is a 5% beer with a malty taste and finish that’s packed in a can that looks like a game of Tetris played in a blizzard. We can’t speak to the quality of the beer itself, but we can say that it’s rather interesting, as And Union is a German brewery somewhat at odds with the Reinheitsgebot. While “craft beer” has been a trend slowly adopted outside of the U.S., it’s only now taking hold in Germany, and thanks to And Union, they already have the packaging right.
Do you cry when your dog runs away? Get angry at the bills you have to pay? How about when your mom smokes pot? No? Perfect! Keep on chillin’ and crack one of these bad boys while you do. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Sublime’s “40oz. to Freedom,” AleSmith Brewing Co. brewed 40oz. to Freedom Mexican Lager. (By the way, we know “What I Got” is not on “40oz. to Freedom, FYI.) The beer is made to be thirst quenching and refreshing at 5.2% ABV and slightly sweet and malty. And yes, it’s packaged in a 40. The bad news is you’ll need to make your way to the brewery in San Diego to snag a bottle. But if you’re a fan of Bradley Nowell and company, this is the beer you need in your fridge. And since AleSmith brews some of our favorite beers, you can rest assured this will be one of the finer Mexican Lagers that crosses your lips.
You have to respect a well designed beer can and, for all their faults and murders, the Dharma Initiative did a great job with their minimalist label. The corporation’s logo is already a masterclass in black and white design, so putting it on their can is a no-brainer. From there, they didn’t bother to complicate things with tons of colors, weird abstractions, or psychedelic reinterpretations of normal furniture or animals (which we could totally be making up, but feels like a real thing). Sure, you may not know what specific kind of beer you’re getting, but sometimes we don’t want to worry about keeping up with the newest dry-hopped, hazy, espresso stout IPA. Sometimes we just want a beer. Also, if you get these, they’re bona fide show props, so these are cans that they used during filming. And, of the three cans, one’s still full.
Malt liquor gets a bad rap. Long the means for getting shitfaced on the cheap in college, the beverage has never been talked about the way a double dry-hopped IPA has. Founders wants to change that. DKML, the latest release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, is a malt liquor that’s been aged in bourbon barrels and heavily hopped. Don’t worry, you still get that classic corn sweetness that will remind you of nights passed out on your frat house’s basement floor, but now it’s combined with a dose of wood, vanilla, and floral hoppiness. DKML will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, and 750ml bottles beginning next month. Brown paper bag not included.