Yesterday, I wrote about the levels of craft beer consumerism. The premise was essentially that everyone who walks into a bottle shop looking for beer can be put into a few categories based on how far along they are in their transition to becoming a full-fledged alehead.*
*i.e. insufferable beer snob
One characteristic of those who’ve made the transition to level 3 is that they tend to know when certain seasonal brews come out. Well, here’s what I’m going to be looking for over then next several weeks.* It’s not an exhaustive list by any means. It’s not meant to be. Most of these are beers from the larger or more prestigious regional breweries, and they happen to distribute their wares in my quiet hometown. I realize I’m missing a bunch, but I’d argue that this is a good start.
*Note that I scoured the interwebsites of many of my favorite breweries to come up with this list. If you don’t see a brewery here, it may be because they don’t say anything about their production schedules. Or, sometimes they’ll say that something is seasonal, but won’t actually tell you what season. Seriously, Ommegang. There’s no excuse. More material for Kid Carboy’s list of worst brewery websites.
Alesmith: Yulesmith Holiday Ale
Avery: New World Porter
Brooklyn: Monster Ale Barleywine, Black Chocolate Stout
The Bruery: Four Calling Birds (as Doc pointed out last year, it should be colly birds).
Dogfish Head: Chicory Stout
Founders: Double Trouble, Imperial Stout
Great Divide: Grand Cru, Oak-Aged Yeti, Old Ruffian
Lagunitas: The Hairy Eyeball, Gnarleywine
Left Hand: Fade to Black Volume 3
Lost Abbey: Serpent’s Stout
Port: Midnight Expression, Santa’s Little Helper
Southern Tier: Gemini, Back Burner
Stone: Old Guardian Barleywine
Troegs: Mad Elf, Nugget Nectar
Victory: Old Horizontal
And though they don’t distribute to eastern Massachusetts (yet…I’m still holding out hope that they’ll be out here someday soon), I’d suggest looking for these offerings:
Bell’s: Double Cream Stout, Java Stout, Third Coast Old Ale, Expedition Stout, Hopslam
Cigar City: Sugar Plum Brown Ale
Deschutes: Red Chair NWPA, Hop Henge, The Abyss
So, fellow aleheads. What did I miss? What else should I look for to ease the brutality the next few months are bound to inflict upon us?