We just stocked up on our most-loved bottled beer, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, and added a few amazing new ones, the ridiculously good Ninkasi Tricerahops, the Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB, and the Alaskan Smoked Porter. The details:
Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB (Victor, ID; $7/12 oz). Bitch Creek balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor in a full-bodied, satisfying mahogany ale. Like the stream for which it is named, Bitch Creek ESB is full of character. 6.5%.
Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA (Eugene, OR; $9/$22 oz). Hops, hops, and more hops combine with enough malt to make this a balanced double IPA. Tricerahops has a dry-hopped aroma, but the taste is floral and smooth. 8.8%.
Alaskan Smoked Porter (Juneau, AK; $12/22 oz). The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this beer give it an adventuresome taste. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year, and is one of the most award-winning beers in the history of the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. 6.5%.
Deschutes Black Butte Porter (Bend, OR; $7/12 oz). Black Butte Porter uses chocolate and crystal malts, crafting a rich yet easy-to-drink dark beer. 5.2%.