Many people swear by a beer after a day of yard work, an afternoon at the ball park, or hanging out with friends around a grill flipping burgers. If you’re planning to celebrate the weekend with a beer, consider trying one of these two Maryland beers, which have been recently named among the very best craft brews in America by The Daily Meal.
The popular food and drink website worked hard to analyze the 101 best beers in America. There are some obvious favorites on the list like Dogfish Head but two Maryland beers made the list.
Stillwater Artisanal Ales Gose Gone Wild
ABV: 4.3 percent
Nomadic brewers Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ Gose Gone Wild is funky with “massive” amounts of Citra and Amarillo hops, but don’t worry. It’s still a crisp and sour gose with noticeable notes of yeast. At just 4.3 percent ABV, it’s insanely drinkable.
If you are planning a road trip any time soon, here are a few beers around the United States that you might want to include in your plans.
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
ABV: 9.2 percent
This beer was named for a style of journalism famously practiced by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, who used first-person narratives and satirical devices in his reporting. His close friend, Ralph Steadman, actually illustrated this imperial porter’s label. The brew itself features roasted chocolate, coffee, and vanilla malt flavors with a unique burst of floral hops that earned an overall rating of 99 on RateBeer.
Casey Brewing & Blending Saison
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
ABV: 5.5 percent
Casey Brewing & Blending’s Saison is a dry farmhouse ale fermented and aged in neutral oak wine barrels for a short three to five months. This year’s blend features New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops, creating tart notes of lime and Brett, crisp carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel. Saison, which is uses ingredients from Colorado only, has a 98 overall rating on RateBeer.
Angry Chair German Chocolate Cupcake Stout
ABV: 7.5 percent
The sweet milk stout is oftentimes dismissed by beer enthusiasts, but Angry Chair’s German Chocolate Cupcake Stout proves this is one of beer’s most fun and customizable styles. With coconut, Madagascar vanilla beans, and cacao nibs, this beer truly tastes like its namesake dessert.
Maui Brewing Company Imperial Coconut Porter
ABV: 9.4 percent
Maui Brewing Company’s Imperial Coconut Porter won the gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival for Field Beer thanks to its malted toasted coconut flavor and creamy, silky mouthfeel. We wouldn’t expect any less from this tropical state!
Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
ABV: 11.7 percent
Founders KBS tends to get all the love on “best beers” list because it’s released annually, but in late 2017, beer geeks were blessed with a surprise release of a more elusive Founders breakfast stout: Canadian Breakfast Stout, better known as CBS. Made with the same base and aging process as KBS but with the addition of maple syrup as a nod to their neighbors up north, this brew is rich and velvety, and the hint of syrup adds the most astounding sweet flavor.
Joseph James Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.5 percent
Joseph James’ Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout is the most popular beer in Nevada, and we get why. With notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate, this rich Russian imperial stout is perfect for any special occasion. Cheers!
La Cumbre Elevated IPA
Albuquerque, New Mexico
ABV: 7.2 percent
La Cumbre is well known for its IPAs, but none top flagship Elevated IPA. Though it clocks in at just 7.2 percent ABV, this beer is full of hops. With a perfect 100 score on RateBeer, you know this beer is the perfect example of its style.