OK, which six, American beers to take back home to show (not necessarily ‘showCASE’) what American brewing is all about in 2011? They need to be either on hand, in the cellar or at the store here in GA.
I’ve already agreed to to take a DFH 120 min, and I think an Arrogant Bastard is a likely candidate too. Even though I disliked the beer, I also think Stone 15th might be another beer that shows what American brewing is all about, too. After that where do we go? I probably need a hoppy American IPA/DIPA, plus something local (the latest Sweetwater Dank Tank might be interesting but would essentially duplicate the Stone 15th). I’m not really interested in any European styles (since what’s the point in taking coals to Newcastle). I’m thinking about an American Barleywine and perhaps a Pumpkin (virtually unheard of in the UK) and/or some American funk.
The Sweetwater Dank Tank would cover the ‘Black IPA’ that I hate so much but says so much about the USA, and it would cover ‘something local’ for me. I like the idea of the name, can, artwork (and the beer!) associated with 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die, but feel it might be better to take a DIPA rather than a straight up IPA, so how about the following?
DFH 120 min
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash
Southern Tier Pumking
Something Jolly Pumpkin
The interesting thing about that list is that I’ve not tried the Ghoulash yet, although it’s in my fridge right now.
What do you think? If you are in the UK, what would you like to see?