Beer is always in demand, and brewers are always making different beers. The beer market is far from oversaturated with new beers being released seemingly every day with a wanting and waiting audience. However, not all new beers are great, but here is a list of seven of the best that were born in 2013.
1. Founders Brewing Company – Doom: Many of us love Founders’ wonderful DIPA Double Trouble, but Founders wanted to try and make a great beer even better, so they decided to age Double Trouble in bourbon barrels for four months, and the results were absolutely stunning! The wonderfully hoppy Double Trouble gets an added bourbon kick, which mellows out the hop bite and instead becomes an amazing bourbon assault with a smooth finish that will leave you craving more!
2. Stone Brewing Co. – Dayman Coffee IPA: This Stone collaboration beer managed to create something that sounds nearly impossible – a coffee IPA. Not only did they manage to blend the flavors with amazing results, but the IPA also maintained its signature clarity. The coffee added a smooth layer of bitterness to compliment the hop bite, and the combination of malt flavors with coffee makes Dayman Coffee IPA one of the best beers created in 2013.
3. Samuel Adams – Double Agent IPL: In 2013, Sam Adams proved yet again that they are a brewery that is still producing new and innovative brews, and they did so in spades with Double Agent IPL. The IPA has exploded in popularity, with nearly all breweries producing one, and Sam Adams is no exception, but the brewery decided to go a step further and create a whole new style by blending two seemingly unmixable styles – the IPA and the lager – for the wonderfully smooth, hoppy, and highly drinkable Double Agent IPL.
4. Stone Brewing Co. – Southern Charred: Stone makes the list twice, and with a beer like Southern Charred, it is no wonder why! When Stone brewed their 2012 batch of Double Bastard, they took some of it and aged it in three different oak barrels for over a year, and the fruit of their labor is Southern Charred. It’s a wonderfully smooth and bourbon-filled version of Double Bastard; if you are a fan of the Bastard series from Stone Brewing Co., then Southern Charred is an absolute must-have, but it’s a rare one, so be on the lookout!
5. Dogfish Head – Piercing Pils: Dogfish managed to sneak this fantastic beer in right before the year ended. While many breweries opt for darker winter seasonals, Dogfish decided to go to the lighter beer route with this magnificent Czech Pilsener beer. The addition of pear juice and pear tea combined with the spicy hops create a smooth, crisp, and clean beer that is great to brighten up the dark winter months!
6. Brewery Ommegang – Take the Black Stout: The second addition to the “Game of Thrones” series takes a much darker route. Take the Black Stout is a deliciously heavy Belgian stout that is heavy in the chocolate and black licorice aroma and flavor but is still very smooth and hides the 10 percent ABV very well – a must-try for fans of stouts.
7. Anchor Brewing Company – Anchor California Lager: While Anchor may be the patriarch of the craft brewing world, they by no means rest on these laurels and instead continue to put out new and tasty beers. Anchor California Lager is one of the best lagers available today. Its smooth mouthfeel, crisp hop character, and refreshingly clean finish make you remember just how good lagers could and should be!