On The Newsstand: Men’s Journal Presents "America’s Best Beers"

We were perusing a recent issue of Men’s Journal on the subway the other night, and were pleasantly surprised to see (in their October 2008 issue) an article entitled “Best Beers 2008: American Brewmasters Take Over.” Inside the issue was a number of beer recommendations – we’d like to summarize them here, as it’s a genuine pleasure to see the liberal Mainstream media finally approach a topic like this without their bias and politics and geegaws and whatnot. Anyway.

Their article presented these beers in the following format: they’d list a “popular” beer and note that if you liked it, you should try their recommendations. All beers were described in detail (we won’t list that here). Some blanche at this type of format; we like this – the world of craft brewing is a complicated one, and we’re all in favor of trying to give newcomers a “way in,” as it were, to help find what kinds of brew matches what they already like.

Anyway:

If you liked Sierra Nevada, they recommended Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale, Full Sail Pale Ale, and Stone IPA.
If you liked Guinness, they recommended Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Alesmith Speedway Stout, and Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel.
If you liked Pilsner Urquell, they recommended Stoudt’s Pils, Trumer Pils, and Two Brothers Dog Days Dortmunder-Style Lager.
For Blue Moon drinkers, they recomended Ommegang Witte, Ramstein Blonde, and Penn Weizen.
Like Samuel Adams Boston Lager? Try Southampton Altbier, Lakefront Organic ESB, and Elysian The Wise ESB.

Also recommended? Seven American craft brews that “are setting a new standard for the next generation of beer.” These include:
– Russian River Brewing Co’s Beatification Lambic
– Allagash Hugh Malone
– Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
– Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold
– Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga
– Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
– Southern Tier Unearthly Ale

We’re genuinely chuffed to see such thoughtful coverage of craft beer in a mainstream press.

Our hats are off to you, Men’s Journal.

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~ by dgdunford on October 25, 2008.

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