Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ten Craft Beers You Should Try

We first discovered our love of craft beer in Charleston when we started trying new things from local breweries while we were out and about. This love grew in California where we were able to try a a new range of craft and local brews. Today, we're bring you ten of our favorites from the past few years.

1. Founders Rubaeus - This is a raspberry ale from Founders Brewery in Michigan. We first discovered this beer while exploring Lexington, MI and eating at one of our favorite local places. It's a light, fruity blend that's perfect for a hot summer day.

2. Pluff Mudd Porter - This beer from Holy City Brewing is the one that started it all. We discovered this beer in Charleston and it quickly became one of our favorites. It's a dark beer that's full of flavor. It's perfect for sipping slowly with good conversation.

3. Vicious Disposition - This beer is one of the first ones that we reviewed on the blog. It's a porter from Ironifre Brewing in Temecula, CA. This particular beer is brewed with avocado honey, which you can read more about in our post about it.

4. Red, White, & Brew - We discovered this beer while checking out Schooner's Grille and Brewery in Antioch, CA. Schooner's was a restaurant down the street from where the wife worked. Unfortunately, it closed a couple of years ago and I don't think it ever reopened. This particular beer has a unique floral blend that we haven't found anywhere else.

5. Founder's Dirty Bastard - This particular beer is one of my favorites. The wife is not a fan of this particular brew. This is another Founders brew that made our list. This beer is much heavier than the other one we mentioned. In fact, it's a Scotch ale with a strong flavor that people either love or hate.

6. Judgement Day - This particular beer will knock you off your feet. We discovered it during a trip to San Diego. It's made by Lost Abbery Brewery which is based out of Cardiff, CA. It's definitely one that we recommend trying but you should limit how much you try since it can take you by surprise!

7. Shallow Grave - This is a delicious porter from Heretic Brewing (Fairfield, CA) that we discovered on Halloween. We decided to pay a visit to the Hop Grenade in Concord, CA and it was one of the beers that they had on tap. One of the bartenders was dressed as priest for the night and it all seemed to fit together so well. After that, this quickly became a favorite in our household.

8. Anchor Porter - This is a flavorful porter from Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. This one was a great choice when we wanted a craft beer that was pretty easy to find in the store. It was also the perfect fallback beer if we didn't like any of the special ones on tap since Anchor Brewing is so well known in the San Francisco area.

9. Downtown Brown - This is a full bodied brown ale from Lost Coast Brewery. I'm not entirely sure when we first discovered this one but I do remember enjoying it during our apartment search in California. We found that it was delicious paired with local pizza.

10. Golden Monkey - You may have noticed that we tend to gravitate towards darker and unique beers. Every now and then, we find a lighter beer that we enjoy as well. Golden Monkey is one example of that. This is a Belgian-style tripel from Victory Brewing with a rather high ABV of 95%. It's definitely a proceed with caution type of beer.

Do you have a favorite craft beer? We'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments!


  1. I'm not a beer person but BOY these sound good especially number one! right up my alley! great creative post! :) <3


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