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This is my semi-regular round-up of post-run beers I’m drinking. Have you had something interesting lately? Let me know in the comments. 

Beard Beer from Rogue Ales 
I guess I thought a beard beer would be more malty, or something. It turns out the beer made with a wild yeast strain from a brewer’s beard is a light Belgian blonde. Then you smell and taste the wild strain of yeast, and you can’t help but think of Portland.

Fuel Cafe Stout from Lakefront Brewery
My two favorite beverages, together. This super roasty coffee beer is both bold and refreshing. The perfect ending to my big Thanksgiving meal.

Louie’s Resurrection from Milwaukee Brewing Company
Milwaukee Brewing Company’s signature beer is its Louie’s Demise, a drinkable American amber that you can find in tallboys. But when you age it in bourbon barrels, watch out. Sweet and rich flavors explode and Louie comes back alive. I’m thankful for Bourbon Barrels.

Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas
The $4.99 bombers sold by Lagunitas (including Cappuccino Stout and Wilco Tango Foxtrot) remain some of the best deals I’ve seen in the craft beer aisle. Then when this went on sale for $1 off at my local grocery store,  this was a no-brainer. That’s like 25 cents per IBU for this imperial IPA.

Dreadnaught from Three Floyds
Speaking of IBUs, this is another palate punisher that screams hops. And at 9.5 percent ABV, it can help you make some fun holiday memories.

Best Brown Ale from Bell’s Brewery 
One of my favorite early winter beers, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s sweet and malty and will remind you of brown sugar and the aroma of baked goods.

Slainte from Central Waters Brewery 
I’ve always thought Scottish Ales were underrated, and I’ve felt the same about Central Waters. Both the brewery and style prove themselves once again with this beer. It’s a 5.2 percent ABV beer that tastes much bigger and bolder than that, which is perfect for early winter.

Black Top by New Glarus Brewery 
Finally, I couldn’t end a list made on Black Friday without a Black IPA. Today, it almost seems like black IPAs were more of a 2012 fad, but I’m still a fan. This one tastes like I’m drinking grapefruit, with flavorful and citrusy hops. Happy Black IPA Friday!


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.


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