A little while back our state’s only Bell’s distro Loveland sold to Premium, a Reyes company. Unfortunately, Bell’s does not wish to do business with a Reyes company, thus without legal intervention or transfer of brewey distro rights to another house, I am without Two Hearted (amongst others) unless I pull a Bandit and bootleg it from Maryland or NC. I decided to ask our local shopkeeps what they thought came closest to Two Hearted, and was told the following: Founders Centennial, Troegs Field Study and Ballad Brewing Balladeer. So for the sake of everyone in this great land who hasn’t access to Two Hearted, I decided to do a side by side squared. From left to right, Two Hearted, Centennial (nationally available), Field Study (regionally available) and Balladeer (locally available) As color goes, the only one on a completely different spectrum is the pale yellow Field Study, otherwise the other two share Two Hearted’s burnt orange. Aroma Two Hearted has a distinctive tangerine, Juicy Fruit, Froot Loops with a nice malt driven sweetness Centennial - slightly fruity, more spicy but same sweetness Field Study - grassy, touch of dandelion and minimal sweetness Balladeer - sweetness up front, followed by weak citrus Taste and feel (cleansed palate with water and a few plain kettle chips....because I like chips...) Two Hearted is as bright as it is deep. Brilliant citrus is immediately joined by the perfect blend of bitterness and sweetness with just a touch of caramel. Overall the light to medium bodied beer leaves slightly wet but very little aftertaste, save for a lingering bitterness Centennial - certainly some tangerine in there, accompanied by the spicy hop from the aroma. Something just slightly more earthy with this one when compared. Drier than Two Hearted also Field Study - more lemony and immediately grassy. Not a bad beer in it’s own right but for this exercise it’s DQ’d. Nice beer but certainly nowhere near any Two Hearted signature. Balladeer - starts out promising with an immediate wave of Juicy Fruit but it falls off towards malt pretty quickly and thins out impressively quick. Nothing lingering at all, super thin and waters out So my conclusion is that Centennial maybe in a pinch if you are really in need of something similar, and maaaaaybe Balladeer on draught if you are just looking to wash a few down with dinner. Enjoy Field Study on its own merits, please. Meanwhile, let’s hope Bell’s makes its way back into lands left behind or never served to begin with!