What were your favorite beers in 2022?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Dec 30, 2022.

  1. laketang

    laketang Pooh-Bah (2,971) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona
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    For one I love alesmith .394 pale ale.
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  2. JZH1000

    JZH1000 Maven (1,407) Nov 7, 2021 Colorado

    I drank a lot of new to me beers this year, but down in memphis, I'm very glad I discovered Wiseacre Brewing. Great lagers and more. If you ever see Tiny Bomb Pilsner by them, give it a shot.
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  3. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I really enjoy all the English mild from FM but that Faks lager was really good.

  4. MutuelsMark

    MutuelsMark Pooh-Bah (2,006) Jan 23, 2015 Kentucky
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    My favorites this year were recent beers:

    E.H. Taylor Bourbon Barrel Agd Bigfoot

    Not so recent:

    Stuft by The Brewing Projekt
    Wolfe's Neck by Maine Beer Co.
  5. jts211

    jts211 Pundit (903) Aug 5, 2018 Pennsylvania
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    yes indeed! Hopefully, Faks is brewed again by one of the two breweries!

    Happy New Year!:beers:
  6. BeerGeekExtraordinaire

    BeerGeekExtraordinaire Aspirant (281) Mar 6, 2020 Illinois

    New Glarus Weizen Doppelbock (Weizenbock)
    New Glarus Spotted Cow Grand Cru (Farmhouse Ale?)
    More Brewing Away From The Norm (red ale)
    Elmhurst Brewing The Schwartz (schwarzbier)
    More Brewing Summer Fields (witbier)
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  7. JLK7299

    JLK7299 Pooh-Bah (2,527) Apr 21, 2016 North Carolina
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    The one I just broke open: EH Taylor aged Bigfoot
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  8. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,141) Apr 5, 2009 Montana
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    Here are the most notable beers I've had the privilege of trying in 2022 (the order is chronological, starting with most recent and going back to the beginning of the year):

    Fiddlehead - Second Fiddle

    Sockeye - BA Apple Jack'd Blended Reserve (fruit beer/strong ale)

    Goose Island - Bourbon County Brand Sir Isaac's Stout

    Boulevard - Maple Mood

    Revolution - Maple jacket

    Fremont - B5K

    Woodland Empire - Ada County Stout 2022

    Mother Earth - Fractured Reality (hazy IPA)

    Deschutes - Black Butte XXXIV

    Limberlost - Alpenglow Imperial White IPA

    Revolution - Deth's Tar

    Les Trois Mousquetaires - Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Fûts De Bourbon Et Brandy

    Mountains Walking - BA Barleywine

    Philipsburg - Bourbon BA Badfinger (imperial stout)

    Mother Earth - 4S Spring 2020 (BBA barleywine w/ pecans)

    Lolo Peak - BA 3 Needles IPA

    Schlenkerla - Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche

    Hair of the Dog - Side By Side 2017

    Fremont - Rusty Nail 2021

    Backslope - Curtain Call (Belgian stout on nitro)

    New Hokkaido - Oni (triple IPA)

    Breakside - Skweee (BA imperial stout)

    Founders - Frootwood

    Mother Earth - 4S Winter 2021 (BA spiced plum winter ale)

    Sockeye - Dangerous Golden Stout

    Midnight Sun - Termination Dust

    Prairie - Bourbon Paradise 2020

    Deschutes - Black Butte XXXIII

    Roadhouse - The Walrus (hazy ipa)

    FiftyFifty - Elijah Craig 12yr Eclipse 2015

    Goose Island - Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout 2021

    It's undoubtedly been a great year for beer- Cheers, BA fam!! :beers:
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    LXIXME Grand Pooh-Bah (4,290) Oct 3, 2007 New Mexico
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    According to my reviews, my favorite six beers that I had for the first time in 2022 are:
    Russian River: Pliny the Younger
    HenHouse Brewing: Anniversary Imperial Stout
    Sante Adairius: Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison
    Deadbeach Brewery: Heaven Hill Stout
    Brouwerij 3 Fontinen: Oude Geuze Cuvee Armand & Gaston
    Goose Island: Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

    I just hope 2023 comes anywhere close to the overall quality and quantity of good and great beers that I had in 2022.
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  10. nuplastikk

    nuplastikk Devotee (353) Aug 28, 2008 Wisconsin

    Bells Larry's Last
    Troubles End Smoked Oyster Helles
    Forest&Main Deep Peace
    Goldfinger Pils
    Working Draft To Those Who Wait
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  11. Mighty_Thor

    Mighty_Thor Initiate (147) Dec 5, 2021

    I am glad to read that an older and very respectable brewer like North Coast with such a small portfolio beers--many of which hit it out of the park like Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale--can come up with a completely new West Coast IPA that, in an overcrowded market, stands out.
  12. MadMadMike

    MadMadMike Maven (1,324) Dec 11, 2020 Florida
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    Beginning of every year, I put 3 bottles (or cans.,.) on top of the fridge & dare all others to take them down - an IPA or Light Beer., a Barleywine or Belgian, and a dark Porter or Stout.
    It always helps if there’s a story to accompany.,,

    So.,. I ended up with these winners:
    Light is Russian River Pliny the Elder (10 yrs since I had 1, the origin of all the DIPAs I Love - got it 3 weeks old on a trip to Portland. Envy from my Florida friends who can’t get it!)
    Middle is Kane Double Double Cask Barleywine (From the Awesome BA Extreme Beer Box. Just so damn big and good!)
    Dark is Epic Brewing’s Big Bad Baptist In The Rye (Gifted from the Brewery in Salt Lake City via my bro-in- law, bottle #42. Beautiful beer.,)

    I could list stuff all day, but there’s my big little 3.,
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  13. ramseye4

    ramseye4 Savant (1,039) May 14, 2010 Virginia

    I didn’t drink a lot for most of 22 because my wife was pregnant and I was trying to show solidarity with her. Once my daughter came it was game on though.

    To be honest my favorite was Blue Mountain Full Nelson. Why? My local Wally World has a pricing error, 1.98 for a sixer. It’s been that way for months and they haven’t fixed it, so naturally I buy several sixers every time they get some in stock
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  14. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Savant (1,205) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I would say my favorite "New to me beer" as in it just became available around here would be the new Chimay Green strong golden ale.
    That stuff is just on point and delicious!
    I'm a sucker for Belgians.
    Runner up: Allagash Curieux, not a new beer, but first time I had one.
    For the Silver I'd say Great Lakes Nosferatu Imperial Red ale. That stuff is my kind of ale. Again, not new but new to me.
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  15. puboflyons

    puboflyons Grand Pooh-Bah (4,153) Jul 26, 2008 New Hampshire

    Er, you might see a trend (can you say Stouts and Barleywines?)

    Kettlehead Fourteen-Forty Heaven Hill Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Burlington Beer Mahogany & Tweed Barleywine

    Tynt Meadow English Strong Ale

    Daydreaming The Champion Barley Wine

    Liquid Riot Straight to Blackout Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

    Corner Point Berwick's Bravest Irish Red Ale (I remember this one because it was dedicated to a fallen firefighter)

    Hobb's Tavern Model T Stout

    Barrier Morticia Imperial Stout

    Ommegang Oak-Aged Tripel

    Pohjala Banger Imperial Stout

    Pohjala Cellar Series Oo Xo Baltic Porter

    North Coast Old Rasputin Bourbon-Barrel aged Imperial Stout
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  16. Brook82

    Brook82 Zealot (583) Oct 21, 2018 Ohio

    Had some fantastic fall beers; Great Lakes Brewery's Octoberfest impressed me the most. I had Sam Adams Festbier that surpassed my expectations and was very good. Madtree Brewery in Cincinnati brewed a Marzan that was quite good.
  17. WickedBeer

    WickedBeer Pooh-Bah (2,774) Sep 23, 2015 Alabama
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    Not really in a particular order, and I tried to keep this top 10 list to beers actually released in 2022 and not beers I had from other years as well. Happy New Year, BA!

    Side Project - Beer : Barrel : Time - Rye 2022
    Monkish - TXXTH
    3 Sons - Three^3
    Pulpit Rock - Vennskap
    Phase Three - Minutiae
    Moksa - Midnight Abundance
    Phase Three - Arabesque
    Horus - Cloud Breaker 2
    Mortalis - BA Kratos
    Mortalis - Pear Brandy Leto

    Honorable Mentions (Mead):
    Pips Meadery - BA Heart & Sole (BA Blueberry / Coconut / Cashew Mead)
    Pips Meadery - Cellar Reserve (Batch #001) (Small Batch BA Blueberry / Cashew Mead)
    Schramm’s - Gin BA Black Agnes (Gin BA Black Currant Mead)
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  18. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Grand Pooh-Bah (3,608) Nov 18, 2013 Texas
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    The ones my friends sent me from California and Maine. Blind Pig, King Julius, Pliny the Elder, Swish, Mass Ave, Russian River. Heady Topper. Can't get none of that in Texass...but Yellow Rose, Resin, Lunch are staples now. Enough about IPAs. LONE STAR and PBR are still my go to beers.
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  19. Bitburger

    Bitburger Savant (1,067) Oct 19, 2016 Vermont

    RPM Ipa by Boneyard (OR)
    Focal Banger by Alchemist (VT)
    Hop Slam by Bell´s (MI)
  20. JohnniEMc

    JohnniEMc Pooh-Bah (1,764) Sep 5, 2015 Pennsylvania
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  21. JohnniEMc

    JohnniEMc Pooh-Bah (1,764) Sep 5, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    Beer of the year for me was Imperial Midnight Snack Biscotti Break Stout from Abomination Brewery. 2022 had me moving more toward stouts/porters than IPAs and this was my favorite.
  22. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Pooh-Bah (1,757) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    Fair State--Tmave Pivo (Dark Czech Lager)

    Alaskan--Smoked Porter

    New Glarus--Serendipity (Wild Ale/Fruit and Field Beer)

    Humble Forager--Rugged Outlook V2 (Imperial IPA)
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  23. taxandbeerguy

    taxandbeerguy Pooh-Bah (2,423) Jul 12, 2013 Canada (ON)

    The best of the new tastings for 2022 (that cracked my personal top 100)

    Gouden Carolus Noel - Brouwerij Het Anker (4.58)
    Bring Out Your Dead X (Cognac) - Bellwoods Brewery (4.55)
    Origin of Darkness - Bellwoods Collab - Collective Arts Brewing (4.54)
    Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon (4.49) - what a treat for a 2,500th review!
    Nelly - Badlands Brewing Company (4.4)
    Origin of Darkness - Burial Collab - Collective Arts Brewing (4.38)
    Skeleton Key - Bellwoods Brewery (4.34)
    Can I Axe You a Question - Wood Brothers Brewing Co. (4.33)
    150 (Green) - Bieres de Chimay (4.33)

    So 4 local imperial stouts, 2 local IPA / DIPA and 3 very reputable Belgian brews / brewers.

    Edit - Also seeing lots of Tynt Meadow in the thread. I tried it as well, didn't make my top 100, but was sampled first in 2022 and excellent brew (4.2)!
    #64 taxandbeerguy, Jan 2, 2023
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2023
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  24. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Well… I have now. :slight_smile:
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  25. AlfromPA

    AlfromPA Aspirant (297) Dec 9, 2021 Pennsylvania

    We just got back from Denver, visiting my son out there.

    This may seem comical, but three of my favorite beers this year were from Trader Joe's, all brewed by Gordon Biersch in San Jose. They were: Stockyard Stout, Bavarian Hefeweizen, and Drive Thru Red, all sold under the "JosephsBrau" label.

    They were available separately for just over $1 a bottle (!!). Perhaps not among the very finest beers in each one's genre, but very good nonetheless.

    I'm from PA, and Trade Joes does not carry beer here. So this was a revelation, given the absurdity of PA beer pricing and sales regulations.
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  26. LeRose

    LeRose Grand Pooh-Bah (3,427) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Depends on how I look it...

    Notch Brewing's Kolsch style beer was a beer I enjoyed a lot and could drink as a regular. Close behind is Schilling Alexandr Czech Pils and Jack's Abby Export. All could be everyday drinkers for me.

    Allagash Coolship Cerise Estate - truly a mountaintop beer but probably won't find it again, so a great one time experience.

    Brewery discoveries - OEC and Schilling, and our first ever haul from Tree House (yeah, a little slow on that one). Rediscovery of Oxbow, the progress/evolution of Definitive and Foundation.

    Highest score was Surly Darkness and the previously mentioned Allagash tied. A bit of a surprise there, but Surly maybe got the technical execution while Allagash won the flavor and overall.

    Most fun to drink - Mortalis Hydra Melted Gelato. Hands down.

    Favorite "in the moment" beer - Foundation Robocat...just the right combo of place and events and beer that I kinda wish I had bought fewer of...
  27. RJD422

    RJD422 Zealot (575) Aug 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Other Half All Citra Everything
    Other Half All Green Everything
    Equilibrium Double Fractal Penrose Tile
    Toppling Goliath DDH King Sue
    Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout
    Three Floyds Crushing Mass
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  28. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,511) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    I will preface by saying I drink alot of beers...:sunglasses::stuck_out_tongue:
    Dvanactka Czech Pale Lager - Notch
    Eleven Years - Greysail - TIPA
    Elusive - Vitamin Sea - IPA
    Mastermind- Fiddlehead- DIPA
    Pantless Thunder Goose - Mast Landing DIPA
    Deep Terra - Drowned Lands - DIPA
    Punge - Tired Hands - IPA
    Etch - Dancing Gnome - IPA
    Dunkel - Notch - Dark Lager
    Blue Green Reflections- Finback - DIPA
    Lagerness Monster - Jack's Abby - Baltic Porter
    Pliny the Elder DDH - Russian River - DIPA
    Hop Swap -Wormtown Brewing - DIPA
    Camp Nelson - Kern River Brewing - IPA
    Local Dork - Foam Brewers- Fresh Hop Pale Ale
    Ok I will stop.
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  29. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Maven (1,317) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    The three that immediately come to mind are:

    Coconut Abyss
    Mountains Walking Cloud Curtains (Nelson DDH)
    Outer Range Field Guide
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  30. defunksta

    defunksta Pooh-Bah (2,488) Jan 18, 2019 North Dakota
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    Alright here's a list for me:

    Fair State Pils (German Pils) and Fair State Side Pull (Czech Lager)
    Summit Twin Pils (Zwickel)
    Surly Hell Lager
    Great Lakes Dortmunder Lager
    Portage Chatter Chatter (Czech Pils)
    Modist Just You Wait Oak-Aged Pils (German Pils)
    Utepils Helles
    Andechs Hell
    New Glarus Bubbler (German Hefeweizen)

    BlackStack Stack at the Lab
    Equilibrium To Space We Go
    Toppling Goliath Radiant Haze
    TG/EQ King Al
    Most of Hop Butcher's and Phase 3 NEIPAs

    3 Sheeps Oktoberfest (Marzen)
    Lupulin Oktoberfest (Marzen)
    Eagle Park M.C. Hammerschlagen (Festbier)
    Bad Weather Festbier
    Weihenstephaner Festbier

    Deschutes Jubelale
    Great Lakes Christmas Ale

    Founder's Breakfast Stout and Founder's Porter
    Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald
    Surly Scrillionaire
    Founder's French Toast Bastard (A cheat meal)

    Probably many more, but that's my list that comes to the top of my head. All of these were fantastic.
  31. nuplastikk

    nuplastikk Devotee (353) Aug 28, 2008 Wisconsin

    Forgot about Human Robot - Niebo
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  32. Lucnifter

    Lucnifter Pooh-Bah (2,223) Jun 24, 2013 California

    '22 Top 5 in no particular order

    Green Cheek - Starry Configurations
    Monkish - TXXTH
    There Does Not Exist - Fog Does Not Exist
    Ruse - Phases Of Darkness
    Bottle Logic - Space Jam
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  33. The_Beer_Guru

    The_Beer_Guru Maven (1,492) Nov 20, 2016 New York

    Gotta say Fifth Frame Clawfoot Bathtub Series was super good my favorite was their peanut butter, chocolate, graham cracker crust, and cream cheese. Adjunct city yes but damn good.
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  34. TheEpeeist

    TheEpeeist Maven (1,348) Nov 5, 2008 Maryland

    new to me this year:

    a lot of Other Halfs. my faves probably More Citra Than All Citra & DDH All Motueka Everything (Experimental Version).

    other notables. Suarez Leifer, Schilling Nordertor, Prairie Pirate Weekend and finally Mecktoberfest, should've gotten a case.
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  35. MacMalt

    MacMalt Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,346) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    This is always a fun exercise. I checked my stats and my top 10 new beer ratings of 2022 were:

    1. Revolution Brewing V.S.O.J. (English Barleywine) 4.64

    2. Kane Brewing Company Stacking Casks #8 (English Barleywine) 4.57

    3. Surly Brewing Company Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Russian Imperial Stout) 4.56

    4. Odd Bird Brewing Extra Stockton Bitter (ESB) 4.49
    Revolution Brewing Ryeway to Heaven (Rye Beer) 4.49
    Rushing Duck Brewing Company Eight Horned Gorilla (American Strong Ale) 4.49

    5. Bottle Logic Brewing Bastion of Reason (American Imperial Stout) 4.45
    Revolution Brewing Double Barrel V.S.O.D. (American Imperial Stout) 4.45

    6. Fremont Brewing Company B-Bomb Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale (American Strong Ale) 4.44
    Rushing Duck Brewing Company Decade of Destruction (Imperial IPA) 4.44

    7. Fiddlehead Brewing Company Second Fiddle (Imperial IPA) 4.43
    Foreign Objects Beer Company Transgression Culture: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Macaroon Imperial Stout (American Imperial Stout) 4.43
    Revolution Brewing Boss Ryeway (Rye Beer) 4.43
    Rushing Duck Brewing Company Part VIII (American Strong Ale) 4.43

    8. Brix City Brewing Silk City - BBA Maple Creemee (American Imperial Stout) 4.42
    Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine- Ruby Red Grapefruit (Imperial IPA) 4.42

    9. Goose Island Beer Co. BCBS Coffee Stout (American Imperial Stout) 4.41
    Keeping Together The Grace of Maybe (Saison) 4.41
    Siris MicroBrewery (Greece) Voreia Imperial Porter 4.41

    10. Magnify Brewing Extra Foggy (Imperial IPA) 4.4

    I hope 2023 is a great beer year for everyone!
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  36. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Pooh-Bah (1,751) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Love seeing Mecktoberfest being mentioned…

    had I been lucky enough to be in the area for this one it certainly would’ve been on my best of for 2022 but I haven’t been able to visit my brother in Charlotte during the fall for a few years… have loved everything I’ve had there regardless of the time of year though
  37. industrialswill

    industrialswill Zealot (721) Feb 5, 2010 Washington

    Well the old joke is my favorite beer is the one I just drank....but this isn't far from the truth.
    A few weeks before Christmas I stumbled into MONK'S UNCLE Belgian Tripel made by Pike Brewing and it was so good that I had to buy more to hand out as Christmas presents.
    This year's Celebration gets Honorable Mention as always.
    Celebration is proof that GOD loves us and wants us to be happy.
  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  39. ericwo

    ericwo Crusader (468) Aug 21, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Top beer of the year: Sierra Nevada Snow Day IPA
    Favorite brewery visiting this year: Four Score Brewing (Gettysburg, PA)
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