The 15 Best Beers You’€™ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Until recently, big name beers dominated the market. However, the beer market in America is changing, with craft beer sales surging in the country with sales up 20 percent from last year. For those with an adventurous spirit, or who simply want a change from their regular beer, these options may be the perfect choice.

McSorley’s Irish Black Lager

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Brewed by the Lion Brewery in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Black Irish is a dark brown color, with a smoky, nutty odor. It has hints of roasted malt, but with a flavor more like sourdough bread. It has a lighter feel than most stouts and is a very drinkable beer.

Burley Oak Rude Boy
Burley Oak, located in Berlin, Maryland, brews using sustainable practices with local materials. Their most popular brew is Rude Boy Red Ale, which uses eight different malts to create hints of raisin, burnt sugar and smoke.

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

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Brewed in Belgium by Brouwerij Westvleteren, this thick, chestnut colored, brew has an aroma rich with fruit, brown sugar, malt and spices, but on the palate brings thoughts of holiday fruit cake, hints of clove and bready malts. There are even hints of banana and caramel in this very drinkable, unique quadrupel.

Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

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Brewed in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Founders Brewing Company, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale has hints of baking spice and vanilla with a slightly smoky flavor. Dirty Bastard is a robust beer, so those who prefer light lagers may not enjoy the rich flavors found in this brew.

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company brews this stout, which is aged for three months in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels, providing it with a deep ebony color. The beer tastes of baked bread, toffee and espresso mixed with chocolate and a hint of bourbon.

Thirsty Dog Terrier Pale Ale
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, located in Akron, Ohio, created this pleasing English-style pale ale with an earthy, herbal flavor with slight floral aspect. The beer is the color of copper and uses English Kent Golding hops. It is light and drinkable, perfect on a hot summer day.

Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus

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Thomas Creek Brewery in South Carolina brews a version of their Dirty Monk beer called Conduplico Immundus Monachus, which is Latin for “The Double Dirty Monk.” The beer has a deep, charcoal black color. Manachus is an Imperial Belgian-Style Porter created with caramel and chocolate malts. It is dry and tart with a roast character uncommon among this type of beer.

Grimbergen La Blanche

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Brewed in Belgium by Alken Maes, Grimbergen La Blanche is a classic white beer, pale-yellow in color with a creamy head. It offers the subtle flavors of spice combined with bergarnol. The recipe for the brew has been around for centuries, yet it remains smooth and light on the palate.

Carib Lager

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Known as the preferred beer in its native Trinidad and Tobago, Carib Lager is a pale golden color with a semi-dry finish. It has a neutral balance between sweet and bitter. It has its origins in Europe, and it has a refreshing drinkability.

16 Mile Responders Ale

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The beer is very light and crisp with relatively little hop flavors. Created using English barley, mild bittering and a touch of wheat brings a light, refreshing beer perfect for those hot summer days. A portion of the proceeds from sales of this brew go to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Meantime Chocolate Porter

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Meantime Brewing Company’s Chocolate Porter reflects the years of experience the brew masters have. They use four different roasted malts complemented by real chocolate as it matures. It is warm, complex and smooth, perfectly matched with beef stews or as an after-dinner beer.

Mad River John Barleycorn

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Mad River Brewing Company, located in Blue Lake, California, brews John Barleycorn as part of their Artisan Reserve line. The beer is a beautiful red color, and hints of clove, cinnamon and grapefruit fill the aroma. It has a peppery and medium-dry finish, perfect for the cold winter months.

Sixpoint Apollo
The Sixpoint Brewery brews Apollo, which offers the flavor of a Bavarian Wheat but with a Sixpoint Twist, and is offered only during warm weather months. The bright, yellow color brings thoughts of warm summer days, and the hint of banana, vanilla and clove define the flavor.

Vanberg & DeWulf Lambruchia
Lambruchia is created at Brouwerij De Troch in Belgium. It is pale yellow and has hints of rose. The aroma carries hints of cucumber, sea spray, rosemary and sage, while a lemony sourness strikes the palate initially, changing to mint, cedar and pine. The bubbly finish clears the palate, leaving behind a light, refreshing taste.

Anchorage Galaxy IPA

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Galaxy is a White India Pale Ale created with kumquats, coriander and black peppercorns. Just as Captain Cook travelled from Australia to Alaska, so have the hops used to brew this unique beer.

These unusual and rare beers offer tastes that meet even the most discerning beer palate. From light, refreshing brews that bring hints of summer to darker, spicier beers perfect for a cold winter’s night, these brews are some that many beer drinkers have never tried, but should as soon as possible.

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