The microbrew movement is trending hard, so in honor of Father's Day, we asked Robyn Schumacher, a certified beer sommelier at Seattle's Marination ma kai, to give us the scoop on the top artisanal ones to try. You and your honey will definitely want to say "Cheers!" to these seven cool craft brews. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.
The Sixth GlassMarination Brown Session Ale, Big Al Brewing, Seattle, WA
"Marination Brown Session Ale can only be found at Marination locations in Seattle, most notably at Marination ma kai on gorgeous Alki Beach," says Schumacher, pictured here with a mug of the stuff. "It was brewed exclusively for Marination to complement their flavorful Hawaiian-Korean menu. The robust, but not over-the-top maltiness, a restrained hop profile and low alcohol content make this a perfect beer for spending long afternoons on the ma kai patio, soaking up the views of Elliot Bay and the Seattle skyline."
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Doom, Founders' Brewing, Grand Rapids, MI
"Doom is an Imperial IPA aged in oak bourbon barrels for four months. One might imagine that the powerful flavors of a robust, hoppy IPA and a sweet, oak-aged bourbon would collide in this marriage of two independently delicious libations. Surprisingly, even at 10 percent alcohol content by volume (ABV), Doom is balanced and smooth. This full-bodied, sweet, hint-of-vanilla beer is best sipped as an after-dinner drink."
The Sixth Glass, Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO
"For those who love a good Belgian strong ale, the Sixth Glass is one of the best American representations to be found. This Belgian Style Quadrupel Ale gets its caramel and dark fruit sweetness from a good dose of Belgian brown and candi sugars. The full-bodied sweetness is balanced with a deceptively high alcohol content and a bit of Belgian yeast spiciness. Save the pint glasses and serve this one in a tulip glass."
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The Vine, Cascade Brewing, Portland, OR
"Cascade Brewing is known for their fantastic selection of sour ales. Sour ales are brewed with alternative yeasts or other microorganisms to impart a refreshing tartness that can be surprising to a novice beer drinker, but also delightfully refreshing. The Vine is artfully created from a blend of tripel, blonde and golden ales soured for several months in small oak barrels. This beer is then re-fermented with white wine grape juice. Bottled in champagne bottles, the result is a delicious concoction that will appeal to both beer and wine drinkers!"
Wookey Jack, Firestone Walke, Paso Robles, CA
"Wookey Jack is an example of a true American craft beer invention, the black IPA. Brewers use the citrusy, American-hopped IPA as a base and add some dark malts for a bit of roastiness and a lot of deep, dark color. The Wookey Jack goes a step further by adding rye to the mix to smooth out the texture and add a touch of spice. The result is a rich, roasty and delicious beer."
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Dale's Pale Ale, Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO
"Dale's Pale Ale is an excellent example of an American Pale Ale. Colorado is known for its outstanding craft breweries and Oskar Blues stands tall among them. Most notably, Dale's Pale is America's first hand-canned craft beer. This beer changed American beliefs about what canned beer can taste like!"
Crème Brulee, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakeland, NY
"It's not actually brewed with crème brulee, but Southern Tier's Imperial Milk Stout might make someone believe otherwise. Milk stouts are always sweet due to the addition of lactose sugar, but add a touch of vanilla and make it Imperial and something akin to dessert in a glass is born. In fact, this beer is delicious poured over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Really!"
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