Beer List by Style (2012)

This beer list is sorted by style.  Click here for a beer list sorted by brewery.

At its core, all beer is brewed from four basic ingredients:  malt (processed grains – usually barley, sometimes wheat or rye), yeast, water and hops.  Malt is what gives beer its sweetness.  The natural sugars produced by the grains in the malting process are processed by the yeast to induce a fermenting process that creates the alcohol.  The yeast can also impart a distinctive taste to the beer.  Finally, hops are added to add a bitterness to the beer.  Originally they were added as a preservative, but over time, the spicy/bitter characteristics of the hops have come to represent the unique taste of beer compared to other alcoholic beverages.

Many of the mainstream American lagers use adjuncts such as corn or rice in addition to the grains.  The adjuncts are used to lower the cost of producing the beer, and also tend to produce a beer that is lighter in body and taste.  While frowned about in the proud beer nation of Germany, many craft brewers add additional herbs and spices to create unique tastes.

It is amazing is how many different and unique styles of beer can be created from just these four basic ingredients.

American Craft Pale Lagers & Golden Pilseners

The Pale Lager/Pilsener style of beer is what would be considered the most common style of beer in the United States, and around most of the world.  Pale golden in color, fizzy, and with a moderate amount of hops for bitterness/fresh taste.  Bud, Miller, Coors, Yuengling, Corona, and Heineken all fall into this general category of beer that most people think of when they think of beer.

  • Holy City Pilsner – 5% (Pilsener) – Holy City Brewing (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • Shift – 5% (American Pale Lager) – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado)
  • Mama’s Little Yella Pils – 5.3% (Pilsener) – Oskar Blues (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Pig Pen Pilsner – 4.5% (Pilsener) – Piggly Wiggly (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Dockside Pilsner – 4.5% (Pilsener) – Thomas Creek Brewery (Greenville, South Carolina)


European Pale Lagers & Golden Pilseners

The golden pilsener style of lager beer originated in Europe, and is named after Pilsen (Plzen), which is located in what is now the Czech Republic.   It was first brewed in 1842 by the brewery that would eventually be named Plzensky Prazdroj,  better known by its German name Pilsner Urquell (the original pilsener).  The beer style quickly gained popularity and copycats in Germany and across Europe.  Over time, many of these brewers developed their own unique twists on the original style.

  • Estrella Damm/Draft – 5.2% (Euro-Style Lager) – Estrella Damm (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Daura Gluten Free – 5.4% (Euro-Style Lager — Gluten Free) – Estrella Damm (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Pilsener – 4.8% (Pilsener) – Warsteiner Brauerei (Warstein, Germany)


Amber Lagers (Oktoberfests, Marzen, Amber/Red Lagers, California Common)

Oktoberfest beers are stronger, maltier lagers, with more of an orangish/copperish color.  Before modern refrigeration, these beers were most typically brewed in March (Marzen) and kept in cold storage over the summer months.  Traditionally, Oktoberfest beers were brewed to be served in the fall at festivals such as Munich’s Oktoberfest. But don’t go to Oktoberfest looking for them, as the beer tents at the Wiesn no longer serve this style of beer (see a 2012 Munich Oktoberfest trip report if you’re curious).

While generally classified as a unique style of beer, Anchor Steam has a similar taste profile to a good Marzen.

  • Anchor Steam – 4.9% (California Common/Steam) – Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California)
  • Session Fest – 6.2%  (Amber Lager) – Full Sail Brewery (Hood River, Oregon)
  • Harpoon Octoberfest – 5.3% (Oktoberfest/Marzen) – Harpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusettes)
  • Lakefront Oktoberfest – 5.7% (Oktoberfest/Marzen) – Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • Left Hand Oktoberfest – 6% (Oktoberfest/Marzen) – Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Point Oktoberfest – 5.2% (Oktoberfest/Marzen) – Stevens Point Brewery (Stevens Point, Wisconsin)
  • Point Classic Amber – 4.7% (American Amber Lager) – Stevens Point Brewery (Stevens Point, Wisconsin)
  • Victory Festbier – 5.6% (Oktoberfest/Marzen) – Victory Brewing Company (Downington, Pennsylvania)
  • Oktoberfest – 5.9% (Oktoberfest/Marzen) – Warsteiner Brauerei (Warstein, Germany)


Dark Lagers (Black Lagers/Schwarzbiers)

Dark lagers (Schwarzbier in German) are very closely related to the pale lagers/golden pilsener.  Despite the dark color, they are relatively light without the roasted or smoky flavor that is common to  many other dark beer styles.  They are typically slightly sweeter and less bitter than the pale lagers.  Dunkels are stylistically similar, but come from southern Germany.

  • Dunkel – 4.9% (Dunkel/Dark Lager) – Warsteiner Brauerei (Warstein, Germany)
  • Dark Helmet – 5.9% (Schwarzbier / Dark Lager) – Westbrook Brewing Co. (Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina)


Strong Lagers (Bocks, Imperial Pilseners)

Bock beers are stronger lagers, usually brewed with a higher malt content that imparts a richer sweeter taste.  Bock beers typically are lower in hops, and have extremely low bitterness.

By contrast Imperial Pilsners have both a higher malt content, and an increased concentration of  hops, with the bitterness of the hops slightly overpowering the malt.

  • LTD Series 06 – 7% (Dopplebock) – Full Sail Brewery (Hood River, Oregon)


American Blonde Ale & Kölsch

American Blonde Ales are golden ales, usually extremely refreshing, with a slightly fruity taste that comes from the use of ale yeast instead of lager yeast.  While not extremely common as a bottled beer, they are commonly brewed by brewpubs that use these ales to introduce lager drinkers to ales.  Many of these blonde ales are modeled after a German beer style Kölsch, which is native to the town of Köln (Cologne), Germany. Others are Cream Ales that are often lager/ale hybrids.

  • Sky Blue Golden Ale – 5% (Kölsch) – Carolina Brewery (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Carolina Blonde – 4.3% (Cream Ale) – Foothills Brewing Company (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)


American Pale Ale

Pale Ales are moderately hoppy ales with light bitterness.  Unlike pale lagers, the color of a pale ale is in the orange/copper range, with the pale being in comparison to brown ales.  English Style Pale Ales use English hops which tend to have a more floral taste and aroma.  American Pale Ales use American hops which tend to have a more citrus (astringent) taste.  Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was the original American Pale Ale.

  • Hazed and Infused – 4.85% (American Pale Ale) – Boulder Beer (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Hoopla Pale Ale – 5.7% (American Pale Ale) – Boulder Beer (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Sweetgrass APA – 6% (American Pale Ale) – Grand Teton Brewing Co. (Victor, Idaho)
  • Dale’s Pale Ale – 6.5% (American Pale Ale) – Oskar Blues (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Palmetto Pale Ale – 5.2% (American Pale Ale) – Palmetto Brewing Company (Charleston, South Carolina)


English Style Pale Ale & Extra Special Bitter

Pale Ales are moderately hoppy ales with light bitterness.  Unlike pale lagers, the color of a pale ale is in the orange/copper range, with the pale being in comparison to brown ales.  English Style Pale Ales use English hops which tend to have a more floral taste and aroma.  In addition to the floral taste there is a fruity taste, but not citrus.

Extra Special Bitter (ESB) is a slightly hoppier variation on English Style Pale Ale.

  • Bitch Creek ESB – 6% (English Style Extra Special Bitter) – Grand Teton Brewing Co. (Victor, Idaho)
  • XX Bitch Creek ESB – 7.5% (English Style Extra Special Bitter) – Grand Teton Brewing Co. (Victor, Idaho)
  • Sawtooth Ale – 5.3% (English Style Extra Special Bitter) – Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Organic English Ale – 4.5% (English Pale Ale) – St. Peter’s Brewery Co Ltd (Suffolk, United Kingdom)
  • Wells Bombardier – 5.2% (English Extra Special Bitter) – Wells & Young’s Ltd (Bedford, United Kingdom)
  • Hobgoblin – 5.2% (English Extra Special Bitter)  – Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd (Witney, Oxon, United Kingdom)


Belgian Style Pale Ale

Belgian Style Pale Ales are similar to English Style Pale Ales, but use a yeast that is more characteristic of other Belgian beers.  Belgian yeast strains such as Brettanomyces (“Brett”) are used to produce a yeasty flavor characteristics that beer lovers instantly identify as Belgian.

  • Pauwel Kwak – 8.4% (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) – Brouwerij Bosteels (Buggenhout, Belgium)
  • Saxo – 8% (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) – Brasserie Caracole (Falmignoul, Belgium)
  • Malheur 10 – 10% (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) – Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV (Buggenhout, Belgium) (VIP)
  • Ommegang BPA – 6.2% (Belgian-Style Pale Ale) – Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York)
  • Orval Trappist Ale – 6.9% (Trappist/Belgian Pale Ale) – Brasserie d’Orval (Villers-devant-Orval, Belgium)
  • Palm – 5.4% (Belgian Pale Ale) – Brouwerij Palm (Steenhuffel, Belgium)


American IPA

IPA, or India Pale Ale, was a style originally developed in England.  Beer being shipped to English colonists in India was given an extra dosage of hops to act primarily as a preservative. The additional hops, of course, resulted in a more flavorful, bitter beer.  American IPAs tend to be far more aggressive and assertive than English IPAs.

  • Anchor Liberty – 6% (American IPA) – Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California)
  • Big Eye IPA – 6.8% (American IPA) – Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, California)
  • Mojo – 7.2% (American IPA) – Boulder Beer (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Indie Pale Ale – 7.6% (American IPA)  – Cisco Brewers (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
  • Mystic Bridge IPA – 6% (American IPA) – Cottrell Brewing Co. (Pawcatuck, Connecticut)
  • Centennial IPA – 7.2% (American IPA) –  Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • West Coast IPA – 7.3% (American IPA) – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, California)
  • Harpoon IPA – 5.9% (American IPA) – Harpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusettes)
  • Ranger – 6.5% (American IPA) – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado)
  • Mad Hatter – 5.3% (American IPA) – New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan)
  • Class 5 IPA – 5.5% (American IPA) – Thomas Creek Brewery (Greenville, South Carolina)


English Style IPA

IPA, or India Pale Ale, was a style originally developed in England.  Beer being shipped to English colonists in India was given an extra dosage of hops to act primarily as a preservative. The additional hops, of course, resulted in a more flavorful, bitter beer.  American IPAs tend to be far more aggressive and assertive than English IPAs.  English IPAs generally have lighter carbonation.

  • Flagship IPA – 5.9% (English-Style IPA) – Carolina Brewery (Chapel Hill, NC)


Belgian Style IPA

Belgian Style IPAs are a recent style development, combining the IPA taste with Belgian yeasts.  American brewed Belgian Style IPAs tend to be lighter bodied and have more of the citrus hop taste.  Hopus, from Belgium, as a maltier body, with the hops having a more pronounced European flavor … more floral than citrus … and delicious.


American Imperial IPA

In the beer world, the “Imperial” prefix has come to represent stronger and more assertive versions of a particular style of beer.   The American Imperial IPA style, sometimes referred to as Double IPA, is a stronger and hoppier IPA.  Get your bitter beer face ready!

Note:  Hop heads should also try some of the Amber/Red Ales in this year’s list, such as Green Flash’s Hop  Head Red and Grand Teton’s Pursuit of Hoppiness.  If you need to dial it back a notch, Ballast Point’s Calico and Stone’s Levitation are great session beers.

  • Steelhead Double IPA – 8.6% (American Double IPA) – Mad River Brewing Company (Blue Lake, California)
  • Hopageddon Imperial IPA – 9.2% (American Double IPA) – Napa Smith Brewery (Napa, California) (VIP)
  • Dark Depths IPA – 7.6% (Blend: Baltic Porter + IPA) – (Samuel Adams) Boston Beer Company (Boston, Massachusetts) (VIP)
  • 2X IPA – 8.2% (American Double IPA) – Southern Tier (Lakewood, New York)


American Amber/Red Ale

Amber and Red Ales have a lot in common with English Pale Ales.  They are full bodied, malty, and have generally been less aggressively hopped than American Pale Ales.  Historically these beers have been sweeter and less bitter, however with the growing popularity of IPAs, many of these beers are emphasizing a balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

  • Boont Amber – 5.8% (American Amber Ale) – Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, California)
  • Calico Amber Ale – 5% (American Amber Ale) – Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, California)
  • Old Yankee Ale – 5% (American Amber Ale) – Cottrell Brewing Co. (Pawcatuck, Connecticut)
  • Pursuit of Hoppiness – 8.5% (American Amber Ale) – Grand Teton Brewing Co. (Victor, Idaho)
  • Hop Head Red – 7% (American Amber Ale) – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, California)
  • Fixed Gear – 6.5% (American Amber Ale) – Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • American Amber Ale – 7.5% (American Amber Ale) – Lightning Brewery (Poway, California)
  • Jamaica Red Ale – 6.5% (American Amber Ale) – Mad River Brewing Company (Blue Lake, California)
  • Palmetto Amber – 5.5% (American Amber Ale) – Palmetto Brewing Company (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • Pig Swig Pig Tail Ale – 5.5% (American Amber Ale) – Piggly Wiggly (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Levitation – 4.4% (American Amber Ale)  – Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California)
  • Appalachian Amber – 5.5% (American Amber Ale) – Thomas Creek Brewery (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Red Marker Ale – 5% (American Amber Ale) – Williamsburg AleWerks (Williamsburg, Virginia)


American Brown/Dark Ale

American Brown Ales tend to be full bodied and moderately hopped with more attention to the malty taste of the beer.

  • Palo Santo Marron – 12% (American Brown Ale) – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) (VIP)
  • 2012 Black Ale – 5.2% (American Brown Ale) – Stevens Point Brewery (Stevens Point, Wisconsin)
  • TBA (Texas Brown Ale) – 7.1% (American Brown Ale) – Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California)


English Style Brown Ale

English Style Brown Ales tend to be full bodied and lightly hopped.  Far more attention is focused on the malty taste of the beer, with only a light hop bitterness.

  • Bell’s Best Brown – 5.8% (English-Style Brown Ale) – Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
  • Nut Brown – 5.4% (English-Style Brown Ale) – New South Brewing Company (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)


Other Brown Ales

(See also Belgian Style Dubbel, Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale, Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, Winter Warmer)


American Strong Ales & Winter Warmer

Winter warmers are stronger dark beers that are brewed to be enjoyed on cool fall and winter evenings.  They are often spiced with flavors associated with the holidays such as nutmeg and cinnamon.

  • Christmas Ale – (Style varies by year, we haven’t tried it yet!) – Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana)
  • Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale – 6.8% (Winter Warmer) – Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, California)
  • Old Jubilation – 8.3% (Winter Warmer) – Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Full Sail Wassail – 7% (Winter Warmer) – Full Sail Brewery (Hood River, Oregon)
  • Harpoon Winter Warmer – 5.9% (Winter Warmer) – Harpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusettes)


Pumpkin & Fall Spiced Ales

Pumpkin Ales are fall seasonal beers, usually amber ales, spiced with flavors associated with fall such as pumpkin or yam.


Other Spiced Ales

  • Midas Touch – 9% (Herbed/Spiced Beer) – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)   (VIP)


Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Scotch Ales are a sweeter and maltier style that originated in Scotland.  Often the beers have a toffee like sweetness associated with how the malt sugars are carmelized prior to brewing.  Wee Heavy is a term used to describe stronger Scotch Ales.

  • Perry’s Revenge Scotch Ale – 8.5% (Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy) – Cottrell Brewing Co. (Pawcatuck, Connecticut)
  • Dirty Bastard – 8.5% (Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy) – Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • Skull Splitter – 8.5% (Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy) – Orkney Brewery (Scotland) (VIP)
  • Old Chub – 8% (Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy) – Oskar Blues (Longmont, Colorado)


Porters & Stouts

Porters and stouts have a deeper malt flavor that comes from a darker roasting of the malt.  American Porters tend to be more hopped than the original English porters.  Stouts tend to have a darker, more burnt roasting of the malt.  Normal stouts are very lightly hopped.  Imperial Stouts and Porters are stronger and can be aggressively hopped.

  • Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout – 5.7% (Oatmeal Stout) – Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, California)
  • Anchor Porter – 5.6% (Porter) – Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California)
  • Kalamazoo Stout – 6% (Stout) – Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
  • Bell’s Porter – 5.6% (Porter) – Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
  • Moor Porter – 7% (Porter) – Cisco Brewers (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
  • People’s Porter – 6.25% (Porter) – Foothills Brewing Company (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
  • Double Stout – 8.8% (American Imperial Stout) – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, California)
  • Pluff Mud Porter – 5.5% (Porter) – Holy City Brewing (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • Left Hand Milk Stout – 6% (Milk/Sweet Stout) – Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Black Jack Porter – 6.4% (Porter) – Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Black Lightning Porter – 8.5% (Baltic Porter) – Lightning Brewery (Poway, California)
  • Palmetto Porter – 5.5% (Porter) – Palmetto Brewing Company (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • Rail House Oatmeal Stout – ?% (Oatmeal Stout) – Rail House Brewery (Aberdeen, North Carolina)
  • Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout – 5% (Milk/Sweet Stout) – Samuel Smith Old Brewery (England)
  • Sierra Nevada Porter – 5.6% (Porter) – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California)
  • Narwhal Imperial Stout – 10.2% (Russian-Style Imperial Stout) – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California)
  • 2X Stout – 7.5% (Milk/Sweet Stout) – Southern Tier (Lakewood, New York)
  • Smoked Porter – 5.9% (Porter) – Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California)
  • Sweetwater Happy Ending – 9% (American Imperial Stout) – Sweetwater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) (VIP)
  • Storm King Stout – 9.1% (Russian-Style Imperial Stout) – Victory Brewing Company (Downington, Pennsylvania)
  • Baltic Thunder – 8.5% (Baltic Porter) – Victory Brewing Company (Downington, Pennsylvania)
  • Washington’s Porter – 6.3% (Porter) – Williamsburg AleWerks (Williamsburg, Virginia)


Belgian Style Witbier (Wheat Beer)

Wit is Dutch/Flemish for white, and refers to a refreshing style of wheat beer that is popular in Belgium.  Cloudy, with a pale yellowish color, this Belgian style of wheat beer is traditionally spiced with orange peel and coriander.  Many brewers experiment with alternate spices to produce a unique taste.  Witbiers are refreshing, and usually have quite lively carbonation.

  • Allagash White – 5% (Belgian-style Witbier) – Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
  • White Rascal – 5.6% (Belgian-Style Witbier) – Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Inedit – 4.8% (Belgian-Style Witbier)
  • UFO White – 4.8% (Belgian-Style Witbier) – Harpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusettes)
  • White Ale – 4.6% (Belgian-Style Witbier) – New South Brewing Company (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
  • Ommegang Witte – 5.2% (Belgian-Style Witbier) – Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York)


Belgian Strong Golden Ale

As the golden pilsener lager took over Europe, people became more reluctant to drink a beer that they couldn’t see through.  Ale brewers in Belgium responded to this challenge by creating strong golden ales. Golden but extremely pale in color, from appearance these beers can be easily mistaken for a mainstream lager.  (Except that if properly poured, many of these beers have one of the most intense foamy heads that you will ever see on a beer.)  These beers tend to be deceptively strong, with a distinctive yeasty taste with a light hint of fruit balanced against just the right amount of hops.

  • Duvel Draft – 6.8% (Belgian Golden Ale) – Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV (Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium)
  • Maredsous 6 Blonde – 6% (Belgian Golden Ale) – Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV (Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium)
  • Delirium Tremens – 8.5% (Belgian Strong Golden Ale) – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)
  • Ovila Golden – 8.5% (Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale) – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California)
  • La Chouffe – 8% (Belgian Strong Golden Ale) – Brasserie d’Achouffe (Achouffe, Belgium)
  • Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel – 9% (Belgian IPA) – Brasserie d’Achouffe (Achouffe, Belgium)


Belgian Style Tripel

Tripels range in color from golden to light amber.  They are relatively strong in alcohol, with a typical range of 8% to 10% ABV.  Tripels are usually bottle conditioned with a yeast sediment.  They tend to have a unique balance of sweetness and bitterness.

  • Allagash Tripel – 9% (Belgian-style Tripel) – Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
  • Tripel Karmeliet – 8.4% (Tripel) – Brouwerij Bosteels (Buggenhout, Belgium)
  • Maredsous 10 Tripel – 10% (Tripel) – Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV (Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium)
  • St. Bernardus Tripel – 8% (Tripel) – Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV (Watou, Belgium)
  • Merry Monks Ale – 9.3% (Belgian-Style Tripel) – Weyerbacher Brewing Co. (Easton, Pennsylvania) (VIP)


Belgian Style Dubbel

Dubbels are a Belgian Brown Ale style, usually richer and fruitier than English Style Brown Ales.  The bottle conditioning and yeasty taste also results in a more “earthy” taste.

  • Corsendonk Pater Abbey Brown Ale – 7.5% (Dubbel) – Brouwerij Corsendonk (Oud-Turnhout, Belgium)  (VIP)
  • La Trappe Dubbel – 7% (Trappist Dubbel) – (LaTrappe) Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven (Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands)
  • St. Bernardus Pater – 6% (Dubbel) – Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV (Watou, Belgium)
  • Vanilla Tree Dubbel – 7.5% (Belgian-Style Dubbel) – Westbrook Brewing Co. (Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina)


Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale

When is a dark Belgian ale a Dubbel, when is it a Quadrupel, and when is it just a strong dark ale?  Dubbels are usually in the 6% to 7% ABV range, and Quads are usually 10+%.  The strong dark ales tend to have a more pronounced smoky, roasted taste, and often have additional spices added to complement the roasted malt.

  • Allagash Black – 7.5% (Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale) – Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
  • Delirium Nocturnum – 8.5% (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)


Belgian Style Quadrupel

Just as the Tripel style got its name as somewhat of a marketing gimmick to indicate that it was stronger than a Dubbel, the Quadrupel style’s name is to signify that it is stonger than a Tripel.  While there is some debate over what the stylistic qualities of a Quadrupel are, they are generally dark, malty, sweet, and have extremely high alcohol content (10% to 12% ABV).

  • La Trappe Quadrupel – 10% (Trappist Quadrupel) – (LaTrappe) Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven (Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands)
  • St. Bernardus Abt 12 – 10% (Quadrupel) – Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV (Watou, Belgium)
  • Val-Dieu Grand Cru – 10.5% (Quadrupel) – Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu (Aubel, Belgium)


Farmhouse Ales (Saison, Biere de Garde)

Traditionally brewed in the fall and winter months, then cellared until the following summer, farmhouse ales represent a style of beer brewed in rural Belgium and northeastern France. Saison is the Belgian style, and Biere de Garde is the French style. Both styles are very yeasty and herbal, with Saisons tending to have a bit more hop bitterness.


German Style Hefeweizen (Wheat Beer)

A cloudy, brighter yellow (compared to Belgian Witbier) wheat beer, brewed with a German yeast that imparts hints of banana, clove, and sometimes bubble gum.  Heavier in body compared to the Witbier.  Germany’s greatest contribution to the world of beer styles.  Dunkelweizens are darker, stronger hefeweizens.


Other Wheat Beers

There are some wheat beers that we just didn’t feel comfortable lumping into a particular style.

  • Sweaty Beaty – 5.9% (American Pale Wheat) – Boulder Beer (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Horizon Wheat – 3.7% (American Pale Wheat Ale) – Stevens Point Brewery (Stevens Point, Wisconsin)


Rye Beers

These beers use rye as all or a major portion of the grains that are used to produce the malt component of the beer.

  • Rye IPA – 6.9% (Rye IPA) – Harpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusettes)


Sour Beers

Flanders Red Ales are unique, full bodied sour ales from Belgium.   A combination of aged hops, a distinctive yeast, and oak barrel aging results in a delicious sour ale.   First time tasters are often amazed to find out that there is no fruit or other flavoring to produce the sour taste.   To represent this unique Belgian style, we will have Rodenbach and Duchesse de Bourgogne.  We also have Echte Kriekenbier which is a Flanders Red Ale with cherries added.

From the same region of Belgium, there are also darker sour ales known as Oud Bruin (Old Brown). These are generally less sour and tend to pick up more wood characteristics from the barrel aging. Liefmans is the quintessential producer of Flanders Oud Bruins, and we will have their Goudenband which is a blend of old and young aged batches, and Cuvee-Brut, their aged blend with added cherries.

  • Rodenbach – 5.2% (Flanders Red Ale) – Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. (Roeselare, Belgium)
  • Echte Kriekenbier – 6.8% (Flanders Red Ale + Cherry) – Brouwerij Verhaeghe (Vichte, Belgium)
  • Duchesse De Bourgogne – 6% (Flanders Red Ale) – Brouwerij Verhaeghe (Vichte, Belgium)
  • Goudenband – 8% (Flanders Oud Bruin) – Brouwerij Liefmans (Oudenaarde, Belgium)
  • Cuvee-Brut – 6% (Flanders Oud Bruin + Cherry) – Brouwerij Liefmans (Oudenaarde, Belgium)


Fruit Beers

Varying considerably in style, these are beers brewed with fruit additives.

  • Purple Haze – 4.2% (Fruit Beer – Raspberry) – Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana)
  • Kasteel Rouge – 8% (Fruit Beer – Cherry) – (Kasteel) Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck (Inglemunster, Belgium)
  • Echte Kriekenbier – 6.8% (Flanders Red Ale + Cherry) – Brouwerij Verhaeghe (Vichte, Belgium)
  • Cuvee-Brut – 6% (Flanders Oud Bruin + Cherry) – Brouwerij Liefmans (Oudenaarde, Belgium)



And finally, these ciders aren’t beers at all.  But we wanted to offer something that could serve as a refreshing palette cleanser, and cider is an excellent companion to beer.