What are some of the best new beers to try? Glad you asked. No matter if you’re talking about a daily drinker, or maybe that lager you always order at the bar, everyone has their go-to quaff. Just to mix things up though, to get a different flavor, whether it’s a domestic beer or a fancy IPA, the next time you’re having drinks with friends, step outside your comfort zone and try out some new brews. In fact, SELECT totally encourages you to take a walk on the adventurous side with the following guide to several of the best new beers around. Give ‘em a whirl, and who knows, you could stumble upon a new favorite – at the very least, you and your friends are sure to have fun sampling and trying.
A specialty beer made by Bell’s, the double India Pale Ale is made with six types of hops, adding complexity of flavor and depth. The floral, fruity overtones come from grapefruit, honey and stone fruit. Interesting, huh? It’s also only made once per year, so when you see it, order it ASAP — it won’t be there for lnog.
This beer combines the taste of the Blue Moon you know and love with hints of juicy mango to create something pleasantly different. The mango is strong in the sense that you can definitely taste it, but it isn’t overpowering, either. It’s perfect for a summer night when you’re looking to enjoy something sweet, refreshing and light on the palate.
Grass Monkey is a hoppy wheat ale that’s made with lemongrass and lemondrop hops. What makes it one of the 10 best new beers to try is the way that it’s citrusy, but not too heavy — it’s a great pick if you’re looking for something more refreshing and available all year from the brewery.
Another fruit-flavored favorite, Pomegranate Shandy is brewed by Leinenkugels and recently became a member of the famed shandy family. It’s a little sweet but has a well-balanced pomegranate flavor. Remember this beer when you’re out celebrating a crisp, fall night and you won’t be disappointed.
If you love a good cherry-flavored ale, this beer is for you. Three Floyds Battle of Charro II is an IPA brewed crafted with cherry juice and a self-described taste that’s sweet and tart at first. Oh, and it has a pretty cool bottle design, too.
This pear-flavored cider is a recent addition to Angry Orchard’s line of fruity beers. Though the brewery is known for its punchy apple ciders, thepear cider is mixed with apples, and packs in flavor while retaining a refreshing taste. However, don’t confuse it with the popular beer Knotty Pear.
A beer made with cold brew? Count us in. Created by a Massachusetts-based brewery, this oatmeal stout has flavors of mocha, toffee and a dark malt. It’s a deep and earthy drink, making it great for a night when you’re looking to relax with just a beer or two.
Working Title is a Belgian pale ale made with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, a particular type of yeast, and dry hops. This gives the beer a pineapple flavor mixed with orange and a crisp tinge, though it tastes malty. Anyone with a penchant for not-too-fruity, but deep-flavored beer will like this offering.
Even breweries are getting in on the unicorn trend overtaking the food and drink industry lately. This recently released drink as an oatmeal milk stout, bourbon-barrel aged and made with cherries — yielding a yummy, deeply-flavored combination of asymmetrical flavors. How can you resist?
If you’re looking for something to sip by the fireplace on chilly winter nights, this one’s for you. Cold Snap is a white ale that combines the flavors of plums with orange peels and coriander. The result is a both fruity and crisp beer that really warms the bones.
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Suzanne is a journalist in Queens, New York. She’s interned at Rolling Stone, NBC local media, Mashable and the Queens Chronicle. Though she’s from upstate New York, she considers herself a Queens girl. If she’s not writing or editing, she’s probably scrolling through goat Instagrams.