Sixpack of the Week: Half Acre Pony Pilsner

Half Acre (Chicago)
Pilsner
ALCOHOL: 5.8%

SIXPACK SEZ: No it wasn’t the monkey riding a horse on the label that prompted me to grab this can at my local bottle shop. Instead, it was the name –  pony – that brought back memories of those tiny 7-ounce bottles I used to gulp on hot summer days. Miller, Rolling Rock and the perfectly named Little Kings… aaaah! This short trip down memory lane was brought to you by a 12-ounce can ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion (#001)

Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, Calif.)
American wheat
ALCOHOL: 5.9%

SIXPACK SEZ: I’m tempted to shrug this off as just another rotating hop series from a California brewery (do those west coast guys have anything else in their playbook?). But this one got off to a good start with a wheat-based brew that shies away from overly bitter flavor and plays up the fruitiness of new hop varieties. It’s quite smooth and mellow. Let’s see where brewer Matt Brynildson takes the ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Green Bench/Saint Somewhere Monsieur Ed

Green Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) and Saint Somewhere (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
Wood-aged farmhouse ale
ALCOHOL: 5.8%

SIXPACK SEZ: I’m going to try to erase the image of Saint Somewhere brewer Bob Sylvester riding shirtless with Khris Johnson of Green Bench, and hope that Monsieur Ed is not a talking horse. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on the contents of this bottle, a collaboration by the two Florida Gulf Coast brewers. The farmhouse ale opens with a traditional herbal/citrus aroma, ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Southern Tier Gemini

Southern Tier (Lakewood, N.Y.)
Double IPA
ALCOHOL: 9%

SIXPACK SEZ: What were the ancient Greeks drinking when they imagined the stars above the western horizon each spring depicted the mythical twins, Castor and Pollux? Possibly some early, unrecorded version of this wonderfully hopped ale, named because its original recipe was a blend of two other outstanding Southern Tier IPAs, Hoppe and Unearthly. Because, otherwise, all I see up there is a bunch of shining dots. Still, the question is ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Brotherly Suds Ryebock Lager

Sly Fox (Pottstown, Pa.)
Rye Helles Bock
ALCOHOL: 7%

SIXPACK SEZ: Philly’s brewers returned to the city’s beer-making roots with this excellent twist on a classic German-style helles bock. Brewed first for the annual Craft Brewers Conference in May, then re-released in time for Philly Beer Week, It’s a smooth lager with just a touch of sweetness that seems lightened by the addition of rye. A collaboration by Yards, Victory, Stoudt’s, Flying Fish, Iron Hill and Tröegs.

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Sixpack of the Week: Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout

Boston Beer (Boston)
Coffee stout
ALCOHOL: 5.8%

SIXPACK SEZ: I’m not a fan of the other two canned nitros from Boston Beer (a surprisingly thin IPA and a very unsettling white ale), but this one hits on all cylinders. The rich coffee flavor is amplified by an exceedingly smooth nitrogenated body, which makes way for an aftertaste of heavenly roasted grain. It’s hard to believe this didn’t come straight off a tap.

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Sixpack of the Week: Union Craft Steady Eddie

Baltimore, Md.
American wheat ale
ALCOHOL: 7%

SIXPACK SEZ: Baltimore Orioles fans are mourning the loss of Natty Boh, apparently banned from Camden Yards at the start of the 2016 season. If they’re lucky, they can drown their misery with cans of this excellent, very juicy wheat IPA. It’s a tribute to Orioles great Eddie Murray, the last major leaguer to reach 500 HRs before the juicers (McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, A-Rod…) ruined the club.

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