Sixpack of the Week: Somerset Wild

The Wild Beer Co. (Evercreech, England)
Sour English ale
ALCOHOL: 5%

SIXPACK SEZ: This grown-up lemonade of a beer is the product of wild fermentation with yeast harvested from orchards in Somerset, England, not far from the brewery. Its acidic, wine-like character is a bit one-dimensional and it might’ve benefited from blending with a fuller-bodied beer. But it’s a nice stab and I’ll look for other varieties from this imaginative brewery.

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Sixpack of the Week: Troegs Scratch 212 Chocolate Stout

Troegs (Hershey, Pa.)
Chocolate stout
ALCOHOL: 7.1%

SIXPACK SEZ: Though this rotating small-batch brewhouse series has been around a long time, you could buy it only if you trudged out to Chocolate Town, USA, and visited the brewery’s in-house store. Finally it’s hitting the big time as part of a seasonal variety case, and the debut is a winner: A velvety smooth chocolate milk stout that will have you reaching for a straw. I’d love to see this served on ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Ballast Point Ballast Point Homework Series Batch No. 6

Ballast Point (San Diego)
Porter
ALCOHOL: 7.8%

SIXPACK SEZ: Now this is the kind of take-home assignment a beer drinker can get behind. Ballast Point’s Homework Series comes with a detailed recipe so homebrewers can do it themselves, then compare how close their work comes to the original. This one’s a beautiful robust porter sweetened with a bit of Belgian candi sugar that’s worthy of an all-nighter.

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Sixpack of the Week: Conshohocken Day Without A Dawn

Conshohocken Brewing (Conshohocken, Pa.)
Imperial black IPA
ALCOHOL: 8.2%

SIXPACK SEZ: The brewery’s standard black IPA (Doll’s Eye) is nice, and all that. But if you really want to see what a brewer can do with the style, step up to this imperial version – a righteous fist-pounder with a solid but not overwhelming roasted malt background and a big smack of resinous hops. A four-pack of 16-ounce cans? No way you’ll see sunrise.

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Sixpack of the Week: Spring House Martians Kidnap Santa!

Spring House (Lancaster, Pa.)
Flavored stout
ALCOHOL: 8.3%

SIXPACK SEZ: I totally remember Santa Claus Conquers the Martians as a double feature back in the ‘60s at the old Brookline Theater. The dastardly Martians kidnapped St. Nick, but only because their bratty kids had become jealous that they didn’t have a Santa of their own. The aliens should’ve made off with a couple cases of this smooth, spiced “egg nog” stout instead.

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