A new year deserves a new beer. So we rounded up a six pack of new releases from some of the country’s most beloved breweries. Big stouts, bigger IPAs, there’s even a little bit of coconut on this list. Cheers to the new year.
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Trillium Barrel Aged Outside the Lines
Trillium collaborated with Omnipollo for this imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill barrels for six months. It's 12.7%, and so good, they limited the original release (December 27) to just four bottles per person.
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Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's
Oskar Blues isn't releasing a lot of this super popular imperial IPA, and it'll only be on the shelves for a few months (January through March), so grab it while you can. They brew this beer immediately after getting their delivery of Centennial and Columbus Hops so it's as fresh as it gets.
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Nantahala Brewing Judaculla Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
This is a big stout (10% ABV) that hits all the big notes you want from a barrel-aged stout (vanilla! Whiskey!) but Nantahala also added sorghum, a local root, which adds an element of molasses to the beer.
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Starr Hill Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout
Virginia's Starr Hill goes all in with the cocoa in this stout. The result is decadent, like a rich mocha with a bit of fruit on the finish. It's 7.8% ABV, and it's brand new this year. Look for it in four-packs.
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New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA
This is one of New Belgium's brand new IPAs, sweet and juicy and aromatic thanks to the Mosaic and Amarillo hops. 7% ABV. Look for it in six-pack bottles.
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Maui Brewing Imperial Coconut Porter
Take Maui Brewing's flagship Coconut Hiwa Porter (a fine beer on its own) and take it to 11. You get intense notes of toasted coconut, cacao and coffee. It's rich and malty, 9% ABV, and pretty hard to get, with distribution limited to Hawaii, but maybe you could trade for one of these 750ml bottles.