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2.21.17

The Best Beer Available Online This Week

This week we focus on sour ales, which are great fresh or aged, and an IPA in cans.

Written by J. Travis Smith

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One of our missions at Hop Culture is to make the craft beer movement — the culture, the beer, the knowledge — more accessible to everyone. For drinkers living outside of the major beer cities, or simply on the opposite coast from their favorite brewery, much of beer journalism is an exercise in unfulfillable coveting. If a beer isn’t distributed to your local beer store or bar, you aren’t drinking it. Not anymore.

For the price of shipping, drinkers living across America can get the nation’s best beer delivered straight to their door. So for those wanting to sample the best of the craft beer revolution, look no further. Here are the five best bottles of beer available online this week.

Breaking Bud IPA, Knee Deep

Description: Old school meets new school in this fresh approach to the classic IPA. Features the restrained bitterness and alcohol of a classic IPA with newer tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas of Mosaic.
ABV: 6.5%
Notes: First time in cans.
BA Score: 92

Buy Online: $3
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The Valley of the Heart’s Delight, Almanac Valley

Description: This barrel sour blonde ale was combined with local apricots and strawberries for a fruit-forward sour.
ABV: 7%
BA Score: 94

Buy Online: $13
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Blueberry Jack, Almanac Valley X Stillwater

Description: This hazy collaboration is a blend of a blonde Brettanomyces-fermented ale aged in both oak barrels and foedres, then combined with California-grown blueberries and blackberries. After maturing, the beer is dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, Simcoe, Galaxy, Nugget, and Sterling hops.
ABV: 6.75%

Buy Online: $13
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Old Dishoom, American Solera

Description: Old ale aged in sherry barrels with a mix of Brett cultures.
Notes: This year, American Solera was named the best new brewery in the United States and second in the world at this year’s Ratebeer Best awards in Sonoma County, California.

Buy Online: $14
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Money Blend, American Solera

Description: Money Blend is a farmhouse ale fermented with a mixed culture and aged in oak puncheons for 18 months. The beer is oaky and dry. The beer has a soft texture and is full of lemon and funk.
Notes: This year, American Solera was named the best new brewery in the United States and second in the world at this year’s Ratebeer Best awards in Sonoma County, California.

Buy Online: $14
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