This is a weekly series in which we feature beers from Craft Shack that are particularly rare, fantastic, or both.
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.
Citra Ass Down!, Against The Grain Brewery
Description: Brewed with Pale, Vienna, Munich and wheat malt for a solid base for all American hops, focusing mainly on the variety “Citra.” Citra, has a distinct citrusy and tropical fruit flavor and aroma. Citra Ass Down uses American Columbus hops for bittering and Citra at the end of the boil for late kettle addition flavor and aroma. The beer is then dry-hopped with more Citra for aroma.
BA Score: 88
Funky Gold Citra, Prairie Artisan Ales
Description: Dry-hopped sour ale with Citra hops. One time release.
Untappd Score: 4.06
Dymaxion, Modern Times Beer
Description: This crushable pale ale packs in New Zealand hops, yielding an intensely aromatic profile that marries a bouquet of tropical characteristics with crisp, biting citrus over a dry malt backbone.
1976 Anniversary Ale, Blackberry Farm Brewery
Style: Introducing 1976, an imperial saison crafted in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Blackberry Farm.
Fruitlands with Guava & Passionfruit, Modern Times Beer
Description: Fruitlands is tart, fruity, and delicious, with the sour, salty base beer bringing the funky refreshment, while the heavy dose of real fruit turns the whole thing into a tasty flavor bomb.
Notes: Now in cans.
BA Score: 89
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