The Hop Culture team is hard at work prepping for our Juicy Brews Winter Invitational fest and, on Saturday, Olivia and I are hosting a beer tasting at Lois Wine Bar. In the meantime, we drank some great wet hop beers and chatted with the co-founder of Ingenious Brewing Co.

The temperature has been steadily dropping in NYC, so we broke into some amazing fall beers at the office including a stout from Trophy and a grisette from Threes. Here are five of the best beers we drank from November 5th to the 12th.

Boo Berry Muffin

Great Notion Brewing — Portland, OR

Fruited Sour — Great Notion’s delicious Blueberry Muffin sour got a spooky Halloween treatment with an addition Boo Berry Cereal in the mash. The result is a berry with strong blueberry notes that’s mellowed out by a soft, bready flavor.

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Scout Series: Boss of Me

Trophy Brewing Co. — Raleigh, NC

Imperial Stout — This gigantic imperial stout from Trophy was a blend of two barrels, one for 6 months and one for over a year. Boss of Me has rich, roasty flavors and some subtle vanilla sweetness from the barrel. At a potent 11.5% ABV, it’s a slow sipper and worth enjoying on a weekend night around the fire. Feel free to chase it with hot cocoa.

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Passing Time

Threes Brewing — Brooklyn, NY

Grisette — This easy-drinking brew from our friends at Threes is full of delicious lemon/lime flavors and a little bit of barnyard funk. I’d highly recommend saving a bottle for Thanksgiving–it’s a great beer to pair with food.

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Spectral Focus

South County Brewing Co. — Fawn Grove, PA

India Pale Lager — I haven’t come across many breweries that can make IPLs like Jack’s Abby, but Spectral Focus from South County is a solid contender. It’s crisp with a slight lemony taste from the lager yeast and a perfect beer for the cold fall weather.

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Coolship Resurgam

Allagash Brewing Co. — Portland, ME

Lambic — We cracked open this delicious brew from Allagash to celebrate the fact that for the first time, Coolship Resurgam is hitting Allagash’s distribution network. Also, it’s just a damn good beer. Coolship Resurgam is a blend of one-, two-, and three-year-old spontaneously fermented beer and the final product is zesty, complex, and pleasant. If you see a bottle sitting on the shelf of your local liquor store, get it.

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