I will preface this list by saying I haven’t had a chance to try all of these yet, but will shortly. My day job keeps getting in the way of trying new beers and golfing… Some are new and others are annual seasonal releases, but all are worth a try.
Tröegs Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber
This is almost a mix of an amber ale and an IPA, a hoppy amber, you could say. There is a citrus flavor with the bitterness from the hops. It is fairly strong at 7.5%, so keep that in mind if you plan on throwing a few back! This is a seasonal beer that hit shelves roughly 3 weeks ago, so don’t wait if you want to give it a try.
Budweiser Black Crown
If you watched the Super Bowl, I assume you saw a few commercials for Bud’s new brew – a “Golden Amber lager – our kind of beer.” After wondering what kind of VIP party or club had everyone in black lounging and playing the guitar, I wondered how this new Bud would be. This is a step up from the regular Bud but I would not trade it for any number of craft beers. Now it’s not a bad beer, just not the pinnacle of beers, or “my kind of beer.” It would be a decent step for someone transitioning into crafts from the macro beers.
Starr Hill Double Platinum Imperial IPA
This Double IPA comes out of Virginia at 8.5%. A strong hoppy bite with some pine/grass aroma. Although it is higher in alcohol, it is not overpowering and something you can enjoy on many occasions.
Redds Apple Ale
This is a Miller Brewing product and with that bankroll, they had a Super Bowl commercial with a guy at a BBQ getting knocked out by an apple. Marketed as a beer, but seems to be in between a beer and cider. Just a note that this is not Gluten Free like other ciders, due to the way it is brewed.
Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale
Second annual release for this amber beer. It is a copper color with a citrus taste which balances the malt flavor.
Price is somewhere around $5/6-pack and at that price it is at least worth a shot. Deep red amber color but is a smooth crisp beer. Dry bock with moderate hops and a hint of caramel.
All of these are available in six-packs in stores, and if it’s not your cup of tea, I’m sure your friends will appreciate the special 5-pack gift!