The Featured Four: Someone spilled bourbon and gin in my beer, but I don’t mind.

Spending the better part of the last month in the beer cooler avoiding the heat has given me the opportunity to check out some new beers.  These are either newly released or just beers that I haven’t tried; but what keeps happening is that every week I try one that I can’t believe I haven’t had before and isn’t already in my beer fridge.

So starting now, I am going to feature four beers every month from the beer cooler that I think are great finds.  They could be new, hard to find, or special-release beers.  And the best part is they will all be on sale until I run out or pick four more.  This month, I’ve started with two new releases and two rather unique selections:

Lexington Brewing’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale – You may have already tried this beer on draft, but now you can finally take it home.  This is truly a bourbon-lovers beer, but you don’t need a cowboy hat and a mustache to appreciate it.  Just try a few sips and you’ll find that bourbon aged beers do not need to be huge stouts and you don’t need to love whiskey to love this beer.  Regular Price:  $14.99 Sale Price: $11.49

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale (6pk) – This beer has been around for some time, but I just tried it a few months back and had to smack myself for not trying it sooner.  Juniper berries and revolution hops make this beer smoother than a cashmere codpiece and with a unique spicy dry finish.  Its quite session-able and flavorful enough to be drunk year-round.   Regular Price:  $12.49 Sale Price: $9.99

 Urthel Saisonniere – This beer was the recent winner at the World Beer Awards for Europe’s Best Seasonal Pale Ale.  It is unique in that it is brewed in the Saison style, but with added wheat, giving this bottle-conditioned beer a slightly sweet and slightly dry finish.  At 6% ABV, you can enjoy one or five this evening.   Regular Price: $4.99 Sale Price: $3.99

Schlafly Biere de Garde – This bottle-conditioned ale is made in the French Farmhouse style with the traditional Farmhouse yeast strain from Northern France.  In the old world, this style was brewed in the spring and aged until the fall and winter months.  Unlike its Belgian cousin, the Saison, the aging gives this beer a richer, sweeter taste.  Easily one of my new favorites.  Regular Price:  $10.99 Sale Price:  $7.99


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