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Hopworks Organic Survival "7-Grain" Stout - Beer of the Week

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In February, I flew to Portland, Oregon, with two suitcases: one full of clothes, one completely empty. My goal was to bring back as much delicious Pacific Northwest beer as possible. It's a shame that so many delicious suds don't make their way past the Rocky Mountains, much less the Oregon border. And of all the beers that I brought back, a few stood out: namely, the Hopworks Urban Brewery's Survival "7-Grain" Stout. Packed with unusual grains such as quinoa, kamut and spelt, as well as a hearty dose of Stumptown espresso, this stout is a roasty, creamy, surprisingly balanced delight -- with just enough coffee to appease the java junkies. Curious? Read the full review at Slashfood. Drink it up!

Clown Shoes Clementine - Beer of the Week

This week's beer takes its cues from the circus—sort of. Clown Shoes, hailing from Massachusetts, turns out some of the better hop-forward beers I've had lately, including the heavenly Hoppy Feet black IPA and the Eagle Claw Fist Imperial amber, which is doctored with tropical Citra hops. But with spring inching around the corner, I'm going to put my weight behind Clementine, a wondrous witbier with plenty of orange flavor and a spritzy spring in its steps. Curious? Read up the full review at Slashfood!

Kona Brewing Koko Brown - Beer of the Week

This week, I turn my beer-loving belly's attention to the only state I've never visited: Hawaii. I'm not much of a surfer, or even a sun-bather, but I could certainly spend my days drinking dreamy, island-appropriate brews such as the Kona Brewing's Koko Brown. It's a lush, eminently sippable brown ale filled with the lip-smacking flavors of toasted coconut. In a way, it recalls a liquid Almond Joy. And I love the heck out of Almond Joys. Curious? Read up the full review at Slashfood!

Bison Brewing Organic Chocolate Stout - Beer of the Week

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I may have the world's smallest sweet tooth, preferring savory sustenance to anything with sugar. That's why I was a teensy bit frightened when gandering at the bottle of Bison Brewing's Organic Chocolate Stout. But it eschews sweetness for deeply complex notes of chocolate and roast, making it an ideal end-of-dinner treat for those that prefer to drink their dessert. Curious? Read the full review at Slashfood. Drink it up!

Narragansett Porter - Beer of the Week

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For this week's beer, I turn my drinking attention to the Northeast's newest oldest brand, Narragansett. Once upon a time, this brewery was synonymous with imbibing in the New England region. But business decisions and declining quality sent the brand into a downward spiral. No longer. An able team has turned the brand around, and the brewery is cranking out killer lagers and this lovely treat. The porter pours dark and delicious, with a nice lick of bitterness and tons of creamy cocoa. Me like. Even better? The beer comes by the 16-ounce can, making for a delicious value (I paid $8.99 a six-pack.) Curious? Drink up the full review at Slashfood!

Thornbridge Saint Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout - Beer of the Week

Well, looks like I'm playing catch-up with these Beers of the Week. Been a crazy last couple weeks of traveling, from North Carolina to Portland, Oregon, and back again. But here I am, once more in Brooklyn for now—and talking about a delicious beer from Mother Britain.

The U.K.'s Thornbridge is one of the nation's best craft breweries, devising assertively hopped ales typically found on this side of the pond. But this week, I've turned my taste buds to the brewery's imperial stout. It's a peat-licked treat, just a little bit smoky and a lot delicious. Curious? Read up the full review at Slashfood!

French Broad 13 Rebels ESB Ale - Beer of the Week

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For this week's review, I take my taste buds to the great brewing state of North Carolina, which produces some of the country's finest craft beer. In particular, Asheville is the state's mecca, with more than 10 breweries turning out scrumptious beer -- like this British-style ESB from French Broad. It's approachable and appealing, with a nice mix of caramel and bitterness wrapped up in a 5.2 percent ABV package. Curious? Drink up the full review at Slashfood!

Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale - Beer of the Week

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This week, I turn my taste buds' attention back to the East Coast, settling on this lovely gem from Smuttynose. When the Wheat Wine Ale was first released in 2005, it was one of the first commercially bottled examples of this hybrid style, which substitutes much of a barley wine's barley with, well, wheat. The Smuttynose team then dry-hopped the dickens out of the beer, and aged it on oak chips. The result is a righteously drinkable delight that's a fine tipple on a blustery winter eve. Curious? Drink up the full review at Slashfood!

Bell's Expedition Stout - Beer of the Week

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Brothers and sisters, it's cold outside. I am so not ready for winter whipping me into frost-bit shape. But luckily, I'll have Bell's Expedition Stout to fend off the chill. This stout is a knockout, all chocolate and bitterness and molasses and dark fruit wrapped in a potent, 10.3 percent ABV package. In other words, it'll warm your belly even if you're trapped outside in a blizzard. Curious? Drink up the full review at Slashfood!

He'Brew Jewbelation 14 - Beer of the Week

Happy, burp, holidays!

With Ha-Ha-Hanukkah creeping around the corner, it's time to stock up on Manischewitz — or not. In lieu of that sweetened grape juice, this year I'd recommend nabbing a bottle of He'Brew Jewbelation 14. A couple sips of this stellar 14 percent brew (made with 14 hops and 14 malts) will have you spinning the dreidl like a star in no time flat. Curious about the full review? Check it out at Slashfood. Drink it up!