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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!

Avery's Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Beer of the Week

In America, decades of mega-brewer dominance has saddled pilsners with a bad rap -- watery, flavor-deprived and as exciting as Styrofoam. Thankfully, Colorado's genre-stretching Avery has decided to rewrite the rule book with its Joe, an aromatic pilsner that packs plenty of flavor and aroma in a tidy 4.7 percent ABV package. It's a beer you'd be pleased to pour into a pint glass or glug while pushing a lawnmower. Curious? Drink 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!

Hair of the Dog Adam - Beer of the Week

My latest beer pick takes me to Oregon's Heater Allen, quite possibly Oregon's most excellent lager-producing brewery. In the land of hoppy beers, this is quite an accomplishments. Folks poo-poo dark dunkels and sparkling pils in lieu of monstrously hoppy brews that smell a little like a certain stinky green weed. But Heater Allen is turning heads with terrific brews like Coastal, an easy-drinking, super-aromatic riff on the California common, a classic American. Curious? Drink 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!

Brouwerij De Dochter Van De Korenaar's Bravoure - Beer of the Week

When I was a teenager, I used to spend my afternoons browsing CD racks, searching for the latest new bands. Now, in my thirties, I spend my afternoons browsing beer stores, searching for the latest new beers. Though the medium has changed, my mania remains the same.

Last week, I was idly examining the shelves at Manhattan's Whole Foods on the Bowery when I came across the handsomely labeled brews from Belgium's Brouwerij De Dochter Van De Korenaar. On a whim, I bought the Noblesse and the Bravoure. My world was rocked. The Noblesse was a dry, bitter delight, and the Bravoure was gently perfumed with smoke -- an easy-drinking smoked ale, if you can believe it. I was so smitten with Bravoure that I wrote about it for my Slashfood Beer of the Week column. Curious? Drink it up!

Firestone Walker 14 - Beer of the Week

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This week, I turn my cold-weakened taste buds to the West Coast, where I pour myself a big ol' glass of Firestone Walker's 14. The brewery's annual anniversary beer is a tour de force blend of barrel-aged stouts, barley wines and double strength pale ales. Instead of ending up a disgusting jumble, like one of the cocktails you construct from the dregs of your liquor cabinet, 14 is a nuanced marvel. Want to hear more? Drink up my full review at Slashfood!