American Craft Beer Week: Our Top 7 Craft Beer Picks

May 15, 2015Kyle Westfall

Have you been celebrating American Craft Beer Week? Admittedly, this is pretty much every week at Craft a Brew headquarters, but we do love the opportunity to celebrate craft beer. And in honor of the occasion, we've put together a week's worth of our favorite brews.

1. Heady Topper- The Alchemist 
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8%
Described as a "complex web of genius," this coveted brew out of Waterbury, VT is sold only in limited production and normally sells out within days of being released. Is it worth they hype? In a word, yes. This is a true bucket-list beer and any ACBW wouldn't be complete without one. Drink it right from the can - they say that pouring it in a glass diminishes the flavor.


2. Bourbon County Coffee Stout - Goose Island
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 13.4%
Made with coffee from Goose Island Brewery's neighboring Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, this boozy but smooth and full-bodied stout is slightly sweet and heavy on the coffee notes. Intense and complex, this brew leaves you wanting another. Plus, we love we breweries source local, high-quality ingredients for their beer!


4. Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.2%
With citrus and tropical fruit notes, this easy to drink and well-balanced APA pairs well with just about anything and is a favorite at our offices.

5. Parabola - Firestone Walker
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 14%
With bold notes of bourbon, tobacco, chocolate and charred oak, this is a great stout to share with a friend over dessert (or as dessert itself). It has a steep alcohol content so enjoy in moderation!

6. Pliny The Elder - Russian River
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 8%
This DIPA features citrusy and pine notes and is super balanced in its hoppiness. Fans of a good double IPA can't go wrong with this classic.



7. Chocolate Rain - The Bruery
Style: Imperial stout
ABV: 19.5%
Black and velvety, with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and a bit of booziness. We recommend enjoying this while listening to the original Chocolate Rain masterpiece. 



What are your favorite craft brews to enjoy during American Craft Beer Week?

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