I won't torture you with terrific but one-of-a-kind beers you're never going to see again, such as District Chop House's wet-and-dry-hopped bourbon-barrel-aged Trippel (I copped the note sheet for this firkin from the Real Ale Fest). Instead, a few, random, if-you-see-them-try-them suggestions, in no particular order:
*Clipper City did an experimental batch of The Great Pumpkin aged in a bourbon barrel. I know that I saw exactly 12 22-ounce bottles at the brewery. One surfaced at the Hugh-Sisson-returns-to-Ryleigh's event during Baltimore Beer Week. As Hugh himself told us: "Now, I don't usually like pumpkin beers. And I don't like bourbon beers, as a rule. But this works!" I beg of you, Clipper City: DO MORE.
*Brooklyn Brewery's Manhattan Project, a strong rye. Nice.
*The Bruery Rugbrod. My wife's new favorite.
*Olivers My Monkey's Got Wood, the wood-aged Hot Monkey Love. If you like oak-aged 3 Lions, you'll like this.
*Williams Bros. Fraoch 20th Anniversary. "Heather ale matured in single malt whisky casks. 11% alc/vol, triple version: matured in ex-sherry casks previously used to mature single malt speyside whisky for 20 years. The resulting ale has a unique oak / sherry / whisky character, which is best appreciated slightly chilled in a large wine glass. Ingredients: malted barley, oats, wheat, natural heather flowers, myrtle leaves and hops." Limited to 7500 750-ml bottles; one opened for immediate pre-Opening Tap toast among BBW committee aboard the Constellation.
More to come.....................
UPDATE: Fraoch 20th Anniversary will be served at Max's Taphouse's Tuesday Beer Social on Oct. 27th.