New Year, New Beer

Here Are Five Beers You’ve Never Heard Of


In the spirit of this new year, it’s time to talk resolutions. Every year, we find ourselves trolling for that resolution that we really do plan on keeping in the new year. Most people go for the new diet or the promise togo to the gym more often, but this year, let’s resolve to try something different. It’s a new year, so try some new beer!

This new beer isn’t just any new beer, however. This is beer that chances are, you’ve never heard of, and if you have heard of it, you haven’t tried it yet. It’s trophies like this that keep us on our toes, make us work hard for that thing we really want, so rather than hope we get the chance to try something new, let’s actually do it! Some of these beers are harder to get your hands on than others, but the end result will always be pure satisfaction, so ditch your diet and gym resolutions, and resolve to sink your taste buds into a boozy treat. Cheers, and happy beer hunting!
Singlecut Beersmiths in Queens, NY is growing a steady reputation for having some of the best beer that New York has to offer. Currently in their fermenting tanks is their Eric More Cowbell! Milk Stout, which is probably why you haven’t had a glass of it quite yet. This creamy, chocolatey and slightly sweet stout will undoubtedly heat your chilly bones all winter long, so expect to get your hands on a glass of this in just a few weeks.
If you’ve never tried any beers from the Rogue Brewery, their newest Integrity Ale is a great jumping off point. This golden ale is a re-creation of the original that was brewed 25 years ago in Rogue’s hometown of Ashland, Oregon, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the brewery. This light and hoppy beer is perfect to pair with a hearty steak or a sweet dessert.
An up and coming brewery in the beer scene, The Bruery in Placentia, California, has been working on their Black Tuesday brew since they opened in 2008. The beer is aged in bourbon barrels for over a year, so currently they are only sporting two releases, with more to come this year. This Imperial Stout clocks in at an unheard of 18.2 ABV, so be advised, this rarity is not for the faint of heart or liver.
Located in Munster, Indiana, Three Floyds Brewing Company has what is one of the most sought-after beers currently in the craft beer world, Three Floyds Dark Lord. This imperial stout has a range of flavor characteristics beer connoisseurs can only dream of; dark fruits, coffee, chocolate and molasses-like sweetness. If you happen to find yourself at the Dark Lord Day beer festival at the Three Lords Brewery, you may just be able to get your hands on a sip or two of this illustrious brew.
Portsmouth Brewery graces customers with the presence of Kate the Great but once a year, and the residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire are ready and willing to line up outside and wait for the brewery to open their doors when the clock strikes 11:00 a.m. This Russian Imperial Stout has a viscous mouthfeel and an incredible balance of coffee, chocolate and sweet raisins, and is usually sold out by the end of the day it’s released, so line up early.
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  • Hmmm, interesting, certainly not heard of beers!.... and bruery?

    Feb 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

  • Snooth User: HRob
    1472665 12

    Interesting article, and great to see beer subject matter on However, some editing tweaks are needed for this article. The name of the brewery of the first beer is SingleCut Beersmiths (not Alesmiths, which could be confused with AleSmith Brewery in San Diego). Also, the beer named Dark Lord is brewed by Three Floyds, not Three Lords. Lastly, it should be noted that the beer recipe for the beer called Kate The Great is no longer owned by Portsmouth Brewery.

    Feb 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

  • Multiple mistakes in the 3 Floyds paragraph. Dark lord is the beer, not the brewery.

    Feb 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM

  • Snooth User: Putcz
    1437539 18

    For all that live in the Kn. Tn. area. Try Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. From Alltechs in Lexington Ky. It is finished in bourbon barrels, just great. Bruce

    Feb 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

  • Snooth User: jtryka
    Hand of Snooth
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    I think we will try to make a road trip to Munster for Dark Lord Day this year!

    Feb 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

  • Snooth User: crundlet
    740012 3

    Cricket Hill Beer based in Fairfield, NJ is simply the best micro brew. Hard to find though. Sells too fast.

    Feb 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

  • Snooth User: proudmule
    1472826 28

    People come from all over the the country to buy Kate the Great.......and it's worth it.

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

  • Snooth User: lingprof
    Hand of Snooth
    155607 1,110

    4 out of 5 beers I hadn't heard of. but I live about 10 minutes from The Bruery. I think Mr Prof's best friend just bought one of those for them to share a few days ago. we will take you there if you like next time you're in so cal, lol.

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:45 PM

  • Snooth User: sbrock22
    110610 70

    The Portsmouth brewer who made Kate the Great left and took the recipe with him! He's opening Tributary Brewing in Maine soon.

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

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