The 5 Beers You NEED This Weekend (1/29/2021)

The 5 Beers You NEED This Weekend (1/29/2021)

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So, it’s the weekend, which means it’s time to start planning out which beers you’re picking up this weekend.

Instead of spending too much time scouring the Internet (and those lovely Tuesday afternoon brewery newsletters), I’m going to save you some time by compiling my list of the 5 beers you need to try this weekend.

I’ll probably do this every week (maybe on Thursdays?) moving forward, but hopefully this serves as a nice guide for you to grab the beers that I feel are going to make a big splash on palate’s this weekend.

Have some suggestions for me to feature next week? Shoot those ideas over to [email protected] or catch me in our Facebook group (where I’m known to hang out).

So here you go… give these beers a try and let me know you think!

Abstract Life 13

Hightower Brewing – Rayland, OH

Style: IPA, 5.0% ABV

Why you need it?

Let’s be honest here – you don’t need much arm-twisting to convince you to purchase a beer from Rayland, OH-based Hightower Brewing.

This weekend, Hightower is releasing version 13 of their widely-popular Abstract Life series. Version 13 of their series is a 5.0% ABV IPA featuring Amarillo, Cashmere, Idaho and Strata hops.

While the beer will obviously be tasty, the real reason you should buy it is because of the cause that it support. Abstract Life is Hightower’s charity series to benefit children with autism.

A portion of the can sales will be donated to the Wheeling, WV-based August Levy Learning Center, a non-profit that focuses on helping children with autism.

As a bonus, the kids created the label art! Class act, Hightower. Class act!

East Carnegie

East End Brewing – Pittsburgh, PA

Style: Cryo-hopped hazy IPA, 6.0% ABV

East Carnegie by East End Brewing. Photo courtesy of East End Brewing (via Facebook)

Why you need it?

I mean, how often do you see a Cryo-hopped IPA out there? Kudos to East End Brewing for putting this one out.

If you’re unfamiliar with Cryo-hopped IPAs are, the brewery describes it as…

 Cryo Hops come from a process utilizing super low temps and a nitrogen-rich environment to separate hop vegetal matter from the bits of the hops that we really want… reducing oxidation potential, and creating more concentrated lupulin oils for a more pronounced version of those juicy, resinous hop flavors that yinz crave.

East End Brewing via Facebook

Chocolate Hot Pepper Stout v1.6

Abjuration Brewing – McKees Rocks, PA

Style: Chocolate Hot Pepper Stout, 6.8% ABV

Why you need it?

When it comes to “different”, nobody brews it better than McKees Rocks, PA-based Abjuration Brewing.

While chocolate hot pepper stouts have been around or a while now, Abjuration likes to switch things up by offering different combinations of pepper and Cholaca (which is essentially pure cacao).

V1.6 of CHPS features locally-grown Lemon Drop and Ghost Peppers from Heat Forge.

Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Dortmunder

Wallenpaupack Brewing – Hawley, PA

Style: Dortmunder Barrel-Aged in Chardonnay Barrels, 5.9% ABV

Why you need it?

Dortmunders are one of my favorite styles of beer, but I haven’t come across very many of them that have been aged in chardonnay barrel. Who doesn’t love a BA beer?

So, imagine drinking a crisp lager with notes of Chardonnay wine going on? Yes, that’s why you need to buy this beer.

Critical Load

Union Brothers Brewing – Harmony, PA

Style: Hazy DIPA, 8.5% ABV

Why you need it?

I’ve been super-impressed with the hazies from Harmony, PA-based Union Brothers Brewing ever since I had the first Bumper Cars iteration at their soft opening.

So, when I logged on and saw they were dropping another hazy IPA double dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado (some of my favorite hops), I had to come here and tell you about it.

Grab it, drink it, and then go back and buy some more.

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