Beers That Start With The Letter A

Cool retro label!
Winner March 2016 Beer of the Month
Rating: 9.2 out of 10
Brewery: North Coast Brewing
Website: northcoastbrewing.come     
Strength: 6.9%
IBUs: 55

Acme California IPA

A strong, bold, dry IPA

Best served with: Fish tacos with citrus salsa and cabbage slaw.

Acme California IPA won the silver medal at the World Beer Championships in Chicago from 2000-2006 and now it's won The Beerman's coveted Beer of the Month Award for March 2016. March frequently makes us suffer due to its multiple personality disorder so it's a month that needs a strong, steady beer.

Acme, the brand you can trust Rating: 8.75 out of 10
Brewery: North Coast Brewing
Website: northcoastbrewing.come     
Strength: 5.0%
IBUs: 21

Acme California Pale Ale

Smoth and malty but also crisp. They use Yakima Valley hops, American two-row and British malts. A really enjoyable ale.

Best served with: Fish and chips or a juicy burger.

Wreck the malls this Christmas season... Rating: 9 out of 10
Brewery: Affligem
Strength: 9%

Affligem Noel

This is as good as it gets for Christmas beers. It's a Belgian abbey ale with a rich, dark copper color, slightly malty but still crisp and dry taste, good mouthfeel and tons of head. It also has 9% ABV so be sure to give some to your grandparents or goofy aunt or uncle at Christmas dinner and watch the fun..

Best served with: Pride

That beer won't drink itself
Winner July 2015 Beer of the Month
Rating: 9.8 out of 10
Brewery: Allagash
Strength: 5.0%

Allagash White

The official Allagash site says, "Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance."

The Beerman Sez, "A great beer any time but especially on a warm summer day."

It's won a butt-load of GABF and World Beer Cup medals. And now the coveted Beer of the Month Award for July, 2015.

Best served with: Summer sunshine or white meat

So round, so firm, so fully packed... Rating: 3.5 out of 10
Brewery: Anchor
Strength: 4.9%
Calories / 12oz: 153
Carbs: 16g

Anchor Steam

The Beerman is sure he is going to hear about this, but he has never had a bottle that wasn't skunky. If someone at the brewery could send the Beerman some fresh Anchor Steam or direct him to a location in the Great Lakes area that has it on tap he would be willing to give it another chance. The Beerman is magnanamous after all.

Best served with: Red meat or pasta (or skunk cabbage if it didn't travel well).
Skunky alert!

Ack oop! Rating: 0.5 out of 10
Brewery: Coors
Strength: 4.13%
Calories / 12oz: 94
Carbs: 2.6g

Aspen Edge

Beavis Mode On: You said ass. huh uh huh uh. Beavis Mode Off: Coors Light isn't weak enough for you? If you're that into counting carbs, drink Diet Mountain Dew instead; it tastes better and has caffeine. Disclaimer: The Beerman likes to make fun of big breweries but he has nothing against Coors (other than they produce some crappy, milquetoast swill). Blue Moon and Killian's are pretty good.

This beer was discontinued on May 24, 2006, but almost nobody noticed.

Best served with: Apologies.
Hasta la vista, baby

Drunk monk alert! Rating: 8.7 out of 10
Brewery: Van Steenberge
Strength: 8%

Augustijn Abbey Ale

A strong Belgian amber ale with a slight hop flavor, floral notes, nice texture, and yeasty flavor. Augustijn is a living abbey ale that was brewed by the Augustinian fathers of Gent from 1295 to 1982. Since 1982 it's been brewed by Van Steenberge. The Beerman has never met a Belgian beer he didn't like and this is no exception.

Best served with: Any good food, especially white meat. Or more Augustijn.

Respect the goat! Rating: 9.75 out of 10
Brewery: Brauerei Aying
Strength: 6.7%

Ayinger Celebrator

A rich, malty, fairly strong Bavarian doppelbock. Very dark color, nice foamy head, and a way-cool little plastic goat. What's not to love

Best served with: pastries and dessert, roast goose, cured ham, wild turkey filet with Dijon sauce, chanterelles, with a fine cigar, game, more Celebrator.

Respect the goat! This is The Beerman's Beer of the Month for December 2014.
Winner December 2014 Beer of the Month

Thank you King Ludwig Rating: 9.8: out: of: 10
Brewery:: Brauerei: Aying
Strength: 5.8%
Calories: 174

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

This is might be the best Oktoberfest The Beerman has ever had. (To be sure if it is the best would take hundreds of dollars and some serious blind taste testing. But anyways..) It's crisp enough for an October night but still dry enough for a warm September day.

This is the winner of TB's Beer of the Month for September 2013 Best served with: Festive late summer or fall food.
Winner September 2013 Beer of the Month

As good as it gets Rating: 9.9: out: of: 10
Brewery:: Brauerei: Aying
Strength: 7.1%

Ayinger Weizen Bock

The Beerman brought this home from the new Giant Eagle beer section. It was in a paper bag that ripped as T.B. was taking it out of the car. There were three bottles; two exploded. The sole survivor was hissing and had to be consumed on the spot. Even warm, it was one of the best beers The Beerman has ever had. The texture was great, its head was full and long-lived. It's a strong, spicy wheat bock that will go with any winter meal.

Best served with: A sense of pride
Winner December 2010 Beer of the Month

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