Mix-A-Six: The Newbie Edition

Six beers that have entered Philly coolers this fall.

By Suzanne Woods
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OK, so this isn't THE Beer Lass. But our Beer Lass, Suzanne Woods, has six great recommendations for new-to-Philly beers.

Photo by a4gpa, via Flickr.

Furthermore Three Foot Deep 5.5% abv

This beer will talk dirty to you. It’s an Irish-style dry stout (from Florida) with a pinch of peat that adds smokiness and an earthiness. It’s the beer I want in my hand when I hear the fire crackle for the first time this season. $2.45

Terrapin Rye Squared 8.5% abv

Ignore the turtle on the label- this beer will get you there quickly. This rye double IPA is penny- tinted pretty. It’s got double the malt, double the hops and double the character of its little sister, their flagship Rye IPA. Terrapin is one of the best new breweries to hit Philly. Try their Left Hand collaboration, Depth Charge, if you can find it. $3.60

21st Amendment Live Free or Die IPA 7% abv

There are 45 craft breweries canning around the states now. Why cans? The opacity prevents oxidation- think cardboard, and skunking- think green-bottled import lagers. Sustainability-the cylinders break down quicker. They are lighter trips to the curb at the end of the night and cans can go where no bottle has gone before. This IPA is not for the “hop head” alone, but has a nice biscuity malt backbone making it more accessible for those wanting to ease into the style. $2.20

Great Lakes Dortmunder 5.8% abv

This golden lager has the perfect balance of malt and German noble hops. Its snappy character makes for an ideal food beer. And it IS turkey time, isn’t it? Having won 13 gold medals out of the last 14 years at the World Beer Championships, this Cleveland craft might deserve a place at your Thanksgiving table. $2.35

Dark Horse Black Bier 7% abv

This is the No. 1 seller for the Marshall, Michigan brewery at the Foodery. The donkey on the label is a bit of a mystery. But my delight with the bottle’s contents was no surprise. It was a viscous, creamy, bitter chocolate, big- but balanced beer. Labeled as an American Strong, but will keep stout lovers happy all winter long. $2.35

Cigar City Impovisacion 9% abv

Tampa actually bills itself as “American’s Next Great City.” Curious. But they’re better known as Cigar City. These Floridians are all about innovation. They even have a “Humidor” series in which their beers are aged on cigar box cedar. Here you have a complex Oatmeal Rye Indian Brown Ale. There’s a distinct spiciness from the rye. It’s also like a pine tree dipped in caramel and chocolate. $16.95

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1. Satten said... on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:47AM

“Nice selection, Suzy. I look forward to picking up and trying that Dark Horse.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 20, 2009 at 05:10PM

“Thanks for the nice words re: Furthermore. Glad to be in Philly! For the record though, we come from the land of cheese, not the land of botched elections. I know, I know - splitting hairs... ;)”

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