We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's a myth about dark beers that's not altogether fair: that they're stronger, “filling,” and generally more imposing. The idea is unfounded, of course; dark does not equal flavor or potency. Still, New Jersey’s Carton Brewing plays fun games with that misconception with their Carton of Milk, a low-alcohol milk stout that puts roasted malt and milky smooth sweetness into a package with less alcohol than a Coors Light. This beer is not a taste bomb by any means, but it's not meant to be: It blends pleasant dark roasts and creamy sweetness into a package that is absurdly easy to drink—and at 4 percent ABV, you can drink it all day long. Try it at Fountain Porter and other places that tap New Jersey beers.
PW's Year of Beer: Cigar City Maduro
PW's Year of Beer: Carton B.D.G.