BLUE MOON BELGIAN WHITE WHEAT ALE

Arguably the best macro brew marketed in the States, bringing forth a delightfully moderate Belgian-styled yeast strain that’s undeniably indelible and tantalizingly idiosyncratic. Bright citrus nose snuggles delicate coriander-spiced lemon and orange peel spritz, assuring hop-spiced ale its ephemeral quality. Lilting honeyed yeast sweetness may lack syrupy thickness, but tart white-wined green grape esters prove ample above wispy wheat spine.

BLUE HEN BLACK & TAN

Strong fruity essence not often associated with Black & Tans. For better or worse, bitter chocolate notes overwhelmed by grainy lager sharpness. Distracting over-carbonation and sour mocha finish are letdowns, but a burst of sweetness coats the aftertaste. As with many black and tans, it loses its natural essence since it’s difficult to create in the bottle and easier to blend on tap when mixed at the time of serving.

BLUEGRASS DARK STAR PORTER

Robust English-styled ruby red port gluts dry coffee prominence with charred hop bitterness, powdered chocolate souring, unrefined maple sapping and chalky cocoa snip for creamy chocolate milkshake thickness. Hickory-seared charcoal, pine tar, cigar ash and tobacco chew undertones deepen black cherry conviction and soured raisin stipend to vegetative bottom.