The stars are out. A history doc is on your laptop. The thought pops into your head, “Candy!” Maybe, instead of giving into choconuts and sugarpuffs, give your mouth a new sweet to suck on – a brewski.
Don’t know where to start in the world of dessert beers? Here are a few nom noms easily found in Durango liquor stores.
Avery Brewing Co. Tangerine Quad10.1 percent ABV
Off Avery’s Botanicals and Barrels line, this Belgian style quad pours a lovely caramel color, has full-bodied citrus flavor, and a light taste of the bourbon barrels it’s aged in.
Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break10.5 percent ABV
A dark stout brewed with coffee, vanilla beans, almonds, and a smidge of cinnamon. The barest warmth of habanero peppers warms through it.
Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout5 percent ABV
This is a chocoholic’s dream, luxuriantly creamy with a pleasant cocoa perfume. Side note: Samuel Smith’s Apricot Ale is also amazing.
Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer 5.9 percent ABV
Hands down, this is the best alcoholic root beer on the market. Vanilla, sarsaparilla, and mega sweet. Can’t get enough? Small Town Brewery also does a fab Vanilla Cream Ale.
Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Nectar8 percent ABV
Redstone’s most popular mead has an intense berry flavor and is medium-sweet with a light body and a full honey-tinged finish.
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale5.3 percent ABV
Pours an orange-amber and wafts of hella mango. A light, crisp sipping ale.
Southern Tier Brewing Co. Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout10 percent ABV
A rich, dark khaki-colored stout that gives a vanilla custard smell. The taste is a powerful caramel that sweet-fiends will adore. Bonus: You gotta try Southern Tier’s Choklat, too.
Stem Ciders Blood Orange Cyser10 percent ABV
Cyser is a term for a mead variant made of apples and honey fermented together. The zest of blood orange blends with a bottomless honey blush for a crisp-sipper.
Make a beer run to Liquor World, 695 Camino del Rio, to find the Tangerine Quad, Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, Organic Chocolate Stout, and Root Beer.
Hit up Wagon Wheel Liquors, 30 Town Plaza, for the Blood Orange Cyser, Mango Astronaut Ale, and Black Raspberry Nectar.
Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer