Move Over, Rosé - 5 Beers to Try on Valentine's Day
This year, skip the chocolate covered strawberries and go for something with a bit more body. Craft beer has been on a steady rise in popularity and it makes sense: with so many styles to try, there really is something for everyone. Whether you're bringing a few over to a friend's house or putting together the ultimate date night for your significant other, we've got you covered. Who said beer wasn't romantic?
- Peak Fresh Cut Pilsner - Peak has taken the Pilsner and given it a crisp and refreshing boost. Start your day (or night) off nice and easy with a light, citrus-forward Pilsner like the Fresh Cut Pilsner. It might be tempting to dive straight into the 7% ABV drinks before dinner, but you'll enjoy this brew from Peak that comes in at a modest 4.6% without any regrets afterwards. Bonus: it pairs extremely well with appetizers and conversations on the couch.
- Hubbard's Cave Glampire Victuals - Glampire Victuals is brewed with Mosaic, Ekuanot, and Simcoe hops, which lend themselves to a citrus, fruit, and floral trifecta. Amp up the flavor just a touch with this Golden Pale Ale and slightly higher ABV of 6%. For those who are a little unsure of the hops in IPAs, a Golden Pale Ale like this one is a great introductory beverage. You get the brightness of the hops as well as the body of the malt-forward flavors. A perfect pairing with the main course at dinner or a game night.
- Glutenberg IPA - The Glutenberg IPA is a must-mention. As the name suggests, Glutenberg is brewed with all the usual flavor and fun found in beer without the gluten. This beer is a perfect gift for that certain someone you know who's always wanted to get into beer but has a gluten-free diet. Described as a bright, aromatic IPA with a crisp and sharp mouthfeel, you might find it hard to believe it's gluten free. Coming in at 6% ABV, it fits right in with the rest of the IPAs.
- Left Hand Brewing Nitro Chai Milk Stout - Left Hand went above and beyond and came up with the Nitro Chai Milk Stout. Spicy, creamy, and slightly sweet, you might take a step back and ask, "Wait, this is beer?" Perfect for anyone who's "not a beer person," a nitro beer cuts down on carbonation and amps up the flavor profile. a 5% ABV beer, the Nitro Chai Milk Stout is great for any time of day and goes well with the cold February weather. Ditch the hot chocolate and cozy up with this brew from Left Hand, instead.
D9 German Chocolate Cake - A perfect winter nightcap, this Chocolate Cake stout from D9 brewing will make you forget you have actual cake in the fridge. This imperial stout is definitely the most indulgent on the list, and for good reason: chocolate, pecans, and coconut flavors all come together into a robust, velvety brew. And since it's an imperial stout, it'll pack an extra kick. At 8% ABV, your night just got a little sweeter.
No matter the choice, beer is a unique and thoughtful gift for Valentine's Day or any time. With a variety to choose from, you can make sure you gift the perfect beverage - or a mix of all of them!
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