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Part 2: Best Beers for 2008, July to December

by Nate Pachl

This is part two to a two-part article on the best beers of 2008 by month. To read part one please click here. Enjoy!

Month: July
Beer: Spotted Cow
Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company

Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since long before prohibition. New Glarus continues this pioneer spirit with their Wisconsin farmhouse ale. Brewed with flaked barley and the finest Wisconsin malts. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying.

Month: August
Beer: Trappist Westvleteren Abt 12
Brewery: Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus

This beer sells for close to $600 a case ($25 a bottle) so if you can find it, and afford it, you will be in store for a real treat. Westy 12 is the least outputted style by this brewery and it is shipped in small batches all around the world. The flavor is of deep malt combined with bitter chocolate and hops which runs velvety across the palate.

Month: September
Beer: Dogfish Head Ninety Minute IPA
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

A big beer with a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate. A four pk will set you back around $11, a more reasonable choice for the pocketbook than the Westy 12. This beer is a perfect choice to begin prepping your palate for the fall and winter brews.

Month: October
Beer: Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest
Brewery: The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinieís Okoberfest probably isnít the best Oktoberfest beer on the planet but I love it. And during a time of year when I drink a lot of beer, itís easy on my wallet. Leinieís has been producing their version of Oktoberfest since 2001. It is brewed with Munich, Caramel, and Pale malts along with Hallertan, Tettnang, Perle, and Cluster hops. This beer is an inexpensive treat.

Month: November
Beer: Expedition Stout
Brewery: Bellís Brewery Inc.

A dark heavy beer with a taste of toasted malt, licorice, and chocolate, Expedition Stout is a perfect beverage to keep you cozy when the winter turns colder

Month: December
Beer: La Fin Du Monde
Brewery: Unibroue Microbrewery

French for ďThe End Of The World,Ē this triple fermented beer is a perfect way to end your year. It is 9% APV, itís heavy, and itís delicious. Tart ales like this one have been produced by European monks for centuries. However, La Fin Du Monde is produced in Chambly, Quebec which means that American and Canadian consumers benefit since the beer they buy on store shelves is fresh unlike many direct European imports.

To read part one of this article, please click here.

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Nate Pachl manages a website that serves as a resource for the things that make life fun. offers tips on gambling/poker playin', making websites, as well as offering articles on Baseball, Football, and MMA.

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