While beer ratings or lengthy reviews aren’t really our thing (click here to read why), we recently decided that it might be worthwhile to highlight a few of our favorite beers from the past week. The beer aisles are pretty crowded these days, so a trusted recommendation can come in handy. That said, just because we liked something, doesn’t mean you necessarily will. The best strategy for finding what you think is a tasty beer is to experiment with different styles and flavor profiles, ask your beertender for a taste, and trust your own palette. Here’s what our palettes were loving this past week:

Peach Feyborn Berliner Weisse by Down The Road Beer Co.

In case you missed it, the well known contract brewer recently opened its own brewery and taproom in Everett. We had the privilege of attending their industry night soft opening and this one blew our socks off. Here’s how they describe it: a kettle-soured wheat beer that opens with puckering tartness that breaks to juicy peach before a smooth, cereal finish. Accessible for those who are just beginning to dabble with the tart side, yet exotic and nuanced for sour veterans. It’s available at the brewery and distributed in 16-ounce cans throughout the state.

Aeronaut Brewing Cocoa Sutra Milk Stout

If, like George Costanza, “only the purest syrup nectar can satisfy you,” A trip to Aeronaut for their Cocoa Sutra Milk Stout should do the trick.

Cocoa Sutra by Aeronaut Brewing

Another taproom exclusive, this 7% sweet milk stout brewed with cocoa nibs from Somerville Chocolate was a perfect way to celebrate International Stout Day on Thursday. Dark and rich, with a soft and silky mouthfeel, its roasty and chocolatey flavors were delicious. “If we could, we’d guzzle it by the gallon.”

Kettle Charge IPA from Vitamin Sea Brewing

One of the hottest home brewers on the South Shore, or anywhere for that matter, this New England style IPA is like a hop head’s dream come true. Absurdly juicy up front, amazing mouthfeel, and seriously bitter throughout. Unfortunately, these guys are not commercial brewing it, yet. They’re in the process of finding a space for a brewery and taproom in 2018. In the mean time, you might be able to get your hands on some if you’re patient and resourceful. Good luck.

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