If You Like That Beer, You’ll Love This Craft Beer
After years of drinking the tried and true basic beers, it can be a bit intimidating to break into the craft beer scene. But, in a world full of flavor and endless brew options, there’s a good chance of finding a craft beer with your name on it. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of craft beers comparable to your favorite basic beer. Basically, what we’re trying to say is “If you like that beer, you’ll love this craft beer.”
🍺 If You Like Blue Moon
Try: Allagash White
Brewery: Allagash Brewing Company
If Blue Moon is your beer of choice, you may like Allagash White as it boasts a similarly refreshing balance of citrus and spice. Both are light, medium-bodied Belgian-stye wheat beers brewed with wheat and oats. At first glance, you’ll notice how similar Allagash looks in a glass, giving off a familiar golden, hazy appearance. Then, as you raise the glass to your nose, an aroma of citrus notes are present. Finally, upon first sip, a subtle taste of orange peel, coriander, and clove fills your palate. This is due to the traditional tart curaçao orange peel featured in the brew. Blue moon, however, uses Valencia orange peel in their recipe (which is slightly sweeter). Overall, if you enjoy a refreshing, and by no means overpowering beer, you won’t be disappointed in Allagash White.
🍺 If You Like Miller Lite
Try: Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
If a light American pilsner, like Miller Lite, is your go-to, upgrade your selection with a Czech Pilsner called Mama’s Little Yella Pils. Coming in at around 100 calories, Mama’s is specially made for a crisp and easy drinking session similarly to the light-bodied Miller Lite. Both beers are brewed with a blend of pale malt and traditional Saaz hops. However, Mama’s does not use corn syrup during the fermentation process and instead uses German yeast for a richer flavor. All in all, light beer drinkers will enjoy the delightful aroma of peppercorn, dried herbs, and sweet corn. Followed up by the herbal, lemony, honey, grainy malt flavors after taking the first sip.
🍺 If You Like Guinness
Try: Milk Stout Nitro
Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company
If Guinness is your favorite beer, you’ll get a kick out of the comparable Milk Stout Nitro. In fact, Left Hand Brewing Company is the first craft brewery to achieve Guinness’s signature layer of rich, creamy foam on top. That is, however, if the nitrogenated beer is “poured hard” at 180 degrees out of the bottle into a glass. Like Guinness, Milk Stout Nitro appears distinctively dark, almost jet black, in the glass. The aroma is fairly light with touches of brown sugar, vanilla cream, tootsie roll, and milk chocolate. Flavor-wise, this is similar to Guinness in that the roasty, mocha flavors rise up with a velvety, mild bitter finish. So, if a smooth, creamy and balanced stout is what you’re after, give Milk Stout Nitro a fair shot.
Or, if You Just Like Beer…
You can find all of these craft beers and much more at Chad’s BBQ. We are more than happy to make recommendations for you. Just come on into the restaurant and we’ll help steer you in the right direction. You can also find more featured brews in our American Craft Beer Week 2020 blog. But, in the mean time, here are some notable Maryland craft beers to try:
- Feed The Monkey – Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, MD. This is a great beer to try if you like Allagash and Blue Moon.
- If you like Sierra Nevada beers for their variety of IPAs try these specialty IPA’s:
- Nanticoke Nectar – RAR Brewing in Cambridge, MD
- Situation Critical – Eastern Shore Brewing Company in St. Michaels, MD
- Duckpin Pale Ale – Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore, MD