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Maxim Beer Awards: New Kids on the Block

The latest and greatest beers to hit the shelves.


Horizon Red Ale
Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul, MN

Availability: Year-round, 13 states
A deep reddish-amber color and a bready, spicy taste on top of fruity sweetness make this stand out like a redhead in a room full of brunettes.



Harpoon Belgian Pale Ale
Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA
Availability:
Year-round, 26 states
Sweet and citrusy like any good Belgian ale, Harpoon’s latest has a mouthfeel like rainbows and butterfly wings (according to our amazingly tipsy intern, at least).





Samuel Adams
Revolutionary Rye Ale
Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

Availability: January–April, nationwide
The newest addition to hop-sniffing madman Jim Koch’s brewery, this red-hued ale is brewed with rye, giving it a spiciness that will make you stand and salute.




Silver Moon Bridge Creek Pilsner
Silver Moon Brewing Company, Bend, OR

Availability: Year-round, Oregon
A bright, crisp, easy-drinking pils that’s already won awards. Open one to see why. (Wear goggles!)





Mischief 
The Bruery, Placentia, CA
Availability:
Limited, 21 states
This mix of American IPA and Belgian strong ale is spiked with extra hops for a jolt of bitter citrus. One taste and you’ll be up to no good in no time.



 


Sweet Water Sch'wheat
Sweet Water Brewing Company, Atlanta, GA
Availability:
Year-round, southeastern states
This very drinkable pale yellow beer has a hint of citrus and hops, perfect for hot, sch’weaty days.





The Abyss 2010 Reserve
Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR
Availability:
Limited, 16 states
Bitter chocolate, coffee, and burnt treacle blend into a syrupy-smooth (and hella thick!) black beer. Not for sessions, but a perfect one-off.





Red Trolley Ale
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, San Diego, California

Like Michael Jordan, this medium-bodied beer has won two gold medals--one at the World Beer Cup, one at the Great American Beer Festival. It's distributed in SoCal, but for more exclusive stuff, check out their monthly on-tap-only releases. Here's to liquid salvation! 

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