As we enter our second year in Jack Tipple’s Year of Beer Challenge I have decided that this week’s beer is entirely your choice! So go on and pick your favorite beer or maybe that beer you’ve been curious about but just never picked up. You could even close your eyes in front of one of an open cooler door and put your hand on a beer and go with that. Cheers! -Jack Tipple

K-O is the latest invention of Dirk Naudts, one of Belgium’s leading brewmasters. For years, Dirk has been coming up with winning beer recipes for breweries large and small throughout Belgium and Holland. You would be amazed at how many beers with other people’s labels on them were actually created by Dirk.

Named for a medieval Scottish sword, Claymore Scotch ale is a tribute to the legendary “Wee Heavy” beers of Scotland. A malty, deep-ruby-hued ale, it features a generous amount of caramel sweetness, a reserved hop profile and a subtle warming character.

When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would – he threw a beer festival. Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.

Scythe and Sickle is Ommegang’s foray into honoring the harvest season. Using barley, oats, wheat, and rye, they’ve brought the mood of fall to life with vibrant and flavorful passion. Brewed with balance in mind, Scythe & Sickle reveals a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light toastiness and gentle sweetness. Bright amber in color from the mixed malts, the beer is balanced with delicate hopping to counter rather than overpower the malt profile.

BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red is a quaffable, well-balanced American red ale with character. Its malty complexity and coppery color come from a combination of two caramel malts, pale malt, and a hint of maple syrup. To complement these flavors, Anchor used three additions of Nelson Sauvin hops in the brewkettle and a unique blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Cascade for dry hopping. The result is a distinctive fall seasonal beer with extraordinary depth and intriguing aroma.

An IPA kicked up a notch to form a true double: feverishly hoppy with a malty backbone and higher than standard alcohol content. Citrusy hops tease the senses with aromatics and lingering bitterness, while just the right balance of malt disguises 2XIPA’s extra gravity. Double your expectations, this is an ale that demands reverence.

Green Flash’s West Coast IPA features Simcoe for tropical and grapefruit zest, Columbus for hop pungency, Centennial for pine notes, Citra for citrus zest, and Cascade for floral aroma all harmoniously layered throughout the brewing process.

Franziskaner is an elegant wheat beer from Bavaria. The copper-golden hue is topped with thick and creamy white foam. It has banana and citrus notes with subtle hints of spice on the finish. This classic unfiltered wheat beer pairs excellently with meats right off the grill making it a perfect beer for a cookout.

Enjoy a floral bouquet with aromas of honey, spice, coriander, and malts. It presents beneath a creamy and generous head as mildly yeasty with complex palate of malt, fruit, and spice notes and is followed by a smooth, dry finish. To date La Fin du Monde has received more medals and awards than any other beer in Canada.

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