Split the difference this holiday season. Try a craft beer/wine hybrid.

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Can’t get into wine? Are you more of a craft beer person? Here are a few sophisticated beers that combine hops and grapes for a unique take on the world of fermented beverages. Aunt Sally, Grandma Kathy and weird Uncle Lou won’t know what hit them…


WB_NobleRot1114Dogfish Head – Noble Rot

ABV: 9%
Release: Limited; 750 mL bottles

Don’t be scared off by the “rot”. Renowned for its experimental brewing attitude, Milton, DE-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery offers Noble Rot, a dry tart Belgian Saison with made with pinot gris grape must. DFH uses wine grapes sourced from Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, WA. Use the brewery’s Fish Finder to locate a Noble Rot near you.


WB_Judgement1114The Lost Abbey – Judgment Day Ale

ABV: 10.5%
Release: Year-round; 750 mL bottles and draft

Judgment Day cometh, but until it does, why not wet your whistle with The Lost Abbey’s Judgment Day Ale, a massive dark Belgian quad brewed with raisins. We recommend you buy two and hang on to one – this beer will age nicely. Find one near you.


WB_Supplication1114Russian River Brewing Company – Supplication

ABV: 7%
Release: Limited; bottle and draft

Pucker up for the first of three sour beers from Sonoma County, CA’s Russian River Brewing Company. Supplication is a brown ale that is aged for a year in used Pinot Noir barrels with sour cherries.


WB_Temptation1114Russian River Brewing Company – Temptation

ABV: 7.5%
Release: Limited; bottle and draft

Sonoma County’s beer and wine producers combine forces again on Temptation, a sour blonde ale that is aged in used Chardonnay barrels for 9-15 months. Ending on a sour note never tasted so good. (Are you salivating yet???)


WB_Consecration1114Russian River Brewing Company – Consecration

ABV: 10%
Release: Limited; bottle and draft

The darkest of Russian River’s wine/sour beer mash-ups, Consecration is a dark ale that is aged in used Cabernet barrels for just 4-8 months. This one packs in some unique flavors thanks to black currants that are added in the aging process, as well as chocolate truffle, spice and tobacco. This one’s a sipper.



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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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