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Check Out These Beers You ‘Must Drink’ Before You Die

Bucket List Beers
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There are things you must accomplish in your life. While making a million dollars, winning a Super Bowl ring and banging a Playboy Playmate may be out of your reach, you can still achieve some impressive goals: like dressing like a grown-up, grilling your own dinner and drinking some of the best beers in the world.

Look, anyone can chug down the generic suds advertised at every sporting event of the past 30 years, but doesn’t your palate deserve some variety? has put together a Beer Bucket List of 25 beers you must try. All of the beers on the list are worth trying. Why not start right now? Summer unofficially arrives at 5 p.m. Friday with the start of the long Memorial Day weekend. We’ll bet if you tried, you could punch out half of the beer bucket list by Labor Day. Here are some of our favorites:


Saison Dupont



Saison Dupont is an almost perfect choice of beer for summertime drinking. Few saisons are as balanced, fruity and refreshing as this brew from the Dupont brewery. The saison style was created to be brewed in the cool months and then consumed by farm workers in the heat of summer. Even if your crop consists of one spider plant in your apartment, you can’t go wrong by grabbing yourself some of this outstanding Belgian beer this summer.



Pliny The Elder



Unlike its (also very good) Russian River Brewing Company counterpart Pliny The Younger, Pliny The Elder is a more readily available India Pale Ale (IPA). The IPA style can be a bit bracing to those drinkers unaccustomed to beers with hoppy profiles, but PTE’s blend of citrus and pine notes translates into a flavorful drinking experience.



AleSmith Speedway Stout



Beer with coffee overtones may not seem like a pleasant drinking experience, but San Diego’s AleSmith Speedway Stout gets it right. Drinkers experience the dark chocolate and caramel notes of this rich dark beer with a big 12% alcohol-by-volume (ABV). Enjoy responsibly.


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