But the best I’ve found so far comes from the Sunshine State. Funky Buddha Brewery, located near Fort Lauderdale in Oakland Park, Fla., has pumped out some of the most imaginative brews to ever generate a buzz. No Crusts, a brown ale that tastes like peanut butter and jelly, is a classic. Funky Buddha’s Sweet Potato Casserole is a must at your Thanksgiving celebration.
But the one I keep putting in my fridge is the Manhattan Double Rye from the brewery’s Mixology Series. They mix double rye ale (aged in High West Distillery rye whiskey barrels) with a Belgian tripel aged in wine barrels. The result is a 12.7% ABV beer that’s supposed to taste like a fizzy Manhattan that actually tastes better than the best Manhattan—and you don’t need a cocktail shaker, a funny-shaped glass or those expensive dark cherries.
It’s the perfect nightcap, and if that makes me a beer snob, so be it. I’ll happily raise my pinky the next time I tip one back.