Fordham Helles Lager
Fordham Brewing Co., Dover, Del.
This golden, malt-accented lager is patterned after the everyday brews that lederhosen-clad Bavarians quaff out of their liter steins.
Bell’s Lager Beer
Bell’s Brewery, Galesburg, Mich.
Noted for its cult favorite Hopslam and its panoply of stouts, Bell’s Brewery also offers this well-balanced pale lager mellowed by a six-week maturation in the tanks.
Eliot Ness Amber Lager
Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio
The lawman of Untouchables fame served for seven years as Cleveland’s safety director; hence the brewery honored him with this ruddy amber lager in the Vienna style.
Festie Amber Lager
Starr Hill Brewing Co. Crozet, Va.
Originally brewed for the Oktoberfest season, this malty, slightly grainy Marzen-style lager has been promoted to a year-around brew and now comes in cans.
Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa.
Back by invitation for a second crack at the title, this unusually hoppy and complex Pilsener derives its bite from German and Czech whole-flower hops.
Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, Colo.
That’s brewery owner Adam Avery’s grandfather on the label of this well-hopped pale Pilsener, which is packaged in cans only.
Small Craft Warning Uber Pils
Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore
Hoppy and strong (about 7 percent alcohol by volume), this pungent pils from Clipper City’s Pyrate Fleet series returns for another engagement.
Coney Island Sword Swallower
Shmaltz Brewing Co., San Francisco and New York)
The company is best known for its He’Brew the Chosen Beer label, but it also markets a Coney Island series of offbeat lagers, including this IPA-influenced Pilsener.
FRUIT AND SPICE
Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria
Port City’s first-ever offering was this traditional Belgian-style wheat beer, made with unmalted wheat and oats and spiced with coriander, orange peel and grains of paradise.
DreamWeaver Wheat Beer
Troegs Brewing Co., Hershey, Pa.
Now ensconced in a new state-of-the-art brewery in Hershey, Troegs continues to offer this unfiltered, German-style wheat beer, with characteristic banana and clove notes.
Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, Calif.
After touring Belgium for “hands-on inspiration,” the Green Flash brew crew came up with this refreshing pale ale bottle-conditioned with the wild yeast Brettanomyces.
The Bruery, Placentia, Calif.
Brewer Patrick Rue’s take on a rustic Franco-Belgian farmhouse ale incorporates rye for an extra spicy character and a wild yeast to add “notes of leather and earth” over time.