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Binny’s Mailbag: Beer Recommendations


   We’re offering you a peek at our mail with Binny’s Mailbag. Here’s a great beer question, the kind of open-minded searching that really gets us going:


Can you recommend a beer that tastes similar to each one of these three?
- Kalamazoo Stout – Green Line – Gumball Head

Much appreciated! Regards, CK


Hi CK, and thanks for the great question!


   We think a great alternative to the Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout is Sierra Nevada’s Stout, a well-rounded stout in good availability. If you are big Bell’s fan, you could give their Double Cream Stout a try, which is similar in ABV and flavor, but has more of a creamy texture and mouthfeel.

    Goose Island’s Green Line Pale Ale is a bit on the light side compared with many other American versions of Pale Ale’s (and isn’t bottled, which is why we can’t offer it). Give Stone Pale or Founder’s Pale Ale a try.


   Gumball Head will be a bit tougher though. It is hoppier than any wheat beer we have in the store, so nothing will match perfectly. If you want to go the wheat route, Boulevard Wheat is a great candidate. If you like Gumball Head’s hop profile, we have found Victory Headwaters Pale Ale and Emmett’s Victory Pale Ale to be similar in flavor.


   We sure hope this helps! There are so many amazing beers!


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5 thoughts on “Binny’s Mailbag: Beer Recommendations

  1. One tip to get close to the Greenline is to mix Goose Islands IPA with their 312. Gets you close to the taste of a Greenline.

  2. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale is another hoppy wheat beer that is a little sweeter and not as spicy as Gumballhead but might be another good alternative.

  3. Steve – We do carry Three Floyds products. The problem is that demand for their stuff is astronomical right now and they can’t keep up with production. We buy as much as we can whenever we can, and it sells out right away! They are taking steps to increase their output, but until we see some big changes, it’s going to stay a hot commodity.

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