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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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