Flagship February

Tastes and trends in the beer world continue to evolve and sadly we’ve lost some beautifully made beers along the way. Beer writer Stephen Beaumont had a clever idea. Why not use the month of February to revisit some of the classics that helped build the American craft beer scene. We liked his #FlagshipFebruary call to action and revisited some of our favorite flagships. A big round of cheers to all these enduring classics.

Dale's Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$9.99

RELEASED IN 2002
One of the first craft beers in a can! Nearly two decades have passed since Oskar Blues filled their first can of Dale’s and it’s as resiny and citrusy as ever. A hearty American classic that blurs the line between APA and IPA.

Big Sky Moose Drool

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$8.99

RELEASED IN 1995
A serious beer with a silly name. People rarely talk about brown ales, and while the style might not seem very sexy, this is one beautiful beer. Four different malts build and impressive depth of flavor, while Goldings, Willamette and Liberty hops provide just enough bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. One of the best brown ales ever brewed.

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Allagash White

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$11.99
$12.99

RELEASED IN 1995
If you’ve only had one beer from Allagash, chances are it was this one. When it comes to Belgian-style witbier, it’s hard to beat this multi medal winner. Creamy, fruity and spicy, it’s a perfectly balanced white ale that’s become the standard bearer for the style.

Dragon's Milk

New Holland Dragon's Milk

4 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$13.99
$15.99

RELEASED IN 2001
New Holland began brewing this indulgent stout two decades ago and it quickly became their most recognized brew. Oak aging imparts flavors of vanilla, butterscotch and sweet spice that meld perfectly with its big mocha finish. Unlike most barrel aged stouts, this delicious brew is available all year long, making it a dependable favorite. Also makes a great beer float – try adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream.

Gumballhead

Three Floyds Gumballhead

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$12.99

RELEASED IN 2003
It’s hard to pick a flagship for 3 Floyds. Alpha King, Zombie Dust, what about Gumballhead? Originally released as a summer seasonal, Gumballhead got its name and label artwork from the Rob Syers comic character Gumballhead the Cat. This crushable American wheat showcases the Amarillo hop in all its glory, delivering big grapefruit, apricot, and peach aromatics. A super refreshing crowd-pleaser that’s inspired a long line of copycats.

Alaskan

Alaskan Amber

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$8.99

RELEASED IN 1986
Alaskan’s signature amber ale is a German style Altbier that drew inspiration from a 19th Century Alaskan Gold Rush era brew. It's rich and malt forward, but with just enough hops to keep things perfectly balanced. Remarkably food friendly and a reliable crowd pleaser.

Lagunitas

Lagunitas IPA

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$8.99
$9.99

RELEASED IN 1995
Pouring a deep golden hue, Lagunitas IPA exudes lovely aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine. A touch of caramel malt is not only a solid nod to the style’s heritage, but it also provides balance and drinkability. Despite being famous for some monstrously hoppy brews, this iconic IPA is a lasting reminder that Lagunitas brews quaffable ales just as well.

Left Hand

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$10.99

RELEASED IN 1999
Not long ago, Milk Stout was an all but forgotten style. Thankfully Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing almost single handedly brought it back to life. Brewed with lactose (milk sugar), notes of dark roast coffee and cocoa slide into a soft, sweet finish. In 2011, Left Hand became the first American craft brewery to offer nitro in a bottle – taking this soft and creamy stout to a whole new level.

Deschutes

Deschutes Black Butte

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$8.99
$9.99

RELEASED IN 1988
Rarely does a brewery pitch a porter as their flagship brew, but when it’s as good as Black Butte it makes perfect sense. The beauty behind Black Butte, is that it’s rich in complexity, yet light enough in body to leave you thirsty for another. A soft and creamy porter, with a lovely mocha finish.

Anchor Steam

Anchor Steam

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$8.99

RELEASED IN 1971
Few breweries are as closely associated with a particular beer style as Anchor is with Steam Beer. A unique product of the 19th century, Steam Beer is fermented with lager yeast in large shallow vats, but at ale yeast temperatures. The resulting beer is fruity and floral, with rich caramel malts balanced by woodsy Northern Brewer hops. When Anchor brews this American classic it’s called Steam Beer, for anyone else, it’s a California Common.

Bell's Amber

Bell's Amber Ale

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$9.99

RELEASED IN 1985
So much of today’s talked about beer is all about extremes. Balanced beer might not seem sexy, but at the end of the day, it’s something we revere. Bell’s Amber offers caramel malt sweetness that’s perfectly contrasted with citrusy and earthy hop bitterness. When it comes to amber ale, Bell’s Amber is a benchmark beer.

Great Lakes

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$9.99

RELEASED IN 1990
Great Lakes brews this porter as a tribute to 29 sailors who perished aboard the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. Famous the world over, it’s garnered a slew of awards and is regarded as one of the finest examples of the style. It showcases bittersweet chocolate on both the nose and the palate, with hints of coffee, molasses, and dark fruit culminating in a deep and lasting finish.

Stone

Stone IPA

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$10.99

RELEASED IN 1997
Originally brewed in celebration of their 1st Anniversary, this is the first in a long line of iconic IPAs from Stone. Double, triple, black, white, red, Belgian, fresh, coffee… when it comes to IPA, Stone has done it all. In 2016 Stone tweaked their classic IPA recipe by adding Southern Hemisphere hops to the dry hop bill. While still piney and citrusy at its core, the aroma and finish now feature a beguiling touch of topicality.

North Coast

North Coast Old Rasputin

4 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$9.99

RELEASED IN 1996
Old Rasputin is a refreshing reminder that a well-crafted imperial stout need not rely on adjuncts for complexity or depth of flavor. This rich roasty stout is available year-round and it’s an affordable way to study how RIS develops in the cellar. After more than twenty years on the market, it’s still going strong, the embodiment of its slogan – Never Say Die!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

12 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$17.99

RELEASED IN 1980
It’s hard to overstate the importance of this enduring American Pale Ale. A beer that’s inspired countless homebrewers and brewmasters alike, its superb balance marries the sweetness of caramel malt with the citrusy bitterness of the Cascade hop. An iconic APA that helped ignite the flames of a burgeoning craft revolution.

domaine

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$9.99

RELEASED IN 2002
Two Brothers crafted this iconic Biere de Garde at the behest of a Naperville restauranteur and it’s been their flagship ever since. Rich malt complexity is the highlight here, with notes of caramel, fresh baked bread and just a touch of earthiness. This classic continues to impress, taking home GOLD at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016.

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Shiner Bock

12 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$9.99
$11.99

RELEASED IN 1973
Introduced in 1913 as a seasonal brew, this beloved bock from Spoetzl Brewery has been brewed year-round since 1973. Malty and rich with just a touch of sweetness on the finish, it’s the perfect partner for a big plate of BBQ – we suggest smoked brisket.

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

12 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$17.99

RELEASED IN 1985
When Boston Beer Company founder Jim Koch looked out at the American beer scene in the early 1980s he saw depressing lack of options and flavors. Thankfully he, and a few likeminded pioneers persevered, resurrecting and tweaking long forgotten beer styles and introducing them slowly, but surely, to a thirsty public. After more than thirty years of experimentation, Jim’s favorite beer is the first he ever brewed, Boston Lager. While the look has changed over the years, the liquid’s stayed the same. Rich caramel malt is balanced by a healthy dose of noble German hops, providing a touch of herbaceousness to a long and satisfying finish. A classic brew and founding member of the American craft revolution.

Dogfish Head

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$10.99

RELEASED IN 2003
The follow up to their wildly popular 90 Minute IPA, 60 Min is an easy and gentler cousin. Lighter kilned malts allow its hefty hop bill to shine, with 60 minutes of continuous hopping adding plenty of citrusy and piney hop flavor. The finish is refreshingly old school – bitter, but by no means overbearing. An iconic IPA that continues to stand the test of time.

Founders

Founders Dirty Bastard

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$10.99

RELEASED IN 2002
Dirty Bastard might not seem like Founder’s flagship beer, but it’s the beer that saved the brewery. With bankruptcy looming, Founders decided to brew the kind of beer they wanted to drink, instead of the beer they thought people wanted to drink. Founders debuted this massive 8.5% ABV scotch ale at the Extreme Beer Fest and luckily, people loved it. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses and dark fruit all rolled into one dangerously delicious beer.

Boulevard

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$8.99

RELEASED IN 1990
Wheat beer is big in the Midwest, and this beer is one of the major reasons why. It’s not a Wit and it’s not a Weiss, and this uniquely American wheat doesn’t rely on spices or fruits for flavor. Aromatic yeast, soft creamy wheat and a kiss of citrusy hops make this both sessionable and satisfying. A trailblazer that inspired scores of other brews.

Odell

Odell 90 Shilling

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$8.99
$9.99

RELEASED IN 1989
Odell’s been brewing this aromatic amber ale since they first opened their doors 30 years ago. True to its Scottish roots, it features a complex, nutty malt profile that is accented by notes of toffee and maple. Few American breweries have a Scottish style ale as their flagship brew, but when you brew one as good as 90 Shilling, it’s easy to see how so many fans fell in love.

New Belgium

New Belgium Fat Tire

12 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$14.99
$16.99

RELEASED IN 1991
This craft stalwart is a poignant reminder that balanced beer is a beautiful thing. Caramelized malt sweetness is met with just enough hops to keep this medium bodied amber balanced and drinkable. Its delicate caramel aromas and biscuity malt character complement a wide variety of cuisines, making Fat Tire a dependable go to for food and beer pairing.

Victory

Victory Golden Monkey

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$12.99

RELEASED IN 1997
Golden Monkey pours shimmering gold in color and is intensely aromatic, with spicy Belgian yeast delivering hints of allspice and banana. Initially sweet and fruity, a touch of herbaceous European hops provide just enough balance to keep its 9.5% ABV dangerously well hidden. It’s rare to see such a deliciously complex Belgian-style Tripel in a six pack; making this one of the best deals in craft beer.

Revolution

Revolution Anti Hero

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$19.99

RELEASED IN 2010
The relative newcomer to our list, Anti Hero is now a decade old, and it’s one of the most beloved IPAs in Chicago. Anti-Hero is an homage to the famous C hops. A mix of Citra, Crystal, Centennial and Chinook produces an IPA that is piney, citrusy, crisp, and clean. A reliable and refreshing classic.

Jai Alai

Cigar City Jai Alai

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$10.99

RELEASED IN 2009
The seemingly hard to pronounce IPA that put Cigar City on the map. It’s easy to see how Floridians fell in love with Jai Alai; it’s so citrusy you’d swear brewers squeezed oranges and tangerines right into the brew tanks. A bold, yet balanced, juice packed IPA - before juicy was the word of the day.