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10 BEST STAFF BEER PICKS

by YES! Staff

10 BEST STAFF BEER PICKS

KATIE THOMPSON, ART DIRECTOR

I am not a big beer drinker. I’m more of a shots kinda girl. But since I have to choose one, I pick Michelob Ultra. This is because I can drink a whole lot of it. Just to be honest, I don’t drink beer because it tastes good, I drink to have fun. Always drink responsibly.

CHARLES WOMACK, PUBLISHER

Beer and the harder stuff were always my poison. I had several favorites that I didn’t mind pouring down on a regular basis. I grew fond of Fat Tire when I was living in Colorado and drank it religiously before it came to the area. More recently, I was not picky and could jump from a nice cold Bud Light to a Guinness.

LAURIE POWELL, MARKETING EXECUTIVE

I’m a beer girl, skip the wine and I’ll give you three favorite brews. My all-time favorites: New Belgium’s Ranger IPA, Caldera Brewing Company’s IPA and Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA. Why? Because they’re damn good and hoppy. Look at the Ranger can: “If you’re hoppy, I’m happy.”

ALEX WOMACK, ADVERTISING COORDINATOR

Red Oak, because its a smooth drink with a sort of sweet aftertaste. It tastes like a better Yuengling/Killians, best beer I have ever had. It’s also local.

ERIC GINSBURG, STAFF WRITER

PBR — the “People’s Beer of the Republic,” as I’ve heard it called, is above and away my weapon of choice. It’s a significant improvement over other cheap domestics, it’s universally available and it’s union made. Did I mention it won an award once? When I feel like splurging I opt for Red Oak’s Hummingbird, Natty Greene’s Wildflower or switch over to cider, Champagne or liquor.

JORDAN GREEN, NEWS EDITOR

It’s hard to go wrong with India pale ales. The bracing taste, subtle balance of flavors and mostly clean finish are great, but the notes of grapefruit nail it. Winston-Salem Councilman Dan Besse swears by Foothills Brewing’s Jade IPA, and I’m hard pressed to disagree with him. I also love Natty Greene’s Wildflower Belgian-style witbier with a wedge of orange after finishing the Downtown Greenway five-mile run. (See — Winston-Salem/Greensboro parity here.) I also love Duck Rabbit’s milk stout, a dark beer with a soothing taste made in Farmville. North Carolina craft brews all the way!

KAREN PHILLIPS, EDITORIAL INTERN

Red Oak Hummin’ Bird and Brooklyn Lager. I’ve really been trying to branch out from my Bud Light phase, because, let’s face it: I’m a grown up. The main thing I’ve enjoyed about Bud Light is that it’s crisp and refreshing, but its alcohol content is nothing, and its flavor is just one notch above that. Using the Beerby app to track my latest beer conquests, my two recent favorites are Hummingird and Brooklyn Lager. I’m a big fan of lighter beers — mainly pale or golden lagers — and both of these go down smooth but are still flavorful with slight hoppy notes that aren’t too bitter or overpowering. I can proudly say I’m putting on my big girl pants one leg at a time.

TRAVIS WAGEMAN, MARKETING EXECUTIVE

I would say I have favorite beers for different occasions. My everyday “quantity over quality” beer is the good ol’ Silver Bullet — Coors Light. When it’s cold or I’m feeling like a darker beer, I love a Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome.

JUSTIN JACKSON, CREATIVE ASSISTANT

While my “favorite” beer typically changes weekly, or more appropriately, with the weather, I’d have to say that my current fave is Hop Water Music, a home-brewed IPA from local brewer Matt Gill. Matt has been brewing for a few years now and he’s not one to disappoint. Hop Water Music is one of a handful of recent brews he’s made all with a theme of punk rock inspiration, hence the name.

ALEX ELDRIDGE, GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Although I’m not much of a beer drinker, I do enjoy going to beer festivals/tastings around the Triad. Last year I went with a group of friends, including my mom, to Oktoberfest. We roamed around the festival in search of something we liked. Most of the beers we found were dark, not our thing. We finally stumbled upon my now favorite beer: Crispin Cider! My mom and I fell in love with it intently! It’s crisp, refreshing and tastes like sparkling apple juice instead of beer. This year when we returned to Oktoberfest together, we searched to find it. Finally after looking over it several times, we found the tent it was being served in. We went back and forth filling up our little tasting glasses until they ran out.

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