1. Skipjack, Union Craft Brewing, Baltimore
Strange things are growing in the soil of Hickory Corners, Michigan. That’s where Hop Head Farms is planting Pacific Northwest and European hop varietals, and the resulting crops are reflecting this unique terroir in fascinating ways. One of the most notable examples is Zuper Saazer, a pungent derivation of the classic Czech Republican hop Saaz that’s earthy and herbal with a citrusy American twist. This hop recently found a wonderful showcase in Union Craft’s Skipjack, a perfectly crisp lager that—aside from a small dry-hop—is brewed traditionally with Bohemian pilsner malt and a proper step mash. It’s everything a pilsner should be: refreshing but flavorful with a hint of bitterness and a distinct hop character that keeps you coming back for more. With a cooler full of Skipjacks, mowing the lawn or a premature trip to the beach is infinitely improved.