1. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coconut Porter, Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado
Coconut can be a divisive flavor, but it simply works in rich, dark porters and stouts. Avery Brewing Company uses coconut flakes to qualify the new porter as the fifth addition to their “botanicals” series. The beer has spent substantial time in a bourbon barrel, which will lend substantial vanilla notes that will be simpatico with the coconut. Sure, a bourbon barrel-aged porter is going to be fairly heavy with strong notes of roast and chocolate, but the coconut will add some brightness to keep it interesting.