1. Cellar Door, Stillwater Artisanal, Baltimore, Maryland
Seven years ago, Brian Strumke established Stillwater Artisanal as an “art project” interested in deconstructing traditional European styles with American hops, new world techniques and often unlikely ingredients. Since then, one of the distributor’s most popular creations remains one of its earliest: Cellar Door. A riff on the Belgian witbier, this hazy wheat ale is hopped with herbal Sterling and citrusy Citra varietals then finished with a touch of white sage. The result is a refreshing, refined beer equally suited for pool parties and fine-dining restaurants. The 2017 twist? Strumke has given the classic recipe a “remastering” treatment in the form of a dried body and a new dry-hop—also canning the beer for the very first time, courtesy of a new design by artist Mike Van Hall.