I love peanut butter. No, I mean love peanut butter! In college, I had a “peanut butter family” in my pantry: six different peanut butter jars of varying sizes and kinds (including maple peanut butter and cinnamon peanut butter).
I really love peanut butter.
Everyone here at Winning-Homebrew loves beer, especially craft beer with new ideas. Going to breweries and getting flights is one of our favorite pastimes – we want to try everything they have to offer.
So, it makes sense that nothing makes us more excited than going to a brewery and seeing something new like a peanut butter porter on the menu.
If you get as excited as we do over peanut butter beer, keep reading. Here, in no particular order, are some of the best peanut butter beers we’ve found in breweries across America.
DuClaw Brewing: Sweet Baby Jesus
DuClaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus is one of the most popular craft peanut butter beers in the country. Based in Maryland, DuClaw provides beer to 21 states and internationally.
They also have an Imperial chocolate peanut butter porter called “For Pete’s Sake” and Sweet Baby Java, a twist on Sweet Baby Jesus but with more coffee than chocolate.
Sweet Baby Jesus is a chocolate peanut butter porter with 6.2% ABV and 33 IBU. With chocolate, all-natural peanut butter extract, and espresso, this beer starts smooth and finishes smoother.
It won bronze at the Great American Beer Festival and remains popular in Maryland and around the country. If you can get your hands on a DuClaw peanut butter beer, you won’t regret trying it.
Belching Beaver Brewery: Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Belching Beaver Brewery is based in San Diego, with satellite locations all around Southern California. Their peanut butter milk stout is the number one seller at Belching Beaver, and for a good reason.
Belching Beaver’s peanut butter milk stout has won over a dozen international awards with its smooth, delicious, and easy-to-drink taste. It has 5.3% ABV and 30 IBU. It’s a delightful beer and probably sold somewhere near you!
They also offer a nitro version of their peanut butter milk stout and Viva la Beaver, a Mexican hot chocolate-inspired peanut butter milk stout with coffee and cinnamon tones on top of the chocolate and peanut butter (it’s fantastic).
Liquid Mechanics Brewing: Peanut Butter Porter
Liquid Mechanics Peanut Butter Porter has been the recipient of five medals from various beer competitions.
They brew this porter in limited batches in their Lafayette, Colorado brewery and usually sell out quickly.
The Liquid Mechanics organic peanut butter porter has an ABV of 8.6%. It’s an imperial porter, so it’s dark and smooth.
This porter is the perfect drink for people who love porters first and peanut butter second.
It’s an impressive porter, with rich, smooth hints of peanut butter and a smoky finish. There are coffee undertones without chocolate, making the beer a less sweet option than other peanut butter porters.
4 Hands Brewery: Absence of Light Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout
4 Hands Brewery in Saint Louis brews Absence of Light. This craft brewer combines the rich flavors and creaminess of a milk stout with the sweetness of peanut butter to great success.
Absence of Light has a 7.1% ABV and is more than just a peanut butter chocolate stout. It also features caramel and coffee notes and has a sweet, smooth taste.
If you’re craving even more sweetness, 4 Hands also makes a S’more Absence of Light. It adds vanilla, marshmallows, and lactose to the brew.
Either one of these peanut butter chocolate milk stouts is delicious.
Terrapin Beer Company: Liquid Bliss
Terrapin Beer Company makes a bold claim with the name of their peanut butter porter: Liquid Bliss. However, the Atlanta, Georgia brewery doesn’t overstate the greatness of this beer.
Liquid Bliss has a 6.1% ABV and 30 IBU. Liquid Bliss doesn’t disappoint if you’re looking for smooth peanut butter flavor in a dark porter with salty and sweet chocolate and peanut butter notes. It is a limited release that only occasionally makes its way to shelves or taps, but boy is it worth the wait. If you can find Liquid Bliss, buy it while it’s there!
Catawba Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Jelly Time
North Carolina’s premier brewery, Catawba Brewing Company, was founded in Asheville and has spread across the state.
Their Peanut Butter Jelly Time has been called a “sandwich in a glass” and is hugely popular.
Peanut Butter Jelly Time has an ABV of 5.7% and 10 IBU (it’s very sweet). It’s a raspberry brown ale and is one of the only peanut butter beers on this list that isn’t a stout or a porter.
Catawba’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time is brewed with raspberries and peanuts to recreate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich taste in your mouth.
It’s delicious, and if you’re in North Carolina, it’s worth a try.
The Bruery: PB and Jelly Thursday
The Bruery, in Placentia, California, prides itself on high-quality beer, and their PB and Jelly Thursday is no exception. It’s an imperial stout flavored with boysenberries, an ideal match for peanut butter.
Although it’s one of the most expensive beers on this list, the PB and Jelly Thursday delivers on classic peanut butter and jelly flavors and a very high alcohol count (19.4% ABV).
A part of their weekday series, PB and Jelly Thursday follows other classics, including Black Tuesday (which also has peanut undertones in a very robust beer).
The Bruery is a unique experience, and if you’re in SoCal, we highly recommend you visit one of their tasting rooms. Once there, you have to try the PB and J Thursday–it’s a real treat!
Spring House Brewing Company: Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Spring House Brewing Company offers a large assortment of different beers.
Their chocolate peanut butter stout, Big Gruesome, is one of my favorite year-round options.
Big Gruesome has a big flavor–peanut butter, chocolate, and the nutty undertones of a classic stout. It has an 8.5% ABV and tastes like a liquid peanut butter cup.
Spring House has made a beer that doesn’t just have chocolate and peanut butter hints: these two flavors are the whole beer.
It’s the perfect stout for Reese’s fans–we get it every time we are at Spring House!
Gnarly Barley: Peanut Butter Korova Milk Porter
Gnarly Barley has more than just a fun name–they brew some delicious and award-winning beers. Not least of these is their peanut butter Korova milk porter: a legend amongst peanut butter beers.
The peanut butter Korova milk porter has a 9% ABV. It is served year-round at Gnarly Barley, which brews out of Hammond, Louisiana.
Gnarly Barley has a Korova milk porter with rich coffee, chocolate, and oat flavors. When they added real peanut butter, it made a delicious beer even better.
This combination of tastes is incredible and worthy of a try.
Dangerous Man’s Brewing: Peanut Butter Porter
The Twin Cities are great beer cities, and Dangerous Man’s Brewing makes the list of the top breweries to try in the area.
Their peanut butter porter has peanut butter, chocolate, and slight coffee notes throughout.
Dangerous man’s peanut butter porter is a dark and smooth drink with an ABV of 5.9% and 26 IBU.
Almost rich enough to be a stout, this porter is a great drink to pass the winter in Minneapolis.
If you don’t like the bitterness of hops, this beer is for you: it’s all peanut butter all the time, with very little hoppiness of “beer” flavor.
The peanut butter porter at Dangerous Man is just a smooth drink of peanut butter.
Tin Whiskers: Salted Nut Roll Cream Ale
Another Twin Cities staple, Tin Whiskers, sits right in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. They offer a great selection of beers. One of my favorites (to no one’s surprise) is the salted nut roll ale.
The Salted Nut Roll cream ale has 5.5% ABV and 12 IBUs. It’s a cream ale with peanut butter and vanilla flavorings, as well as lactose.
It’s interesting because it’s peanut butter flavored, but not a porter or a stout.
While the peanut butter brown ale lacks the deep smooth richness of these darker drinks, it has a great light peanutty flavor.
Tin Whiskers also partnered with Pearson’s Candy (another Saint Paul original) to recreate their Nut Goodie candy in a porter with peanut butter.
It’s peanut butter, chocolate, and maple syrup and makes a delicious beer (6% ABV).
If you’re on a peanut butter beer tour of the midwest, stop into Tin Whiskers for both of these peanut butter beers. They’ll give you very different but equally delicious experiences.
Short’s Brewing Company: Über Goober
Über Goober is one of Short’s Brewing Company’s most popular stouts (and Short’s Brewing is one of Michigan’s most famous breweries).
It’s an oatmeal cream stout with strong peanut butter overtones and hints of chocolate and coffee.
Über Goober has an ABV of 8.2 and an IBU of 30. It’s smooth and creamy with a peanut butter cup feel.
Hot tip: if you’re at Short’s brewing and both über Goober and Soft Parade (their berry fruit ale) are on tap, you can request a blend to make a peanut butter and jelly stout. It’s like a secret menu but for beers.