Beer connoisseurs, if you don’t have a beer bucket list… why the heck not!?
Sure, nothing beats your favorite go-to beer. After a long day at work, you can run to the store and pick up the old reliable without a second thought. It tastes great, does the job, and you’re left feeling satisfied.
Sometimes, though, you need to shake things up a bit – and frankly, you deserve to.
So, if you’re not sure where to start branching out your tastes (or you want someone to do all the heavy lifting for you), you’ve come to the right place.
Read on to explore our ultimate beer bucket list, and find some of the best beers you NEED to try.
Okay, so this beer might not have the most appealing name, but it’s good enough to make it onto our bucket list, so that should tell you something.
Sixpoint Resin originates from Brooklyn’s very own Sixpoint Brewery, and it’s truly unique.
Although this cold one can be classified as a Double IPA (loosely), it bends a few rules and delivers a taste like no other.
Punchy hits of hops, botanical tones, and a refreshing aftertaste – defy the norms and head to Brooklyn for a taste of this infamous beer.
If you’re growing bored of the flavor of standard beer, it’s time to break out of your comfort zone.
Schneider Weisse Unser Aventinus is a Weizenbock-style German beer that’s absolutely loaded with flavor. Compared to other beers, this is complex and strong.
It boasts a dark, ruby-like color with a creamy head and a beautifully balanced body. Full-bodied and nothing short of indulgent, this pairs beautifully with any roast meat and blue cheese.
Want a break from the heavy beers? Australia’s very own Kaiju! Krush is a gloriously refreshing American pale ale that’s filled to the brim with tropical flavors and a clean malt profile.
This pale ale brings the desert island vibes straight to your doorstep, and after just one sip, you’ll struggle to put this down.
Expect plenty of hints of papaya, stone fruit, pineapple, and dry cracker, with a distinct undertone of hoppy bitterness. Kaiju! Krush has the balance between sweet and hoppy just right.
This is one beer you won’t want to miss out on.
Want a super-strong beer to celebrate the new week with? Try this supreme imperial stout from the bruery. The Bruery Grey Monday is a drinking experience you won’t forget.
This beer is ridiculously strong (19.2%), and it features a toasty and nutty flavor profile, thanks to its Oregon-grown hazelnuts.
This beer has been aged in bourbon barrels, and its notes of vanilla and hazelnuts are destined to win you over.
Its first year was spent in bourbon barrels, where it was later transferred to fresher bourbon barrels and then into Speyside Scotch barrels.
This beer is elegant, tasty, and packs a real punch in terms of ABV – what more could you ask for?
It’s time for another super-strong beer with the Trappistes Rochefort 10.
We weren’t lying when we said this was another super-strong beer; though not quite as strong as Grey Monday, Trappistes Rochefort 10 still boasts an impressive ABV of 11% – not bad, right?
This quadruple (quad style) beer is brewed in Rochefort, at the Brasserie de Rochefort.
We know it’s got plenty of alcohol, but what can you expect from its taste?
Well, the Trappistes Rochefort 10 has rich, dark, and fruity notes of caramel and nuts, making it the ideal beer to pair with some decadent chocolate, or even a fruit cake. You can think of this as a port for beer fanatics.
Here’s another punchy beer for you – Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Coming in at between 125-20% ABV, this clear copper, white-headed IPA is unfiltered and distinctively hoppy, with notes of caramel and toffee.
Dogfish actually nicknamed this IPA the ‘holy grail for hop heads’, and we have to agree – it’s pretty darn good. You’ll have to be strategic if you want to get your hands on this beer.
Dogfish only brew this beer a few times a year, and it’s (unsurprisingly) high in demand!
This Australian IPA is a distinctive Indian pale ale you’ll dream about for weeks. Coming at 7.7%, this definitely isn’t as punchy as our other beers.
However, if you’re following our bucket list, that’s a good thing… Riverside 77 uses four different hops in its brewing process, which gives it a truly unique flavor.
Even those who firmly believe that all beers taste the same will change their minds with this one! It’s hard to nail down the taste of this beer, but the Riverside brewery describes it perfectly – coming in big and finishing clean.
So if you want something that isn’t too bitter and that will leave you with a clear palette at the end of your bottle, this is the beer for you.
Last (but definitely not least), we have the Mikkeller Black Hole. This Russian Imperial Stout style beer is brewed in Denmark, and it’s big on skims of foam, deep and dark fruity flavors, coffee, oak, and chocolate.
The only way to describe this beer is ‘layered’ – there’s a lot going on in a bottle of black hole, but not enough to be overwhelming. Trust us, though; you’ll be in awe at the complexity of its flavor.
This is another strong one, too, coming in at 13.1% ABV, so you can always rely on a bottle of black hole to hit the spot.
The Bottom Line
If you’ve been looking for the ultimate beer bucket list… we’d like to think we’ve answered your prayers.
From tropical and refreshing to deep, bold, and punchy, there’s something for every type of beer drinker on this list – especially if you like a high ABV.
Be warned that some of these beers are notoriously hard to get hold of – but that’s all part of the fun!