Ordering your first “real” beer can be intimidating. Most of time people are so used to ordering the Bud or Heineken and the bitterness in a beer can scare people off.

As the craft beer industry continues to grow more options become available when making beer and discovering you pretty much can use any ingredient in beer which changes the flavor and taste in beer and spices it up.

When looking at a beer list, Ask yourself what flavors you are craving (orange, pineapple, coffee) and style your in the mood for or always in the mood for. A lot of beers can get funky such as barrel aged beers from whiskey to rum, Adding Jalapeno’s or Cocoa Nibs. Bigger flavors typically can make the beer darker, Higher in ABV and are meant to sip on and not shotgun like you would a PBR.

Here are some of our favorite beers currently at The Wharf Pub:

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Wicked Weed Xibalba (Asheville, NC) ABV: 8.2%

  • Pumpkin ale brewed with Cocao Nibs, Serrano, and Habanero Chiles with fall spices.
  • If your in the Asheville area visit Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium which features all of their Barrel-aged sours.

Beer’d Brewing Hobbit Juice (Stonington, CT) ABV: 9.2%

  • Imperial IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops and stone fruit.
  • Beer’d Brewing is located in Stonington, CT and is open Thursday- Sun for tastings.

Allagash Victor (Portland, ME) ABV: 7.4%

  • Belgian style ale aged in Cabernet Franc Grapes and Belgian-abbey style yeast.
  • When visiting Allagash, make this brewery your first stop! Open daily 11-6pm.

Ballast Point Cinnamon Raisin Commodore (San Diego, CA) ABV: 6.5%

  • American Stout brewed with Cinnamon and Raisins added at the end.
  • Get over to the West Coast and don’t forget to visit various location of Ballast Point Brewing. In the Long Beach area? visit Ballast Point’s newest location dedicated to all their sour beers.

Dogfish Head Flesh and Blood IPA (Milton, DE) ABV: 7.5%

  • IPA brewed with Blood Orange Juice, with Warrior and Centennial Hops.
  • Visit one of the most well-known breweries in Milton, Delaware open daily.

Next time your at the Wharf and haven’t tried a Craft Beer, Try something new and you’ll be surprised what flavors your into.

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Sarah Fimple (The Wharf Pub)

Sarah Fimple is the Beverage Manager of The Wharf Pub on Bowen's Wharf in Newport, RI. The Wharf Pub was named "Best Craft Beer Bar in Rhode Island" by Craftbeer.com in 2017.