This year, the selection — derived from recipes created by homebrewers — is as follows:
A Dark Night In Munich – created by Corey Martin, of Austin, Texas. A Munich-style Dunkel with a nice malty backbone, roasty, slightly spicy notes, and a traditional doughy character from the yeast.
Five Crown Imperial Stout – created by Joe Formanek, of Chicago, Illinois. A Russian Imperial Stout with a rich complexity, roasty and chocolate notes, and enough hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness.
Derf’s Secret Alt – created by Samuel Adams employee Fred Hessler, of Massachusetts. A Sticke Alt with a big, malty character balanced by subtle orange and grapefruit notes and a sweet finish.