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Beer Picks for Black Friday

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Beer Picks for Black Friday
Photo courtesy of Widmer Brothers

LoDa Biergarten stands out on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile, Alabama, its color-blocked building decidedly more Mondrian than the turn-of-the-century storefronts festooned with ironwork around it. And that suits this joint just fine, as they seem to embrace the outsider vibe, serving up a wide selection of beer in the land of bourbon.

Jarvis Ossa, the general manager, helps guide guests through the dizzying array of porters, stouts, and IPAs (and if you get him on a lazy weekday afternoon, so much the better, as the place gets crowded at night). I asked him for his recs for late Fall beers, and we sipped through an education. Here are three of his top picks for those who prefer to crack a cap rather than pop a cork this weekend after returning with the spoils of Black Friday:

  1. Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale / Brown ale with hemp seeds and a unique herb flavor with American hops and rich malt.
  2. Widmer Brothers Ginger Brrrbon / Imperial Northwestern red ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels with fresh chopped ginger and caramel and dark chocolate notes. (Editor’s Note: Though Ginger Brrrbon was not produced on a wide scale for 2014, bottles of the ’13 vintage can still be found in many markets nationwide)
  3. Fairhope Brewery Take the Causeway IPA / Citra and Simcoe hops give it a great citrus and pine flavor, and it’s also dry hopped, which lends a great aroma.