Best Beers of All Time
After a career’s worth of trying the nerdiest, most unusual, and flavorful beers around, certified beer cicerone Ethan Fixell has come to a realization: Sometimes, he just wants a good old-fashioned, adjunct domestic lager. That’s why he loves Miller High Life. “It’s the champagne of beers,” he says. “It’s simple and satisfying.”
A pilsner-style ale that’s smooth, light, and easy to drink, this classic is best enjoyed with friends at the park or while watching a game of hockey. It’s brewed with real grains and is rich in flavor without being overpoweringly bitter or dry. It also has a nice hop flavor, which pairs well with the toasty notes of its malt foundation. There’s even a hint of skunk, which is an intentional layer of taste that amplifies the sweetness and helps the bitterness of the hops sing.”
This light stout is a master class in balance: It’s full of rich toasty flavors that include graham crackers, Hershey’s syrup, and roasted coffee—but it isn’t heavy or bitter at all. It’s the sort of drink that a beer aficionado could easily crush several of, and it pairs well with a wide variety of foods.
This light-bodied Belgian-style beer is brewed with a mix of barley and wheat, giving it a rich and smooth texture that’s easy to swallow. It’s not as complex as some Belgian beers, but it’s a great choice for anyone who wants to try something a little more interesting than a Coors Light. It’s best served super cold, which opens up its fruity and bready flavor.