With the recent success of Hanger 1 we figured it was time to try another under-used region of the world and see if their offering was up-to-snuff. What we found was good, but just not in the same batting range. Ravo has a lot about that’s good, but there’s no single element that makes it pop like Hanger 1’s mixability.

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Sun Juice Belgian Summer Ale: 6.0 – It fulfills the requirements of a summer ale by being light and easy to drink. The overall taste though is on the blander side, so it’s not a ‘great’ summer ale.

Price Average: $12 for 6-pack

Website: http://stonycreekbeer.com/

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Nik’s Bitter: 6.0 – Harkens back to an ESB (an American bitter) but it’s just a tad too sweet to fully enjoy as such, it is drinkable though and easy drinking at that.

Price Average: $7

Website: http://turtleswampbrewing.com/

If we had a bank of mottos here at HBR one of them would be ‘what goes in the bottle is the most important part.’ This is because we were raised on the values of ‘it’s what’s inside that counts’. However it’s hard to knock a gin when the Gentlemanly look is taken to the extreme of giving a bottle a hat.

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Back East Summer Ale: 4.5 – This is more akin to an IPA then a typical summer ale, which makes it hard to consume. Bad move.

Price Average: $11 for 6-Pack

Website: http://www.backeastbrewing.com/home

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Green Flash Trippel: 4.0 – Not a great tasting trippel. It nearly hits all the marks of an average beer, but the taste is just slightly off. It’s not an easy drinking or unique beer either.

Price Average: $8

Website: http://www.greenflashbrew.com/

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Milagro has long been a darling of the lounge as something never bought for the lounge. (We fill our decanter’s with 1800). However when that summer party happens, we get a bottle of Milagro because we want something better, and unlike many folks we know the truth regarding Patron. That being said we’ve still never formally reviewed the Reposado, so here we are many years later – finally rectifying that situation.

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