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Best Local Organic Beer: Purest pour of sustainable brew 

Bison Brewing Organic Barleywine Ale

Layers of flavors run deep in this fantastic beer from Bison Brewing. Company owner Dan Del Grande has fiddled with the English barleywine style for just three seasons now, yet he has succeeded at capturing a piece of heaven. At 9.5 percent ABV, it's strong stuff, yet beautifully mellow and gentle on the hops. Residual sweetness makes the buffalo-brown beverage an instant pleasure, while complexities of flavor set it apart from lesser beers. A floral aroma of oats and rye is followed by flavors of chocolate, fudge, and caramel, and each sip delivers a mouth-filling nutty finish that leaves you in the clouds for several minutes. Drink the beer at just under room temperature and pair it with a Fromage Blanc and juicy Medjool dates. As a certified organic company, Bison brings beer lovers the brew of a sustainable future, and if you suspect you're headed for warmer climates in the next world, taste heaven while you still can — $3.99 for a 22-ounce bottle at select retailers.

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