While we certainly don't eschew a bottle of sudsy brew any time of year, something about March weather and the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebration has left us with an intense desire to crack open bottles with increasing frequency. Click through for our favorite picks we tried (and loved) this week — we hope you'll enjoy them as much as we did!
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
We were hardly shocked to find this "extra IPA" to be intensely bitter, though that hardly put off our palates. Sharp but light-bodied and smooth, this IPA from Sierra Nevada  doesn't mess around, in a good — nay, great way.
While Czechvar  is referred to as Budweiser in its homeland , don't mistake it for Anheuser-Busch's light-bodied classic American brew. Hoppy, bitter, and heavier than a typical beer of this style, our food team collectively swooned at our first sip of the Czech import and enjoyed it even more when it was paired with a nibble of salty beer-infused cheddar cheese.
Firestone Pale Ale
While we try not to judge a
book beer by its cover (or label rather), we'll admit to initially having been enticed by Firestone Pale Ale's  eye-catching graphic design and branding. Thankfully, in this case eating with our eyes first was a good call; its fragrant, fruity, and bitter flavor profile kept us coming back for sip after sip.
Deschutes Brewery Red Chair NWPA
Named for a ski lift at Oregon's Mt. Bachelor mountain  — hence the red chair reference and imagery — this pale ale is perfectly suited to snuggling up with after a day shredding through clouds of fresh powder. Bitter, dry, and with a pleasantly sweet aftertaste, it's worth snapping up a bottle (or two) before its limited-run Winter season comes to a close.
Eel River I.P.A.
Notably the first beer to be brewed with organic malts and hops, Eel River's I.P.A.  won us over with a sophisticated and complex assortment of flavors. Floral on the nose, dark, nutty, and heavy-bodied on first sip, with a crisp distinctive finish that lingers, this beer might sound like it has too much going on, but trust us, it doesn't. It even became a fast favorite amongst this roundup of winning brews.