My days of crushing thirty packs on football Sundays with my buddies are long gone; and besides, who has that kind of time to sit around and drink that much beer anyways?

But let’s not kid ourselves here.  If you’re in your mid-to-late thirties, there’s a good chance I could be talking about you and those days are far behind. For the record, I’m not beer connoisseur or a beer snob for that matter. I’m just a guy that occasionally likes a bold beer that’s not a thirst quencher.

So whether you’re a heavy beer drinker, trying to cut back, tired of the watered down domestic options, or just looking to expand your palette, here’s five of my personal recommendations that’ll have you set after just one (or maybe two).

Sierra Nevada

Alcohol Content | 7.2% by volume

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA has an alcohol volume of 7.2%.

The Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA is smooth yet bold. This beer wont quench your thirst but its perfect for the weekend Grill-Master, BBQs, and lounging by the pool.

Modelo Especial

Alcohol Content | 7.2% by volume

Modelo Especial is one the many Mexican beers I’ve grown to love and has an alcohol volume of 7.2%

Modelo Especial is a part of the Grupo Modelo family that includes other party favorites like Corona, Pacifico, and Victoria beer. Nothing beats an ice cold Corona on a hot summer day. So if you need something that quenches your thirst but packs more punch then a Miller or Coors, you’ll want to give this traditional Mexican beer a try.

Stone IPA

Alcohol Content | 6.9% by volume

Stone IPA India Pale Ale has an alcohol volume of 6.9%.

Stone IPA India Pale Ale is a West Coast Style IPA, known for its bitter flavor, and is similar to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo with less kick. Again, not a thirst quencher but if you don’t like red wine this IPA can easily be paired with a good steak.


Alcohol Content | 5% by volume

Asahi Super Dry is Japan’s top beer and has an alcohol volume of 5%.

If you love sushi then chances are your probably already know about Asahi. For awhile my wife and I were obsessed with Ra Sushi, a Japanese fusion chain, and after several visits I finally decided to try something different. Besides, let’s be real, why would you pair domesticated beer with an international delicacy. I personally found it disrespectful to the Japanese culture, so like the saying goes, when in Rome…


Alcohol Content | 4% by volume

Like Modelo, Victoria is a part of the Grupo Modelo family making it Mexico’s oldest beer brand. This beer only has an alcohol volume of 4%, but doesn’t taste like it. In my opinion, Victoria beer is my go to favorite as its a cross mix between a Corona and Pacifico.

However, good luck finding it. Six packs are rare and are typically not found in you local market. Your most likely to find it in stores like BevMo or if your local grocery store carries the Corona Cerveza Clasicas twelve pack. If you see one, grab it and thank me later.

Clearly I left a ton of beers off this list, but these five beers save me from the standing in the beer aisle looking like I’m staring at a McDonald’s menu.

If some of these intrigue you, give them a try and let me know what you think; and feel free to share your top five go to beers in the comments below.

Michael Jereld

Podcast Host and aspiring Freelance Writer / Graphic Designer.

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