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Top Five: Imported Beers

My days of crushing 30-packs on Football Sundays with the guys are long gone. Besides, now that I’m a little older, I don’t have the will or desire to drink that much beer anyway. If you’re in your mid-to-late thirties, I’m sure you would agree that those days belong in the past (especially if you have kids).

Now there’s nothing wrong with enjoying an ice-cold beer from time to time. So whether you’re a heavy beer drinker trying to cut back, tired of the watered-down domestic options, looking to expand your palette, or just tired of standing in the beer aisle like you’re studying a McDonald’s menu, here are five imports that’ll have you set after just one (okay, maybe two).

If some of these intrigue you, give them a try. Sampled some already, let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear what you think and while your at it, share your top five favorite beers!

Sierra Nevada

Alcohol Content | 7.2% by volume

The Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA is smooth and bold. This IPA won’t quench your thirst, but it is perfect for the weekend Grill-Master, and ideal for when you’re just lounging by the pool.

Modelo Especial

Alcohol Content | 7.2% by volume

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 Modelo on a hot summer day. So if you need something that quenches your thirst and packs more punch than your typical domestic options, you’ll want to give this traditional Mexican beer a try.

Stone IPA

Alcohol Content | 6.9% by volume

Stone IPA India Pale Ale is a West Coast Style IPA, known for its bitter flavor. Similar to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo, just a little on the lighter side. This IPA is a good alternative to red wine, and can easily be paired with most prime cut steaks.


Alcohol Content | 5% by volume

If you love sushi, then chances are you’re probably familiar with Asahi. 

For a while, my wife and I were obsessed with Ra Sushi, a Japanese fusion chain that was our go-to Happy Hour spot on Date Nights. 

I would often choose a spirit because their Happy Hour specials were just too good to turn down. However, I started to notice what other patrons were drinking, and that’s when the curiosity kicked in. Very similar to a light beer but packs a punch. From that day on, Asahi immediately became one of my all-time favorites.


Alcohol Content | 4% by volume

Victoria is another import a part of the Grupo Modelo family and is also Mexico’s oldest beer brand. 

Victoria beer is my go-to (above all others), but good luck finding it. Six-packs are rare and are typically not found in your local markets or grocery stores. You’re most likely to find it in specialty shops like BevMo, or if your local market carries the Corona Cerveza Clasicas 12-pack. Trust me, if you see one, grab it and thank me later.

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