Best Local Beer (Specific Brew)

Our beer-drinking readers have settled on their tip-top tipple for the third straight year: The Brewing Projekt’s Gunpower IPA, a hoppy, citrusy ale brewed with a not-so-secret ingredient – gunpowder green tea – by Eau Claire’s own Brewing Projekt in its extraordinary new taproom. Readers’ second-favorite brew is a quite different beverage from a much older brewery: The light, refreshing lemonade flavor of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is perfect for a relaxing summer day in (or out of) the sun. The Best Local Beer bronze goes to another Projekt project: Dare Mighty Things, a hazy, New England-style IPA brewed with four kinds of hops. Cheers! – Tom Giffey