1) Allagash Saison: For the first time in seven years, Maine's Belgian-beer masterminds have released a new year-round brew. As you'd expect, it's a dry, citrusy and appealing spicy knockout.
2) Summit Fest Bier: For its latest limited-edition Unchained release, Minnesota's Summit tackled a lager. Eight long weeks of lagering give Fest Bier an unparalleled crispness.
3) Stone Go To IPA: At last, the hop-forward San Diegans have jumped into the session-beer fray. Go To is bright, vibrant and peachy, with a gentle bitterness that barely stops you from sipping one brew after another.
4) Surly/Real Ale/Three Floyds Blakkr: The cultish trio's collaborative imperial black ale is hardly as hard-core as it appears. It's rather smooth and balanced, with an appealing balance of bitterness and roast. All three breweries are releasing versions.
5) Bissell Brothers The Substance: On a recent trip to Portland, Maine, I had the pleasure of sipping this unabashedly hoppy, compulsively quaffable ale. Now in 16-ounce cans, it's destined to become the Northeast's next lusted-after hop bomb.