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1. Athletic Brewing Co. Upside Dawn Golden Ale

Blending a classic IPA bite with a bit of warmth from Vienna malt, this sunny, clean ale ($13 for six 12-oz. cans) packs only 50 calories. Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

2. Bravus Oatmeal Dark

The rich foam and hints of coffee, chocolate, and molasses in this stout ($13 for six 12-oz. cans) are reminiscent of Guinness—and the velvety depth makes it a cheese platter's perfect plus-one.

3. BrewDog Elvis AF

With notes of grapefruit and pine and a bright, fragrant bitterness, this "near beer" ($12 for six 12-oz. cans) from Scottish craft brewer BrewDog is nearly impossible to differentiate from its boozier brothers.

4. Brooklyn Brewery Special Effects Hoppy Amber

The can design isn't the only part of this beer ($13 for six 12-oz. cans) that plays mind tricks: The caramel and hoppy notes are so robust, we feel a little strange not calling it beer.

5. Grüvi Sour Weisse

Seltzer fans craving more substance should crack open this cold one ($30 for a dozen 12-oz. cans). Hints of citrus zest perk up the nutty wheat for a classic Berlin sip-alike, with carbonation that tickles like Champagne.

6. Surreal Milkshake IPA

Beer for dessert? Sign us up—especially when it tastes like a grown-up cream soda ($13 for six 12-oz. cans)! Here, smooth vanilla and toffee flavors mix with effervescent earthiness to cut the sweetness.

This article originally appeared in our Winter/Spring 2022 issue. Get the magazine here.