Maryland's 20 best beers [Pictures]
Rating the state's top 20 bottled and canned brews of 2012. -- By Sam Sessa, Jordan Bartel and Wesley Case
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No. 11: Stillwater Stateside Saison( Handout / October 17, 2012 )
$10.99/750-ml, 6.8 percent ABV
The first beer Brian Strumke offered under his Stillwater Ales brand, and still one of his best. Complex? Yes. It took a few sips to really get a feel for it -- not that we're complaining. It's fruity but also peppery with a dry finish. Earthy, but not too funky. Old-world traditions are traditions for a reason.
Drink this: "Why yes," you tell a date. "I do happen to know a great European brew offering right in town. Reminds me of my study abroad days in Brussels."