The Brewery: Terrapin, in Athens, Georgia
The Beer: Guano Loco "Ancho Brownie Ale"
Tasting Notes: Terrapin, the one brewery on this list outside of North Carolina, had a beer so audacious — and enjoyable — that we just had to include them on our list. The Guano Loco, a self-proclaimed "side project" of the brewery, is a brown ale with cocoa nibs (from Olive & Sinclair, the pourer emphasized) with just a hint of spice from ancho chilis, backed by a booze-y, carmel body. The result could have (maybe should have) gone disastrously wrong, but even on a hot, sunny day, the beer was refreshing, filling, and enjoyably unique.