Sugaree Maple Pecan Pie (Highwater Brewing)

Sugaree Maple Pecan Pie

Highwater Brewing, San José

Style: Specialty Ale (9.8% ABV // 28 IBU)

Rating: 4/5 (4.5 if drinking with the bourbon whipped cream)

Everything about this specialty beer, from the dark brown pour to its burnt caramel nose, semi-sweet pecan chew, and the maple-coated bourbon wash, brings back Grandmama’s famous pecan pie. Aged on bourbon barrel oak chips and brewed with real Vermont maple sugar — it’s not as sweet as you might expect, but reveals a nice nutty edge. (For a special treat, top off your glass with some homemade bourbon whipped cream ... that’s a whole different level of enjoyment, right there.) — Jake Speed

Song Pairing: “Pecan Pie,” by the Satanic Surfers