There's a reason this brew has staying power.

MacLenny's Scottish Ale byBarley's Brewing Co.

Style:Scottish Ale

ABV:6.6 percent

Barley's Scottish ale is one of the most likable beers on the market. As one of the brewery's original offerings, it's served as a gateway for many imbibers (including the author) into craft beer. The brewers lightly toast the grains, so the beer ends up a copper color. It lands on the sweet side, but just barely so, mainly caramel and toffee. There's a reason this brew has been coaxing beer drinkers away from the yellow fizzy stuff for decades. -Nicholas Dekker