One of my favorite warm-weather styles is the saison, which I have been missing the past few months. So in honor of the return of air conditioning season, I took a browse through the Belgian style section and came away with Lavery Brewing Co.’s Liopard Oir Farmhouse Ale. Lavery Brewing Co. is the brainchild of [...]
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Last week I wrote about Weyerbacher’s Insanity, a barrel aged barleywine. Well, this week I couldn’t resist cracking open Heresy, the bourbon barrel-aged version of Old Heathen, Weyerbacher’s Russian Imperial Stout. Why this sudden interest in barrel-aged beer, you may ask? Well, the superficial reasons are that I happen to like bourbon and that I [...]
There are a few beers that I keep my eye out for, and this week I ran across two of them, Weyerbacher Brewing Co.’s Insanity and Heresy. I’m saving the Heresy for another time, but I couldn’t resist cracking open the Insanity. Weyerbacher markets its Blithering Idiot English barleywine year round, but every February the [...]
This week has been rather warm, so I decided to crack open a lighter beer. I’ve been doing a lot of IPAs, so I went with a Belgian instead, grabbing Moab Brewery’s Tripel. Moab was started in 1996 by John Borkoski and Dave Sabey and claims to be the only brewery still in Utah, although [...]
American whiskey has been undergoing a bit of a renaissance of late, with many microdistilleries popping up to meet the demand for craft liquor. The big labels, however, are certainly not to be counted out, and several have begun releasing new products to cater to their new customers. Jim Beam is one of these, and [...]
As the weather has warmed up, I have begun to crave some more hops. I love barleywines, especially during the winter, but I’ve been suffering withdrawal from a lack of fresh hops. To remedy this, I grabbed a bottle of Rogue Ales’ XS Imperial India Pale Ale. This beer is part of their XS series, [...]
The beer I selected for this week is a favorite of mine from the old, dependable Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada was founded in 1979 by Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi, two homebrewers who wanted to turn their hobby into a career. The company started in Chico, Calif., and draws its name from the [...]
This week I tried a beer recommended to me by the proprietor of Mad Greek’s Pizza, which happens to stock a solid selection of single beer bottles for the next time you want to try something new. This fine gentleman recommended I try Goose Island’s Sofie, which is a saison, or Belgian farmhouse ale, and [...]
This week I am reviving a long-dormant section of my column: the liquor review. I love American whiskeys, and I try to review things that are interesting but within the price range of a student, so I picked up a bottle of Old Grand-Dad 114. Most whiskey is sold between 80 and 100 proof, but [...]
This week I’m finishing up a series on English beers. So far I have tried three barleywines and a nice special bitter to break up the monotony. I decided that I need at least one more session beer to finish the series, so I grabbed a bottle of Bombardier. The beer this week comes from [...]
Victory Brewing Co. was started by Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski in 1996. The brewery itself is located in an old Pepperidge Farm factory, and the brewhouse has recently been upgraded to an automated 50-barrel system made by Rolec. The brewery has grown immensely in popularity since it opened, and it now distributes three of [...]
I’ve been reviewing barleywines the past few weeks, and I’ve got another one queued up for next week, but I decided to take a break and try something a bit lighter. I have a soft spot for session beers, and this week I grabbed a bottle of Samuel Smith’s Organic Best Ale. Best ale is [...]
Last week I mentioned that barleywines are good candidates for aging. What I failed to mention is that I actually have a beer-aging operation in my basement, which currently has bottles of 2008 vintage Stone Old Guardian and Rogue Old Crustacean, plus every year since. Next New Year’s Eve, I’m going to begin cracking open [...]
This week I’m starting a new series for the new calendar year: English Beers. For my New Year’s Eve party I picked up three barleywines, two sessions and an IPA, which I will write about in turn over the next month and a half. The first victim is Stone’s Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale. [...]
One of the more recent trends in brewing has been to use a wider variety of ingredients, especially compared to beers produced early in the craft beer revolution. These include the many fruit beers now commonplace in craft breweries, as well as maple syrup; various spices such as nutmeg, cardamom and yarrow; and even some [...]
One of the hidden gems of the alcoholic beverage industry is hard cider. The massive increase in regulation following Prohibition, combined with the lager wars of the mid-20th century pushing out almost everything with, well, flavor, resulted in the virtual disappearance of this wonderful beverage from common consumption. This week I will be reviewing a [...]
This week I tasted the second beer in a series I’m doing: Innis & Gunn’s Highland Cask. This beer is a Scotch ale, which is a family of beer seen only occasionally here in the United States. These beers are actually casualties of America’s obsession with hops, as they are typically very malt focused. I’m [...]
This week I finally got a beer I’ve been anticipating for months. I stopped at Beer Heaven on Columbus Boulevard, and while prowling the cases I stopped in amazement — Founder’s Breakfast Stout. After grabbing a bottle, I immediately drove to Bella Vista Beer Distributor, which thankfully had a case in stock. It was probably [...]
This week I picked a beer I’ve been hearing about for a long time: Innis and Gunn’s Original. This beer is a scotch ale, which is family of beer seen only occasionally here in the United States. These beers are actually casualties of America’s obsession with hops, as these beers are typically very malt-focused. I’ve [...]
Most beers are brewed using a strain of the Saccharomyces genus of yeast, which has been selected over time to provide a specific flavor profile. Ale yeasts typically belong to the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae. They form a thick layer of foam on top of the wort during fermentation, work at a relatively warm temperature of [...]
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