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, [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
This week I tasted the third beer in a series I’m doing: Innis & Gunn’s Rum Cask. This beer is a scotch ale, which is a family of beer seen only occasionally here in the United States. These beers are typically very malt focused, so they are casualties of America’s obsession with hops. I’m beginning [...]
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 [...]
It is once again the time of year when it feels appropriate to drink a good, strong ale on a cool fall evening. To usher in such a wonderful season, I decided to go with one of my favorite Belgian-style quads, Three Philosophers. Three Philosophers is brewed by Ommegang, which is based out of New [...]
In honor of the close of Oktoberfest, I decided to find a new, American example of a beer style that I haven’t tried before. This was not terribly difficult, as it seems every microbrewery in the U.S. is putting out an Oktoberfest (or Maerzen as the style is properly called) these days. I settled on [...]
Troegs Anthology No. 1 variety pack, featuring a six-pack each of Dream Weaver unfiltered wheat, Pale Ale, Sunshine Pils pilsner and HopBack Amber American amber ale, has been the theme of my summer reviews. I love all these beers and almost always have one of these variety packs in my fridge because it has something [...]
The beer for this week is the second in a series I’m doing this summer on Troegs Anthology No. 1 variety pack. This case features a six pack each of Dream Weaver unfiltered wheat, Pale Ale, Sunshine American pilsner and HopBack Amber American amber ale. I love all these beers and almost always have one [...]
The beer this week begins a series I’m doing over the summer on Troegs Anthology No. 1 variety pack. This features a six-pack each of Dream Weaver unfiltered wheat, Pale Ale, Sunshine Pils American pilsner and Hopback Amber American amber ale. I love all these beers and almost always have one of these variety packs [...]
The beer I grabbed for this week is Great Divide’s Claymore Scotch Ale. This beer is brewed after a style known as the “Wee Heavy,” or strong scotch ale. These beers tend to be very deeply malty with lots of earthy and caramel notes and a very reserved hop profile. These beers are the strong [...]
The warm weather of the past few weeks has finally hammered through my thick head that winter can’t last forever. I personally love winter, but I also try to make the most of each season, so I just busted out the grill for the first barbecue of the season. Now, the classic beers to have [...]
The harvest season has brought to mind my favorite beer style, the Weizenbock. I personally love wheat beers and this is the biggest, baddest wheat beer of them all, with a much bolder, maltier taste compared to the lighter German wheat beers. The beer in question this week is Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company. [...]
Hello, fellow beer enthusiasts! Mr. Hartshorne is out for the time being, so I, your humble servant, shall do my best to bring you the best from the world of brewing. I bow my head to his superior knowledge of the brewed, hopped and malted world, but when it comes to voicing a strongly held [...]
Ajon Brodie The Triangle This week I finally broke down and cracked open a bottle that I have been hoarding for some time now. This particular bottle is a Belgian Golden Strong Ale named Duvel. Its wonderfully complex taste, aroma and effervescent carbonation combine to provide a very enjoyable and refreshing drinking experience. [...]
I pride myself in having tried a fair cross section of beers from across America and Europe, and I’m constantly on the lookout for new beers to try. The dark side of my beer quest, however, is that it’s biased in that I tend to look for traditional beer styles; there are a couple of [...]
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