Articles by Matthew Hartshorne
May. 3, 2013
Liopard Oir Farmhouse Ale lacks complex flavor
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.
Apr. 26, 2013
Bourbon barrels lend malty vanilla notes to Heresy beer
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.
Apr. 19, 2013
Insanity lacks hop flavor
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 brewery releases some that it has been aging in bourbon barrels as the Insanity.
Apr. 11, 2013
Cidery notes in Tripel brew
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 I know that there are a couple of brewpubs in the state, too. The current brewmaster is Jeff Van Horn, who started the Desert Select Ale brewing program, which consists of a number of high-gravity, bottle-conditioned beers.
Apr. 5, 2013
Oaky taste and cherry notes follow Devil’s Cut
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 it has been aggressively marketing its new Devil’s Cut bourbon.
Mar. 15, 2013
Imperial India contains sweet taste, piny aroma
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, all of which are at least 8 percent ABV and are each sold in a beautifully painted ceramic bottle. They are generally suitable for aging given their high ABV and hop contents. This particular beer is the brewery’s double IPA. It takes advantage of a mix of Saaz, Northwest Golding, Perle and Cascade hops to clock in at 75 IBUs, which is fairly high on the bitterness scale.
Mar. 8, 2013
Sierra Nevada Torpedo offers malty sweetness
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 Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Grossman enjoys hiking. Their original brewing system was pieced together from scrap metal and dairy equipment, but in 1988 they were able to upgrade to a larger facility with a 100-barrel brewhouse. At this time, they were distributing to seven states, and growth has continued steadily since then. Now they distribute all the way to the East Coast and produce 780,000 barrels per year. Last year they announced that they will open a second production brewery in North Carolina, which is expected to open in early 2014, to ease production and shipping strains.
Mar. 1, 2013
Goose Island’s Sofie gives off malty sweetness taste
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 I’m certainly glad I did.
Feb. 15, 2013
Old Grand-Dad boasts overpowering flavors
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 is barrel strength, so the flavors should be more intense. Old Grand-Dad was named by Col. R.B. Hayden in honor of his grandfather, famed distiller Basil Hayden, whose bust graces the bottle’s label. Today the brand is owned by Beam Inc. and is produced in the Jim Beam plant in Clermont, Ky.
Feb. 8, 2013
Bombardier resembles a Belgian beer with lacing
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.