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About- Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas

Stu is an odd combo of a caucasian West Virginian, who can speak Chinese, geeks out about beer and foreign affairs, and hates music. Don’t even worry about it.

Posts By Stuart Thomas

Labor Day Fall Beer Preview Ultimate 6er

September 11, 2012 |

In the club of so-called rich countries around the world, workers in the United States put in more hours on the job than any of their peers (source: OECD). The U.S. also consistently ranks as one of the most productive workforces in the world. Although American productivity has recently fallen from historical highs (due to more hours/strain put in at the job during the global economic/financial crisis), there is no question about the effort we put in relative to others around the world. Even more important, then, that we force ourselves to carve a vacation day each September to save each other from our otherwise hectic lives. With a nod to how hard we’ve all worked over the past several years and an eye towards the glorious Fall and its sporting festivities, here’s an Ultimate 6er to get us going with some delicious fall beer this September. Read More

Uinta Brewing – BABA Black Lager

August 22, 2012 |

ABV: 4%

IBU: 32

After a tiring day of work, I picked up a 6er of Uinta’s BABA Black Lager at Argonaut. In one sense, my purchase was motivated by getting a beer that would allow me to stagnate on the couch and watch House Hunters International and the Colbert Report. I figured a strong black ale would probably do the job. I also have been meaning to get my hands on other Uinta Brewing products. I am big fan of its Monkshine and wanted to give some of its other offerings a go.
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Midweek Sports and Olympics Week in Review

August 9, 2012 |

Sports have entered their annual late-summer Twilight Zone between baseball’s dog days and the collective anticipation of what’s to come in fall and winter. Thankfully, we can enjoy the Summer Olympics every four years. The thirtieth Olympiad has taken … Read More

Offshore Ale – Abel’s Hill India Dark Ale

August 3, 2012 |

Abel’s Hill India Dark Ale – Offshore Ale Company, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

ABV: 6.3%

IBU: 55

Following my visit to Martha’s Vineyard and Offshore Ale Company, I brought back a bomber of Offshore’s Abel Hill’s India Dark Ale. … Read More

Offshore Ale Company — Martha’s Vineyard, MA

July 23, 2012 |

Offshore Ale Company, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

I was a bit concerned last week when I boarded my red-eye and subsequent 5-hour ferry to Martha’s Vineyard (MV). No, I wasn’t going to be bothered by the bevy of pastels, … Read More

Unibroue – Don de Dieu

July 20, 2012 |

Don de Dieu, Unibroue, Chambly, QC, Canada

ABV: 9%

IBU: 10.5

People, events and moments are ephemeral when they fail to etch a mark into our memories. It’s fairly straightforward; only the special ones get a place. With a … Read More

Great Divide Brewing – Wild Raspberry Ale

July 11, 2012 |

Wild Raspberry Ale – Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, CO

ABV: 5.8%

IBU: 18

There is some misconception that all so-called fruity beers are both one-note and seasonal in nature. The misconception may be self-inflicted. Distinctly fruit beers have often been afterthoughts … Read More

Unibroue Brewery | Maudite

June 27, 2012 | 1

ABV: 8% | IBU: 22

Unibroue beers are juxtaposed with history and mythology. In an important way, the juxtaposition is quite literal; the bottom refermentation process that most of its French Canadian beers undergo produces a look and style that defies modernity. These unfiltered beers are a refreshing alternative to both the sterility and uninteresting nature of your local Safeway favorites, and one note style-box beers. Maudite is no different. It’s murky look and yeasty odor inspires curiosity. Part of it, I’ll admit, is bias. Its compatriot, La Fin du Monde, is one of my personal go-tos. And with a name that translates literally as “the Damned,” there are plenty of reasons why this beer deserves a pour. Read More