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Beer Showcases

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Fullsteam Brewery – Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale

September 17, 2013 |

ABV: 5.4%

IBU: Unavailable but Minimal

The advent of football season and the slowly dropping mercury signals to us all that the days of summer are sadly over. Though I welcome fall, my favorite season, chock full of sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything, and the holiest of all horse racing meets – Keeneland – I still find myself grasping onto the final remnants of all that is summery. Read More

Stone Brewing Company – RuinTen IPA

September 16, 2013 |

ABV: 10.8%

IBUs: 110

Our awesome founder Tristan Chan came to the great state of Ohio over Labor Day weekend for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Troy, and with him he brought a suitcase full of beer. I mean, would any of us expect anything less? His only requirement was that I write up a review on the bomber (22 fluid ounces) Stone RuinTen IPA, so here I am. Read More

Hair of The Dog Brewing’s Blue Dot Double IPA

September 13, 2013 |

ABV: 7%
IBU: 80

Hair of the Dog is a legend in the Portland craft brewing scene. Founded by homebrewer Alan Sprints in 1993, Hair of the Dog has been barrel aging beer since the early 90s and has been regarded as a notable pioneer of many distinct styles for decades.

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Autumn’s Red Delicious… McCarthy Red Ale

September 12, 2013 |

McCarthy Red Ale – Emmett’s Brewing Company  ABV: 5.6%

The impending Fall is my most favorite time of year, as I most likely mentioned in my O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer post. While I can honestly appreciate all four of the seasons Chicago … Read More

Brooklyn Brewery- Black Chocolate Stout

September 11, 2013 |

Brooklyn Brewery- Black Chocolate Stout

ABV: 10%

IBU: 51

Best Enjoyed: October-March

The lockout has ended and hockey is back in season. This my friends, calls for a beer. Sports and beer have always had an interesting marriage, consummated in parking lots, club boxes and sometimes divorced in bathrooms and pavements. Every game day has its own traditions, and for weekday games at Broad and Pattison, the equation always includes a trip to the Perch Pub (Broad and Locust Streets, Center City Philadelphia).

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Brasserie Fantome – Pissenlit

September 10, 2013 |

8.00% ABV

Deep in the French-speaking Walloon region of Belgium is the village of Soy, which is home to a small brewery. The brewery itself has no bells and whistles, it is not state of the art, it is … Read More

Arcadia Ales – Sky High Rye

September 9, 2013 |

Arcadia Ales – Sky High Rye (6.0%, 55 IBU), Battle Creek, Michigan

Rye is a word that, being of German heritage, means the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted. I think of rueben sandwiches and Templeton’s Rye Whisky. That seedy, … Read More

The Alchemist – Heady Topper

September 6, 2013 |

ABV: 8.00%   IBU: 120

Let me start out by saying that I’m so grateful to have amazing friends across the county. Trying new beers and highly sought after beers from coast-to-coast has become an ease. Not to mention this week, one of my beer ‘pen pals’ sent me the ever glorious Heady Topper. Read More

Rogue – Morimoto Soba Ale

September 5, 2013 |

ABV: 4.8%

IBU: 30

The best meal I’ve ever eaten was at the Taj Hotel in New Delhi. It was sushi.

My Mom and I spent a month in India back in 2009, fulfilling a lifelong dream of hers to travel to the sub-continent. The hotel was lush in grandeur, with chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and ornate carpets covering the marble floors. The Taj was also home to a handful of excellent restaurants, one of them owned by famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The restaurant, cutely and aptly named Wasabi, was fairly small and on the bottom floor of the hotel, right behind one of the large, winding staircases. We were advised to go for lunch, as the mid-day sushi platter special was not to be missed. It was beyond incredible, and only cost us about $30. Amid the modern, funky decor from my perch at the small sushi bar, I experienced what I assume is the closest I will ever get to achieving Nirvana. Some days I dream of that wooden block laden with the freshest and most beatiful fish (how it was so fresh in the North of India? I thank technology and modern coolant methods!).

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Flat Tail Brewing’s Little Green Dry Hop Saison

September 3, 2013 | 1

ABV 4.20%

Corvallis, Oregon’s Flat Tail Brewing has recently expanded distribution within the Pacific Northwest with some very memorable beers bottled in 22oz bombers. Earlier this year, they released a pair of “proposal beers;” Yes: Wild Ale and No: Ghost … Read More

Tennessee Brew Works: Welcome to Nashville

September 2, 2013 | 1

“Beer tastes better close to home,” says Garr Schwartz, head brewmaster at Tennessee Brew Works, one of Nashville’s newest almost-breweries.

The brewery, slated to open to the public in late September/early October, will be on Ewing (we’re all wishing it were Brewing) Avenue, tucked in the corner of the newly named SoBro (South of Broadway), down the street (ish) from Jack White’s Third Man Records. Schwartz co-owns the Brewery with Christian Spears, a bubbly, jovial beer lover originally from the East Coast. The two make a dynamic duo, Schwartz reigning in Spears’ overflowing enthusiasm with sound, spot-on brewing knowledge. Read More

Keep the (Two Brothers) Dog Days of summer going

September 2, 2013 |

Style: Dortmunder Lager   ABV: 5.10%

With the so called end of summer approaching in a matter of days with the holiday weekend, I felt a little need to stay with the theme and showcase a lovely beer that I have … Read More

Stillwater Artisanal – Cellar Door

August 30, 2013 |

Summer is not yet over, my fellow malt-loving marauders of all things craft beer, and though the name may suggest hibernation, I can assure you that this American farmhouse ale is not one to tuck away in a deep, dark … Read More

Getting a Woody – Russian River Supplication

August 29, 2013 |

Background

Russian River Supplication Style: American Wild Ale ABV: 7.75%

Sour cherries, oak, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus  what could be better. This installment of getting a woody we look at Russian River’s Supplication that is part of Russian Rivers “ation” … Read More

Shipwrecked Peninsula Porter

August 29, 2013 | 2

ABV: 4.5%

If you are itching for a tour of Davey Jones’ locker, the Shipwrecked Peninsula Porter can take you there. Wait, does ‘Davey Jones’ locker’ apply to Lake Michigan or only the ocean? Whatever, I’m going with it. Also, … Read More

Sierra Nevada – Beer Camp #94 Belgian-Style Black IPA

August 28, 2013 |

Sierra Nevada – Beer Camp #94 Belgian-Style Black IPA

ABV: 7.7%
IBU: 52

Beer Camp #94 is a 2013 Beer Camp release from Sierra Nevada. Its distinct flavor profile is derived from buckets of black malt giving this beer a deep, black color and a huge body. Openhanded portions of bittering hops add balance and tip the mouthfeel definitively to the hoppy side of the scale, while Belgian yeast provides the brew with a slightly zesty undertone.

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New Holland Brewing Co. | Dragon’s Milk

August 27, 2013 | 1

Like many of my friends, I have hit a wall when trying to figure out when George R. R. Martin will be coming out with Winds of Winter (Book 6 in A Song Of Ice and Fire) and have been … Read More

Anderson Valley | Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale

August 26, 2013 |

ABV: 6.0% | IBU: 20

Oh, the time has come once again for the leaves to turn and the crisp, autumn air to enter.

Anderson Valley’s Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale employs a zesty use of nutmeg and soft … Read More

Elysian Brewing Company – Avatar Jasmine IPA

August 22, 2013 | 2

ABV: 6.3% IBU: 45 What a shocker: Erin is reviewing another IPA! Dear PorchDrinkers, I promise this one is different. Though I am a lover of the hoppiest of beers, the Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, … Read More

Thunderhead Brewing Company – Cropduster

August 21, 2013 |

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 65

Remember when I told you that for Christmas my mom bought my dad a craft beer subscription, and that every 3 months he gets a 12 pack with four different beers? Well it turns out it was kind of a gift for me too, because this is the 2nd one I’ve had the chance to review. Thunderhead Brewing Company Cropduster is a Mid-American IPA out of Kearney, Nebraska. While the name may not be the most flattering, it certainly makes sense coming from the heart of the U.S. agriculture sector. Read More