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Mt. Carmel Brewing Company – Summer Wheat Ale

July 30, 2013 |

ABV: 4.8%

IBUs: 34

Tonight I went grocery shopping for the first time in, oh, about six weeks. Yeah, I was living on pasta and eggs. Better than ramen I guess. Anyway, I saw a beer on the shelf I hadn’t ever noticed before, Mt. Carmel‘s Summer Wheat Ale. With it being the heart of the summer, I decided to pick it up. Read More

Sprecher Brewing – Hard Root Beer

July 26, 2013 |

ABV: 5.0%

Root beer with a kick, “boot beer,” but more particularly, Sprecher Brewing Co.’s Hard Root Beer. That is quite a mouthful. A delicious mouthful! This five percent alcohol adult version of the classic American soda was brewed with added flavors to give it a sweet-bourbon-like profile. The brewery has only done two releases, one small test footprint and now a bigger footprint in more markets after the first release went over so well. Still, if you are lucky enough to find a four pack of these 12 oz. sarsaparilla booze-pops, make sure to snag some.

I recently shared some of these oak-sodas with friends at our annual Fourth of July celebration and shortly after, everyone was jonesing for some of that sweet cola nectar.

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Smallwares Saison: Breakside Brewery Portland/Milwaukie, OR

July 25, 2013 |

6.0% ABV, 23 IBU

  Breakside Brewery has only been in operation for just over 3 years, and it already has become a staple among the Portland craft breweries.  In May of 2010, Scott Lawrence opened Breakside in North Portland’s Woodlawn neighborhood, an area actually lacking a brewery at the time. In September of that year, Lawrence had the good fortune of meeting and hiring Siebel-trained brewmaster Ben Edmunds, and the rest (as they say) is history. The neighborhood fully embraced the new addition and Breakside has since become the neighborhood meeting place.

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Deschutes – Fresh Squeezed IPA

July 24, 2013 |

Nearly every weekend I enjoy hitting the local shops in search of the latest brews from around the country. An unabashed IPA fanatic and admittedly obnoxious beer freshness advocate, I’m typically the guy who’s rooting through the coolers, holding bottles … Read More

New Glarus Totally Naked

July 23, 2013 |

ABV: 4.25%

I recently had the good fortune to visit Wisconsin and have a tasting of many delightful craft beers including the New Glarus Totally Naked Extra Pale. I know, I know, I said “New Glarus” and that makes all craft-beeries get excited like a kid at Christmas but just settle down for a minute. . . Naw, I’m just kidding; get excited my babies! It’s New Glarus! Besides being ripe for innuendo, the Totally Naked is also an excellent brew. Let’s shed a couple layers and dive right in, shall we? Read More

Surly Brewing Company – CynicAle

July 22, 2013 |

Surly Brewing Company – CynicAle

ABV: 6.6%

IBUs: 33

There is nothing better than finding a hidden gem among a myriad of unknowns. That one album you picked up based on the picture, that book you got because of the … Read More

Fort George Brewery – Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale

July 19, 2013 |

ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 49

Ninety-seven miles Northwest of Portland, where the Columbia river meets the Pacific Ocean, is the gritty fishing town of Astoria, Oregon. This former center of thriving fishing and canning industries is a recognizable locale to anyone who has seen The Goonies (1985), Short Circuit (1986) or Kindergarten Cop (1990), all of which were filmed in this hilly, oceanside town. Coastal tourists, Oregonians and Washingtonians alike flock to Astoria for the charming downtown area, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Sunday market, playful harbor seals, Goonies house and, especially since 2007, the beer.

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Dogfish Head Burton Baton

July 18, 2013 |

Dogfish Head – Burton Baton 10.0% ABV, 70 IBU

For almost a week, I  tirelessly opened my refrigerator door to see a bottle peering at me from the bottom shelf, imploring me to open it. My indefatigable will power triumphed for … Read More

Flying Fish Brewing Co. – Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA

July 16, 2013 | 1

ABV: 8.2%

IBU: 62

When it comes to choosing beers, I am generally a stylistic creature of habit. Hoppy? Sold. But on occasion, I am drawn to a brew because of something unusual,  whether it be an odd ingredient or … Read More

Dragoon Brewing Company – The DOS

July 15, 2013 | 2

Dragoon Brewing Company – The DOS Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.4%

While sampling the offerings at Dragoon Brewing Company in Tucson Arizona, I was absolutely blown away by the DOS Russian Imperial Stout. While I would normally not even consider … Read More

Southern Tier Brewing Company – 2X Stout

July 12, 2013 |

With the summer heat looming, it probably doesn’t make the most sense that I should be reviewing a milk stout. Chalk it up to being strange, or the fact that Cliff Lee surrendered four solo home runs in consecutive innings. Instead of picking up his 11th win of the season, it was just one of those nights … and we have had a lot of those nights. Dark and foreboding is what I saw behind this 12 oz bottle and I knew that I had picked correctly (especially after enjoying a couple Stone IPAs with dinner, thinking things would go otherwise).

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Sixpoint Brewery – Resin IPA

July 11, 2013 |

I’m going to start this review with a short story that actually happened a couple months back. As I sat down on an empty bar stool at the newest bar in Oxford, OH, O’Pub, the bartender asked me what I wanted to drink. “Well, what’s your best beer?” I asked. Read More

Goose Island – Madame Rose

July 10, 2013 |

Colored in crimson, aged in red-wine barrels and soaked in sour cherry deliciousness—what more could you ask for? A seductive member of Goose Island’s now famed ‘Three Sisters’ group, Madame Rose is one of the brewery’s elusive bottled wild ales that tantalizes and plays with our taste buds from start to finish.

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Dillon Dam Brewery – Extra Pale Ale

July 8, 2013 | 1

In the middle of nowhere in Colorado, there’s a town called Dillon. Unfortunately, this is not Dillon, Texas, home of the Panthers and Friday Night Lights. Dillon bumps right into Silverthorne, another small town, both nestled in the mountains on the edge of the Dillon Dam. Which is where Dillon Dam Brewery comes in. Read More

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Spring Fever Session IPA

July 5, 2013 | 1

My journey to acquire Lawson’s Finest Liquids put all of my beer-hunting skills to the test. Rural roads, quaint stores, and rare beers combined to make my search for Lawson’s a Vermont adventure of the highest order. Luckily, it was … Read More

New Belgium Rolle Bolle

July 4, 2013 |

New Belgium’s Rolle Bolle (Seasonal) 5.2% ABV, 30 IBU

In the midst of nearly killing ourselves riding our bikes through the Rocky Mountains a few weeks back, my friend Brennan and I, along with our stalwart sherpa, Ryan, found our way … Read More

Saint Somewhere/Prairie Artisan Ales – Plus Tot L’etat Farmhouse Ale

July 3, 2013 | 2

Saint Somewhere/Prairie Artisan Ales – Plus Tot L’etat Farmhouse Ale

ABV:  6.5%

IBU: 25

A farmhouse style ale that is brewed with persimmon and elderflowers.

This Saison pours a hazy orange pour with big fluffy white head.  The cork was … Read More

Finch’s Beer Co.: threadless India Pale Ale

July 2, 2013 | 3

ABV: 6%

IBU: 90

On Friday afternoon, I popped into my neighborhood Whole Foods to pick up something new to drink for the weekend. DC summers are a swampy mess – this is what we get when our Founding Fathers … Read More

Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Summer Solstice

June 28, 2013 |

5% ABV

6 IBU

I know I’m a little late since summer officially started a week ago, but I couldn’t resist showcasing Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s Summer Solstice. According to their website, “it’s become affectionately known as ‘cream soda for … Read More

Brewing and Tasting the Porch Pounder Hibiscus Wit

June 27, 2013 | 3

Everyone who has ever homebrewed always aspires to see one of their recipes brewed on a commercial system. A few months ago, Tristan, our fearless leader, approached Phil and I to create a beer recipe for PorchDrinking’s 1 year … Read More