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Beer Showcases

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Abita Brewery Company – Andygator

July 23, 2012 |

Andygator Helles Doppelbock – Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA

ABV: 8%

IBU: 20

To beat off this hot summer heat, I got in the “do as the Romans did” mentality and decided to try a beer from somewhere … 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

Two Brothers – Cane and Ebel

July 19, 2012 |

Cane and Ebel- Two Brothers Brewing, Warrenville, IL

ABV: 7.0%

IBU: 68

Two Brothers Brewing started in 1996 by brothers Jim and Jason Ebel. After running a beer and wine making supply shop, they quickly grew to love the … Read More

Rogue—Mocha Porter

July 17, 2012 |

Mocha Porter—Rogue Ales, Newport, OR

ABV: 5.3% IBU: 54

What goes better with moving than beer? Not much. I recently down-sized from a spacious 2-bedroom into a studio, so at the end of a week of schlepping all my … Read More

Big Hurt Beer

July 16, 2012 |

Big Hurt Beer –  Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe, WI

ABV: 7.0%

Walking past a random grocery store in Chicago last November, I caught a glimpse of Frank Thomas, looming large over the liquor aisle and proudly holding up two … Read More

21st Amendment Brewery – Brew Free Or Die IPA

July 16, 2012 |

Brew Free! Or Die IPA – 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA

ABV: 7%

IBU: 70

In honor of the recently celebrated Amurrrcuhhh Day, I’ve decided to review the Brew Free or Die IPA. I may or may not have … Read More

Hop into Summer with Zommerhop

July 14, 2012 |

Zommerhop –  Brouwerij de Molen from the Netherlands

Style: American IPA

ABV:6.2%

IBU:42

Hops: Permiant and Sazz for bittering. Columbus and Cascade for aroma and flavor.

Background: Summer has hit and the temperature is rising. You are looking for a beer … Read More

Odell Brewery – IPA

July 13, 2012 |

IPA – Odell Brewery, Fort Collins, CO

ABV: 7%

IBU: 60

If you are ever in Fort Collins, CO, you will be thankful to find four breweries less than a mile away from each other. To get the best … Read More

Smirnoff Ice BLACK Fruit Punch

July 13, 2012 |

Smirnoff Ice BLACK Fruit Punch

ABV: 8%

One of the best perks of my job, as beer buyer for a liquor store, is free beer. I receive samples from sales reps of new products and seasonal items to taste … Read More

Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout

July 12, 2012 |

Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout – Hinterland Brewery, Green Bay, WI

ABV: 5.8%

IBU: 30

 

Downtown living gets hectic and all the noise and bustle can quickly create an uncomfortable ambiance in my brain. Life downtown seems perpetually hurried … 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

Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA

July 10, 2012 |

Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA – Stone Brewery, Escondido, CA

ABV: 10.8%

IBU: 110

As the name states, this beer will ruin you.

However, this is the first beer that I have taken the time … Read More

Trappist Achel – Bruin Bier Extra

July 9, 2012 |

Bruin Bier Extra – Brouwerij der Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis, Achel, Belgium ABV: 9.5%

Trappist breweries are somewhat of a rarity in this world. As there are only seven Trappist breweries in the world (and seeing a six of them … Read More

Odell Brewery Company – Levity Amber Ale

July 7, 2012 |

Levity Amber Ale – Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO

ABV: 5.1%

IBU: 24

Like most amber ales, the first thing you are going to notice is it’s bronze in color. But it’s what’s inside that makes this amber ale … Read More

Great Lakes Brewing – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

July 6, 2012 |

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter – Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland, OH

ABV: 5.8%

IBU: 37

Availability: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

 I watched far too much … Read More

Judging A Beer By Its Label

July 5, 2012 |

A few weeks ago, some friends and I were at Whole Foods picking up some of their amazing guacamole (seriously, best grocery store guac EVER), and decided to get some drinks as well. None of us are particularly knowledgeable about … Read More

Southern Tier Brewing Co. | Back Burner Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale

July 3, 2012 |

ABV: 9.6% | IBU: 53

Southern Tier calls Back Burner an “imperial barley wine style ale.” As it turns out, barley wine is not something hobbits drink. I know, I feel completely betrayed too. It took me, like, a half an hour to get my Frodo costume together. It is, however, a super tasty beer with a respectable alcohol content. Read More

Oskar Blues Brewing Company – Dale’s Pale Ale

July 3, 2012 | 1

Dale’s Pale Ale – Oskar Blues Brewing Company, Longmont, CO ABV: 6.5% IBU: 60

Beer in a can is the fucking bee’s knees. And there is something about this little red, white, and blue can that Dale’s comes in … Read More

Dark Horse Brewing Company | Tres Blueberry Stout

June 29, 2012 |

ABV: 7.5% | IBU: N/A

I’m pretty skeptical of anything boasting an added fruit flavor. 9 out of 10, times it turns out to be a gimmicky mix of artificial tastes and colors—ultimately tasting nothing like the actual fruit. Fortunately, this is not one of those cases. As it turns out, Dark Horse Brewing Co. has put together an exceptional stout that balances a fantastic blueberry nose with dark, rich flavor. 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