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Andygator Helles Doppelbock – Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA
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 …
Don de Dieu, Unibroue, Chambly, QC, Canada
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 …
Cane and Ebel- Two Brothers Brewing, Warrenville, IL
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 …
Brew Free! Or Die IPA – 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
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 …
Zommerhop – Brouwerij de Molen from the Netherlands
Style: American IPA
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 …
Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout – Hinterland Brewery, Green Bay, WI
Downtown living gets hectic and all the noise and bustle can quickly create an uncomfortable ambiance in my brain. Life downtown seems perpetually hurried …
Wild Raspberry Ale – Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, CO
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 …
Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA – Stone Brewery, Escondido, CA
As the name states, this beer will ruin you.
However, this is the first beer that I have taken the time …
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 …
Levity Amber Ale – Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO
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 …
Edmund Fitzgerald Porter – Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland, OH
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.