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Strange Brew [Jun. 8th, 2010|08:02 pm]
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Recently tasted something different at the Monterey Beer Festival.  The specifically beer related portion of my post of the festival is as follows:

The best, most surprising beer I had, though, was one by Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz.  These were the guys that showed up at the beer fest last Fall in San Francisco with the ale that had been brewed with mushrooms and that tasted and felt like you were drinking a slimy glass of red meat gravy.  I simply could not drink that beer.  So, it was no small thing that I gathered up my courage and approached the table, where the nice young man with the strawberry blond hair and somewhat vacant-eyed smile (I think he started tasting early) snatched the plastic cup out of my hand as I said "Baltic Porter, please" and proceeded to fill it to brimming.  Obviously, they wanted us all to really like their beers.  And the strange thing is ---- it was good!  Licorice made this a very smooth porter.  I must keep my eye out for it to buy in bottles.  The S.O. had the same brewery's Bacon Brown Ale.  I had some of his, as he also got the pour that was going to run over the side of the cup.  Given my prior "roast beef beer" experience, I didn't really want a whole glass of the bacon beer, but it was quite good, too.  The buckwheat in the beer smoothed it out so that the bacon flavor was very subtle --- you actually got mostly a smokey taste than anything pork-like.  I'm not sure, though, that it will be so subtle out of the bottle.  I'll probably buy one bottle just to try it, but I'm not holding my breath that I'll like it much.  Which is too bad.  Buckwheat and bacon --- it's so unique.  What other beer has such a breakfast quality about it?

If you can find either of these beers, give them a try.
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Hoppy Claus Holiday Ale [Jan. 24th, 2010|01:31 pm]
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I didn't post enough (i.e. any) Holiday Brew recs over Christmas and have been seriously remiss in remembering to cross-post my recs and notes here for some time.  I rectify that now, at least in part:

--- Hoppy Claus Holiday Ale by Hoppy Brewing Company, Folsom (near Sacramento), California ---

This is lightly spiced with winter spices, nutmeg being the most prevalent.  The hops are mellow, providing just a bit of bite at the back of the tongue (well, the back of my tongue;  it may bite other people's tongues in different spots).  All in all, a smooth ale that's very delicious.  If you can find it, you should try it.  Available in bottles at Whole Foods in Northern California, but probably not for much longer.
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Hi! And a few reviews [Jan. 14th, 2010|09:10 am]
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I've been getting into craft beers gradually over the last year or so and it just occurred to me that it was time to find an LJ community on the subject. :D I'm glad to have found goodbrews and I hope to get pointers to some good beers here.

My boyfriend, ashatteredday, and I drink beer together several nights a week and I take notes on what we're drinking. He's just started doing so too and I'm hoping to encourage him to come over here and share his beer notes as well. They're not exactly reviews--more impressions of the beers as we drink them.

So as an introduction and hello, I have comments on a few beers. If folks are interested, there are lots more where these came from, I've been posting them to my LJ for a while. :D

Harvey's Elizabethan AleCollapse )
Anchor PorterCollapse )
Pliny the Elder (So very very very good)Collapse )
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Upcoming releases [Jan. 6th, 2010|07:29 pm]
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For those of you in the Chicagoland area and other Midwest areas within our distribution area (and Kentucky!), Three Floyds will very soon be releasing Admiral Lord Nelson and 2010 Behemoth.

Get ready for awesome.
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Please Help Support Rock Art Brewery in Vermont [Oct. 11th, 2009|10:30 pm]
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[Current Location |United States, Vermont, West Topsham]
[music |Jana Hunter - Palms | Powered by Last.fm]

Please support Rock Art Brewery threatened by litigation by Monster Energy owned by Hansen Beverage Company.

Ways you can support:

Join the Facebook Page Vermonter's and Craft Beer Drinkers Against Monster

Write to Hansen's Beverage

Give a flyer to a local business that distributes Monster Energy Drinks

Write to Monster Energy

Twitter #ISupportRockArt


Thank you for your Support and please spread the word!
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America's Brewing Beer Battle Pours into Theaters with Beer Wars LIVE [Apr. 7th, 2009|03:24 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

Beer Wars LIVE arrives in movie theatres on Thursday, April 16th for ONE NIGHT ONLY (8:00 ET / 7:00 CT / 6:00 MT / 8:00 PT tape delayed). This event includes the world premiere documentary film Beer Wars followed by a talk show style discussion with brewers and experts from the film.

This David and Goliath story of the American beer industry will take audiences behind-the-scenes of the daily battles and all-out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

Visit www.BeerWarsMovie.com for more information. Buy your tickets now!

Want other ways to view the trailer?  Check out Fathom on Facebook or YouTube.

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Beer & Food (Well, Cookie) Pairing Rec [Oct. 15th, 2008|09:17 pm]
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Ah, yes. Fall is in the air and gingerbread cookies are starting to be widely available again. So, last night, I tried Laura's Wholesome Junk Food's gingerbread cookies. Tiny little cookie bites. So cute, but too salty. However, pair them up with....

Butte Creek Brewing's Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA and you've got a winner. The cookies bring out the nutmeg spiceness of the beer (which is the best organic beer I've ever had) and the beer tamps down on the saltiness of the cookie's ingredients.

Too bad I was almost done with the bottle of beer before I thought they might compliment each other.

If these ones are available to you, try them together. Yum!
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Beer Review: Avery's Ale to the Chief [Aug. 21st, 2008|11:20 pm]
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"We the Brewers of Avery Brewing Company, in order to form a more perfect ale, require a new leadership that can liberate us from our quagmires in foreign lands; embrace environmentally sound energy alternatives to imported oil; heal our ailing health care system; free us from tyrannical debt and resurrect the collapsing dollar. We hereby pledge to provide him or her with an ample amount of our Presidential Pale Ale to support in the struggle for the aforementioned goals! Hail to the New Chief!"

- Avery Brewing Company

While on the road this summer, I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. Avery is, without a doubt, one of the finest craft brewers in the country and has managed to make a big name for themselves while having only a staff of seventeen employees. Where many microbreweries focus on regional distribution, Avery is available almost nationwide despite a relatively small production level. Their self-described “hop crazy” approach to beer has earned them esteem among fellow hopheads and created a high demand in this niche market.

With their latest release, Ale to the Chief, a one time only limited release, Avery has once again spared no expense on their love of hops. Ale to the Chief is Avery’s take on the American Pale Ale, but, of course, with substantially more hops to meet Avery’s standards. With such a high hop level for the style, it almost has more in common with an Imperial IPA, but, as Avery stated in their own description of the beer, “Not an ‘Imperial’ pale ale, this is a democracy. It's Presidential!” making Ale to the Chief a Presidential Pale Ale.

Originally slated to be released in January of 2009 to commemorate President Bush’s last day in office, Avery decided to push up the date to mid July of 2008 when it was announced that the Democratic National Convention was to be held in nearby Denver, Colorado. It is no secret that many of the guys at Avery are of more liberal political views according to C.V. Howe, marketing director, while guiding the tour I took part in back in late June. Ale to the Chief was intended as somewhat of a playful, tongue-in-cheek salute to the current commander-in-chief’s departure and a pledge of allegiance to the new, whomever that may be. Apparently, a few of the employees didn’t favor this idea too much, but, as it turns out, they liked the beer so much that they didn’t put up much of fuss.

Having visited Avery while Ale to the Chief was still brewing, I had the rare opportunity to sample the unfinished product. It was in the final stages of fermentation just before the final hops had been added and the yeast filtered. What came out of the fermentation tank was a very thick, golden haze that, although overly sweet, tasted well on its way to perfection. The months following, I have been on the constant search for the finished Ale to the Chief. After numerous phone calls to distributors in the area and pestering employees at the better stocked retailers, I stumbled upon it, most fortuitously, on draft at Brews in Granville, OH (a favorite haunt). Weeks later, it has begun appearing more frequently on shelves in 22 oz. Bomber form, which I’ve been sure to stock up on. It was surely worth the wait.

Beer Review After the Cut!Collapse )

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Stone Brewing Co.'s Ruination IPA [Mar. 3rd, 2007|10:54 pm]
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This is supposed to be extremely hoppy. If it is, I fear I've finally destroyed my last taste bud with too much espresso. Don't get me wrong --- it's good stuff, with a promisingly hoppy aroma and a pleasant bite on the tongue. But hoppy to point of having an "immediate ruinous effect on my palate"? Not particularly.
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Arcadia Starboard Stout [Jan. 19th, 2007|02:54 am]
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Starboard Stout is an oat malt stout from the Arcadia Brewery in Battle Creek, Mi.

I let this one warm to about 55 deg. and served it in a goblet. It poured a deep mahogony-black with a dense tan head. The aroma is very hoppy. On the palate, it's a bit sour and the hops are very prominent, to the point of being astringent. It does have the characteristic coffee-caramel finish, but those hops just won't let go. Don't get me wrong, I love a good hoppy beer but it just seems out of place with this one. If you like a highly hopped stout, go ahead. I wasn't impressed.
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