Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale

I had this beer the other day from The Black Sheep Brewery, and just the other day beerrag.com had a post about it, too. Small world ("small web"?)! Riggwelter is a pretty good beer. The Black Sheep website says there’s banana fruit aromas, but I didn’t get that from it. … Continue reading

Great American Beer Festival

Today’s the first day of the Great American Beer Festival—I almost missed blogging about this (for shame!). The size of this thing is beyond comprehension: 1,669 beers are on tap, 2,358 beers are entered in the competition and 461 breweries are there. It’s basically the beer festival mecca. One of … Continue reading

A-B’s pumpkin beer

Even Anheuser-Busch is getting into the season, releasing a pumpkin beer: Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale. It’s being offered under the Michelob label. Under development for the last year, the new program will offer different beers to match each of the four seasons, said John Costello, product manager, Michelob Specialty Brands … Continue reading

Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale

Picked up a sixpack of Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill’s Brewing (they who made the interesting Orange Blossom Ale I reviewed a while back) this weekend. Of the very few commercial pumpkin beers I’ve had, I think this is the best of them. (Not to say it’s the best out … Continue reading

Pumpkin beer review

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for some pumpkin beer! This article reviews six pumpkin ales and lists them in order from worst to best. The reviewer is not kind to the four worst. 6. Post Road Pumpkin Ale — The most robust of the gourd … Continue reading

Village Voice’s New York microbrewery roundup

The Village Voice has a good roundup of New York microbreweries here. Not a huge article, but it highlights and links to 10 breweries, only a couple of which I’d heard of before.

More breweries with Katrina aid

Abita Brewing Company just north of New orleans is brewing a special beer and offering special merchandise to raise money for Katrina aid, reports the Beer Travelers blog and Realbeer.com. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is matching donations dollar for dollar for disaster relief. Cambridge Brewing Company is hosting a … Continue reading

Guess what? It’s almost Oktoberfest!

It’s creeping up on us: Oktoberfest starts this Saturday, September 17th, and ends on October 2nd. I don’t have much to say on Oktoberfest itself that I didn’t say last year (I really like what I wrote, so why try to improve on that?), so I’ll just start doling out … Continue reading

Visiting Alaskan Brewing

While in Juneau on the cruise, we took a taxi to the Alaskan Brewing Company to see the operation, drink some beer and buy some souvenirs. And take some pictures, of course. Read on for the full review and photos.


Sounds a little strange, but: a French farmer has created a milk beer. The new drink, Lactiwel, made from milk and malt, contains 2% alcohol and is brewed using a fermentation process similar to that of traditional beer, except that instead of ale or lager yeast, Bernard uses kefir (Turkish … Continue reading