Monthly Archives: September 2005

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. It was rich and malty, and a bit sweet. Copper-brown color, nice rich head on it. On BeerAdvocate many of the reviews mention the nice … 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 these years, I’m gonna go. And I’ll blog it. In the meantime, though, I’ll start scanning for other bloggers’ reviews of the GABF.

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 at A-B’s domestic brewing subsidiary. Using pumpkin for the fall beer seemed a natural choice, he said. "I like to describe Jack’s as a wicked … 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 there; I just don’t have access to many.) It’s a decent beer, pretty much what you’d expect from a pumpkin ale: copper-amber color, malty sweet, … 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 grogs, the rust-hued Post Road doesn’t taste much better than tap water after a hydrant flushing. With an extremely bitter initiation that finishes with a … Continue reading →