Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale

I highlighted Anderson Valley‘s Winter Solstice when I was doing the Beer Advent Calendar last month, and tonight I tried a bottle of it myself. I’m glad I did! It’s an excellent beer. My notes: Appearance: Poured clear, a bronzed-copper/amber-brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head dissipated slowly. Nice … Continue reading

"Noob’s" beer guide

Over on Slashfood Sarah Gim has blogged about "Learning to Drink Beer". I had to comment, of course, but first, a review of the beers she tried: Tecate and Corona: needs lime, otherwise just "okay." Samuel Adams: bitter, had to add lime. Pilsner-Urquell: skunky. Becoming suspicious of green bottles. Miller … Continue reading

Today is Poor Richard’s Ale Day

Today is Poor Richard’s Ale Day—the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin and the day most participatory breweries are serving up their version of Poor Richard’s Ale. Has anyone been able to try this beer yet? I’d like to get a chance to try both Bend Brewing Company‘s … Continue reading

Who knew Michigan had so many breweries?

Michigan has something like 70 breweries, according to the Michigan Brew Tour site. Who knew? Not only does that site have a linked list of breweries, but I like this idea: Not only did we want to visit every Microbrew in Michigan, we also "had to have" a souvenir growler. … Continue reading


Chris (another local blogger) tags me pretty good. Too funny, I got a good laugh out of that. Plus, a bonus: it’s a good review of Old English 800! Gotta love Sundays. 🙂

Upcoming beers

You’ve noticed that I’ve been reviewing more beers lately. I’ll be doing a lot more of that over the coming weeks and months; part of what I’ve done with some of my Christmas and birthday money this year was buy a bunch of beer that I haven’t had before, and … Continue reading

Rogue’s Imperial India Pale Ale

Wow, talk about a strong beer: tonight I had the bottle of Rogue’s Imperial India Pale Ale that I got for Christmas. It comes in a 1 pint, 10 ounce (750 ml) black ceramic bottle (similar to the Imperial Pilsner that I also had), and weighs in at a staggering … Continue reading

The NY Times likes Portland for beer

Portland, Oregon made the New York Times’ travel section in a big article about the brewery scene there. It’s a decent piece—nothing earth-shaking, but pretty cool for the coverage it gives. They highlight a half-dozen or so breweries, plus the Horse Brass Pub. Portland has more breweries – 28 – … Continue reading

Goose Island Demolition

Tonight I tried a new beer I picked up, Demolition from Goose Island in Chicago. It was quite good! Classified as a Belgian strong (pale) ale, it weighs in at 8% alcohol by volume. Here are my notes: Appearance: Hazy gold-orange in color. Poured with a ¼-inch head that was … Continue reading

Beer feeds

Something I found yesterday but forgot to post about. The guys behind that I posted about also have a beer feed aggregator. They’re pulling the RSS feeds of beer blogs and sites and aggregating them on the page. Nice. I think I already have all the same sites/feeds loaded … Continue reading