HomebrewingPumpkin’s in the bottle

I bottled up my batch of pumpkin ale this weekend, I should be able to try one in a few weeks. I ended up with 44 bottles (43.5, more accurately). Not bad. Astute readers will recall that I measured an abnormally high original gravity for this beer—1.080. The final gravity … Continue reading

UncategorizedVitamin beer

Stampede Brewing Company down in Texas has released a beer that is enhanced with vitamins. (Seems like a perfect spot to insert a "vitamin B" joke here.) The Brookston Beer Blog wastes no time in debunking it: It seems to play on the perception that most people hold, which is … Continue reading

The Beer HackerThe Beer Hacker: Best of the cheap beers?

At the risk of using an inflammatory headline, “cheap beers” seemed easier to convey than what I really mean: American macrobrewed light lagers. Yes, the Millers, the Buds, the Coors… if you have to drink them (say you find yourself at a party with only the cheap stuff), which one(s) … Continue reading

The Beer HackerThe Beer Hacker

No, "The Beer Hacker" doesn’t refer to a new blog or site (that I know of), but rather the name of a new "column" I’ll be writing here semi-regularly (once a week or so). They will be longer articles covering all sorts of beer-related topics, with (I’m thinking) the underlying … Continue reading

ReviewsSnowplow Milk Stout

I finally got around to drinking Widmer‘s Snowplow Milk Stout and taking notes so I could write up a real review. It’s a good example of the sweet stout style of beer, though the "milk" part of it comes from milk sugar (lactose). Lactose is actually unfermentable; instead it adds … Continue reading

UncategorizedIf you were stranded on a desert isle…

An offbeat post this evening. If you were stranded on a desert isle, and for some gonzo reason you could have a large supply ("large" is open to interpretation) of any three beers, which beers would you choose, and why? Here are mine: Pabst Blue Ribbon. It’s the better of … Continue reading

UncategorizedOld Stock Ale

I thought the Trappistes Rochefort I tried last week, at 11.3% alcohol, was a big beer, but tonight I drank a bottle of North Coast Brewing‘s Old Stock Ale (2004 vintage)—slightly higher, at 11.4%. And believe me, you can taste that extra tenth of a percent; my overall impression is … Continue reading

UncategorizedDeschutes Brewery’s Poor Richard’s Ale

Sorry I fell off the radar for a few days there, I was feeling a bit under the weather and just had a busy weekend catching up. But, on Saturday we went to the Deschutes Brewery and I finally got to drink a pint of their Poor Richard’s Ale. We … Continue reading

UncategorizedA beer for Groundhog Day?

Kind of a whimsical post to commemorate Groundhog Day today. The groundhog saw his shadow, so six more weeks of winter. Bust out the barleywines and winter warmers! Or, check out Carolina Brewing Company: they brew a different seasonal Groundhog Day beer each year. From their brews page: Since our … Continue reading

UncategorizedTrappistes Rochefort 10

Tonight’s beer was a Belgian ale—a "Quadrupel", specifically, which is like a Dubbel or a Tripel, only stronger: Trappistes Rochefort 10 (no particular site that I can find, sorry). The Quadrupel tag is well-earned: this beer is an amazing 11.3% alcohol by volume! It’s quite good, too. It’s this type … Continue reading