Monthly Archives: February 2006

If 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 the cheap beers out there, and you’ll never know when you need a cheap beer in a pinch—for cleaning something, cooking, or as a weapon. … Continue reading →

Old 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 the strong alcohol bite. Here are my notes: Appearance: Poured with nearly no head, very little carbonation. Murky deep-red brown in color, applebutter perhaps. Smell: … Continue reading →

Deschutes 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 were visiting out-of-town friends, so no tasting notes or anything like that. However, I liked it quite a bit, and better than Bend Brewing’s version. … Continue reading →

A 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 Anniversary is in the middle of the Summer, we decided it would be nice pick a time during the colder months to brew something different. … Continue reading →

Trappistes 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 of beer that makes me want to make a pilgrimage to Belgium just for the beer tasting… can you tell I liked it? :) Appearance: … Continue reading →