Forbes’ top 20

Every now and again somebody posts a "Top X" beer list, and this week it’s from Forbes: The top 20 "Coolest Beers". The article itself is kind of beer-history-factoid boilerplate, but there’s a popup slide show (annoying!) that actually lists the 20 beers. I have to say I’m not overly … Continue reading

ReviewsBroken Top Bock

Ahhh, Broken Top Bock: for years I knew of this seasonal from Deschutes Brewery yet somehow I always missed the boat on drinking it. I guess it was sort of the Loch Ness monster or Sasquatch of the local beer scene: I’d heard all the rumors but had never glimpsed … Continue reading

Golden Monkey

I’ve gotten behind on blogging my various beer notes (although even I have to admit blogging nothing but beer tasting gets tedious), so tonight I’m starting to catch up with Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing. It starts off looking innocent enough. But after I poured it into my glass I … Continue reading

The Heineken Premium Light press release

As promised, here’s the press release for the Heineken Premium Light press kit I received. Heineken USA is inviting domestic light beer drinkers to "succumb to smooth" with the national launch of Heineken Premium Light. The new imported light beer, brewed specifically with domestic light beer drinkers in mind, offers … Continue reading

Heineken Premium Light

Tonight, as promised, I drank the Heineken Premium Light from the press kit I was sent, and I am writing up the review. The premise, of course, is that this is a low-carb beer (with only 99 calories) that still maintains the full taste and smoothness of a "regular" beer. … Continue reading

Press kit packaging

As promised, here are some pictures of the packaging the Heineken press kit came in. It’s actually quite extravagant. The case it came in. Sturdy, lightweight, durable, and really cool. It’s slightly taller than a bottle of wine… I believe it’s a modified wine case. Inside. The beer is sitting … Continue reading

My first press kit

A while back I was contacted by a marketing group interested in sending out test bottles of a new beer to bloggers—basically a clueful buzz-generating effort that’s been paying off in other venues. I signed up for it, with the understanding that I’d be free to blog anything I wanted … Continue reading

World Beer Cup

I honestly can’t say as I’d paid much attention to the World Beer Cup before today, but I have to respect any beer competition that has "2,221 entries from 540 breweries in 56 countries." Wow. Not to mention 85 different categories of beer. You can get to the full winners … Continue reading


"Cassis" means "black currant" in French… that was the type of Lindemans lambic I opened up this evening. I didn’t do a formal note-taking tasting, because I just wanted to enjoy it without the analysis. (Notes will come next time.) It’s quite good. More tart and drier than the Framboise. … Continue reading

Inversion IPA

So I finally got around to reviewing Deschutes Brewery‘s Inversion IPA. I like this beer quite a lot. It’s a strong, very hoppy ale—dryhopped for seven days in addition to the high hopping already present—totally in-line with the Pacific Northwest style of India pale ales and some of Deschutes’ latest … Continue reading