Goose Island Imperial IPA

I’m really liking Goose Island‘s beers… the latest I’ve had is their Imperial IPA. This is a hefty beer, weighing in at 9% alcohol by volume—"Imperial" indeed! I have to say, it’s an outstanding beer. Let’s go to my tasting notes… Appearance: A nice orange copper color. Off-white head leaves … Continue reading

Learning about craft beer from altportland

altportland today has a good post titled Learning about Craftbrews, that contains some really good points for beginners to beer. And of course, it’s nicely Portland-specific. The best way to learn about beer (or wine) is to go to tastings, or to go to places where it’s taken very seriously. … Continue reading

Thirsty Thursday 4/13/06

Stopped in again at Newport Market for our local beer tasting day. Today they were featuring a couple of brews from Spanish Peaks Brewing: Honey Raspberry Ale and Black Dog Ale. They weren’t too bad. The Honey Raspberry was okay, but a bit dry and not really that fruity, I … Continue reading

Coopers Sparkling Ale

Last night the beer I opened up was Coopers Sparking Ale. It’s billed as a bottle-conditioned beer, and I believe it; there was a lot of sediment in the bottle (a bunch of which made it into the glass). It turned out to be a decent beer, probably a little … Continue reading

Xingu Black Beer

It’s international beer tasting or something: the other day I had a beer from India, this time it’s one from Brazil: Xingu Black Beer. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect when I opened this beer up—based on the name, something like a schwarzbier I think—but was surprised when it … Continue reading

Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip from New Belgium is their new summer seasonal that is apparently a low-carb beer, "perfect for the lightly attired summer months." Interesting beer. The site says there’s kaffir lime in there, lending it a citrusy character. I don’t know if I got that out of it, but there … Continue reading

Flying Horse Royal Lager

The other night I opened up a bottle of Flying Horse Royal Lager, one I’d never heard of. Not knowing exactly what to expect, I opened it and then saw that it’s brewed in India; I’d never had an Indian beer before. Appearance: Pours crystal clear and gold, with a … Continue reading

Top 50 breweries

The Brookston Beer Blog posted "The Top 50 Breweries as of 2005 Announced" on Monday. Interesting list. These are the top 50 based on sales. Oregon has five on the list: 17. Widmer (Portland)21. Deschutes (Bend)26. Full Sail (Hood River)41. BridgePort (Portland)42. Rogue (Newport) Cool. I don’t really have much … Continue reading

Avery Maharaja at Belmont Station

Belmont Station’s blog had a post the other day about Avery Maharaja: I had one of these yesterday, and I can still taste the hops. This is easily one of the hoppiest, most resinous beers I’ve ever had; it even gives Ruination a run for its money. If you love … Continue reading