Monthly Archives: August 2006

Fraoch Heather Ale

When in Portland at the beginning of August, we stopped by Whole Foods in the Pearl District and I picked up a few specialty beers, Fraoch Heather Ale among them. Fraoch comes from the Craigmill Brewery in Scotland, and is one of the oldest styles of beer in the world; the ale is brewed with the flowers of the heather plant rather than hops. Their website says: Brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. heather ale … Continue reading →

Old Rainier Beer commercial

Beervana points to this old Rainier Beer commercial on YouTube. The motorcycle one. That’s a classic! Although I can’t find what year it came out… some site said something about the late 80s, but it seems to me that it was much earlier. Anyone know? And for that matter, what about the "running R" commercials? The ones where the giant Rainier bottle had legs and ran around the woods… like a weird National Geographic spoof.

Double-walled beer glasses

RedEnvelope is selling thermos-y double-walled beer glasses for a whopping $75 per six glasses. They’re clever and all—made from "borosilicate glass, used to make scientific lab gear, the heat-resistant glass weighs less than traditional glassware, but is actually stronger"—but myself, I think I’ll just stick to my regular pint glasses and mugs and such. Which brings to mind that mugs keep hot drinks from burning your hands, too… via a clever device called a "handle." … Continue reading →

Delirium Nocturnum

Delirium Nocturnum is a Belgian ale weighing in at 8.5% alcohol by volume, and packaged in a funky faux-ceramic painted bottle. The particular bottle I had was a big one—one pint, 9.4 fluid ounces—and sealed with a cork and cage setup, like a champagne bottle. There’s also a pink elephant on the label, as you can see; I guess they’re advertising it’s strength in a Looney Tunes kind of way. It’s brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe … Continue reading →

Another best beer list

Details magazine has an article on "The World’s Best Beers." Yawn. 🙂 Actually, it’s an amusing read… they have some serious "categories" like Best Beer in a Can (Dick’s Pale Ale) and Best Beer Web Site (, and then some goofy ones: Best Beer to Drink Quickly (Miller Lite, if it’s ice cold), Best Mexican Beer That Could Probably Use a Lime (Pacifico), and Best Beer That Tastes Like Whiskey (sort of) (Allagash Curieux), among … Continue reading →