Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

I love Stone Brewing‘s beers. I don’t believe I’ve ever had a bad one; I only wish I could get more of them around here. Even so, I get by. The thing with Stone is they make big, strong beers, and their 9th Anniversary Ale is no exception. This was … Continue reading

Bison Chocolate Stout

Bison Brewing‘s Chocolate Stout is one of the better such stouts I’ve had, recently and maybe ever. I admit, I was a bit leery at first; with the exception of Rogue’s Chocolate Stout, I’ve not really found a chocolate-flavored beer that holds up. Bison definitely does. Appearance: Black-brown, opaque. Leather-tan … Continue reading

Halloween beers

Last year I blogged a few Beers for Halloween; my first pick? Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale. This year, Belmont Station blogged a whole bunch more. They pick out Dead Guy too, and mention Maudite, Reaper Ale (among others, they brew Mortality Stout, Deathly Pale and Sleighor), and Bodysnatcher. Of course, … Continue reading

Hop Trip 2006

A big trend this year seems to be the fresh hop beers—brewing with just-picked hops that are still "wet" (as opposed to dried hops, which is the norm). I first encountered this last year with Deschutes Brewery‘s Hop Trip, which I wrote a bit about. I liked it quite a … Continue reading

Rocketboom at Brewtopia

Today’s Rocketboom follows people around at Brewtopia ("Great World Beer Festival") this past weekend. This was a totally random find—I don’t normally watch Rocketboom—but you have to love the humor here. Especially when Joanne reveals she doesn’t even like beer! And yes, this is pretty typical of most beer festivals … Continue reading

Elysian’s Pumpkin Beer Festival

Seattle’s Elysian Brewing is going the next step with the pumpkin beer trend: their Second Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival. On three separate days at three of their locations, they’ll be holding festivities and serving ten different pumpkin beers: Night Owl Pumpkin Ale The Great Pumpkin Dark O’ the Moon … Continue reading

Press Release: Leinenkugel Apple Spice Returns

ARRIVES SEVERAL WEEKS EARLIER TO MEET CONSUMER DEMAND Leinie’s Apple Spice craft beer features hot and cold serving options CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (Oct. 16, 2006) – Roll out the bushels.  The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, the leading craft brewer in the upper Midwest, is spicing up the fall season and … Continue reading

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale

As can probably be guessed from its name, Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale is an unusual beer. It was recommended to me at Newport Market when I mentioned that I really liked Saison Dupont, so of course I had to try. Plus, it has a really great bottle and label design. … Continue reading

Pumpkin tastings

In my ramblings about pumpkin beer last month, I wrote: I think it would be fun to do a pumpkin beer tasting; gather as many pumpkin ales as you can find (homebrewed included!), draw up some rating sheets, and go to town. And a bunch of blogs have seemingly taken … Continue reading

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen

This review is a little late for this year’s Oktoberfest, but I did drink the beer during same: Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen. Yum! Outside of Munich, this is the Oktoberfest beer by which all others are judged. Or so some people would tell you. (I’m one of them.) That’s not to … Continue reading