2006 trends in beer

As befitting a year-end type of post, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the beer trends that cropped up in 2006. One bellwether in this area seems to be when the megabreweries take notice and start releasing their own beers in response to these trends. Gluten-free … Continue reading

My Samichlaus wasn’t good!

I opened up my 1996 bottle of Samichlaus the other night, and found that it had gone bad. Not horribly bad, mind you, but enough to be undrinkable. I tried, though, but after a few sips I just had to pour it out. I blame my storage—obviously I didn’t keep … Continue reading

Flying Dog’s beer naming contest

The Flying Dog Brewery in Denver, Colorado is running a contest to name their seasonal summer beer, which is going to be a Belgian white ale. They’re running the contest until January 19th and the prize is a trip to the 2007 Great American Beer Festival: Winners will be selected … Continue reading

50 beers to drink before you die, Part 6

A while back the BBC posted a feature titled “50 things to eat before you die” and I thought at the time that this would make a good topic for beer. So in the spirit of adventure and living life to the fullest, etc. etc., I’m coming up with the … Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas all! I hope everybody got what they asked for and is having a good holiday. I’ll probably be mostly offline for the next couple of days (although I should have my latest 50 Beers to Drink post up on Wednesday)… in the meantime, I wanted to recap the … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 24 (Final): Sonora Festivus Ale

You thought I’d pick a beer with "Christmas" or something in the name for the final day, didn’t you? Faked you out! I went with Frank Costanza’s fictional holiday of Festivus because—well, why not? 🙂 Sonoran Brewing Company in Arizona brews their Festivus Ale this time of year, an American … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 23: Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Today is my birthday (yay!), so I thought I’d be totally self-indulgent in my beer pick. This is not nominally a holiday-themed beer, but it’s a high-alcohol, special release ale from Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout. Stone is making some of the best American beer around, and I can’t think … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 22: Solstice D’Hiver

To commemorate the winter solstice, I chose an appropriate beer: Solstice d’Hiver, from the Brasserie Dieu de Ciel brewpub in Montréal. In their own words: This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. It has a complex aroma of fruits, alcohol and hops. Its taste is … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 21: YuleSmith Holiday Ale

Today’s pick is YuleSmith Holiday Ale, brought to you by AleSmith Brewing. AleSmith actually makes two versions of this beer: one in winter, and one in summer (strangely enough). Of their winter version, they say: For the winter season, YuleSmith is brewed as an Imperial Red Ale. This version is … Continue reading

Sled Wreck

This review is the follow-up to my Tumble Off Pale Ale review from the other day, this time for the other beer my (Super! Good!) friend Kina sent me: Sled Wreck. This is Barley Brown’s seasonal barleywine, at somewhere between 10 and 11% alcohol, I believe—not a beer to drink … Continue reading