Monthly Archives: December 2006

A-B goes gluten free

I haven’t blogged about gluten free beers in over a year, but I’d venture to say I have noticed a growing trend this year in the brewing and availability of same. And now, Anheuser-Busch is throwing their offering into the gluten free ring: Anheuser-Busch now offering sorghum beer. Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. on Wednesday introduced Redbridge, which the company called the first nationally available sorghum beer. Starting Wednesday, Redbridge is available in restaurants and stores carrying … Continue reading →

50 beers to drink before you die, Part 5

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 50 beers to drink before you die, in ten weekly installments listing five beers each (in no particular order, other than whatever theme I fit … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 20: La Choulette de Noël

Today I’m picking another beer that I also selected last year: La Choulette de Noël. This Bière de Garde from France is, like all of this style, very complex and subtle at the same time. Their page notes, Habillée d’ambre brun aux chatoyants reflets cuivrés, coiffée d’une belle mousse beige et dense, telle est la Choulette de Noël qui, pour cet hiver 2006, ravira palais et papilles. Which roughly means, "Amber brown in color with … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 19: The Mad Elf

Not to confuse anybody with a holiday beer that rhymes with Bad Elf (and a controversy, to boot), but today’s pick is Tröegs The Mad Elf. A bottle of this might make you mad, as well! It’s an 11% alcohol ale brewed with honey and cherries, which lend it a ruby red color. I’d wager to say that makes this a pretty unique brew—I don’t know of many high-alcohol beers brewed with fruit like this. … Continue reading →

Tumble Off Pale Ale

Time to get some more beers reviewed here. I’ve got notes on several beers that I haven’t written up yet, but I’m skipping over those for the next couple of beers, because my (Super! Good!) friend Kina, who recently moved to Baker City, Oregon, sent me two growlers of beer from Baker City’s only brewpub, Barley Brown’s. The first of the two is Tumble Off Pale Ale, a nice, drinkable and hoppy beer. I also … Continue reading →