Liberty Ale

Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale is one of their beers that I can get here (unlike their Bock which I reviewed yesterday) but for some reason never had. It’s one of their older beers—first brewed in 1975—and according to their site is brewed "strictly according to traditional brewing methods." Traditional it … Continue reading

Anchor Bock

Anchor produces some distinctive and excellent beers, and I was lucky to find one that I haven’t had before: Anchor Bock. I don’t recall seeing it available around here, and in fact I picked this up on the way back from our San Diego trip. Appearance: Dark brown with deep … Continue reading

Palma Louca

Beer from Brazil—this was a new one to me. The only other Brazilian beer I’ve had is Xingu (which seems to be from the same company). Palma Louca ("wild palm") is a pale pilsner, and that’s about all I can say about it… it wasn’t very good, to be honest. … Continue reading

American Craft Beer Week (2007)

Next week is American Craft Beer Week. Celebrate the Flavor and Diversity of American Craft Beer! May 14-20, 2007 is designated as a time for all legal-drinking-age Americans to explore and celebrate the flavorful beverages produced by our small, traditional and independent brewers. Craft brewers produce flavorful beers that combine … Continue reading


Even though it’s billed as "the world’s most exotic beer," most people will simply see an American-style macro lager in Thailand’s Singha. Even for that, it’s not all that bad a beer. Appearance: Crystal clear, pale straw yellow. Fluffy white head. Very much like a macro lager—slightly darker. Smell: Corn, … Continue reading

The next Session (June): Local Brews

Next month’s Session is being hosted by the Gastronomic Fight Club and is a departure from the usual theme of tastings by style: Local Brews. The idea here is to be as helpful as possible for visitors to your area. What is the beer/brewery/brewpub that you feel is quintessential to … Continue reading

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is a Winter Warmer from Boundary Bay Brewing Company in Bellingham, Washington. It’s a 7% alcohol beer that’s lightly dry hopped with Cascades. Appearance: Dark brown and murky-opaque. Light brown head, creamy looking. Smell: Dark fruit and caramel, alcohol (fusel-ish, slightly). Dark fruit reminds me of raisin. Spicy … Continue reading