Monthly Archives: May 2007

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. From their site, looks like the Palma Louca people are more interesting in promoting Brazil than this beer: "Our beer company is committed to promoting … 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 classic European recipes with bold American innovation. Same as last year, you can join the “Great American Beer Tour” with a chance to win prizes. … 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, grain, slightly skunky. Lightly grassy hops. Taste: Grainy, hoppy—mild and a tad spicy. Caramel. More flavorful than a typical American lager, but still light. Could … 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 your city? What do the locals drink? What could a tourist drink that would make them feel like they’ve found something special; something that they’re … 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 and slightly fruity hop. Taste: Alcohol and hops are the first things I notice. A touch of Belgian candy sugar. Coffee, dark toffee, dried fig. … Continue reading →