Monthly Archives: August 2007

Press Release: Flying Dog Brewery Ready to Celebrate "Dogtoberfest"

Denver’s Flying Dog Brewery is set to release their Fall seasonal Dogtoberfest. The Denver-based brewery’s third seasonal of the year is a traditional-style Marzen, brewed with 100% imported German ingredients. Dogtoberfest’s grist includes a mix of Light and Dark Munich and Vienna malts. It’s hopped with German Perle and Hersbrucker hops and is lager fermented. Flying Dog’s Head Brewer, Matt Brophy says that Dogtoberfest is unique from other Fall seasonals, “We use a blend of five … Continue reading →

Session Premium Lager

For some reason I had never had Full Sail’s Session Premium Lager until recently. It’s a pre-Prohibition style American lager, 5.1% alcohol, and comes in 11 ounce stubbies… a novelty these days. Easy drinking, the stubby is fun… you can’t go wrong! Appearance: Nice honey golden color. Very clear. Thin white head. Smell: Smells like beer—clean, a hint of sour, mild hops. Otherwise, generic; kind of a "fundamental" (prototypical?) beer aroma. Taste: Plain lagery, a … Continue reading →

World’s most expensive beer

According to this post on Luxist, the world’s most expensive beer (officially) is Vielle Bon Secours, which costs approximately $78 per pint at the Bierdrome in London. (Luxist incorrectly says $39 per pint; they got their conversion wrong—it’s about 39 pounds, not dollars.) This beats out Sam Adams Utopias, which at $100 per 24oz bottle, settles in at just over $66 per pint. (I’m assuming 16oz pints.) This is just the retail price; I’m not … Continue reading →

Cedar River Amber Ale

Cedar River Amber Ale is brewed by Hale’s Ales under the "Northwest’s Best" label for Trader Joe’s. The alcohol content isn’t listed, though I’d guess it’s around 5 to 5.5% by volume. It’s a pretty standard-fare amber, and I picked up a 12-pack for $9.99, which is a good deal all around. Appearance: Mostly brown with some orange edges… a dab of red. No real head to speak of. Smell: Sweet and malty, grainy, a … Continue reading →

The next Session: Brew Zoo

Rick Lyke is hosting next month’s Session, and today he’s announced the topic: So what is the topic for September? Welcome to the Brew Zoo. Have you ever noticed how many animals show up on beer labels? We have lions and tigers and bears, plus various birds, reptiles, fish, assorted domesticated and wild animals, plus a few mythical creatures. For whatever reason brewers have a tradition of branding their beers using everything from pets to … Continue reading →