Black Boss Porter

Black Boss Porter is a Baltic Porter from Browar Witnica in Poland, a sweet, dark ale with 9.4% alcohol by volume. I got it along with the Boss Beer from a restaurant that was out of business, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. (I had been a … Continue reading

The next Session: Beer and Food

The next Session (October 5th) is being brought to us by Captain Hops of Beer Haiku Daily: Beer and Food. Don’t worry, I won’t make everyone write haiku or limericks or sonnets. I have chosen the theme “Beer and Food”. Mmmmmm… Beer and Food. I am looking for posts about … Continue reading

Boss Beer

I acquired a couple bottles each of Boss Beer and its cousin, Black Boss (a Baltic Porter), from a local restaurant that went out of business and was having a garage sale. Based on that alone, I was a bit dubious as to how good the beer would be; you … Continue reading

Wailua Wheat

I jotted down some quick notes about Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing a couple of months ago, and now I’m giving it the full treatment. This ale is 5.4% alcohol by volume, and is brewed with passion fruit. While drinking it I was reflecting on the passion fruit character and … Continue reading

Press Release: Holiday Ale Festival gathers three-dozen rare beers

The West Coast’s most prestigious winter beer sampling opportunity The Holiday Ale Festival is a joyous tradition among beer lovers who treasure the big beers of winter. Held outdoors in the chilly month of December, the festival pours more than three-dozen robust winter craft brews, the majority of which have … Continue reading

The Session #7: Brew Zoo

This month’s Session is being hosted by Rick Lyke, who came up with the "Brew Zoo" theme: 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 … Continue reading

Hops? Aphids!

So an update on my hop harvesting efforts over the Labor Day weekend. I picked hops on Saturday and on Monday, for a couple of hours or so each day, and ended up with hops split amongst 10 paper grocery bags—each of which would probably yield, I don’t know, about … Continue reading

Press Release: Charlotte, NC Man to Sell Beer Rights for Life

So, this is an odd one… it’s an interesting idea, not one that I’d commit to personally (there’s just so much good beer out there to drink!), but I’m not sure how much traction it’ll gain. Man will only drink/serve winning companies’ beer for life Charlotte, NC — September 4, … Continue reading

Naughty Nellie

Naughty Nellie is a "golden artisan ale" from Seattle’s Pike Brewing. According to Pike, it’s named "for Nellie Curtis, madam of the LaSalle Hotel, where Pike was founded." It’s easy drinking at 4.7% alcohol by volume. Appearance: Hazy copper colored (raw honey), light, thin white head. Sediment settled out into … Continue reading

Hop harvest

My mom has a bumper crop of hops this year—she has hops growing off the end of her deck—so I picked a bunch of them today, and intend to go back for the rest (or as many as I can get) on Monday. I also took a bunch of pictures … Continue reading