Monthly Archives: November 2007

Pumpkin Beer Week (continued): Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

As I mentioned in my wrap up for Pumpkin Beer Week, I might yet receive more pumpkin beers to review. Well, indeed I did: the fine folks at New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing Company sent me three bottles of their Pumpkin Ale (at my request for samples). Tonight I opened up a bottle and here I am continuing Pumpkin Beer Week. Smuttynose has done something cool on their website: they have a page of Brewer’s Comments … Continue reading →

More about Winter’s Bourbon and the Mix-It-Ups

I have more details from Anheuser-Busch to follow-up my post yesterday about their Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale and the Bare Knuckle Stout Mix-It-Up program. First, on the subject of the Winter’s Bourbon, I had sent in several questions (via email) as a sort of mini-interview. Here it is (forwarded to/from their brewmaster): Florian Kuplent, Brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. For how long is the Cask Ale aged in the bourbon barrels? Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale is matured … Continue reading →

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

It’s that time of year when the Winter Warmers and holiday ales are coming into season (despite many being release as early as October), so reviewing the free bottle of K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog fits in perfectly with that seasonal mindset. K-9 is a warming, malty, spicy ale that sits at 6.4% alcohol. According to the specs, it’s brewed with 50/60 Crystal, chocolate malt, oats, and Munich malt, and hopped with Millennium … Continue reading →

A-B’s Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale, and mixing

I received this in email from the folks at Anheuser-Busch: Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale is back for the third year and will be available next week! A fact sheet including the taste profile, ingredients, serving suggestions and food parings, is attached along with images. For a new twist on this barrel-aged favorite, we’ve created the “Snow Drift” – Winter’s Bourbon layered with Bare Knuckle Stout. The combination of the roasted, dark malty notes of Bare … Continue reading →

Holiday Ale Festival

I’m playing catch up on various emails and announcements that came in during Pumpkin Beer Week that I didn’t have time to get to… The Holiday Ale Festival up in Portland (Oregon) starts this week: "the only beer festival in the Northwest to be held outdoors in the dark, cold and often wet month of December." This has been growing in prominence in recent years and to my mind, it’s the winter version of the … Continue reading →