ReviewsPumpkin 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 … Continue reading

UncategorizedMore 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 … Continue reading

ReviewsK-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 … Continue reading

UncategorizedA-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 … Continue reading

EventsHoliday 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 … Continue reading

Theme WeekAdditional Pumpkin Beer Week shout outs

Whoops! I forgot to mention two other brewers who had sent me beer in response to my request for pumpkin beer samples—the reason they slipped my mind is because they were out of stock of their pumpkin beer—and they very, very generously sent me alternatives. Dogfish Head was out of … Continue reading

UncategorizedThe latest Flying Dog sample package

The title says it all: the latest sample package from Flying Dog came today. What I like about Flying Dog—aside from receiving beer from them—is that they’re proactive and embracing the grassroots nature of the web and blogs and technology. Reaching out to bloggers, being active on Flickr and Twitter … Continue reading

Theme WeekPumpkin Beer Week wrap-up

My "Pumpkin Beer Week" moved along very well; I wasn’t lacking for anything to blog about, and in fact, I may end up doing a bit of a continuation—there may be some additional pumpkin beer samples coming my way, for one thing. Maybe at some point I’ll blog a Pumpkin … Continue reading

ReviewsPumpkin Beer Week: Southampton Pumpkin Ale

Southampton Brewing made some news lately with the announcement from Pabst that they (Pabst and Southampton) were entering into a strategic alliance wherein Pabst would market and distribute (presumably nationally) Southampton’s beers. Like the Widmer-Redhood deal, my opinion is that it’s a good thing—anything that enables an award-winning brewery’s beers … Continue reading

ReviewsPumpkin Beer Week: Lakefront Pumpkin Lager

The Pumpkin Lager from Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery is the only pumpkin lager brewed (commercially) in the world, and they’re old hands at this: In 1989, Lakefront Brewery owner, Russ Klisch was reading dusty brewing tome, tippling one of our fine lagers and came across a beer recipe that Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading