Monthly Archives: January 2008

Double Bastard (2005)

For my birthday last month I opened a 2005 vintage bottle of Stone Brewing‘s Double Bastard; this was one I had received a year or two prior and was saving for a special occasion. The beer is essentially a double version of Arrogant Bastard; it’s a monster for sure at 10% alcohol. The review sites peg this as an American Strong Ale, but I’m on the fence, wanting to call this an American Barleywine instead. … Continue reading →

Costco beer

I follow but usually don’t read closely the "Brew" Blog from Miller Brewing, but today’s post caught my eye: Costco is looking at selling private label beers. Costco has been selling Kirkland signature wines for a number of years and over the past year has filed label applications for some private-label spirits, including a single-malt scotch. The focus on beer appears to be a new effort. The beers are brewed by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, … Continue reading →

Quick notes: Deschutes’ The Abyss and Double Black

On Saturday we had lunch at Deschutes Brewery and I had to post some notes about a couple of great beers. First, The Abyss, of course. Now I haven’t opened the bottle the Brewery sent me to review yet, but I couldn’t stop at the brewpub and not order this up. It’s still a little hot—the alcohol heat could stand some aging—but man, this is a good beer. Rich, full of roasted malts, black as … Continue reading →

Session #12 reminder

A reminder to everyone that The Session is coming up this Friday (February 1st). The topic is Barleywine, and since I’m hosting, send me a note after your blog entry is up: You can notify me of it in several ways. First, leave a comment here at the Brew Site, either on the announcement post or my own Session entry for that day. Second, you can email me at jon (at) chuggnutt (dot) com, with … Continue reading →

Press Release: Michigan Winter Beer Festival Moves to Grand Rapids

Third Annual Event to be Held at Fifth Third Ballpark, February 23 Warm yourself from the winter chill at the 3rd Annual Winter Beer Festival, sponsored by the Michigan Brewers Guild, Saturday, February 23, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, just north of Grand Rapids. This outdoor celebration of Michigan beer features more than 150 different brews from some 25 brewers from around the state. Hot food and live music will round out the … Continue reading →