American Macro Week: Miller Genuine Draft

Miller Genuine Draft is the "premium" brew from Miller Brewing that was introduced in 1985. It’s "cold filtered four times for smoother flavor" and sits at 4.66% alcohol by volume. I have to admit, back in my youthful beer drinking days, before discovering home- and microbrew, I considered MGD to … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Coors Light

Coors Light is pretty ubiquitous around these parts (Central Oregon); it’s always on the menu at restaurants and seems to be the one available whenever somebody is offering beer (and doesn’t have microbrew). And even though it’s a "light" beer, it seems therefore to be the flagship from Coors (even … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Icehouse

Icehouse is the next beer in the tasting queue, one of the so-called "ice beers" from Miller (the "Plank Road Brewery" line). In fact it’s the "first domestic ice beer" in America, they say, and has an alcohol content of 5.5% by volume. Generally, an "ice beer" is supposed to … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Budweiser

Budweiser has the distinction of being the first beer on the tasting spree. This flagship beer from Anheuser-Busch (the self-proclaimed “King of Beers” and “The Great American Lager”) sits right at 5% alcohol by volume and, according to A-B, has been brewed since 1876. I will say right up front … Continue reading

American Macro Week

Here we are, the third Monday of the month, that means it’s time for Theme Week here at the Brew Site. This month’s theme I announced earlier is American Macro Week. Why? I haven’t seen any real comparative, comprehensive tasting comparison of all of these. Plus, as much as I … Continue reading

Santa’s Private Reserve

You can tell I’m catching up on my Christmas beer notes… I’m about a month behind (drinking date vs. blogging date). Anyway… Santa’s Private Reserve from Rogue is a hopped up version of their St. Rogue Red: Rogues annual holiday offering, Santas Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic … Continue reading

Celebration Ale (2007)

When it comes to classic American Christmas beers, it’s hard to beat Sierra Nevada’s Celebration. It’s one of the Old Guard, brewed since 1981. I’d even go so far as to say if there was a Top 10 list of American seasonals, this would be on it. At 6.8% alcohol … Continue reading

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale (2008)

Anderson Valley Brewing’s Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale is a classic Winter Warmer done right. It’s 6.9% alcohol and brewed with a “private blend of holiday spice.” It’s never overwhelming, either; it’s just what you’re looking for in that winter seasonal. Appearance: Classic amber ale, very nice—big fluffy tan head. Light … Continue reading

Miscellaneous beer notes

Some random notes and observations this week that didn’t warrant their own post. – Deschutes‘ official press release that was included with the bottle of The Abyss they sent me also mentions two other Reserve Series beers that will come out this year: The Dissident and an Imperial Black Butte … Continue reading

Santa’s Little Helper

Santa’s Little Helper is Cascade Lakes Brewing Company‘s seasonal Winter Warmer. Cascade Lakes is one of my local breweries; I highlighted them and several of their beers in a past Session, but since then they’ve done an overhaul and update of all their package designs. Where before they had the … Continue reading