Reviews2° Below Winter Ale

2° Below is the Fall/Winter seasonal release from New Belgium Brewing. Rather than a Winter Warmer, though, it’s an ESB (Extra Special Bitter), dry-hopped, at 6.6% alcohol by volume. NB says: We like to think we beat winter at its own game with 2°Below Winter Ale- a bright, warming blast … Continue reading

Theme WeekFebruary Theme Week ideas

I’m casting about for ideas for this month’s Theme Week, which starts (as always) on the third Monday: February 18th. (Which also happens to be President’s Day here in the U.S.) One of my first thoughts was to do a "Fruit Beer" theme, in honor of Valentine’s Day. (Or perhaps … Continue reading

ReviewsThe Abyss

Now that some of the furor over Deschutes Brewery‘s The Abyss has died down, I thought it was high time to open up the bottle that Deschutes very graciously sent me and write about it. (Actually, I don’t know that it has died down completely… there are still bottles of … Continue reading

The Beer HackerThe Beer Hacker: Web-based beer brewing software

One year ago I wrote about Beer Brewing Software, reviewing five Windows programs and ultimately picking BeerSmith as the overall best brewing software available. (It still is, by the way.) At the time, I wrote: I only looked at programs that run on a single computer—even though in this wired-internet-"web … Continue reading

EventsKLCC Microbrew Festival, Eugene

This weekend—Friday and Saturday the 8th and 9th to be exact—is the KLCC Microbrew Festival over in Eugene (Oregon). From 5 to 11pm each day, it’s at the Lane Events Center Exhibit Hall (796 W 13th) and costs $10 admission. Tasters are $1. (There’s also a homebrew competition; it’s a … Continue reading

ReviewsBad Elf

Bad Elf (subtitled "Winter’s Ale") is an English IPA from Ridgeway Brewing by way of Shelton Brothers. Their site says this about the beer: Olde England meets the New World in this strong, warming golden ale. A generous amount of famous English malt is masterfully balanced with an astounding 45 … Continue reading

ReviewsNutfield Old Man Ale

For my birthday a little over a month ago my wife got me a Beer of the Month subscription. We had received the first box a few days before, so I was able to actually open the box on my birthday and see what beers I received. The first beer … Continue reading

The SessionSession wrap-up wrap-up

This is a wrap-up to the Session wrap-up I posted last night and updated today… highlighting the extra links that came in since I’d first posted. (Updated) Beer at Joe’s covers Mikkeller Big Worse with a unique slant: video blog (vlog?). Not quite in the way you think, either. Jay … Continue reading

The SessionSession #12 wrap-up

Wow, there sure are a lot of bloggers participating in The Session… I think my prediction about The Session (and beer blogging in general) taking off this year is on-target. You’ve likely already read my Session contribution… so, here are all the rest. In order to be fair, I’ve tried … Continue reading