Monthly Archives: March 2008

Old Chub (Canned Beer Week follow-up)

Old Chub is a Scottish Ale from Oskar Blues and, I believe, is the second beer they canned (after their Dale’s Pale Ale). Like the Dale’s, I received this can in a promotional package but fell too far behind to get it written up last month for my Canned Beer Week. One thing I noticed with these canned beers from OB, and especially with this beer… there was no "hiss" of gas under pressure when … Continue reading →

Dale’s Pale Ale (Canned Beer Week follow-up)

Back when I was doing Canned Beer Week in February, I spoke with Marty Jones with Oskar Blues Brewery and he sent me three cans of their beer in a promotional shipment: Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub, and Gordon. I didn’t get them in time to coincide with that week and unfortunately it’s taken me until now to review them, but here we (finally!) are. Dale’s Pale Ale was the first American microbrew to be … Continue reading →

Promotional beers from Deschutes

Time to start catching up on my blogging! I mentioned in this month’s Session that Deschutes had sent me some promotional bottles of the new Green Lakes Organic Ale (which I reviewed for that Session); in addition to the three bottles of Green Lakes, though, there were three bottles of their seasonal Cinder Cone Red, with the new label. Both are excellent, tasty beers, and since the Green Lakes has been reviewed, I’ll be posting … Continue reading →

Irish Beer Week: Fin

This is the first Theme Week where I didn’t actually drink and review any beers, although I did drink McMenamins‘ seasonal Irish Stout after work today, so perhaps that’s not quite accurate. (It is indeed a fairly dry Stout, with roasty, slightly astringent notes and a low session-level alcohol—4.77%—that makes it very easy to drink.) To tell the truth, the week got away from me (the world beyond my blogging) and I just didn’t have … Continue reading →

Irish Beer Week: The styles

The two styles that originate in Ireland are Irish Dry Stout and Irish Red Ale. The more famous of the two is, naturally, the Stout, since that’s the one everyone is exposed to. The Dry Stout style evolved from the London Porters of the time, and were a stronger version of that style—a "Stout Porter." It was also a stronger beer than is (typically) brewed these days—around 7.5% alcohol by volume (compare to 4-6% currently). … Continue reading →