ReviewsWheat Beer Week: Pyramid Hefeweizen

As much as Widmer’s version, Pyramid Hefeweizen is one of those beers that helped define a style: the American Wheat. Of course, I’ve seen a bit of pushback in recent years against the Pyramid and Widmer hefes; I don’t know if it’s because the breweries have grown into large, overly … Continue reading

ReviewsWheat Beer Week: JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen

Ah, a Trader Joe’s beer by way of Gordon Birsch: "JosephsBrau" is the contract label for TJs that has produced several beers (I’ve reviewed two). Their Dunkelweizen is fairly new, a dark wheat beer that is 5.2% alcohol by volume. Since it’s a TJ’s "house beer", it was picked up … Continue reading

ReviewsWheat Beer Week: Festina Pêche

When I first picked up Dogfish Head’s Festina Pêche, I didn’t know that it was brewed in the style of the (rare-ish) Berliner Weisse. (You can see the point in my tasting notes when I figured this out.) Berliner Weisses are sour wheat beers, typically low in alcohol. Dogfish’s own … Continue reading

ReviewsWheat Beer Week: Shock Top Belgian White

Yes—gasp!—it’s a beer from Anheuser-Busch. I drink those from time to time, and when I saw this in the store, my curiosity finally got the better of me. While the name and packaging seem to come straight from a marketing department (hat tip to Stan for that), the beer comprising … Continue reading

ReviewsWheat Beer Week: W ’08 Crimson Wheat

I suppose it’s somewhat fitting that the first Wheat Beer Week beer I review is a Widmer beer—considering they are arguably best know for their very American Hefeweizen. W ’08 Crimson Wheat is their "Brewmaster’s Release 2008" beer: The three different red, caramelized, and dark wheat malts give this beer … Continue reading

Theme WeekWheat Beer Week

This week it’s Wheat Beer Week here at The Brew Site. All this week I’ll be blogging about wheat beers—mostly tasting reviews, as it turns out, and I think they’ve all been American-brewed. So a reasonable sub-title for this week might be "American Wheat." (I’m quite sure this won’t be … Continue reading

UncategorizedDeschutes beer news

It’s a Deschutes Brewery news day, I guess. But this is such exciting news (for us beer aficionados) that I had to share. Black Butte XX and the 20th Anniversary Wit were bottled on Wednesday, the 11th. This according to my source at the Brewery. Furthermore, they’re having the "waxing … Continue reading

Press ReleasesPress Release: 2008 Sagebrush Classic

It seems it’s both the 20th anniversary of Deschutes Brewery this year and their 20th annual Sagebrush Classic. What’s the Sagebrush Classic? Read on. Handcrafted Beer and Haute Cuisine Are Main Course at 2008 Sagebrush Classic Deschutes Brewery Celebrates 20th Annual Celebrity Chef Pairing Dinner At the Sagebrush Classic, celebrity … Continue reading