Halloween Week: Moorhouse’s Black Cat

Moorhouse’s Black Cat is an English Dark Mild style of ale, and lives up to its Mild promise: it’s only 3.4% alcohol by volume, the truest kind of session beer one could ask for. It’s certainly an about-face from the trends in American microbrewing, where (generally) bigger is thought to … Continue reading

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Halloween Week: Dead Guy Ale

After all this time writing this blog I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale, but Halloween Week is as appropriate a time as ever. By and large, I consider this to be Rogue’s flagship beer, and certainly one of their best-known. It’s a 6.5% alcohol beer, brewed … Continue reading

Halloween Week: Beer costumes

No mention of Halloween could pass without the topic of costumes coming up. Unfortunately, most beer-themed Halloween costumes are—I’ll say it—stupid. The three men’s type costumes you see in the store most of the time? The beer bottle, beer keg (or can), and (increasingly) the beer pong table. Ugh. Among … Continue reading

Halloween Week: Beers to get you started

I should be getting to some reviews later this week. In the meantime, here’s a list of Halloween-themed beers to start with. BridgePort Raven Mad. This one’s gotten some play in the (Oregon) beer blog world lately; it’s a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter, with a 3D label (inspired by Hitchcock’s … Continue reading

Halloween Week: Haunted breweries

It wouldn’t be much of a Halloween without ghost stories and haunted places, so naturally—being a beer site and all—I’m wondering about haunted breweries. I know several of the McMenamins locations are purported to be haunted; Pacific Northwest author Jefferson Davis has documented a number of them in his books. … Continue reading

Halloween Week

The third Monday of the month kicks off Theme Week here at The Brew Site, and this month I’ve chosen Halloween to blog about all this week—fun, whimsical, and a topic that you could apply to beer in many ways. And it’s a subject I’ve blogged a bit about before: … Continue reading

Received: A trio of Brrr’s

This week while I was elsewhere, a package containing three bottles of Widmer‘s new seasonal, Brrr, arrived: Brrr is the winter seasonal version of Widmer’s W’06 Northwest Red Ale (read the comments from my earlier post), and I’m looking forward to reviewing this one. It also came with a press … Continue reading

Dogtoberfest (2008)

It’s utterly apropos that I drank and am now reviewing the Flying Dog Dogtoberfest that I received the first part of the month: the beer won the Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the “German-Style Märzen” category. Congrats guys! This year’s version is slightly less in alcohol … Continue reading

Mostly out this week, Theme Week the next

This week I’m out of town for the first half of the week, with limited computer access, so don’t expect too many updates (if any). Next week is Theme Week here at The Brew Site, and since it’s October, I’d thought I’d have fun and go with an appropriate topic: … Continue reading

Great American Beer Festival (2008) winners

The Great American Beer Festival held their coveted awards ceremony yesterday, and by afternoon had the list of winners online; you can view the page here. They have the complete list in PDF format, but I like the searchable format they have on that page too; it makes it easy … Continue reading