Monthly Archives: December 2008

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 16: Scaldis Noël

Yesterday we went with an English winter classic, and today we’re going with a Belgian one: Scaldis Noël from Brasserie Dubuission. (Known as Bush de Noël in its native country.) Scaldis is a complex Belgian dark strong ale that weighs in with a whopping 12% alcohol by volume. In short, it’s a beer that will be easy to get yourself lost in, and one you’ll be very happy to see under your tree on Christmas … Continue reading →

Deschutes news

I just posted a Deschutes Brewery press release over on the Press Releases page (did you notice? It’s where I’ve been posting those press releases being sent to me—just like I threatened) that I thought was interesting and worth a closer look. (Of course, I’m pretty partial to Deschutes Brewery. But you already knew that.) The press release is regarding the imminent release of Hop Henge and its new label, coming up in January, and … Continue reading →

Newcastle Brown Ale

Somewhere along the way I missed a step in posting reviews—several steps, actually—and it turns out that even though I received a sixer of Newcastle Brown Ale two months ago, I’m just now posting the review. Really, though, I drank and took notes on it way back then, too. So. Newcastle Brown Ale. Often one of the first English and "import" beers that Americans are exposed to once they start exploring beyond the light macro … Continue reading →

Press Release: Hop Henge Kicks Off 2009’s Monumental Bond Street Series Line-Up

Deschutes Brewery‘s Hop Henge Experimental IPA returns to the Bond Street Series line-up this January with more hop-forward flavors than ever before. The new formulation is the epitome of the brewery’s experimental style and commitment to innovation, while gratifying their unquenchable thirst for beautifully balanced hoppy beers. The newest incarnation of Hop Henge uses several new hop processes and techniques to create a truly unique and unexpected beer. "When people taste Hop Henge, I want … Continue reading →

Press Release: A Holiday Beer with a Malt Ball Center

It is tradition at Karl Strauss that each winter a different Karl Strauss brewer gets to try their hand at the Holiday Beer. This year the opportunity fell to our very own Ian Young. Ian knew he wanted to brew a Stout, but he had visions of malt balls dancing in his head. Our friends at Briess Malting had kicked off the holiday season for us with a sack of Briess malt balls and that’s … Continue reading →