Canned Beer Week 2: Moose Drool, bottle vs. can

One of the things I really wanted to do for this year’s Canned Beer Week was something I haven’t seen done anywhere else: a side-by-side comparison of the same beer, in a bottle versus a can. Think of it as a “lateral tasting” (as opposed to “vertical tasting” of different … Continue reading

Canned Beer Week 2: Breweries that can

September has been a synergistic month for the topic of canned beer. In addition to the NPR story and the Canfest announcement, Charlie Papazian over on his Examiner.com site had an article on canned beer last week. Naturally, the story focuses primarily on Oskar Blues as the first craft brewer … Continue reading

Canned Beer Week 2: Ashland Amber

Last year I reviewed two beers from Ashland, Oregon’s Caldera Brewing for Canned Beer Week: their Pale Ale and their IPA. I liked both very much—both excellent examples of just how good beer can be from a can—and as Caldera had since released a third canned beer, Ashland Amber, it … Continue reading

Canned Beer Week 2: Maui Coconut Porter

This isn’t a new review, but a revisit of the Maui Brewing Coconut Porter I had while in San Diego this year (at Stone Brewing, of all places)—and exploring a bit of Maui’s canned beer offerings as well. The beer is a “robust porter” brewed with six varieties of malt, … Continue reading

Press Release: Widmer Brothers Launches Limited Release Series

50 Signed Commemorative Bottles to be Discovered on Store Shelves The Widmer brothers have just finished aging a small batch of Cherry Oak Doppelbock, the first release in the brewery’s new Brothers’ Reserve limited-edition series. The 22 ounce bottles are set to arrive in stores across the country beginning October … Continue reading

Press Release: Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale 2009-2010

This is the 20th year that the arrival of Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale has heralded shorter days and the end of the warm months – Winter Welcome was the first imported winter seasonal beer, first brought to the US in 1990. Winter Welcome’s rich honey-amber color; creamy, complex flavor … Continue reading

Canned Beer Week 2: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat

Yesterday I reviewed 21st Amendment’s IPA, and today it’s their watermelon beer getting the treatment: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat. (Told you it was punny.) I’ve tried this beer several times on tap: at the Oregon Brewers Festival in past years and more recently at The Abbey Pub here in … Continue reading

Canned Beer Week 2: Canned Beer Festival

Apparently there’s going to be a Canned Beer Festival taking place on October 23rd in Reno, Nevada, and being put on by Reno’s own Buckbean Brewing Company. I picked up the story from KevBrews, who in turn ran the press release itself. Buckbean Brewing Company, Nevada’s largest production microbrewery, will … Continue reading

Press Release: Karlfest is a Beer Fest with Soul

For the sixth year in a row, Karl Strauss Brewing Company will be celebrating a Southern California version of Oktoberfest with quality craft beer, tasty grub, and live indie rock, all while raising money for a good cause. This year’s Karlfest benefits the Surfrider Foundation South Orange County Chapter and … Continue reading