Monthly Archives: November 2009

Hop Press

You may have noticed that I’m not doing a Theme Week right now (it is the third Monday, after all), but don’t worry, I’m plenty busy on the blogging front: today marks the launch of a new beer blog I’m working on for Hop Press, RateBeer‘s nascent publishing empire. This new blog of mine is located here, and as one of the new “Featured Writers” (along with an impressive line-up of other beer bloggers), I’ll … Continue reading →

The next Session: Stumbling Home

The December Session (#34) has been announced, and it’s being hosted by Two Parts Rye: Stumbling Home. It’s time to give a shout out to your favorite watering hole.  How good are the beers?  Any interesting cast of characters?  What are your drinking buddies like?  They probably need to be embarassed on the internet.  Now’s the time. You don’t have to limit yourself to one.  Feel free to reminisce about the good old days if you … Continue reading →

Press Release: Welcome to

The Original Belgian White Beer Launches its First English Web Site Belgian-style wheat beers have grown in popularity, and Hoegaarden is the beer that started it all more than 600 years ago. In response to U.S. consumers seeking more information about the origins of the Belgian-style wheat beer category, Hoegaarden, the Original Belgian White Beer, has launched an English version of its new Web site. Visit to learn more about the beer’s history, ingredients … Continue reading →

The Abyss 2009

Even though I received a bottle of The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery two months ago, I held off on opening it because I knew it would be too green. But since the official release was last week, I figured it was time to crack the bottle and jot down some notes from this year’s vintage. This is the fourth incarnation of Deschutes’ award-winning Imperial Stout, and they’ve stayed remarkably consistent with the recipe throughout: brewed … Continue reading →

Press Release: Full Sail Brewing Releases Two Cool Weather Favorites

Brewmaster Reserve Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale and Wreck the Halls You can feel the cold in the air, the east winds are blowing and snow boarders and skiers are making their way up the mountain. The brewery is humming with the anticipation of our holiday releases and here come two of our favorites: Wreck the Halls and Old Boardhead. Wreck the Halls is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA with a “Winter Warmer” … Continue reading →