Monthly Archives: January 2010

Liquid Solutions is closing

I saw this news last week but hadn’t really had time to fully process or address it: online beer retailer Liquid Solutions is closings its doors. It is with a heavy heart that I am closing the business down after nine years of operation. We are shutting down the website and liquidating our entire inventory out of the warehouse. We are selling all beer, mead and ciders at 10-30% below cost. Hundreds of great beers … Continue reading →

Hop Press: To Age or Not To Age

In case you missed it yesterday, my Hop Press articles is a meditation on the aging of beer. When does the aging end and the drinking begin? Do you follow the Pliny school of thought, or the Reserve Series? Lately I’ve been drifting a bit from the Reserve Series column to the Pliny column: beer is meant to be drank. But there are some styles of beer that are worth aging; it’s not an absolute … Continue reading →

Cream Ale Week: Terrapin Golden Ale

Even though they call it “Golden Ale,” Terrapin Beer‘s Golden Ale does in fact fit the Cream Ale style bill—and the ratings sites both classify it as such. Intrigued, I contacted Terrapin to find out if they would provide a sample for review; they generously sent two bottles to me. (They in fact arrived just this week—in the nick of time!) Terrapin is based in Atlanta Athens, Georgia (updated—see comments, and you’d think I’d do … Continue reading →

Cream Ale Week: New Glarus Spotted Cow

The most-rated beer for the Cream Ale category on both BeerAdvocate and RateBeer comes from Wisconsin, specifically the town of New Glarus: Spotted Cow, from (fittingly enough) New Glarus Brewing. As it happens, it may also be Wisconsin’s best-known beer—it’s certainly the flagship beer for the brewery. At 4.8% alcohol by volume it’s a true session ale. Here’s their description: Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since long before prohibition. We … Continue reading →

Cream Ale Week: Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema

It would be hard to talk about Cream Ales on the West Coast and not mention Anderson Valley’s Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema. It’s a Cream Ale that actually achieves a creamy flavor (and aroma)—though it’s through the addition of a mystery spice. So it’s sort of a hybrid of a hybrid style… No matter—this is still one very tasty beer that I find enjoyable to drink. It’s 5.6% alcohol by volume and only 4 IBUs … Continue reading →