Monthly Archives: January 2010

Very Noddy Lager

The final of the four beers that Buckbean Brewing sent to me is their Very Noddy—or more properly, “Doug’s Very Noddy 40th Birthday Lager.” Ostensibly they are calling this an “Imperial Schwarzbier”—10.5% alcohol and it’s basically a doubled-up version of their Black Noddy: Brewed specially for owner Doug Booth’s 40th birthday, this Imperial Schwarzbier has twice the malt and hops of our Black Noddy Lager, creating a deep black color, rich, nutty malt flavors and … Continue reading →

Black Noddy Lager

Black Noddy is a Schwarzbier from Buckbean Brewing in Reno, Nevada, one of the four that they sent me. Buckbean, as you’ll recall, is one of the few (but growing number of) craft brewers who can their beers. Black Noddy is 5.2% alcohol by volume and is easy-drinking like a Schwarzbier should be. Here’s their description: This is a traditional Bavarian Schwarzbier style with a deep color and a smooth rich flavor. Specially roasted malts … Continue reading →

Tule Duck Red Ale, a non-review

No, it’s not a review (for reasons I’ll get into in a moment), but I need to at least mention the Tule Duck Red Ale from Buckbean Brewing—since they sent me the four beers last month and I’m sure you’re all wondering what became of them. Unfortunately, why I’m not reviewing it is because it was a bad can of beer: the beer was infected (or otherwise spoiled somehow), and I don’t think it would … Continue reading →

Red Chair NWPA

For those of you that missed the news, Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale) is the new seasonal beer from Deschutes Brewery that is replacing Buzzsaw Brown and Cinder Cone Red. (Cinder Cone Red, in fact, is now in its last bottling, and only available in Oregon and Washington.) It’s based on last year’s Red Chair IPA, though the website lists slightly more IBUs in NWPA so the recipe has been tweaked slightly. Their own … Continue reading →

Press Release: Lindemans Lambics for Valentine’s Day

Unique, elegant, sparkling, delightful – just like your valentine! If you have tasted Lindemans fruit lambics, you already know.  If you haven’t tried them, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to discover exciting, sweet fruit flavors perfectly balanced by the dry, tart complexity of real lambic – Belgian ale fermented with wild yeast. Find Lindemans at any specialty beer store, or at a bar or restaurant that has a good beer list.  Then wow your … Continue reading →