Monthly Archives: September 2010

Unusual Beer Week: Saison du BUFF

Individually, any beer from both Stone Brewing and Dogfish Head could very likely qualify as an “unusual” beer. And I would easily call any of the collaboration brews Stone participates in unusual. So when Stone, Dogfish, and Victory Brewing all collaborated earlier this year—you know the resulting beer, Saison du BUFF (Stone page, Dogfish page), was destined to be reviewed this week. Saison du BUFF is a Belgian-style Saison brewed with the herbs parsley, sage, … Continue reading →

Unusual Beer Week: Ambacht Golden Rose Ale

Hillsboro, Oregon, is not one of the first places that comes to mind when you think of craft beer, but the under-the-radar Ambacht Brewing might help to change that. I’ve been hearing their name occasionally, but I had yet to see or sample their beer, until our Labor Day trip to Belmont Station in Portland, where I picked up a bottle of their Golden Rose Ale: a Belgian-style golden brewed with rose hips and honey. … Continue reading →

Unusual Beer Week: Bison Organic Honey Basil Ale

Bison Brewing out of Berkeley, California is known for brewing only all-organic beers, and with 21 years of experience behind them they have a pretty good handle on what they’re doing. I’ve previously reviewed their Chocolate Stout and Gingerbread Ale (which also earns some “unusual” cred), but it was their Honey Basil Ale that caught the eye earlier in the month (from our visit to Belmont Station in Portland over Labor Day weekend) and definitely … Continue reading →

Unusual Beer Week: Kelpie Seaweed Ale

Williams Brothers Brewing out of Scotland brews a line of “historical” ales that punctuate the unusual brewing history of Scotland, particularly in the pre-hops days. I’ve reviewed their Fraoch Heather Ale and Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale before, but the Kelpie Seaweed Ale was a new one to me. This 4.4% ABV beer is indeed brewed with seaweed; here’s what the brewery says: Prior to the 1850’s there were many Scottish coastal alehouses, which brewed their … Continue reading →

Theme Week: The Unusual

This week is Theme Week here at The Brew Site, and I’m breaking the mold a bit with an overall “Unusual” theme: bucking my usual convention and ending on the first of October, which also coincides with The Session (hosted this month by the Beer Wench). The theme for the week dovetails into the them for the Session as well, which is “Frankenstein beers.” So it’s a bit unusual all around. Although these days, it … Continue reading →