Monthly Archives: October 2011

Received: Hop Trip, 2011 and 12-ounce edition

These came for me yesterday from Deschutes Brewery: Three bottles of delicious Hop Trip—and notice that this year, they are in 12-ounce bottles and not the 22-ounce bombers of previous years. I think this will make Hop Trip a bit more accessible since it’s available by the six-pack; regardless, I know what I’ll be drinking this weekend.

Book Review: The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.

A little while back I received a review copy of The Craft of Stone Brewing Co., the new book (just released) celebrating the history and culture of everyone’s favorite Arrogant brewer, Stone Brewing. It’s part history, part informational reference, and part how-to, and overall presents an entertaining read on one of craft brewing’s most popular makers and purveyors of beer. First, a couple of nitpicks to get out of the way (the only real “negatives” … Continue reading →

Pearl Jam anniversary beer (with Dogfish Head)

I like Pearl Jam and I like Dogfish Head, so I suppose at some point (given Dogfish’s recent musical tribute beers) this was inevitable: Faithfull Ale celebrates Pearl Jam milestone. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is proud to announce the mid-October release of Faithfull Ale. Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, “Ten.” In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped … Continue reading →

The Session #56: Thanks to the big boys

Today being the first Friday of the month means that beer bloggers are participating in The Session, though given this month’s topic I do have to wonder just how many are participating—and how hard it may be for them to do so. Because the topic comes to us from The Tale of the Ale, and is titled, “Thanks to the big boys“: Most of us that write about beer do so with the small independent … Continue reading →

Kick, Pumpkin and Cranberry Ale

Kick is a collaboration pumpkin ale from Elysian Brewing and New Belgium Brewing and is released under New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series—and as such it is more than just another pumpkin beer. It is, in fact, a pumpkin and cranberry sour ale, 8.5% alcohol by volume, blended with wood-aged beer so that 75% is the pumpkin cranberry, and 25% is the wood-aged sour. Understandably, it is one of the most unusual pumpkin beers I’ve … Continue reading →