Category Archives: Reviews

Tuesday Tastings: Mosaic Session Ale, Twilight Summer Ale, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

This week’s Tuesday Tastings have taken on a summery theme, even though summer itself is still at least a month away. At least that what’s these beers remind me of. Karl Strauss Brewing Mosaic Session Ale I received this bottle direct from Karl Strauss Brewing recently, their new year-round offering brewed entirely with Mosaic hops (which are red-hot right now). Yes, it’s named “Session Ale” but its strength is 5.5% abv, a full percent higher … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Two Hearted Ale, Krampus, Silver City Oktoberfest

Another post of Tuesday Tastings for this second week of May, featuring an iconic IPA and a couple of out-of-season reviews. Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale It probably doesn’t need to be said that Bell’s is one of the oldest and most-respected breweries in the United States, dating the first commercial sale of beer to 1985 (making them 30 years old this year). And of course a number of their beers are iconic even to … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Witch’s Wit, Hop Henge, C.W. Schnocker

Bit of a wide variety in styles for this week’s Tuesday Tastings, with a Belgian-style Witbier, Imperial IPA, and barrel-aged Strong Ale on tap. The Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit It’s hard to beat The Lost Abbey in just flat-out a lot of styles, though perhaps they are better-known (outside of Southern California, anyway) for big, barrel-aged, rarefied beers than what you’d expect to find from this fall seasonal, a 4.8% abv Witbier brewed in the … Continue reading →

2015 Craft Brewers Conference Recap, Part 2

Picking up where part 1 left off, I was very grateful for a better nights sleep and was feeling good on Thursday morning. We hurried out the door to find the last few minutes of the continental breakfast plentiful and still being served before our first sessions of the day. By 9am we were in our sessions. Mine was “Brewpub food, moving beyond pizza and burgers”. I thought this would be interesting as we dine … Continue reading →

2015 Craft Brewers Conference Recap

What a conference! What a week! First and foremost, I would like to thank the Brewers Association for providing media credentials for both Jon and I for a peek into the world of today’s craft beer brewers, breweries, and industry for the 32nd Annual Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon last week. We had no idea of what to expect, except a number of 11,500 attendees and over 600 exhibitors would descend into our state … Continue reading →