90 Minute IPA

It’s rare to find Dogfish Head beers around here, so when I came across their 90 Minute IPA recently, you’d better believe I was all over it. 90 Minute IPA is an Imperial IPA that weighs in at 9% alcohol by volume, and the name reflects a Dogfish innovation: the … Continue reading

Tooheys New

Tooheys New is an Australian lager of 4.6% alcohol by volume. I had picked it up while looking for a Mild for the previous Session, not knowing it was a lager (and therefore unqualified), but game to try something new as always. Appearance: Very clear. Light copper in color, turning … Continue reading

Liberty Ale

Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale is one of their beers that I can get here (unlike their Bock which I reviewed yesterday) but for some reason never had. It’s one of their older beers—first brewed in 1975—and according to their site is brewed "strictly according to traditional brewing methods." Traditional it … Continue reading

Anchor Bock

Anchor produces some distinctive and excellent beers, and I was lucky to find one that I haven’t had before: Anchor Bock. I don’t recall seeing it available around here, and in fact I picked this up on the way back from our San Diego trip. Appearance: Dark brown with deep … Continue reading

Palma Louca

Beer from Brazil—this was a new one to me. The only other Brazilian beer I’ve had is Xingu (which seems to be from the same company). Palma Louca ("wild palm") is a pale pilsner, and that’s about all I can say about it… it wasn’t very good, to be honest. … Continue reading


Even though it’s billed as "the world’s most exotic beer," most people will simply see an American-style macro lager in Thailand’s Singha. Even for that, it’s not all that bad a beer. Appearance: Crystal clear, pale straw yellow. Fluffy white head. Very much like a macro lager—slightly darker. Smell: Corn, … Continue reading

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is a Winter Warmer from Boundary Bay Brewing Company in Bellingham, Washington. It’s a 7% alcohol beer that’s lightly dry hopped with Cascades. Appearance: Dark brown and murky-opaque. Light brown head, creamy looking. Smell: Dark fruit and caramel, alcohol (fusel-ish, slightly). Dark fruit reminds me of raisin. Spicy … Continue reading

The Session #3: The Mysterious Misunderstood Mild

Again this month I feel compelled to offer up my own subtitle: "Mild Meanderings." Largely because I wasn’t able to find an actual Mild Ale locally—though I came close, and I’m hopefully there at least in spirit—but also because I’ll be segueing a bit as I write this. The problem … Continue reading

Alaskan Smoked Porter (2005)

I’d had a 2005 vintage Alaskan Smoked Porter for awhile and decided it was time to try it. Overall I’ve found Smoked Porter in the past to be an excellent beer, and I wasn’t disappointed with this one. I really need to start buying one of these each year and … Continue reading

Beertown Brown

The latest offering from BridgePort Brewing is named after the city of Portland, albeit in an unofficial capacity: Beertown Brown. It’s their foray into the world of sessionable Brown Ales, and I think they pull it off rather well overall. It’s an English Brown Ale in style, at 5.2% alcohol. … Continue reading