Category Archives: Theme Week

Theme Week: On hiatus

This week would ordinarily be the monthly Theme Week here, but instead I’m putting it on hiatus for the near future. Not because I don’t have ideas of things to write about—rather, I have too many ideas for things I want to do, and (of course) never enough time to devote to it all. So instead of phoning it in (as it were), I’m putting Theme Week on hold to catch up on other blog … Continue reading →

Barleywine Week: Stone Old Guardian (2010)

You can’t really talk about Barleywines without talking about another San Diego standard: Stone Old Guardian. I first reviewed this back in 2007, and it’s interesting to note that each year’s vintage has a slightly different alcohol content: the 2007 was 11.26%, while this 2010 bottle indicates 11.1%. And the 2011 edition, according to their site, will be 11.3%. Simply put: Old Guardian is one of the best American Barleywines out there. I guarantee that … Continue reading →

Barleywine Week: Past reviews

I drink my fair share of Barleywines, and while not all of them make it online, I’ve amassed a number of reviews over the years. A sweep through past blog entries highlights those that did make it online: Deschutes Mirror Mirror (2005), which I reviewed when I hosted The Session back in February ’08. Mirror Mirror 2009 Redhook’s Treblehook Barley Wine Shipyard Barley Wine Anchor Old Foghorn (which I reviewed during “Big Beer Week”, sort … Continue reading →

Barleywine Week: Green Flash Barleywine

The beer I’m reviewing today comes from one of the San Diego breweries that is known for the big San Diego-style hopping I’ve talked about before: Green Flash Brewing Barleywine Style Ale. This is a big, nearly 11% ABV beer that hits all the high marks for hopheads and strong beer, er, heads alike. Our American-style Barleywine undergoes a three hour boil to intensify the caramel malts and the enormous Pacific Northwest hop charge. The … Continue reading →

Barleywine Week: Old Boardhead Barleywine (2010 Reserve)

In the pantheon of Pacific Northwest Barleywines, I consider Full Sail Brewing‘s Old Boardhead to be near the top of the class. First brewed in 1990, the 2010 Reserve edition celebrates its 20th release with a new label (previous labels were distinctive though plain) and two decades of perfecting the recipe. Full Sail’s description: A deliciously rich barleywine that has spectacular depth and delicacy of flavor that is deep and robust. Its strong, sweet body … Continue reading →