ReviewsThe Session #44: Frankenstein Beers (Unusual Beer Week)

The first Friday of the month means one particular thing for beer bloggers: The Session! It’s a monthly collaborative blogging effort where we all write a post following a common theme, which is chosen each month by a different blogger who gets the “hosting” duties. This month’s host is Ashley … Continue reading

ReviewsUnusual 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 … Continue reading

ReviewsUnusual 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 … Continue reading

ReviewsUnusual 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 … Continue reading

ReviewsUnusual 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% … Continue reading

Theme WeekTheme 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 … Continue reading

Theme WeekNext week’s Theme Week: The Unusual

This week being the last full week of September, I would have normally (by my own “rules”) been running a Theme Week, but after batting around some ideas (back to school, fall harvests, pumpkins), I decided that next week instead will be Theme Week, and I’m tailoring it so it … Continue reading

ReviewsFruit Beer Week: Lost Coast Raspberry Brown

The other fruit beer that Lost Coast Brewery makes (along with their Tangerine Wheat) is Raspberry Brown. This beer is a version of their flagship Downtown Brown infused with real raspberries; however, where Downtown Brown is 5% ABV, Raspberry Brown is 6.5%. I’m not sure the raspberries alone would account … Continue reading

ReviewsFruit Beer Week: Chapeau Banana Lambic (Re-review)

The other day, in reviewing Wells Banana Bread Beer, I wrote: “I can’t say as I’ve had many banana beers (the only other one that comes immediately to mind is a homebrewed banana wheat years ago)”—and then I found my original review of Chapeau Banana Lambic from 2008. It’s brewed … Continue reading

ReviewsFruit Beer Week: Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat

Lost Coast Brewery down in Eureka, California, brews a couple of fruit beers, and Tangerine Wheat is (I think) the newer of the two. This a light, summery American wheat ale brewed “with natural flavor added.” I’m not exactly sure what “natural flavor” refers to, but if I didn’t know … Continue reading