Theme WeekNext week is Theme Week

It seems like I always forget to mention when a Theme Week is coming up and what the actual theme will be… with that in mind, this next final week in July, starting on Monday the 26th, will be Theme Week here at The Brew Site, and I have decided … Continue reading

ReviewsSummer Beer Week: Festina Pêche

Ironically enough, I’ve reviewed Dogfish Head’s Festina Pêche before—during another Theme Week. Two years ago this month, actually, during Wheat Beer Week. But I couldn’t help it: when I saw it on the shelf at the store, I had to pick up a bottle. Like yesterday’s Gose, this beer isn’t … Continue reading

ReviewsSummer Beer Week: Leipziger Gose

Here’s a Summer Beer Week curve ball you may not have thought of: a German Gose style of beer. Gose is a light, tart wheat ale spiced with coriander and salt, and is enjoying a small revival with some American craft brewers lately. I didn’t get a hold of any … Continue reading

StylesSummer Beer Week: Summer Styles

At the beginning of the week I wrote, “Style? There is no style, other than the loose guidelines I laid out above.” This isn’t exactly true; it depends on what style guidelines you follow (if indeed you follow any). If you go looking among the BJCP styles, you won’t find … Continue reading

ReviewsSummer Beer Week: Sunburn Summer Brew

This year Widmer debuted a new seasonal summer beer: Sunburn. It’s a true session beer at 4.3% alcohol by volume, and they’ve loaded it up with Citra hops: the relatively new variety that’s all about the tropical fruit. Here’s their summary description: Sunburn Summer Brew is a very smooth, refreshing, … Continue reading

ReviewsSummer Beer Week: Surfer’s Summer Ale

When we visited the Pelican Pub & Brewery back during Memorial Day, I picked up a couple of bottles to bring home: the 2010 Saison du Pelican, and (thinking ahead to this week, actually) the Surfer’s Summer Ale. Here’s their description: The Summer Ales of England inspire our well-loved seasonal … Continue reading

Theme WeekSummer Beer Week

Today is the first official day of summer, and though this year’s weather has not exactly gone according to schedule (it’s been particularly chilly and damp here all this spring) I still decided I’d commemorate the start of the season by having Summer Beer Week here at The Brew Site. … Continue reading

Theme WeekTheme Week for June

The final full week of June is the 21st through the 25th, and for this month’s Theme Week here at The Brew Site I’m going to be drinking and writing about Summer Ales to welcome in the first (official) week of summer. Of course, many breweries have already released their … Continue reading

ReviewsCoffee Beer Week: Péché Mortel

Today is a coffee beer out of Canada: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel‘s Péché Mortel—literally “Mortal Sin.” It’s a 9.5% Imperial Coffee Stout brewed with Fair Trade coffee and is bottled conditioned—that means don’t be surprised to find dregs of yeast (and possibly coffee) on the bottle of the bottle (or … Continue reading

ReviewsCoffee Beer Week: Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout

Southern Tier Brewing, up in Lakewood, New York, brews a series of Imperial Stouts (their “Blackwater Series”) that, from what I’ve tasted so far, can best be described as “decadent.” At least two are brewed with coffee, and their Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout is available here in Bend. This is … Continue reading