Today’s beer pick comes from the oldest brewery in the American southeast: Abita Christmas Ale from Abita Brewing. Founded in 1986, Abita is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and is Louisiana’s premier craft brewery, located 30 miles north of New Orleans. Their Christmas Ale is a 5.5% abv holiday treat with a piney hoppy character that calls to mind the family Christmas tree—that is to say, rather than the “traditional” spiciness that many brewers … Continue reading →
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I had one can of Guinness left over from St. Patrick’s Day: You can see I did much better this time around pouring a Black and Tan. Incidentally, the other beer I’m using is Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic. Not a favorite, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment. Overall, not bad.
No formal reviews, but a couple of beers of note this weekend. First was Laurelwood Brewing‘s Espresso Stout—actually its full name is Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout. Our friends Paul and Sandi brought this over Saturday night. This one’s like drinking espresso, possibly the most coffee-infused beer I’ve yet tasted. Sunday I finally had a chance to have Deschutes Brewery‘s Oregon 150, their sesquicentennial ale brewed with all Oregon ingredients. (It was back on tap … Continue reading →
Nothing new to be found here, but an entertaining diversion anyway: Holy Taco posted "10 Beers You Need To Try Before You Die" today, pretty standard stuff but nothing I can really quibble about. Of course, they culled the list from RateBeer, so at least they have reasonably good taste in beer! (Unlike some of these types of lists I’ve seen.)
Following up on the Oregon Sesquicentennial beer notes, Deschutes Brewery posted on their blog today the details on the two beers they brewed for Oregon’s 150th: Maiden Oregon Ale, brewed at our Portland Brew Pub by Cam O’Connor, is a Belgian amber ale that was brewed using Crystal hops from the Willamette valley, organic 2-row barley from Klamath Falls, water from Mt. Hood, Oregon beet sugar from Nyssa, and yeast from Wyeast labs in Hood … Continue reading →