HomebrewingSpring Beer Week: Homebrew!

Tonight I opened up a bottle of the Belgian-ish homebrew I made back in March (which I bottled almost two weeks ago). I’ve taken to calling this a “Belgian-style amber ale” though if you recall, I didn’t follow any particular guidelines beyond what ingredients struck my fancy as I browsed … Continue reading

ReviewsSpring Beer Week: Eisenbahn Vigorosa Weizenbock

I received my Beer of the Month selections yesterday, and I was pleased to find a beer inside that goes perfectly with Spring Beer Week: Eisenbahn Vigorosa, an “Unfiltered Wheat Doublebock” (really a Weizenbock) from Cervejaria SudBrack which is located in Brazil. I hadn’t yet heard of this brewery; according … Continue reading

ReviewsSpring Beer Week: Cinder Cone Red

Deschutes Brewery produces two beers that can vie for the title of “spring seasonal”: Buzzsaw Brown and Cinder Cone Red. Buzzsaw Brown, however, shows up from January to March so to my mind it isn’t the spring beer (though it’s not really a “late winter beer” either). No, Cinder Cone … Continue reading

Theme WeekSpring Beer Week: The new (non) traditions

Besides exploring Bocks a bit yesterday, I’ve been giving thought to what sorts of springtime beers have been taking hold (here in America, at least) as a “traditional” spring beer. Of course, the short answer is “none”; there is no one particular style emerging that fills the role in the … Continue reading

ReviewsSpring Beer Week: Ninkasi Spring Reign

At 6% alcohol by volume, I’m not sure I would agree with Ninkasi that their Spring Reign is a “session beer”, but compared to their other beers (and to Pacific Northwest beer sensibilities these days), it could be. Their description: Spring forward with this refreshing seasonal ale. Notes of toasted … Continue reading

Theme WeekSpring Beer Week: Bocks

Bocks are the traditional beers of spring, brewed during the winter months for tapping in mid-March, or for religious festivals like Lent. For Lent in particular, fasting monks derived their sustenance and nutrition from high-gravity Bocks brewed for that purpose (Doppelbocks—the “liquid bread”). Bocks come in all manner of shapes … Continue reading

Theme WeekSpring Beer Week

This third Monday in April kicks off this month’s Theme Week here at The Brew Site: Spring Beer Week! Here in Central Oregon, we are having our first really nice and warm days of the season, which dovetails nicely with the theme I’m exploring this week. For tradtional and non-traditional … Continue reading

Theme WeekNext week is Spring Beer Week

Next week is the third Monday of the month which by convention kicks off Theme Week here at the Brew Site. The theme I’ve settled on (evident in the title of this post) is Spring Beer… examining the styles associated with spring (old and new), reviewing whatever appropriate seasonal releases … Continue reading