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While studying at Penn State, Greg learned that beer could serve a much better purpose than a means to an end for a good party. Delicately brewed Belgians acted as a stark contrast to the almost watery beer that had been so popular and began the journey towards craft beer. From that launch point he always seems to land on something new. Greg approaches each beer, whether it is an aggressively-hopped West Coast IPA or an English bitter (and everything between), with a clear mind and open opinion, ready to analyze, compare, and ultimately, enjoy. While always fond of stouts (especially barrel-aged) and IPAs, Greg is slowly but surely drifting towards various soured beers. Find Greg Bruce on Google Plus

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Best Beers of 2013

Best Beers of 2013

We here at The Beer Circle like to think that we drink a lot of good beer. With that in mind, we decided to vote internally on what our favorite new beers of 2013 were. The criteria was simple: you had to have the beer to vote on it and the beer had to make its debut in 2013. The list ended up being, predictably, focused on Pennsylvania. Voodoo Pappy van Winkle Black Magick Probably the most sought … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Facts, Bullfrog Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ale, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Voodoo Brewery

Video Review: Stone Crime

Video Review: Stone Crime

About four months ago Greg had the idea that sparked a movement: A chili stout tasting. The movement wasn’t necessarily one of social importance, but more a movement of beers from the cellars of Paige, Greg, and Russ to make the tasting happen. After a delightful, two day event that including amazing beers including Barrel Aged Abraxas, Prairie Bomb!, and Red Wine Barrel Aged Mexican Cake, we ended with Stone’s Crime. Crime’s base is bourbon … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Blend, Stone Brewing Co.

Voodoo Barrel Room Collection Release 2: September 28, 2013

Voodoo Barrel Room Collection Release 2: September 28, 2013

We at The Beer Circle have been looking forward to the second Voodoo Barrel Room Collection release ever since we warmed up from the first one…which was not all that long ago. Paige was super excited for her first visit to the brewpub, as she had to miss the first release because of work commitments. Kenton and Greg, having both been to release number one, were happy for the forecast featuring a low of 50. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release

LiveBlog: Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release – The Second

LiveBlog: Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release – The Second

As we speak, Paige, Kenton, and Greg of The Beer Circle are in Meadville, Pennsylvania to sample some of the fine beers being released at Voodoo Brewery’s second Barrel Room Collection Release!  This event promises to be a lot like their first, but hopefully a bit warmer this time around.  We’ve established this LiveBlog for updates on the weekend’s release festivities, so stick around, crack open a beer of your own, and feel free to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Voodoo Brewery

Stone Vertical Epic Tasting

Stone Vertical Epic Tasting

In late July, Tom and Todd of The Brewski Boxscore hosted quite the Epic tasting. What once started as a modest goal to simply taste the last three or so releases from Stone’s Vertical Epic series quickly blossomed into a drive to collect the whole set. During their travels along the East coast for family visits and summer vacations, Tom and Todd found vintage bottles of the Vertical Epics sitting on store shelves, seemingly content … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belgian, Cellar, Reviews, Stone Brewing Co., Vertical

From the Cellar: Guinness Draught (Can)

From the Cellar: Guinness Draught (Can)

In celebration of yesterday’s most joyous feast of Easter, I decided to dig deep into the cellar and open a truly special beer, one that has withstood the test of time and travel. Serving as a faithful companion through good times and bad, this particular can of Guinness Draught has been by my side ever since St. Patrick’s Day around 4 years ago and has aged gracefully in closets both in Pittsburgh and Penn State. As … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Guinness, Irish Dry Stout, Reviews, Shenanigans

Introducing: The Bud Circle!

Introducing: The Bud Circle!

Faithful readers of The Beer Circle: We come to you this day with incredibly exciting news: The Beer Circle has finally obtained full-time sponsorship! As such, we have been asked to rename our site, and you can expect to see almost exclusively reviews of cool, refreshing Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch/AB-InBev products, available at nearly all major retailers and beer distributors nationwide at excellent prices. You should also expect to see more frequent postings, as this sponsorship deal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Shenanigans

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Last weekend, Greg, Russ and Kenton made the trip to beautiful northwestern PA to see the brand new Voodoo Brewpub and hopefully buy some delicious barrel aged beers. This weekend was no normal weekend, it was the long awaited Barrel Room Collection release. For our faithful readers, you’ll remember our attempt to liveblog the event, but we figured it warranted a full writeup as well. A lot of people speculated as to when everyone would start to line … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Release, Breweries, Buffalo Trace, Imperial Stout, Laird's Apple, Pappy Van Winkle, Tripel, Voodoo Brewery

Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release This Weekend!

Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release This Weekend!

Ladies and Gentlemen this is not a drill. I repeat, Voodoo Brewery is set to release their Barrel Room Collection this weekend. Wait, you may ask, isn’t there basketball to watch?! Why yes, I would reply, and what better to go with buzzer beaters and Cinderella than Big Black Voodoo Daddy and a little Black Magick? Imagine the beer pictured to the right, but aged in various bourbon barrels. Don’t worry, we had to sit down … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Voodoo Brewery

One Year of Good Beers!

One Year of Good Beers!

Ladies and Gentlemen of The Beer Circle, Today marks the start of our second year as a blog! Well, technically we won’t have a birthday for another three years as we actually launched on February 29th, Leap Day, but nobody needs to remember that. We have learned a lot over the last 365 days, but here are some highlights! Jeff is a certified brewing madman Garrett and Kenton like bringing beer into video games Russ could improve his shotgunning skills Paige … Read entire article »

Filed under: The Beer Circle