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Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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Bluejacket: Changing the Face of Breweries in DC

Bluejacket: Changing the Face of Breweries in DC

The beer scene of our Nation’s capital is burgeoning, and we’re all along for the ride. With Bluejacket set to open next week as the fifth brewery within the District since 2011, this ride is about to get a facelift. When Christian Heurich Brewing Company shuttered the doors in 1956, DC spent roughly 55 years without a brewery to call its own. Luckily for us, 3 Stars, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City, and DC Brau have opened … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bluejacket, Breweries

Snallygaster 2013: Magnificently Monstrous Merriment at Union Market

Snallygaster 2013: Magnificently Monstrous Merriment at Union Market

When I bought my ticket for Snallygaster a few months ago, I had a hard time believing that it could possibly beat its inaugural offering. However, as I watched the official Facebook page, which posted new beers that would be offered each week, my anticipation grew into full on excitement. It eventually culminated to a level of giddiness that is typically reserved for a teenaged girl getting tickets to see her favorite band. Because last year … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Festival

Bullfrog Brewery — Williamsport, PA

Bullfrog Brewery — Williamsport, PA

For Paige, living in State College means that she has easy access to Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA.  She went to their last beer release for OUD 15 and made the 70 mile trek back last Friday for their newest bottle release, Et Tu Brute. Et Tu Brute is a “malt beverage aged in oak barrels with cherries”, which in our book translates to “delicious.” Weather wise this release was a welcome change from OUD … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Breweries, Bullfrog Brewery

Liter Steins and German Tradition at Munich’s Oktoberfest

Liter Steins and German Tradition at Munich’s Oktoberfest

After a quick stop in Belgium to investigate some traditional Belgian brewing practices, I hopped on a plane to Munich for the famed Oktoberfest. I got a sneak peak into Oktoberfest previously at J. Gilbert’s, but my sense was that the real thing would take it to the next level. The history is storied. Now the world’s largest fair held at Theresienwiese, die Weisn, to the locals, it got its start in 1810 as a celebration of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Festival, Beer Week

Brasserie Cantillon — Brussels, Belgium

Brasserie Cantillon — Brussels, Belgium

Cantillon, for me, was one of the great beer Meccas that the world has to offer. Brewing traditional lambics since 1900, the brewery puts out some of the best sour beers on the market. All of Cantillon’s beers are spontaneously fermented, meaning they are open to the air for the brewery’s natural terroir to impart more than 100 years of developed wild yeasts to create its unique flavors. The brewery is the only one left … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Cantillon

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

Oktoberfest @ J. Gilbert’s

Oktoberfest @ J. Gilbert’s

Last night, I had the opportunity to be the beer expert at J. Gilbert’s version of Oktoberfest. J. Gilbert’s is a steakhouse located in McLean, Virginia, and puts on various alcohol and food pairings each month. With Oktoberfest starting this weekend, the theme was set. I had never been the emcee of a beer tasting–I’ve more just partaken and occasionally only salivated at the menus–so this was a unique chance to test my knowledge of Germany’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bars, J. Gilberts, Tastings

Tuesday Night: Oktoberfest @ J. Gilberts Tysons Corner, Moderated by Us!

Tuesday Night: Oktoberfest @ J. Gilberts Tysons Corner, Moderated by Us!

We at The Beer Circle have a special announcement to make: we will provide our beer expertise to J. Gilbert’s in Tysons Corner, VA for their Oktoberfest beer and food pairing. The event will feature J. Gilbert’s take on traditional Oktoberfest appetizers with a collection of German Oktoberfest beers. It is taking place on Tuesday, 17 Sept at 6:30pm and costs $40 per person (+ tax & gratuity). View Larger Map We look forward to seeing you … Read entire article »

Filed under: J. Gilberts, Tastings, The Beer Circle

DC Beer Week: New Belgium Sour Blending Workshop

DC Beer Week: New Belgium Sour Blending Workshop

DC Beer Week is one of my favorite times of the year, I click through dcbeer.com‘s day-by-day chart of events like a child opening presents on Christmas day. This year, the event that piqued my interest more than any other was a sour blending workshop with New Belgium’s sensory specialist Lauren Salazar at Black Squirrel. It cost $55 and was one of only five venues for this rare event. I had a great time when … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, Beer Week, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Beer’d Brewing Company — Stonington, CT

Beer’d Brewing Company — Stonington, CT

Last weekend, I made the trip North to visit a family member who recently took a job in Connecticut. With a free day to see the sights and a growler in tow, we decided to check out Beer’d Brewing Company, which I had stumbled across after a few quick internet searches. We figured we’d kill some time at one of the newest craft breweries in town before getting dinner at famed Mystic Pizza. It wasn’t difficult … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer'd Brewing Co., Breweries