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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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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 »

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

We here at The Beer Circle are no strangers to Goose Island’s famed Bourbon County Brand Stout–Kenton took a chance on the regular BCBS and I have already reviewed last year’s Bramble Rye variation–and we never miss a chance to say how good it is. When I finally landed a bottle of this year’s special variety, Cherry Rye, I was overjoyed. Cherries come third only to bourbon and coffee when it comes to things that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Goose Island Brewing Co., Imperial Stout

The Beer Circle – Now 250 Posts Strong!

The Beer Circle – Now 250 Posts Strong!

Ladies and Gentlemen of The Beer Circle, It is our distinct pleasure to take this moment to mark yet another momentous occasion – The Beer Circle is now 250 posts strong!  This post itself marks number 250 – and we look forward to providing you with many more in the time to come.  We once again would like to thank all of you who have stopped by to visit in our first two months of publishing, particularly … Read entire article »

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DuClaw H.E.R.O. 2012: Heating Up the Charity Scene

DuClaw H.E.R.O. 2012: Heating Up the Charity Scene

DuClaw, which started distributing to DC mid-last year, is starting to take off in popularity. Their eXiled series is highly sought after, for good reason, and their everyday options are surprisingly tasty. DuClaw also likes to give back whenever it can, focusing specifically on their Honest. Excellent. Robust. Original. (HERO) Homebrew competition, where the brewery picks their favorite from a host of submitted recipes, brews and bottles it, and gives all the proceeds to charity. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, DuClaw Brewing Co., Stout

Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

A few weeks back I made the trip down to Richmond, Virginia to check out Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and their bourbon barrel aged Gingerbread Stout release. It was a bit out of my way, but the thought of a gingerbread stout aged in bourbon barrels carried me through. The line wasn’t all that long when I rolled in, and I had my beers (and glasses) within an hour. After which, I pulled off a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Release, Better From The Barrel?, Hardywood Park, Milk Stout

Better From The Barrel: Stone’s Vertical Epics

Better From The Barrel: Stone’s Vertical Epics

Churchkey’s night of Vertical Epics not only featured Stone’s yearly special releases all the way back to 2003, it had a few of the offers aged in various barrels as well. Having never had a true barrel aged beer from Stone, I saw this as a unique opportunity to discern whether or not any were better from the barrel! Churchkey had the 07.07.07 Belgian strong pale ale (BSPA) and the 09.09.09 Belgian strong dark ale … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Oak, Stone Brewing Co., Strong Dark Ale, Strong Pale Ale, Wine

Do It Yourself: Beer Label Christmas Ornaments

Do It Yourself: Beer Label Christmas Ornaments

It’s the week of Christmas and, whether it’s because of holiday parties, general celebrations, or just because, you’ve been throwing back a few more beers than is typical. I’ve found a way to put all that good drinking to use…and it’s something you can do even after throwing back a full bottle of something higher than 15% ABV. Allow me to introduce: beer label Christmas ornaments! I shamelessly stole this idea after seeing Tierney of … Read entire article »

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Quintessential Holiday Beers: Our Picks

Quintessential Holiday Beers: Our Picks

With the holiday season now in full swing, many of us find ourselves surrounded by friends and family wanting to take a few moments to relax, catch up, and delight in the joy of sharing a few of our favorite brews together.  While our staff writers are busy preparing for trips back home, Christmas shopping, making gifts, or baking, a few of us wanted to be sure to take a few moments to share our … Read entire article »

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Cellar: Avery Brewing Company Rumpkin

Cellar: Avery Brewing Company Rumpkin

Craft beer these days pushes the limits of styles, taking them to places breweries never dreamed of in the past. Avery has done just that. Think about the last time you were drinking a pumpkin ale, did it cross your mind that it would taste better with triple (or quadruple) the ABV and aged in rum barrels? Well, it should have. Enter: Rumpkin. An 18% ABV pumpkin ale aged in Gosling’s rum barrels. I wanted to let that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Avery Brewing Co., Beer, Cellar, Gosling's, Pumpkin Ale

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

12.12.12 at Churchkey in Washington, DC was truly a day we all won’t soon forget. The bar managed to tap nine years worth of Stone Brewing Company‘s Vertical Epics: 03.03.03 through 12.12.12, including special versions of ’07 and ’09 aged in red wine barrels and ’10 aged in French Oak barrels. To top that, Sam Calagione (yes, of Dogfish Head) was in the building to promote his collaboration with Bluejacket. I got to have a quick conversation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Stout, Cellar, IPA, Oak, Stone Brewing Co., Strong Dark Ale, Wine