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CraftShack – Online Store Review

CraftShack – Online Store Review

CraftShack is the online-branding of Windy City Liquor of El Cajon, California. They have a large and varied selection as my order shows. I picked up Almanac’s Heirloom Pumpkin, Evil Dead Red and Decadence 2013 from AleSmith, Deschutes‘ Chasin Freshies, Dieu du Ciel!‘s La’Herbe, Gigantic‘s Hellion, Hoppin Frog‘s Frog Hops, Lost Coast‘s The Wedge, New Belgium‘s Trip Segal Ranch, Prairie‘s Funky Galaxy, Robinsons’ The Trooper, and Woodchuck‘s Dry Hop   CraftShack   … Read entire article »

Filed under: AleSmith Brewing Company, CraftShack, Deschutes Brewery, Dieu du Ciel, Gigantic Brewing, Hoppin' Frog Brewery, Lost Coast, New Belgium Brewing Co., Prairie Artisan Ales, Robinsons Brewery

Guinness’ New Ad: Breaking the Mold

Guinness’ New Ad: Breaking the Mold

On the whole, beer advertisements tend not to be very kind towards men. More often than not depicted as fat, lazy, drunkards who seek nothing more than maximum-volume cheap beer delivery, juvenile humor, ogling at scantily-clad cheerleaders, and watching football without being disturbed by unbearable nagging wives, these tragic examples of the male specimen are glorified and idealized.  The dumber you are, the more manly you are, so long as you like watching football, and drinking foreign-owned, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Guinness, Opinion

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

Quality Liquor Store – Online Store Review

Quality Liquor Store – Online Store Review

Quality Liquor Store, located in San Diego, has quickly gained a reputation as a great source of western US beers for the online shopping community. They also carry a large selection of other US and international craft releases. Quality Liquors originally opened as a convenience store in the early 1990s and has expanded their beer selection as the craft industry has grown, to include other US and international releases. My purchase is good example of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bear Republic, Brewery Ommegang, Firestone Walker, Flying Dog Brewery, HaandBryggeriet, Samuel Smith Brewery, Stores

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

Each December, English brewery J.W. Lees release its Harvest Ale, a giant barleywine pushing 11% abv. A popular candidate for aging, Harvest Ale is packed with malts to continue developing for years to come, which made it a prudent choice for J.W. Lees to condition in various barrels. For 4 months, J.W. Lees ages Harvest Ale in casks that once held Lagavulin Scotch, Port, Sherry, or Calvados apple brandy. This particular bottle is from the 2005 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, English Barleywine, J.W. Lees & Co., Lagavulin, Reviews, Scotch

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

At our Eclipse tasting, Jeff’s friend Matt informed me of a rare “Beers of the Cellar” event at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, on April 10, 2012. Considering I could only dream of what they sell at the bar, getting a taste of Tom’s cellar was too good to pass up–even at $95 a ticket. The dinner featured beers older than I am, sours of many vintages, and a six-course meal. I rolled into Monks a bit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barleywine, Bars, Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, Cantillon, Cider, Domaine Familial Louis Dupont, Dopplebock, Gueuze, J.W. Lees & Co., Kriek, Monk's Cafe, Port Brewing Co., Quad, Victory Brewing Co.

Budget: Guinness Draught

Budget: Guinness Draught

Saint Patrick’s Day, a day venerating the beloved patron saint of Ireland, also conjures thoughts of green, the Irish, and of course, imbibing all sorts of fantastic Irish beverages.  When one thinks of Irish drinks, the mind often turns to thoughts of Guinness Draught, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Baileys Irish Cream – incidentally, the components of the infamous Irish Car Bomb.  While I may or may not have enjoyed one or two of these this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Guinness, Stout

How Much Is Too Much?

How Much Is Too Much?

What I’m talking about is the growing tendencies of established breweries either diluting their brands with inferior additional brews or brewing so many different beers that one cannot even determine what message the brewery is trying to convey with their brand. On the flip side, there are many breweries that are coming out with multiple beers and doing it very well. I will touch on that, too. For me there are three main examples of famous … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boston Beer Co., Cigar City Brewing Co., Dogfish Head, Guinness, Harp, Newcastle, Saranac