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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

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

A Boston vs. Pittsburgh Beer Wager

A Boston vs. Pittsburgh Beer Wager

As the Eastern Conference finals rage on, native Pittsburghers and Bostonians find themselves getting increasingly heated over the anticipated outcome of the series finals.  (Obviously the Penguins are going to pull this out and be the victors, but that’s neither here nor there.)  This (mostly) friendly rivalry has spilled over into the craft beer community, where founder Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company (of Sam Adams fame) and Sean Casey of Church Brew Works … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boston Beer Co., Church Brew Works, The

Budget: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Budget: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

In the Budget column, I strive to write about beers that taste better than they cost.  Tonight’s entry fits squarely in that territory – an excellent exemplar of a style, that won’t even come close to breaking the bank. In this post, I take a look at the Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Great Lakes, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is “committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

Beer-nog

Beer-nog

I have done some “exhausting” experiments mixing ice cream with Stouts and IPAs previously. I had a lot of stout left over from my Winter Stout Fest just before Christmas so I was looking for something fun to try. I made the decision to take the experimentation one step further by trying to find the perfect ratio for a Beer-nog (stout and eggnog). While not a big fan of eggnog I couldn’t pass up the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Pairing, Bell's Brewery, Reviews, Stout

Half Acre Beer Company – Chicago, IL

Half Acre Beer Company – Chicago, IL

It’s that time of year where my semester is over, and I’m back in the midwest for the holidays.  I typically drive back by myself, so I always stop in Chicago for at least a night, sometimes a few days, just to catch up with friends and drink tasty beer I can’t get in Pennsylvania. I usually get to chose where we go when I’m in town. Half Acre’s taproom is relatively new, but I had … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Half Acre Beer Co.

Unlikely Pairings: Weather

Unlikely Pairings: Weather

For my next installment of “Unlikely Pairings”, I was initially inspired by the events surrounding Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy. Up in State College, Monday afternoon classes were canceled. Being a rarity, and that the area was only a minor impact from the storm, many students raided the local bottle shops for Hurricane 40 oz. malt liquor bottles. So, I’ve decided to scan my tasting history for what I think would be the best beer to have in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Pairing, Bell's Brewery, Dogfish Head, Lancaster Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Co.

Archer Liquors – Online Store Review

Archer Liquors – Online Store Review

Archer Liquors, in Chicago, Illinois, has a different method of online shopping. Most stores will make either their entire inventory or a large subset available to online shoppers. Archer, however, will put together different “boxes” of beer. Each box will have a selection of beers that Archer has specifically picked. I have signed up for their email alerts that are sent out when new boxes are available. The latest alert quickly woke up the beer community because … Read entire article »

Filed under: Archer Liquors, Bell's Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., Goose Island Brewing Co., Metropolitan Brewing, Three Floyds Brewing

West Lakeview Liquors – Online Store Review

West Lakeview Liquors – Online Store Review

After the poor service I received in a recent attempt to order beer online I simply had to get back up on that horse! I received many suggestions about good online beer stores that I needed to check out; one of those stores is West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, Illinois. I was not to be disappointed! My order consisted of Borgo’s Duchesic, three releases from Perennial, six releases from Pipeworks, Revolution’s Double Fist, and Three Floyds’ Moloko. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Birra del Borgo, Italy, Perennial Artisan Ale, Pipeworks Brewing Co., Revolution Brewing Co., Three Floyds Brewing, West Lakeview Liquors