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Hombrewers BPA: Behind the Scenes at Al’s of Hampden

Hombrewers BPA: Behind the Scenes at Al’s of Hampden

At the early time of 8 AM on a Saturday, a dozen local homebrewing enthusiasts showed up to a quiet Al’s of Hampden, ready to help contribute to a brew day. The beer, aptly called Homebrewers Belgian Pale Ale, is slated to be tapped on National Homebrew Day on May 3.  I was one of the homebrewers eager to attend and help out. We started out by learning how automated the system is compared to what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al's of Hampden, Belgian Pale Ale, Pizza Boy Brewing Co.

Voodoo Brewery – #22oztofreedom (Hashtag Series)

Voodoo Brewery – #22oztofreedom (Hashtag Series)

For best effect, play this in the background as you peruse this post: And now, for something completely different. I’m no stranger to malt liquors, having even reviewed one previously. What we have here is Voodoo Brewery‘s craft malt liquor, offered up as part of their ongoing “Hashtag Series”.  A nod to the popular Sublime song, #22oztofreedom was available at Voodoo during my Christmas trip back home to Northwest PA, tempting me with thoughts of what mysterious … Read entire article »

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Bluejacket Moving On Without Head Brewer

Bluejacket Moving On Without Head Brewer

Megan Parisi is no longer the head brewer at Bluejacket, as the two have amicably parted ways only three months after the brewery’s official opening. Megan, formally of Cambridge Brewing Company, spent the better part of the year spreading the Bluejacket name by brewing collaborations with everyone from Cigar City in Florida, The Bruery and Stone in California to De Struise in Belgium–experience that Bluejacket won’t be quick to recreate. Bluejacket’s beers haven’t hit the DC … Read entire article »

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Reserve Society: Am I Getting My Money’s Worth?

Reserve Society: Am I Getting My Money’s Worth?

“Reserve Society” is the trending word in beer communities across the Unites States as we’ve entered 2014. From California to Washington D.C. and everywhere in between, breweries are charging an entrance fee for guaranteed access to their rarest beers, events, and even some swag. This approach circumvents the need to host beer releases at the brewery, which sometimes can get out of hand, and cuts down on the amount of people that travel to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, Beer Release, Breweries, Cigar City Brewing Co., Reserve Society, The Bruery, Three Stars Brewing Co., Upland Brewing Co.

Happy Valley Brewing Company’s Bitter Cold Start

Happy Valley Brewing Company’s Bitter Cold Start

State College has a new face in town, officially named Happy Valley Brewing Company (HVBC). It opened in December of 2013, becoming only the second brewery in State College (next to Otto’s Pub). Central Pennsylvania is begging for some new, top notch craft breweries, so HVBC has a big opportunity to succeed. It’s execution, however, has been flawed. The brewery didn’t open with the highest of expectations, as it launched without any house-brewed offerings. It’s curious that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Happy Valley Brewing Co.

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

Cellar: Victory Storm King 2011-2013

Cellar: Victory Storm King 2011-2013

Back in 2011, when I was fresh into beer, I decided that Victory’s Storm King Stout would be a nice beer to start my cellar. When I lived in Pennsylvania, it was a local beer that was relatively easy to find, so it all came together. A lot has happened since then, including the decision by Victory to sell Storm King in four packs, instead of six packs. I was so taken aback by the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cellar, Russian Imperial Stout, Victory Brewing Co.

DC Breweries Tour Recap

DC Breweries Tour Recap

This past Saturday, despite a continuous deluge of wintry mix in the Washington area, a car full of good friends drove across our nation’s capital to see five different breweries: DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City, Right Proper, and Bluejacket. A testament to the success of craft beer right now, the longest drive between breweries was 15 minutes. The fun breweries paired with almost everyone being a bit sleepy and hungover made for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Breweries, Chocolate City, DC Brau Brewing Co., Right Proper Brewing Co.

Saturday, 14 December: DC Breweries Tour

Saturday, 14 December: DC Breweries Tour

Come one, come all to the finest craft beer breweries that the District of Columbia has to offer! On Saturday, 14 December, a group of us will be making stops at five breweries whose addresses contain Washington, DC (apologies to those in VA and MD!). Most of these breweries are new, and only offer growler hours to the public on Saturdays. So, barring another snowpocalypse, we thought it would be a good idea to stock … Read entire article »

Filed under: Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Chocolate City, DC Brau Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Three Stars Brewing Co.

Aviator Brewing Company

Aviator Brewing Company

In late October I had an opportunity to check out a few local breweries in the greater Raleigh area. Before I left for my trip, I scoured around to see which ones I could visit. One of the closest to where I was staying was Aviator Brewing Company – a brewery I had never come across before. Having only “gotten off the ground” in 2008, it was relatively young in comparison to most of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aviator Brewing Co.