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Bitter Brew – Book Review

Bitter Brew – Book Review

  Occasionally  we at The Beer Circle put down our beers and pursue other activities but often those, too, are centered around beer. I have just read “Bitter Brew” by William Knoedelseder. It is billed as a book about “the rise and fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer.”  There are already many reviews that deal with the book in its entirety but I will concentrate more on the items in the book that deal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anheuser-Busch, Books

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.

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

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

Upland Sour Reserve

Upland Sour Reserve

Upland Brewing Company is known for producing top notch American Wild Ales,* so it came as no surprise when batch 1 of their Sour Reserve sold out in mere minutes on Upland’s website. Much to my dismay, I was not fast enough to get a bottle. Luckily, Upland opened up batch 2 to a lottery system and this time my luck turned for the better! I tasked a friend of mine who was studying at … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, Gueuze, Upland Brewing Co., Wine

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

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

For my first TheBeerCircle review, I decided to review a beer that I got my hands on from Brass Rail Beverage via their V.I.P. program – Bourbon County Stout. I was told by some friends that I needed to give this beer a taste, so I jumped on the opportunity and picked up a bottle. Given the rave reviews I heard from others, I decided to find out for myself. Bourbon County Brand Stout Beer Stats Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial … Read entire article »

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

AB InBev: Moving Forward Without The Past

AB InBev: Moving Forward Without The Past

While Hurricane Sandy does its worst to the Eastern US seaboard, I decided to have a coffee and read the internet (yes, the whole internet…who knows how long I’ll have power for, so I wanted to make sure I got it all). I came across a few articles detailing how Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev came about. As a beer lover, albeit someone who was not old enough to comprehend the rise of such a monster company, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anheuser-Busch, Beer Facts

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

1,000th Untappd Unique Checkin: Sierra Nevada / Boulevard Terra Incognita – SAVOR Beer

1,000th Untappd Unique Checkin: Sierra Nevada / Boulevard Terra Incognita – SAVOR Beer

SAVOR Beer Week was a great one in DC (and for this blog) and guest poster Chase had a great time at the event itself. One piece of swag ticket holders receive at SAVOR is a special collaboration beer for consumption at home. Chase was kind enough to share it with me, and I decided it was a beer that lived up the prestige of my 1,000th checkin on Untappd. in case you don’t know, Untappd … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, Boulevard Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.