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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

DC Beer Week: New Belgium Sour Blending Workshop

DC Beer Week: New Belgium Sour Blending Workshop

DC Beer Week is one of my favorite times of the year, I click through dcbeer.com‘s day-by-day chart of events like a child opening presents on Christmas day. This year, the event that piqued my interest more than any other was a sour blending workshop with New Belgium’s sensory specialist Lauren Salazar at Black Squirrel. It cost $55 and was one of only five venues for this rare event. I had a great time when … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, Beer Week, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Blue Moon – Going Beyond the Orange

Blue Moon – Going Beyond the Orange

We all have had a Blue Moon with a slice of orange, even if we don’t want to admit it. In the past, I’ve added ice cream to stouts, eggnog to stouts, sorbet to IPAs, and orange juice to IPAs so I wondered what Blue Moon would taste like if I added something other than a slice of orange. Step 1: Assemble the ingredients Blue Moon Tasting Glasses Pineapple, blueberries, onion, potato Yes…onion and potato! Step 2: Added the ingredients to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blue Moon, Shenanigans, The Beer Circle

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

Guest Post: Blue Moon Beer Cupcakes

Guest Post: Blue Moon Beer Cupcakes

Editor’s Note: The post below was authored by a writer for another site – yet one who still shares our passion for craft beer. If you write about great beer and attended a great event, tasted a rare beer, want to give your favorite brewery some love, or share anything else beer related feel free to send us an email at thebeercircle@gmail.com and let us know!  The original post can be found here. I know, I cringed too at first. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blue Moon, Cooking

New Belgium Lips Of Faith – Tart Lychee

New Belgium Lips Of Faith – Tart Lychee

New Belgium‘s Lips of Faith series has produced a number of great beers–including Biere de Mars, which Paige gave a 4/5–and today I have the privilege of reviewing one I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time: Tart Lychee. I’ve enjoyed a fair share of lychee in my day and love sour beers, especially New Belgium’s La Folie, so this has my name written all over it. Tart Lychee Beer Stats Style: American Wild Ale Serving: Bottle Size: 22oz ABV: 7.50% BA Score: 88 RB … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, New Belgium Brewing Co.

New Belgium Lips of Faith: Biere de Mars

New Belgium Lips of Faith: Biere de Mars

I don’t know very much about the Biere de Mars style; I know from my knowledge of French that it’s a March beer, but that’s not very helpful. When I saw New Belgium’s Biere de Mars on the shelves back home, it read “Ale brewed with Spices.” Still not helpful. It turns out that the Biere de Mars is a variation of the Biere de Garde, and somewhat similar to a saison. Typically brewed in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biere de Mars, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Left Hand Brewing Fade to Black Volume 2 – Smoked Baltic Porter

Left Hand Brewing Fade to Black Volume 2 – Smoked Baltic Porter

Left Hand Brewing Company’s Fade to Black series is a beer line embracing the joys of dark beer. Currently on its third iteration, the beers release so far have been a foreign stout, a smoked porter, and a pepper porter. Unfortunately, I missed the release of the foreign stout volume, but was able to grab this on a trip to a great beer store in Ohio! Left Hand Brewing Fade to Black Volume 2 – Smoked … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baltic Porter, Beer, Left Hand Brewing Co.

Oskar Blues Brewing’s Deviant Dale’s IPA

Oskar Blues Brewing’s Deviant Dale’s IPA

Almost everyone (at least that I know) is familiar with Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale; it is claimed as the first microbrew to be canned, as opposed to bottled/kegged/casked/squirreled. You get my point. This made it ideal for many places where glass isn’t allowed, like beaches, hiking, and music venues; this is reflected by the motto “Pack it in, Pack it out,” printed on their cans, referencing leaving as little impact on the nature you explore … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, IPA, Oskar Blues Brewing

Event: Churchkey DC’s New Belgium La Folie Deconstruction

Event: Churchkey DC’s New Belgium La Folie Deconstruction

Yesterday Churchkey in Washington, DC offered up New Belgium’s flagship sour, La Folie, and the three beers blended to create this treat: Oscar Young, Mid, and Oude. New Belgium Brewing Company opened in 1991 after founder Jeff Lebesch decided to expand his passion for homebrewing. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the brewery has become a national staple–staking its claim as as the third-largest craft brewery and seventh-largest overall brewery in the US as of 2010. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Flanders Red, New Belgium Brewing Co.