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Marina Market – Online Store Review

Marina Market – Online Store Review

Marina Market, located in Poulsgo, Washington, opened in 1988 with a goal to bring Dutch, Scandinavian, and other European foods to the Western Puget Sound. I stumbled across this company on a list of online beer stores and decided to check them out. What immediately caught my attention was Berserker from Midnight Sun. I had been looking for that beer a number of years but never had any luck. Checking their inventory against my “To … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coronado Brewing Company, Gigantic Brewing, Hair of the Dog, Marina Market, Midnight Sun Brewing, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Sound Brewery

Beer’d Brewing Company — Stonington, CT

Beer’d Brewing Company — Stonington, CT

Last weekend, I made the trip North to visit a family member who recently took a job in Connecticut. With a free day to see the sights and a growler in tow, we decided to check out Beer’d Brewing Company, which I had stumbled across after a few quick internet searches. We figured we’d kill some time at one of the newest craft breweries in town before getting dinner at famed Mystic Pizza. It wasn’t difficult … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer'd Brewing Co., Breweries

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

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

Maine Beer Company’s Lunch

Maine Beer Company’s Lunch

Maine Beer Company is defined in many ways by minimalism; their website, labels, and brewing facilities all reflect that mantra.  While many breweries may have some sort of long winded mission statement, Maine’s is simple: Do the Right Thing. At Maine Beer Company, doing the right thing means taking care of the environment and its creatures. They’re proud members of 1% for the Planet, which means that they donate a minimum of 1% of their sales … Read entire article »

Filed under: American IPA, Beer, Maine Beer Co.

Community Beer Works – Buffalo, NY

Community Beer Works – Buffalo, NY

While up in Buffalo, New York, over Thanksgiving, I wanted to visit a local brewery or two (time and liver permitting). Three people recommended that I visit Community Beer Works so I made sure to check that one out. CBW opened their doors about six months ago in an old malting mill located just off of the Niagara River. The mill had shut down in the early 1900’s but at one time it was the largest mill … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Barleywine, Breweries, Community Beer Works

Portsmouth Brewery — Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth Brewery — Portsmouth, NH

In the last of my New England themed posts, I wanted to write about my experience at Portsmouth Brewery. The first time Tom suggested visiting his friends in NH, I googled the city to see how close it was to Portsmouth.  Though I’ve never been lucky enough to have Kate the Great, I was still really excited about the possibility of visiting this hallowed beer hall.  When I’m typically writing a post, I have to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Portsmouth Brewery

Allagash Brewing – Portland, Maine

Allagash Brewing – Portland, Maine

Tom and I had a wedding in New York State a few weeks ago, and we decided to turn it into a longer vacation by visiting his college roommate (and his wife, dog and cat) in Durham, NH.  Durham is the home of the University of New Hampshire, and about 20 minutes from Portsmouth. I’ll talk about Portsmouth Brewing in another post, but one day when Erick and Dana both had to work, we decided … Read entire article »

Filed under: Allagash Brewing Co., Breweries

Sam Adams Triple Bock 1997 (Video Review)

Sam Adams Triple Bock 1997 (Video Review)

Saturday night Paige, Greg, and Russ sat down with a 1997 Sam Adams Triple Bock and the experience was caught on video! What did we think? All we can say for now is: soy sauce. Watch the video and find out more!   … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Boston Beer Co.

The Summer of Pumpkin

The Summer of Pumpkin

It started with a simple tweet from Honeygo Wines (@honeygowines) that Shipyard Pumpkinhead hit the shelves on June 22. It took a double take for me to realize what that tweet actually said. Then, on June 27, a Facebook photo from my local distributor Westy’s indicated that Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale just arrived. At this point, I had to take a step back and think about what was going on. It is June. Days after the summer solstice. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fruit / Vegetable Beer, Shipyard Brewing, Weyerbacher Brewing Co.