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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.

Better From The Barrel: Prairie and Pirate Bomb!

Better From The Barrel: Prairie and Pirate Bomb!

From the same tasting that brought you the video gem of Greg and I taking down Stone’s Crime, I now bring you the latest in the Better From The Barrel? series featuring Prairie Artisan Ales‘ Prairie Bomb! and Pirate Bomb! Prairie Bomb is an imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers and stored in a 12oz wax bottle. The beer is relatively sought after, fitting a recent trend of imperial stouts … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Imperial Stout, Newport Distilling Company, Prairie Artisan Ales

Spring House Big Gruesome vs. Terrapin Liquid Bliss

Spring House Big Gruesome vs. Terrapin Liquid Bliss

It seems that there are many peanut butter beers hitting shelves this winter. While last down in DC, I picked up Terrapin’s Side Project 18: Liquid Bliss, and got the idea to match it up with a lesser-known local brew: Big Gruesome. First up, Big Gruesome. Here’s what Spring House has to say about it: Creamy, malty, and full-bodied, the Big Gruesome Stout is scary good. The intense, roasty flavor comes from two types of chocolate malt … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Porter, Spring House Brewing Co., Stout, Terrapin Beer Co.

Jester King’s Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

Jester King’s Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

Jester King Craft Brewery is an authentic farmhouse brewery based in Texas Hill Country that I’ve been collecting labels of and that Paige has actually visited. They believe that terroir–the geography, geology, and/or climate of a certain area, basically what makes a region special–is just as important to beer as to wine. They use local rain water and wild Texas yeasts where possible. They use as many USDA-certified organic ingredients as possible and don’t rush … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Imperial Stout, Jester King Craft Brewery, Mikkeller, Whiskey

Abita Brewpub – Abita Springs, Louisiana

Abita Brewpub – Abita Springs, Louisiana

I visited New Orleans, Louisiana for the first time in my life at the beginning of August 2012. As with every trip I go on, I researched local craft beers, beer bars, and breweries for places to visit and eat. Naturally, when one thinks of New Orleans, Abita comes to mind since their beers see a wide distribution. There are two choices for an Abita experience: the brewery and the brewpub. My fiancée and I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Abita Beer, Breweries, Restaurants

Pensacola Bay Brewery – Pensacola, FL

Pensacola Bay Brewery – Pensacola, FL

This past weekend, Tom and I took an adventure down to Gulf Shores, AL for a wedding of a friend of mine from graduate school.  Turns out my friends had great timing when planning their wedding– Tom’s sister and brother in law, who live outside New Orleans, were going to Pensacola, Florida that weekend. We had flown into Florida, and Pensacola was right on the way back to the airport for us. So the four … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Pensacola Bay Brewery

Low Key Beer Tasting event – How To

Low Key Beer Tasting event – How To

Last weekend after running a 5k, a group of running beer drinkers (or is it beer drinking runners?) and I got together to help make more room in my beer fridge. I wanted to use this as an opportunity to introduce different breweries and styles that I have experienceded in my extensive drinking research. We didn’t take notes but did share our thoughts. Beers (in order of appearance): Sixpoint Resin Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2012 Tröegs Scratch … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cigar City Brewing Co., Cisco Brewers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery, Tastings, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Jester King Craft Brewery — Austin, TX

Jester King Craft Brewery — Austin, TX

Howdy from Texas, Beer Circle readers! I’ve been out of Pennsylvania for the past few weeks on a whirlwind trip on the west coast, visiting San Diego (Stone, Lost Abbey/Port, and Alesmith), Los Angeles (Father’s Office), Phoenix (Four Peaks), and then onto Austin, TX. Last Saturday I visited Jester King Craft Brewery with my friends Sandra, Dave, and Teri. As noted in Bob’s previous post on Jester King, they are out in the “Hill Country” of Texas- this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Jester King Craft Brewery

Karbach Brewing Company’s Hopadillo IPA

Karbach Brewing Company’s Hopadillo IPA

I kind of feel like this beer might attack me. I can’t really tell if the Hopadillo is friend or foe, because he kind of looks like a dinosaur to me; a stegosaurus, to be exact. I’m more of a apatosaurus person, my brother is a stegosaurus person. He always used to attack my My Little Ponies with his stegosaurus toy, so I automatically process this stegosaurus-looking Hopadillo as a bit threatening. Hopadillo IPA is brewing in … Read entire article »

Filed under: IPA, Karbach Brewing Co.

Jester King Craft Brewery – Cutting Edge Brewery

Jester King Craft Brewery – Cutting Edge Brewery

Jester King Craft Brewery, located in Texas Hill Country west of Austin, is on the forefront of the craft beer scene in Texas. They are a small farmhouse brewery that is committed to using as many local and organic ingredients as possible. All of their beers undergo a secondary bottle fermentation which result in some fantastic beers but can also lead, sadly, to some failures (the recall of Commercial Suicide due to fermentation problems, for example). Jester … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jester King Craft Brewery, Labels, Mikkeller, Online Stores, Specs Online