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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.

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

Video Review: Stone Crime

Video Review: Stone Crime

About four months ago Greg had the idea that sparked a movement: A chili stout tasting. The movement wasn’t necessarily one of social importance, but more a movement of beers from the cellars of Paige, Greg, and Russ to make the tasting happen. After a delightful, two day event that including amazing beers including Barrel Aged Abraxas, Prairie Bomb!, and Red Wine Barrel Aged Mexican Cake, we ended with Stone’s Crime. Crime’s base is bourbon … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Blend, Stone Brewing Co.

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

Stone Vertical Epic Tasting

Stone Vertical Epic Tasting

In late July, Tom and Todd of The Brewski Boxscore hosted quite the Epic tasting. What once started as a modest goal to simply taste the last three or so releases from Stone’s Vertical Epic series quickly blossomed into a drive to collect the whole set. During their travels along the East coast for family visits and summer vacations, Tom and Todd found vintage bottles of the Vertical Epics sitting on store shelves, seemingly content … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belgian, Cellar, Reviews, Stone Brewing Co., Vertical

LetsPour – Online Store Review

LetsPour  is a Seattle-based retailer the offers wine and beer for sale online. Simple, you think, but Lets Pour goes about it differently.  For beers, they ship out of California, Florida, and Washington. You can order any number of bottles but to take advantage of free shipping from a location you must purchase at least 6 bottles or cans from the location. If you don’t, shipping is automatically added to the order. This isn’t as confusing as it seems because each beer has the location that it is shipped from and you can even sort on location. My purchase is good example of what LetsPour offers. The Oak-Aged Bretta from Logsdon was what drew me in so I looked around to fill my order with Gigantic‘s The Time Traveller, Howe Sound‘s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gigantic Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, Lets Pour, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Midnight Sun Brewing, Reuben's Brews, Sound Brewery

Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant – Beer Lovers’ Heaven

Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant – Beer Lovers’ Heaven

A few weeks ago I visited Hardwood Craft Brewing for the release of their Barrel Aged IPA, Hoplar. My wife and I really enjoyed hanging out there but we didn’t stay long because many different people recommended that I absolutely needed to visit Mekong, a Vietnamese restaurant, in Richmond. Their website name is “Mekong is for Beer Lovers,” which was a great indication of what I was in store for when I stopped by. First, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blue Mountain Brewery, Mekong, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beer-mosa

Beer-mosa

Welcome to the next step in Beer Mixology. Previously, I’ve experiment with Beer Floats and Beer Nog to various degrees of success. Today I’ll be discussing my experience with Beer-mosas: a mixture of orange juice and a decent IPA. Ingredients A 50-50 mix of  Alpine Beer Company‘s Pure Hoppiness and your favorite orange juice Appearance The original beer poured a deep copper with a 2-finger thick white head that lasted a long time. Feeling a little like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alpine Beer Company, Beer Pairing

Beer and Food Pairing

Beer and Food Pairing

Pairing beer and food together isn’t easy yet it also isn’t magic. I recently attended a Winter Craft Brew and Beer Pairing with some friends and I wasn’t disappointed. The host was faced with a mixed bag of beer fans ranging from those without much knowledge of craft beer to those hard-core craft beer fans that only drink the mass-market beer to earn untappd badges. For a successful event I believe you must follow these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Beer Pairing, DuClaw Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Rogue Ales, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Trappist Rochefort, Weihenstephan

Barrels, Barrels, Everywhere

Barrels, Barrels, Everywhere

Hopefully, Samuel Taylor Coleridge isn’t rolling over in his grave because of my liberal use of a line from Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I love most barrel-aged beers because of the flavors and aromas that are imparted to the beer. Many breweries these days have a barrel-aging program. Besides the beer itself there is an added bonus: an over abundance of used barrels. I had been wanting to get a used barrel to put in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Cascade Brewing, Heavy Seas Beer, Weyerbacher Brewing Co.