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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.

Bullfrog Brewery — Williamsport, PA

Bullfrog Brewery — Williamsport, PA

For Paige, living in State College means that she has easy access to Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA.  She went to their last beer release for OUD 15 and made the 70 mile trek back last Friday for their newest bottle release, Et Tu Brute. Et Tu Brute is a “malt beverage aged in oak barrels with cherries”, which in our book translates to “delicious.” Weather wise this release was a welcome change from OUD … Read entire article »

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Voodoo Barrel Room Collection Release 2: September 28, 2013

Voodoo Barrel Room Collection Release 2: September 28, 2013

We at The Beer Circle have been looking forward to the second Voodoo Barrel Room Collection release ever since we warmed up from the first one…which was not all that long ago. Paige was super excited for her first visit to the brewpub, as she had to miss the first release because of work commitments. Kenton and Greg, having both been to release number one, were happy for the forecast featuring a low of 50. … Read entire article »

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Hardywood Craft Brewing – Richmond, VA

Hardywood Craft Brewing – Richmond, VA

Back in January, Russ did a review of two Hardywood Craft Brewing releases, Gingerbread Stout and Bourbon-barrel Aged Gingerbread Stout. Recently I headed down for the release of Hoplar, an IPA conditioned on Virginia Poplar wood. This post will deal more with the experience at the brewery rather than a review of Hoplar itself. The weather was perfect for the release. It was sunny and in the mid-50s. Festivities were to kick off at 1PM and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer Release, Breweries, Hardywood Park

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Last weekend, Greg, Russ and Kenton made the trip to beautiful northwestern PA to see the brand new Voodoo Brewpub and hopefully buy some delicious barrel aged beers. This weekend was no normal weekend, it was the long awaited Barrel Room Collection release. For our faithful readers, you’ll remember our attempt to liveblog the event, but we figured it warranted a full writeup as well. A lot of people speculated as to when everyone would start to line … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Release, Breweries, Buffalo Trace, Imperial Stout, Laird's Apple, Pappy Van Winkle, Tripel, Voodoo Brewery

Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release This Weekend!

Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release This Weekend!

Ladies and Gentlemen this is not a drill. I repeat, Voodoo Brewery is set to release their Barrel Room Collection this weekend. Wait, you may ask, isn’t there basketball to watch?! Why yes, I would reply, and what better to go with buzzer beaters and Cinderella than Big Black Voodoo Daddy and a little Black Magick? Imagine the beer pictured to the right, but aged in various bourbon barrels. Don’t worry, we had to sit down … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Voodoo Brewery

Bullfrog Brewery’s OUD 15 Release

Bullfrog Brewery’s OUD 15 Release

On December 30th, Bullfrog Brewing announced on their Facebook page the release of OUD 15, with only 350 bottles available at $20 a bottle and a 3 bottle limit. I was really excited, because though I was in Illinois at the time, I would be back in Pennsylvania by the release on January 4th, and Williamsport is only a short drive from State College.  OUD 15 was described as a… …Flemish style sour ale was initially … Read entire article »

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Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

A few weeks back I made the trip down to Richmond, Virginia to check out Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and their bourbon barrel aged Gingerbread Stout release. It was a bit out of my way, but the thought of a gingerbread stout aged in bourbon barrels carried me through. The line wasn’t all that long when I rolled in, and I had my beers (and glasses) within an hour. After which, I pulled off a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Release, Better From The Barrel?, Hardywood Park, Milk Stout

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey – Washington, DC

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey – Washington, DC

Since adding Kenton to our regular cast of characters, we have been looking for a reason to get a bunch of us together for in-person introductions and a chance to share some celebratory beers. Figuring the weekend that held Cantillon’s Zwanze Day was our best bet, plans were set in motion and our cellars shivered at the destruction that was to come. Zwanze Day is in its second year; Cantillon’s head brewer Jean Van Roy sees … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Cantillon, Lambic

Victory Red Thunder: A Release to be Enjoyed

Victory Red Thunder: A Release to be Enjoyed

Editor’s Note: This is another of what we hope are many contributions from our readers. These guest posts come from our friends, followers, and fellow beer geeks who have something they want to share. If you’ve 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! I have never been all that into Porters, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baltic Porter, Beer, Beer Release, Breweries, Victory Brewing Co.