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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

Best Beers of 2013

Best Beers of 2013

We here at The Beer Circle like to think that we drink a lot of good beer. With that in mind, we decided to vote internally on what our favorite new beers of 2013 were. The criteria was simple: you had to have the beer to vote on it and the beer had to make its debut in 2013. The list ended up being, predictably, focused on Pennsylvania. Voodoo Pappy van Winkle Black Magick Probably the most sought … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Facts, Bullfrog Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ale, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Voodoo Brewery

Cellar: Victory Storm King 2011-2013

Cellar: Victory Storm King 2011-2013

Back in 2011, when I was fresh into beer, I decided that Victory’s Storm King Stout would be a nice beer to start my cellar. When I lived in Pennsylvania, it was a local beer that was relatively easy to find, so it all came together. A lot has happened since then, including the decision by Victory to sell Storm King in four packs, instead of six packs. I was so taken aback by the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cellar, Russian Imperial Stout, Victory Brewing Co.

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.

Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Farmhouse and Rum Pumpkin

Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Farmhouse and Rum Pumpkin

On the heels of the outstanding news that Hardywood will begin distributing some of its stock to Arlington in November 2013, I decided to find out if their most recent Barrel Collection release was actually better from the barrel. It all starts with Farmhouse Pumpkin, part of Hardywood’s Reserve Series. This pumpkin ale, farmhouse ale hybrid doesn’t fit nicely into one style, but piqued my interest as a different take on the pumpkin style that currently … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cruzan Dark, Hardywood Park, Saison

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.

Troegs Scratch 98 Triple Mango IPA

Troegs Scratch 98 Triple Mango IPA

Last spring, Brad Moyer ran a guest post about his story winning Al’s of Hampden’s Triple IPA homebrew competition. As his prize, the beer would be brewed as part of Troegs’ scratch series. The winning brew was called Triple Mango IPA and it quickly became one of their best beers in the Scratch series, at least according to this blog. It was so popular, it won a competition to determine which Scratch beer Troegs’ should re-brew. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Imperial IPA, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Guest Post: Three Headed Dog

Guest Post: Three Headed Dog

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! This post specifically is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Brew It Yourself, Stout

Selin’s Grove Phoenix Kriek

Selin’s Grove Phoenix Kriek

The last time I visited Selin’s Grove Brewing Company I was disappointed to find that the Framboise had kicked before I got in. Luckily, while trying out Troegs’ Splinter Gold in Harrisburg, I read on Selin’s Grove Facebook page that something “tart and in my goblet” was recently tapped. After an opportune phone call, I learned that the oft sought after Phoenix Kriek was fresh and ready to go. I jumped at the chance to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Fruit, Selin's Grove Brewing Co.

Splinter Gold Batch #2 – Tröegs Brewing Company

Splinter Gold Batch #2 – Tröegs Brewing Company

Late last Friday night, I received a text message from Russ: “Did you get Splinter Gold? [It was] released at Tröegs today.” In disbelief, I thought Russ was pulling a fast one at first. Surely Tröegs would give more notice when releasing such a widely anticipated beer. After all, this was the first time the brewery would be releasing a Splinter series since its move to Hershey. It wasn’t until I saw this tweet that … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, Tröegs Brewing Co.