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Budget: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Budget: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

In the Budget column, I strive to write about beers that taste better than they cost.  Tonight’s entry fits squarely in that territory – an excellent exemplar of a style, that won’t even come close to breaking the bank. In this post, I take a look at the Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Great Lakes, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is “committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Better From The Barrel: Extreme De Struise Edition

Better From The Barrel: Extreme De Struise Edition

We have a real treat for this edition of “Better from the Barrel.” De Struise, a well respected Belgian brewery, does some crazy things with their stouts. Stemming from the base of Black Albert, a 13% ABV Russian Imperial Stout, De Struise offers Cuvee Delphine and Black Damnation V: Double Black. Cuvee Delphine is step two in this process and is Black Albert aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels for a few months. Double Black … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, De Struise Brouwers, Four Roses, Imperial Stout

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Sours just aren’t my thing yet. This is something I’m actively working to change, broadening my horizons to include this remarkably diverse style of beer. We all started somewhere, in fact, our own Russ Beck didn’t always care for the style. Weird faces aside, I’m always glad when someone offers to share something to better introduce me to the style.  This, much like the North Coast Pranqster I recently reviewed, was shared with me by a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Monk's Cafe

From the Cellar: Guinness Draught (Can)

From the Cellar: Guinness Draught (Can)

In celebration of yesterday’s most joyous feast of Easter, I decided to dig deep into the cellar and open a truly special beer, one that has withstood the test of time and travel. Serving as a faithful companion through good times and bad, this particular can of Guinness Draught has been by my side ever since St. Patrick’s Day around 4 years ago and has aged gracefully in closets both in Pittsburgh and Penn State. As … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Guinness, Irish Dry Stout, Reviews, Shenanigans

Corona: With or Without Lime?

Corona: With or Without Lime?

Dussell is whatever he needs to be. Whether he’s hanging on the wall at Zeno’s or speaking the correct language to a beautiful woman, he always has a beer in hand. He’ll drink just about anything, but really prefers Keystone Light, because like Keith Stone, Dussell is always smooth. *Disclaimer: Our sponsor, AB InBev, does not endorse this reference to a competitor product. The ultimate showdown. Corona side-by-side: one with lime, one without. When you’re sitting … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Adjunct Lager, Beer, Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V., Shenanigans

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

Adroit Theory Brewing – B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout (Ghost 4)

Adroit Theory Brewing – B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout (Ghost 4)

About a month ago I reviewed the Ghost 3 version B/A/Y/S Russian Imperial Stout from Adroit Theory Brewing Company. At the beginning of March, owner Mark Osborne gave me a tour of Adroit Theory’s brewery in Purcellville, VA. Mark has some very interesting and exciting plans for the brewery over the coming year or two. I am very excited because I only live a few miles away. As we were leaving, Mark gave me a bottle … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, Barrel Aged, Beer, Finger Lakes Distilling, Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

Mad Fox Leaded Coffee Stout

Mad Fox Leaded Coffee Stout

Before heading to the Mad Fox tour, I picked up a brand new coffee stout, called Leaded, on Mad Fox’s half off growler day. On every magical Tuesday, they take 50% off a growler fill from 3pm until 9pm, so you really have no excuse to not stop by. For this creation, Mad Fox teamed up with Beanetics of Annandale, Virginia to get a heavy does of cold pressed coffee (31 gallons of it I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Mad Fox Brewing Co., Stout

Mad Fox Brewing Company – Falls Church, VA

Mad Fox Brewing Company – Falls Church, VA

Mad Fox Brewing Company of Falls Church, Virginia is a common meeting spot for various The Beer Circle writers, but I noticed we hadn’t given it a full review to this point. Luckily, Mad Fox has started offering tours on the first Saturday of each month, which I finally had time to take advantage of this weekend. As always, parking for this brewery is great in an area where parking is miserable. You just can’t find … Read entire article »

Filed under: American IPA, Beer, Breweries, Mad Fox Brewing Co.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

We here at The Beer Circle are no strangers to Goose Island’s famed Bourbon County Brand Stout–Kenton took a chance on the regular BCBS and I have already reviewed last year’s Bramble Rye variation–and we never miss a chance to say how good it is. When I finally landed a bottle of this year’s special variety, Cherry Rye, I was overjoyed. Cherries come third only to bourbon and coffee when it comes to things that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Goose Island Brewing Co., Imperial Stout