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Hombrewers BPA: Behind the Scenes at Al’s of Hampden

Hombrewers BPA: Behind the Scenes at Al’s of Hampden

At the early time of 8 AM on a Saturday, a dozen local homebrewing enthusiasts showed up to a quiet Al’s of Hampden, ready to help contribute to a brew day. The beer, aptly called Homebrewers Belgian Pale Ale, is slated to be tapped on National Homebrew Day on May 3.  I was one of the homebrewers eager to attend and help out. We started out by learning how automated the system is compared to what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al's of Hampden, Belgian Pale Ale, Pizza Boy 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

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

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

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.