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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

Comparing FiftyFifty Brewing’s Eclipse Versions

Comparing FiftyFifty Brewing’s Eclipse Versions

On a lovely Saturday, Russ Beck, myself, and my two friends Matt and Adam got together to partake in a tasting of five varieties of FiftyFifty Brewing Eclipse. Of the seven barrel aged versions, six make it to the retail market, five of which were for sale in Pennsylvania. Four of them were picked up at Al’s of Hampden by my fiancee, and one (the 18-Year Elijah Craig) was secured at Capone’s outside of Philadelphia … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Elijah Craig, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Four Roses, Rittenhouse

Four Peaks Brewing Company: Food, Flights, and Beer Named After a Harry Potter Character

Four Peaks Brewing Company: Food, Flights, and Beer Named After a Harry Potter Character

As I noted earlier in the week, I was in Arizona for a friends wedding. This was a nice break from Pennsylvania, though surprisingly it was actually colder and rainier in Tucson and Phoenix than State College. It also rained the last time I was in Phoenix, so I’m starting to sense a theme. I had a red-eye flight leaving on Tuesday night, so that day I met up with @Lucklys at Four Peaks Brewing. Alyssa … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Four Peaks Brewing Co., Four Roses, Robust Porter, Russian Imperial Stout

Epic Big Bad Baptist Releases 1, 3, and 4

Epic Big Bad Baptist Releases 1, 3, and 4

Epic Brewing Company’s claim to fame is being Utah’s first brewery since prohibition to brew exclusively high alcohol content beer. I came across some of their stuff in my typical Northern Virginia beer spots, the bottles catching my eye as it’s a brewery usually not seen in Pennsylvania. When I read on the label that this stout was brewed with coffee, cocoa, and aged in whiskey barrels…suffice it to say I had the beer purchased … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Epic Brewing Co., Four Roses, Imperial Stout, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey