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Belgian / Dutch Beer Tasting

Belgian / Dutch Beer Tasting

Over the past year I’ve done a couple of beer and running related posts. I first talked about my love of running and beer in this post and how the former lets me enjoy more of the latter. I followed that up recently with a post about Hashing so when a running-buddy wanted to get together for a long run followed by a beer tasting he didn’t have to ask me twice. We got together for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belgian Pale Ale, Belgium, Lambic, Netherlands, Oude, Saison, Strong Dark Ale, Witbier

Better From The Barrel: Stone’s Vertical Epics

Better From The Barrel: Stone’s Vertical Epics

Churchkey’s night of Vertical Epics not only featured Stone’s yearly special releases all the way back to 2003, it had a few of the offers aged in various barrels as well. Having never had a true barrel aged beer from Stone, I saw this as a unique opportunity to discern whether or not any were better from the barrel! Churchkey had the 07.07.07 Belgian strong pale ale (BSPA) and the 09.09.09 Belgian strong dark ale … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Oak, Stone Brewing Co., Strong Dark Ale, Strong Pale Ale, Wine

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

12.12.12 at Churchkey in Washington, DC was truly a day we all won’t soon forget. The bar managed to tap nine years worth of Stone Brewing Company‘s Vertical Epics: 03.03.03 through 12.12.12, including special versions of ’07 and ’09 aged in red wine barrels and ’10 aged in French Oak barrels. To top that, Sam Calagione (yes, of Dogfish Head) was in the building to promote his collaboration with Bluejacket. I got to have a quick conversation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Stout, Cellar, IPA, Oak, Stone Brewing Co., Strong Dark Ale, Wine

Draai Laag Brewing Company Simon Girty

Draai Laag Brewing Company Simon Girty

While visiting a recently opened bar near me, I was recommended a beer by the owner. The bottle in question was by a local Pittsburgh brewery – Draai Laag Brewing Company – that was completely unknown to me (much to my chagrin), and even looking at the bottle, I would’ve pegged it as a beer out of Belgium due to the… unique label. Billed as an artisanal brewery, Draai Laag experiments with different flavors and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Draai Laag Brewing Co., Reviews, Strong Dark Ale

Better from the Barrel: Stillwater Artisanal Ales Folklore

Better from the Barrel: Stillwater Artisanal Ales Folklore

Stillwater Artisanal Ales is an interesting brewer to say the least. They operate under the “gypsy” brewer moniker (of Mikkeller fame) and brew beers at different breweries across the land. They have really cool label art–which you can see in the pictures below or at their website–which follows their modus operandi that I found on their Facebook page: The goal of Stillwater Artisanal is just that, living art. Although packaged within a medium often overlooked for its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Bordeaux, Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Strong Dark Ale

Cellaring Beer

Cellaring Beer

Previously I posted about my beer label collection and my quest to try beers from all over the world. That quest put a cramp on my desire to start cellaring beer for later years.  However, last year I decided to make the effort because I want to experience first hand how individual beers change over time. Some  changes will be good, but I know that some will be bad. But where to start? What are the best … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cellaring, Dogfish Head, IPA, Porter, Saison, Saison, Stout, Strong Dark Ale, The Bruery, Tripel, Triple Bock

Tröegs Brewing Company Mad Elf

Tröegs Brewing Company Mad Elf

In my relentless quest to find high quality beer at reasonable prices, I’ve found that one of the best ways to do this is to buy local.  Gaining my education in craft beer (as well as a few other things) at The Pennsylvania State University,  the Tröegs Brewing Company supplied excellent introductions to a wide variety of styles. I still remember my first tastes of their Pale Ale, the doppelbock Troegenator, and, of course, Nugget Nectar.  Each … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Reviews, Strong Dark Ale, Tröegs Brewing Co.