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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 »

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Dogfish Head-Sierra Nevada Life and Limb Rhizing Bines in the new IPA glass

Dogfish Head-Sierra Nevada Life and Limb Rhizing Bines in the new IPA glass

I came home this week to a white box sitting on my front porch. I wasn’t expecting anything, so I was extremely intrigued. Noticing that the return label said Dogfish Head, my excitement grew rapidly, and I tore open the package to find the following: One bottle of the Dogfish Head-Sierra Nevada Life and Limb collaboration Rhizing Bines Two new IPA glasses created by Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head, each one bearing the mark of one of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dogfish Head, Imperial IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brewer’s Alley Restaurant & Brewery

Brewer’s Alley Restaurant & Brewery

Prior to last weekend’s tour of Flying Dog brewery in Frederick, Marlyand, the group congregated at Brewer’s Alley Restaurant & Brewery for lunch and beer. Brewer’s Alley opened their doors in 1996 but their building and the nearby alley are steeped in local history. The building itself was built in 1873 and served as the city’s seat of government for at least 50 years. The alley located under the archway was the site for beer … Read entire article »

Filed under: Imperial IPA, Styles

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA

Stone Brewing Company has been, and most likely will remain, one of the powerhouses in the craft beer world. This year is special for them, as their Ruination IPA–the first full-time brewed and bottled Double IPA on the planet–celebrated its 10th anniversary in June. On June 11th, Stone released a new brew to “celebrate a glorious decade of hoppy decadence with even more hops,” dubbed Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA. Stone CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch … Read entire article »

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SAVOR: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Churchkey

SAVOR: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Churchkey

I was very excited when I saw that Churchkey was kicking off SAVOR Beer Week with a dinner featuring beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. We’ve already taken a stab at a few of their beers on this site (Paige with Union Jack and Greg with 14th and 15th Anniversary) and I personally haven’t found a beer brewed by them that I didn’t like. All I knew going into the event was what beers would … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Pale Ale, American Strong Ale, American Wild Ale, Beer Week, Black IPA, English Pale Ale, Firestone Walker, Imperial IPA, Oak, Oatmeal Stout, Pappy Van Winkle, Porter

Sixpoint Brewery’s Resin

Sixpoint Brewery’s Resin

I was first exposed to Sixpoint Brewing last summer at a music festival; they had their Bengali Tiger and Sweet Action on Tap. The Bengali Tiger is a fabulous IPA, and Sweet Action is a a beer that defies categorization– as part cream ale, part pale and and part wheat beer, it was wonderfully refreshing in the summer heat. Since then, I haven’t been able to have any Sixpoint because they didn’t distribute to State College. Oh, … Read entire article »

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Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

I’m known for my, well, “inexpensive” tastes in beer.  One of the greatest rewards in my craft beer quest is finding those special brews that offer taste competitive with the big and rare beers, for a fraction of the price.  In the interest of furthering this pursuit, an interesting idea popped into my head while browsing the aisles of Total Wine & More Chantilly. As I passed a Stone Brewing Company display, I noticed sixers of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Imperial IPA, IPA, Stone Brewing Co.

Event: Surly Brewing Company at Churchkey

Event: Surly Brewing Company at Churchkey

Last weekend at Churchkey, Washington DC’s famous beer bar, Surly Brewing Company out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota was on display with 10 offerings available. Surly’s Founder Omar Ansari even flew in to mingle with patrons, talking about anything from why Surly doesn’t can Darkness to future plans for the brewery. I got out of work a little early and grabbed a seat by the windows to hunker down and get my share of Surly goodness. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Brown Ale, American Wild Ale, Imperial IPA, IPA, Russian Imperial Stout, Surly Brewing Co.

The Alchemist Heady Topper

The Alchemist Heady Topper

There are many great debates within craft beer circles (see what I did there?) such as: What spices are used in Sierra Nevada Celebration? Is Hopslam less hoppy this year? Are growlers better after being thrice-shipped? Is [insert IPA here] better than Pliny the Elder? Tonight, I can evaluate that last question a little bit as I try one of the hottest up-and-coming IPAs coming out of The Alchemist Pub & Brewery of Waterbury, Vermont. A … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Imperial IPA, The Alchemist

Bell’s Hopslam Ale Bottle, Cask, On-Tap

Bell’s Hopslam Ale Bottle, Cask, On-Tap

Once a year a Michigan brewery graces the Eastern United States with an Imperial IPA so popular, it nearly breaks the internet. That very time of year is upon us as fresh Bell’s Hopslam is sitting in fridges across the country. A friend of mine tipped me off to a store that got an absurd amount of cases in, and I jumped at the opportunity to pick up a sixer. Shortly after, Churchkey in DC had … Read entire article »

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