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Church Brew Works’ Heini’s Hooch

Church Brew Works’ Heini’s Hooch

At this year’s Great American Beer Fest featured one of Pittsburgh’s most unique (in terms of architecture, at least) breweries, Church Brew Works. While the Church has been a Pittsburgh staple for years, it only recently began its atmospheric rise to prominence and showed that talent this year, winning four medals and Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year honors this year in Colorado. Included in these accolades were bronze medals for Celestial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bourbon, Church Brew Works, Old Ale, Reviews

Release: Duclaw Brewing Company in DC @ The Big Hunt

Release: Duclaw Brewing Company in DC @ The Big Hunt

When I saw the below tweet from Big Hunt bartender Dave Coleman I knew I had no choice but to trek into the District last Thursday. I mean come on, two bourbon barrel aged offerings and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (BSDA) weighing in at 14% ABV? You’re pulling at my heartstrings.  Duclaw Brewing Company is known for their big beers (see Colossus, a 22% ABV Imperial IPA), but none had graced my palate with its presence … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, DuClaw Brewing Co., Heaven Hill, Imperial Porter, Old Ale, Pent

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half

Originally named Kaiser Curmudgeon, Founders Brewing Company’s Curmudgeon’s Better Half receives the ‘CBS’ barrel treatment. That is, Founders takes the base beer (Curmudgeon’s Old Ale), throws it into some barrels that once held bourbon and maple syrup, and lets it rest until is resembles something to be enjoyed as a dessert – or breakfast, if you are like the Curmudgeon on the label and enjoy this with your pancakes. A true breakfast of champions. This … Read entire article »

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Better From The Barrel: Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (4D)

Better From The Barrel: Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (4D)

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is not a brewery I can say I was very familiar with until a few months ago when I was offered a few of their beers in a trade. After looking up the kinds of beers they were involved with, and the well above average ABVs (and ratings), I was sold. Today’s post fits nicely into our Cellar column and our Better From The Barrel column as I have Fourth Dementia and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Cellar, Heaven Hill, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Old Ale