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Spring House Big Gruesome vs. Terrapin Liquid Bliss

Spring House Big Gruesome vs. Terrapin Liquid Bliss

It seems that there are many peanut butter beers hitting shelves this winter. While last down in DC, I picked up Terrapin’s Side Project 18: Liquid Bliss, and got the idea to match it up with a lesser-known local brew: Big Gruesome. First up, Big Gruesome. Here’s what Spring House has to say about it: Creamy, malty, and full-bodied, the Big Gruesome Stout is scary good. The intense, roasty flavor comes from two types of chocolate malt … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Porter, Spring House Brewing Co., Stout, Terrapin Beer Co.

Cricket Hill Bourbon Barrel Porter

Cricket Hill Bourbon Barrel Porter

Cricket Hill, a New Jersey-based operation, is a self-proclaimed ‘gateway’ brewery. Rather than overload a beer with hops or sweeten it to candied intensity, brewmaster Rick Reed instead opts for recipes that don’t leave bitter or unwelcome flavors on the palate. This ‘classic’ taste derives inspiration from Germany’s Reinheitsgebot – a purity law that states that beer shouldn’t be brewed with anything more than water, hops, and malt (so long, pesky adjuncts!) – which Reed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bourbon, Cricket Hill, Porter, Reviews

DC Brau Brewing Company Barrel Aged Rarities

DC Brau Brewing Company Barrel Aged Rarities

As part of their inaugural Barrel Aged Beauties event last Wednesday Churchkey in DC had a number of DC Brau Brewing Company’s offerings aged in various barrels graciously provided by Catoctin Creek from just up north in Loudon County. I’ve only ever had a few beers from the District’s first packaging brewery since 1956, but was excited to see how well their beers would hold up in barrels from a local distillery. It boiled down … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Catoctin Creek Pear, Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, DC Brau Brewing Co., Oatmeal Stout, Porter

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

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

Better From The Barrel: Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Better From The Barrel: Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Update: This post is being retroactively fitted to run in our column “Better From The Barrel?” The story of how Flying Dog got its start is as strange as the labels that grace their bottles. In 1983, a series of events in the Himalayas involving under prepared hikers, an unfaithful Sherpa, a scared-shitless donkey, and quickly consumed contraband led to the creation of the Flying Dog philosophy. That’s right, philosophy. It wasn’t until 1990 that beer came into … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baltic Porter, Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Flying Dog Brewery, Porter, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Bourbon Barrel Central PA

Bourbon Barrel Central PA

While visiting Central Pennsylvania back in December to watch my high school football team (Tyrone) romp through the Pennsylvania State Playoffs, a few lucky turn of events led to me having the opportunity to enjoy two Heaven Hill bourbon barrel aged offerings from small, local breweries. The first of which was at Otto’s Pub and Brewery, in between the i99 and Penn State University on Atherton Street. This is one of the breweries that aided … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Elk Creek Aleworks, Heaven Hill, Imperial Stout, Otto's Brewery, Porter

Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols

Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols

So, I’m pretty sure that readers are going to end up hating me, because I review beers that aren’t readily available on the East coast… or really, anywhere aside from relatively close to where they are brewed.  Much to your chagrin (or maybe happiness if you travel to places where it’s available…), this post is going to be the beginning of a mini series on beers from Hill Farmstead brewery in Greensboro, VT. I was lucky … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Porter