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Cellar: Victory Storm King 2011-2013

Cellar: Victory Storm King 2011-2013

Back in 2011, when I was fresh into beer, I decided that Victory’s Storm King Stout would be a nice beer to start my cellar. When I lived in Pennsylvania, it was a local beer that was relatively easy to find, so it all came together. A lot has happened since then, including the decision by Victory to sell Storm King in four packs, instead of six packs. I was so taken aback by the … Read entire article »

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Adroit Theory Brewing – B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout (Ghost 4)

Adroit Theory Brewing – B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout (Ghost 4)

About a month ago I reviewed the Ghost 3 version B/A/Y/S Russian Imperial Stout from Adroit Theory Brewing Company. At the beginning of March, owner Mark Osborne gave me a tour of Adroit Theory’s brewery in Purcellville, VA. Mark has some very interesting and exciting plans for the brewery over the coming year or two. I am very excited because I only live a few miles away. As we were leaving, Mark gave me a bottle … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, Barrel Aged, Beer, Finger Lakes Distilling, Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

Adroit Theory Brewing B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout

Adroit Theory Brewing B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout

Adroit Theory Brewing Company, a new brewery to the Northern Virginia scene, is set to open its doors to the public in June of 2013 in Purcellville, VA. I have been lucky enough to volunteer as a taste tester as they continue to refine their recipes. I knew it is hard work but someone had to step up and do it. Adroit Theory’s aim is to extend beyond the ordinary into “esoteric beers” that take a … Read entire article »

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Tröegs Scratch #83 – ¿Impending Descent? Ale

Tröegs Scratch #83 – ¿Impending Descent? Ale

Tröegs has been experimenting with their Scratch Series for a few years now. Personally, I’ve been following them closely and have tasted nearly every one from #46 and above. Some can be a gamble, but that’s part of the fun when trying these small test batches. Occasionally, the Trogner brothers come out with something extraordinary. The first this happened for me was about a year ago when I first tasted Scratch #55 – Double IPA. Now, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Russian Imperial Stout, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, more commonly known simply as Leinenkugel’s, is popular in bars nation-wide for beers such as Berry Weiss and Sunset Wheat. These are known as being crisp, fruity, and affectionately dubbed as tasting like ‘Fruity Pebbles’, but Leinenkugel looks to buck that connotation in favor of dark chocolate and coffee roast for its Russian Imperial Stout. Brewed under the Big Eddy label, Russian Imperial Stout sits almost as far as one can … Read entire article »

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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

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.