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Guest Post: Three Headed Dog

Guest Post: Three Headed Dog

Editor’s Note: This is another of what we hope are many contributions from our readers. These guest posts come from our friends, followers, and fellow beer geeks who have something they want to share. If you’ve attended a great event, tasted a rare beer, want to give your favorite brewery some love, or share anything else beer related feel free to send us an email at thebeercircle@gmail.com and let us know! This post specifically is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Brew It Yourself, Stout

Mad Fox Leaded Coffee Stout

Mad Fox Leaded Coffee Stout

Before heading to the Mad Fox tour, I picked up a brand new coffee stout, called Leaded, on Mad Fox’s half off growler day. On every magical Tuesday, they take 50% off a growler fill from 3pm until 9pm, so you really have no excuse to not stop by. For this creation, Mad Fox teamed up with Beanetics of Annandale, Virginia to get a heavy does of cold pressed coffee (31 gallons of it I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Mad Fox Brewing Co., Stout

DuClaw H.E.R.O. 2012: Heating Up the Charity Scene

DuClaw H.E.R.O. 2012: Heating Up the Charity Scene

DuClaw, which started distributing to DC mid-last year, is starting to take off in popularity. Their eXiled series is highly sought after, for good reason, and their everyday options are surprisingly tasty. DuClaw also likes to give back whenever it can, focusing specifically on their Honest. Excellent. Robust. Original. (HERO) Homebrew competition, where the brewery picks their favorite from a host of submitted recipes, brews and bottles it, and gives all the proceeds to charity. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, DuClaw Brewing Co., Stout

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.

Beer-nog

Beer-nog

I have done some “exhausting” experiments mixing ice cream with Stouts and IPAs previously. I had a lot of stout left over from my Winter Stout Fest just before Christmas so I was looking for something fun to try. I made the decision to take the experimentation one step further by trying to find the perfect ratio for a Beer-nog (stout and eggnog). While not a big fan of eggnog I couldn’t pass up the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Pairing, Bell's Brewery, Reviews, Stout

Budget: Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Budget: Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

In the wake of my recent visit to the Tröegs Brewing Company, I wanted to take a look at a beer that’s been a budget staple of mine for quite some time.  Old Dominion‘s Oak Barrel Stout is a staple of the Old Dominion line of beers, and not difficult to find on tap in the areas it’s sold.  Being a fan of this style, I always try to have some on hand. Variety packs by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Old Dominion Brewing, Stout

Stout “Floating” – Which Ice Cream Flavor is Best?

Stout “Floating” – Which Ice Cream Flavor is Best?

Recently I experimented with “Floating” an IPA, comparing whether orange sherbet or lemon sorbet was better. In my second experiment, I went with the go-to style for beer floats: Stouts. The temperature was in the 90s this past weekend so it was the perfect opportunity. The kids were eyeing the ice cream so I felt that I couldn’t wait any longer. Ingredients Green Flash’s Silva Stout, Häagen–Dazs’ vanilla & coffee ice creams Appearance: The beer in each of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Float, Stout

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

Budget: Guinness Draught

Budget: Guinness Draught

Saint Patrick’s Day, a day venerating the beloved patron saint of Ireland, also conjures thoughts of green, the Irish, and of course, imbibing all sorts of fantastic Irish beverages.  When one thinks of Irish drinks, the mind often turns to thoughts of Guinness Draught, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Baileys Irish Cream – incidentally, the components of the infamous Irish Car Bomb.  While I may or may not have enjoyed one or two of these this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Guinness, Stout

Budget: Samuel Adams Black and Brew

Budget: Samuel Adams Black and Brew

As I’ve mentioned on my profile, my tastes are a bit different, and, dare I say, cheaper, than some other contributors for the site. While I’m always thrilled by the prospect of trying new beer, I often find that I’m quite satisfied with a familiar, common selection from the likes of Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, or in the case of this pleasant surprise – the namesake of the statesman and patriot himself, Samuel Adams. Some of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boston Beer Co., Budget, Stout