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Video Review: Stone Crime

Video Review: Stone Crime

About four months ago Greg had the idea that sparked a movement: A chili stout tasting. The movement wasn’t necessarily one of social importance, but more a movement of beers from the cellars of Paige, Greg, and Russ to make the tasting happen. After a delightful, two day event that including amazing beers including Barrel Aged Abraxas, Prairie Bomb!, and Red Wine Barrel Aged Mexican Cake, we ended with Stone’s Crime. Crime’s base is bourbon … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Blend, Stone Brewing Co.

Sam Adams Triple Bock 1997 (Video Review)

Sam Adams Triple Bock 1997 (Video Review)

Saturday night Paige, Greg, and Russ sat down with a 1997 Sam Adams Triple Bock and the experience was caught on video! What did we think? All we can say for now is: soy sauce. Watch the video and find out more!   … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Boston Beer Co.

SAVOR: Better from the Barrel: Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb 2 at Churchkey

SAVOR: Better from the Barrel: Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb 2 at Churchkey

Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head are two breweries that we here at The Beer Circle are familiar with, and you should be too. I went to Churchkey for the second straight night to check out Sierra Nevada’s tap-takeover, featuring no less than 55 Sierra Nevada beers on-tap at one time. Slightly overwhelmed, I grabbed a glass of their collaboration with Dogfish Head: Life & Limb (the second running of the beer), and it’s bourbon barrel … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Better From The Barrel?, Blend, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Earlier this month, I reviewed Firestone Walker’s 14th Anniversary Ale, which featured a big proportion of stouts compared to their latest anniversary ale. The official blend ratio according to Firestone Walker is: -76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA -Beers included: Helldorado, DDBA, Sticky Monkey, Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Good Foot, Bravo, and Double Jack Add in aging within bourbon, brandy, and wine barrels and this seems like a recipe for success. Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Barleywine, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Firestone Walker, Imperial Stout, Wine

Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Ale

Each year, Firestone Walker releases an anniversary beer that celebrates both their brewing techniques as well as their wine and barrel-aging programs. Their 14th Anniversary Ale marries six different beers that are each aged in varying types of barrels, ranging from wine to brandy to bourbon. Here’s what Firestone Walker has to say about this beer and the specific proportions: The Goal: To create complexity centering on oak, in a multitude of forms, by brewing high … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Firestone Walker, Wine