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Snallygaster 2013: Magnificently Monstrous Merriment at Union Market

Snallygaster 2013: Magnificently Monstrous Merriment at Union Market

When I bought my ticket for Snallygaster a few months ago, I had a hard time believing that it could possibly beat its inaugural offering. However, as I watched the official Facebook page, which posted new beers that would be offered each week, my anticipation grew into full on excitement. It eventually culminated to a level of giddiness that is typically reserved for a teenaged girl getting tickets to see her favorite band. Because last year … Read entire article »

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Beverages 4 Less – Online Store Review

Beverages 4 Less – Online Store Review

Beverages 4 Less, based in Santee, California, has a large selection of western US beers and other special releases that are very hard to get elsewhere. I keep up to date on their latest arrivals via their mailing list. In 2012, they were named as one of the Top 50 Beer Retailers by Rate Beer. And now, a brief review: Beverages 4 Less Nothing fancy for a web site or a store front but it is worth checking out.   … Read entire article »

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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 Union Jack IPA

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

This is my first time trying Firestone Walker’s Union Jack IPA because they started distributing to Illinois just as I moved to Pennsylvania. I have been able to pick up the Double Jack and Walker’s Reserve in the past because they hit the Chicago market before their other beers. It is now available there, despite that the Firestone Walker website has not been updated to reflect that. Union Jack abounds with hop aroma and character. In … Read entire article »

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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