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Bitter Brew – Book Review

Bitter Brew – Book Review

  Occasionally  we at The Beer Circle put down our beers and pursue other activities but often those, too, are centered around beer. I have just read “Bitter Brew” by William Knoedelseder. It is billed as a book about “the rise and fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer.”  There are already many reviews that deal with the book in its entirety but I will concentrate more on the items in the book that deal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anheuser-Busch, Books

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

Victory White Monkey

Victory White Monkey

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I decided to unlock the Untappd Badge celebrate the day by trying something different. A new offering from Victory, White Monkey takes the Golden Monkey recipe and ages it for three months in American Oak barrels that previously held white wine. After picking it up from a local pizza/bottle shop, I wanted to see how this stacked up to Golden Monkey. White Monkey Beer Stats Style: Belgian Tripel Serving: Bottle Size: 750 mL ABV: 9.50% BA Score: 89 RB Score: 88 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tripel, Victory Brewing Co.

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.

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.

Community Beer Works – Buffalo, NY

Community Beer Works – Buffalo, NY

While up in Buffalo, New York, over Thanksgiving, I wanted to visit a local brewery or two (time and liver permitting). Three people recommended that I visit Community Beer Works so I made sure to check that one out. CBW opened their doors about six months ago in an old malting mill located just off of the Niagara River. The mill had shut down in the early 1900’s but at one time it was the largest mill … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Barleywine, Breweries, Community Beer Works

Appalachian Batch 666

Appalachian Batch 666

One Saturday afternoon, I happened to use some spare time and visit Appalachian Brewing Company’s Lititz location (their newest). Immediately upon entering I was amazed at the unique wooden interior, as this is something I don’t typically see for a brewery/brewpub. It reminds me of a log cabin or ski lodge. After sharing a sampler tray, I decided one particular beer, the Batch #666, was worth taking home and giving a further review. A few … Read entire article »

Filed under: Appalachian Brewing Co., Beer, Winter Warmer

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

For my first TheBeerCircle review, I decided to review a beer that I got my hands on from Brass Rail Beverage via their V.I.P. program – Bourbon County Stout. I was told by some friends that I needed to give this beer a taste, so I jumped on the opportunity and picked up a bottle. Given the rave reviews I heard from others, I decided to find out for myself. Bourbon County Brand Stout Beer Stats Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Goose Island Brewing Co.

ISO: New Writer!

ISO: New Writer!

As we approach our six month anniversary one thing has been clear – we want to expand! This summer has turned out to be much busier than any of us expected and things don’t seem to be slowing down. We are looking for someone who loves beer, first and foremost, and wants to write about it! We need a writer who can do weekly posts, but also add to either a weak area of the site … Read entire article »

Filed under: The Beer Circle