Monthly Archives: February 2011

Trouble in Paradise

Founders Double Trouble : Founders Brewing Company :  Imperial IPA Trusting both the brewery and the style, I think I need to give this one another opportunity.  Fortunately I have three more bottles.  It pours a beautiful glass, a hazy … Continue reading

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A Star is Born…or Made…

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid : Lagunitas Brewing Company :  Imperial IPA Oh, sweet pine in the glass.  And what’s that on the tube?  Anne Hathaway parading like Snow White on anphetimines, with James Franco clinging along like the poison apple.  It’s … Continue reading

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What’s in a Label III? (or Bread and Chocolate)

Chocolate Stout : Rogue Brewery : Stout “Beer milkshake…delicious,” says my friend Helen.  I would add pure truth in labeling as well.  The chocolate is wondoreously full-bodied, swirling across a sea of dark hoppiness.  Not strictly an imperial, this stout … Continue reading

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What’s in a Label II?

Lagunitas Imperial Stout : Lagunitas Brewing Company :  Russian Imperial Stout Actually, there’s beer beneath these labels.  Imperial stouts run a dark complexity, something akin to the levels of difference and difficulty one can experience in IPAs.  From roasted coffee, … Continue reading

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Eel is Just Another Name for Dinner

Certified Organic Amber Ale : Eel River Brewing Co. : Amber Ale My wife is disgusted by eels.  The very mention of the word conjures up the wretching image of the creatures squirming from the mouth of severed horse head … Continue reading

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Carmel Apple Memories

Dubbel : White Birch Brewing : Belgian This brew-master is playing off reminiscences of my father.  Carmel, my dad loved to eat caramels, those Kraft caramels you find around Halloween with tongue depressors marketed to make carmel apples.  (Back then … Continue reading

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What in a Label?

Brooklyn Dark Chocolate Stout : Brooklyn Brewing : Russian Imperial Stout I have a couple of stouts lined up, basically to check on truth in advertising.  First up, the Brooklyn label.  A light smoked chocolate roast.  I don’t know if … Continue reading

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Birch…Beer

Hookset Ale: White Birch Brewing : Belgian IPA What’s that?  Could it be a touch of peppermint?  No.  The other kind, like those pink Canada Mints, a whiff of Pepto Bismo.  Ah, wintergreen. Yes.  Those lifesavers wrapped in green foil.  … Continue reading

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Springtime on Hold

Vinyl : Magic Hat Brewing Company : Lager Although the groundhogs saw spring around the corner, it is supposed to snow again tomorrow.  In an effort to tip the gods towards rebirth, I drink a spring seasonal brew from Magic … Continue reading

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BENziana

Benziana : Birra Del Borgo : Spiced Ale 12 years ago, I put a call into my friend Helen and asked her if she could met me, my daughter and my wife at the hospital. Six years later, we were … Continue reading

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