Guest Reviewer Mando Medina on Iron Thistle (video)

Iron Thistle

Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle 8.5% ABV 35 IBU Today we have a guest reviewer Mando Medina give us his impressions of Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle Scottish Ale. As posted on the Rahr & Sons website: Break out the bagpipes with your lederhosen! We’re proud to present our Iron Thistle Scotch Ale – Rahr’s […]

Is 13 Really My Lucky Number? Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale (video)

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale 11% ABV I’m finishing out my stint of reviews on beers with the number 13 in the title with Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale. This beer is actually brewed by Stone Brewing company for Bottleworks Beer store in the Seattle, Washington area. For this brew they went BIG and used 13 different […]

Gettin’ My Monk On – La Trappe Isid’or

La Trappe Isid'or

La Trappe Isid’or Trappist Ale – 7.5% ABV Belgian Ales are always a nice change from the typical malt-heavy stouts or the hop-forward tartness of an IPA. I have had my share of Belgians and have enjoyed them all. My colleague Irving is a huge Belgian beer lover and I can understand his amorous attitude […]

Like Roasted Nuts? Enjoy Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan!

Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale

Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale – 4.4% ABV As mentioned before in another post, Lazy Magnolia hails from Deep South Mississippi. After watching a video on their website, an attractive woman tells you the viewer that at Lazy Magnolia, they like to make beer for those who don’t like beer. Now how is this possible? […]

Saving Your Palate with Hook & Ladder Backdraft Brown

Hook and Ladder Backdraft Brown Beer

Hook & Ladder Backdraft Brown  – 4.5% ABV Great Beer That Gives Back. The idea that firemen like to drink beer is kind of a no-brainer. But imagine a fireman who brews his own beer and sells it, this is another kind of animal altogether. On top of that, imagine a brewery owned and run […]

The Middle of the Road Off Center Beer: Dogfish Head Urkontinent (video)

Urkontinent-Feature Dogfish Head Urkontinent  8% ABV I’ve heard all of the hype leading up this beer and once I came across it in the beer store I had to pick it up and give it a whirl. Urkontinent is a collaborative effort between Dogfishead, Google and people around the world using unheard of ingredients and a different approach […]

A Collaboration Done Right: Life and Limb (video)

Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life and Limb photo by fordsbasement

Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head: Life and Limb 10.2% ABV To our surprise Jason C brought over a bomber of Life and Limb during our tapping of the Smackdown video. Both Jason M and I had never heard of the beer and personally most collabortaions beers that I’ve tried haven’t turned out that well. I’m […]

Make Mine a Smutty! Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale – 6.5% ABV Smuttynose Brewing Company is a craft brewery based out of Portsmouth, NH. I’ve heard of Smuttynose before, and I’ve had a number of their beers. I don’t remember which exactly, as they were all imbibed during various beer festivals I went to. Atlantic City, Secaucus, Jersey City, […]

Double Baggin’ it on the Long Trail Home: Long Trail Double Bag

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Long Trail Double Bag – 7.2% ABV Another interesting find from some time ago, I got my hands on a few different varieties from Long Trail Brewing Co. This little brewery from Bridgewaters Corners, VT has already enticed me with their Brewmaster Series Coffee Stout. That was a fine libation. What to say about this […]

Aventinus – Another Delight from Deutschland

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Schneider & Sohn Aventinus (Weissbier-Brauerei Georg Schneider & Sohn)  – 8.2% ABV With this website, I know we tend to focus primarily on American craft brew more than anything else, but on occasion we find ourselves seeking out gems from other lands. This offering from Kelheim, Germany is a real treasure. Listed on the bottle […]