KoKo, cabana, come here I wanna …


  Staying away from my comfort with hoppy beers not only did I leave my favorite beer style but I also left the mainland. Tonight I tasted a beer from Kona Brewing Co. which is on the Big Island in Hawai’i. This is the stomping ground of my friend Maika who likes to be called […]

Texas Heat in the Jersey Winter – Curling up to Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer…


It wasn’t enough that Santa Claus was super good to me – I got myself brand new brewing equipment so now I can make my own beer anytime I want, as well as a four pack of pilsner glasses in which to put the fruits of my labor. I got more good news when a […]

What’s your idea of Noel? Gouden Carolus Noel


Picking this up, I expected something similar Delirium Noel a slightly spicy Belgian ale with the great mouthfeel and a malty overtone. What I got was something that took Belgian Christmas beers to the extreme and pushed my beer palate to the extreme. Like MMA this beer gives you it all: malts, fruits, high ABV, […]

Hail to the Emperor – Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw


From the Het Anker brewery in Belgium comes a real gem. As translated, this beer from Gouden Carolus is the “Grand Cru of the Emperor” and should be considered worthy of the finest and most distinguished of palates. The “blauw” is for blue, as in the color of the label across the bottle. The bottle […]

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery


My buddy Ryan and I went to the organic Laurelwood Public House & Brewery in Northeast PDX on 51st and Sandy for happy hour after work tonight. I’ve tasted two beers from this brewery before (seasonal Vinter Varmer and Gearhead IPA) and blogged about them for the KT. We sat in the bar area and […]

The Masquerading Belgian Christmas Ale: Tröegs Mad Elf


Who doesn’t like the Christmas season? Here in the Northeast Christmas means cold wintery nights huddled around the fireplace with an apple cider,a fruit cake and spiked egg nog waiting in the wings. So when I drink these Christmas beers I’m looking for Christmas notes,  something that invokes and reminds me of being wrapped around the […]

Unibroue – La Terrible

Let me first start off by saying La Fin Du Monde is my favorite beer, so I’m excited to taste this ale. Trois Pistoles is also a great beer so building off of that reputation I have high hopes for this beer. I’m not one for the design of the bottle but I really like […]