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, […]

Belgian Ale Lover Snooking for Love in all the Hoppy Places


Recently Juan had reviewed Full Sail Wassail a hoppy winter warmer and I happened to purchase a sixer for a buddy’s dinner party, which he didn’t like, so I took it home. Thankfully my other sixer was Troegs Mad Elf, which he throughly enjoyed. So here I am with a hoppy beer in my fridge with no […]

Squirrel Sippin’ on Some Vinter Varmer

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Tonight’s tasty micro comes from a brewery which had “Portland’s first certified organic beers.” The Laurelwood Public House & Brewery is a pub I’ve yet to visit (I know, I know) but its at the top of my list of pubs to get to. I pass by it about 3 or 4 times a month […]

Icing on the Cake: Full Sail Wassail

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When I toured the Full Sail Brewing Co. in Hood River, Oregon two summers ago, I have to be honest here, I was looking forward to the end of the tour at which time I was hoping to get a free beer to taste. Instead I had to settle for a free pint glass. Don’t get me […]

Don’t mess with the gnome


Greetings fellow beer lovers. Keeping with the theme of tasting winter warmers or seasonal beers on the KT tonight I tasted a hoppy brown ale from Oakshire Brewing located in Eugene, Oregon. The name and the label I like: Ill Tempered Gnome winter ale (ABV 6.8, IBU 65). This is the first time that I’ve […]

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 […]

The Sweaty Lumberjack Christmas Beer, In a Good Way!


Last year I came across a magnificent beer that evoked the christmas spirit, that made me throw away my grinch hat and buy turkeys for Tiny Tim, that made me thank the warm weathered west coast for brewing a beer that evokes the essence of Christmas. That beer was Anchor Christmas Ale 2010 and I brought that beer to […]

Winter Blah: Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale


Well it’s my favorite time of the year winter and what goes better with cold weather than a nice winter brew. Well not in this case. I poured my K9 into my Corsendonk tulip glass and noticed a nice dark cooper color with a good 2 inch amount of head. The smell very faint but […]

‘Tis the Season…

Shiner Cheer

…To be merry and have plenty of cheer! Shiner Holiday Cheer that is. The bottle cap says “To: You, From: Shiner.” A gift from Irving, I recently got my hands on this and gave it a whirl. He could only use a few adjectives to describe what he thought of it – weird, different. After […]