‘Tis the Season… To be Rude – Rude Elf’s Reserve (video)

Rude Elf Bottle

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7QDbyqoXM4 Brew Works – Rude Elf’s Reserve 10.5% ABV I recently got my hands on Rude Elf’s Reserve by Allentown Brew Works (the same Brew Works that Jay, Irv and I visited not long ago, that one being in Bethlehem, PA) and I had the chance to taste it and stack it up to other […]

Sour Power? The Bruery 5 Golden Rings

The Bruery 5 Golden Rings

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6C9uAIHMs4 The Bruery 5 Golden Rings 11.5% ABV Walking into a beer store this weekend I was amazed to see the biggest collection of Bruery beers I’ve ever seen in one place and to my surprise they had this year’s Christmas Ale offering, 5 Golden Rings. Without hesitation I picked up the beer and made […]

Getting Blown Away by Thomas Hooker Nor Easter

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Thomas Hooker Nor’Easter Lager – 6% ABV So I’ve been delayed writing about this beer and I apologize. I’ve already had some of Thomas Hooker’s varieties, but this was my first winter selection from the Connecticut-based brewery. Because it is definitely a seasonal, most of you folks up north still have time to go find […]

Sprechen Sie Bier? Weissenohe Monk’s Christmas


Weissenohe Monk’s Christmas – 5.1% ABV I thought this was an interesting one. The look alone certainly caught my eye. Monk’s Christmas, eh? Fair enough. This one is brewed by Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe, a German brewer. Apparently this place has a long history. In 1050 AD, Benedictine monks opened the Weissenohe Abbey in Franconia where they […]

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 […]