England

Wychwood King Goblin

Wychwood King Goblin

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A big cousin to Hobgoblin, King Goblin offers a more enchanted approach to it’s dark ale counterpart. Brewed on a full lunar moon this beer is a special release with a bit more of a kick. It is by no means a double recipe of Hobgoblin, however there are a few more hops added to […] ... [Read more]

St. Peter's Grapefruit Beer

St. Peter’s Grapefruit Beer

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If you’re any sort of hophead, you know that grapefruit flavors abound in beers these days, especially among the American Pale/IPA family. But these flavors all come from hop cones…which are hardly similar at all to real grapefruit. So what happens when a famous English brewery puts the actual thing, natural grapefruit flavor (whatever that […] ... [Read more]

Wexford Irish Cream Ale

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I love St. Patrick! He is an ancient hero of mine. His vision,determination and focus inspires me to this day. So when it came to celebrating St. Pat’s Day I get fired up. However, I’m a bit embarrassed to say I don’t like Guinness! Sorry but I just don’t like this St. Patrick day staple […] ... [Read more]

Wychwood Hobgoblin Dark English Ale

Wychwood Hobgoblin Dark English Ale

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I had sampled this beer two years prior out of a can and remembered it did not win me over at first. However, in search for a short break from American craft beers, I founds a stash of Wychwood brews at a local store and decided an indulgence in some sessionable English ales would do […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Smith’s India Ale

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I’m sure all of us at some point can say, “I hate technology” (even you mac users). While making our lives essentially easier, when it fails it can make them a living hell. This is what happened to me the last week. My computer got a good old dose of spyware, malicious software, spam, viruses […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout

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Continuing with my fascination with Samuel Smith brewery I picked up a bottle of their Imperial Stout of which I’ve only heard great things. With high expectations I cracked open the gold leafed top and slowly eased the contents into my glass. It was black as can be with minor garnet highlights. The head was […] ... [Read more]

Inveralmond Blackfriar

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“Inver” is a Scottish thing! Inverness is the most famous “inver” I assume but “inver” will now turn my thoughts not just to a fabled sea monster in a long, narrow, deep body of water but to beer. This beer is brewed just 2 and a half hours from the sight of the Lock Ness […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale

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When you sample a couple beers from a brewery you enjoy it makes selecting another brewery that much harder. This is the dilemma I found myself in while standing in the aisle at the liquor store. There I was, looking at shelf where various Samuel Smith stared me down. I could tell they were competing […] ... [Read more]

Bass Pale Ale

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The only way to conquer the Monday (my arch enemy) blues is with a nice beer at the end of the day. Ironically, it’s also a great way to bring in the weekend after work on Friday. This only proves that beer fits many occasions. I feel this beer does not need a long review. […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

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Surrounded by the chattering voices of some of my closest friends, the New Year’s Eve night was off to a great start. After a few snacks and drinks at our home, we decided to brave the chill of the Chicago night and head over for a nice hot meal. Our reservation for twelve was confirmed […] ... [Read more]