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21st Amendment Bitter American Session Ale

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Bitter American is a “session ale” brewed by 21st Amendment in San Francisco, California. 21st Amendment is emerging from the receding glossary of American history, becoming a name recognized in more and more beer markets across North America. One of the things I love about 21st Amendment is their package design. Not only are they […] ... [Read more]

Oud Beersel Oude Gueze

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze

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Winning best ‘World’s Best’ & ‘Europe’s Best’ Lambic/Gueuze in 2011, I was interested to see how this beer would rank among the ones I’ve sampled.  To be honest, after sampling one style all the different breweries variations start to taste the same.  It has really stretched my palate trying to pick our subtle differences.  The […] ... [Read more]

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2010

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2010

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What Yeti is to Great Divide Stouts, Bigfoot is to Sierra Nevada Barleywine.  They are both brewed with the same goal in mind: big, bold, flavorful.  And the team at Sierra Nevada has done just that.  If you like the flavor of the Pale Ale and Celebration Ale (it’s closest in hop quality to the […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

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Am I in Bamberg, Germany?  This beer smelled like the beech wood smoked classics from Aecht Schlenkerla.  The smokey aroma rose from the bottle and glass with ease.  Interestingly, the woody notes brought this variation close to that of a Bourbon barrel aged beer.  However, it lacked the alcohol sting and carried a lighter wood […] ... [Read more]

New Belgium Lips of Faith Fresh Hop IPA

New Belgium Fresh Hop IPA

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A truly wet hopped beer, NBB incorporates freshly picked flowers that endure a quick road trip from Washington state to the brewery where they are then added to the boil.  After reading the following article on Billy’s blog (a great blog to check out), I changed our beer style label from “wet/fresh hop beers” to “wet/harvest hop […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. #100

Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. #100

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100 batches of a quality stout.  Congrats to Hoppin’ Frog and Brewmaster Fred Karm.  Wanting to do something slightly different in order to celebrate this batch Fred mixed up the grain bill.  Using English Pale Ale malt, this beer is going to have a different flavor than than of the original BORIS.  This is due […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Big Worse Bourbon-Aged Barleywine

Mikkeller Big Worse Barleywine Bourbon Barrel

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Aged for about 8 months in second use Bourbon barrels Mikkeller definitely hit a home run with this one.  I have not had the pleasure of sampling the original Big Bad or Big Worse Barleywine beers in this series so know that I have now point of reference on his crafting this style.  I will say […] ... [Read more]

Lucky Bucket Certified Evil

Lucky Bucket Certified Evil

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My favorite beer man is high on this newly arrived Nebraska beer. Lucky Bucket may have been around for a while but it is new to Walt’s Wine and Spirits in Oakdale, Mn. This is my first Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Technically Belgian strong dark ales are similar to to Belgian dark ale with a […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide Grand Cru

Great Divide Grand Cru

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Wow!  This beer holds up to just about any Quad on the market today.  Packed with wonderful flavor and boasting a hefty 11% abv it is no wonder they release it January-March (we need something to keep us warm).  Allow me to explain why this beer should be one of your selections for the Winter […] ... [Read more]

Boon Oude Geuze

Boon Oude Geuze

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Reflecting over the last few months my taste for Lambic beers has taken off.  Boon’s traditional Geuze finds my palate after sampling their Mariage Parfait (a vintage blend) and some of my favorite gueuze beers from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, and Girardin.  I’ll be honest, this brew quickly found its way to my top five effortlessly. […] ... [Read more]