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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]

Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

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A rich, hearty, and robust brew.  Green Flash is more well known for their hop-centric beers, but this darker trip on the roasted malt side did not disappoint.  Brewed with oats and a generous portion of roasted malts this stout actually walks the line between Black Ale/Porter/Oatmeal Stout very well.  The pour form Green Flash’s […] ... [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]

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

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4 lbs of hops per BBL go into this beer.  It is dry hopped 3 separate times with Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade.  The bittering hops are Warrior and Simcoe which are both high alpha acid hops that lend a resinous punch to the finish which I will explain later.  The finishing hops, Cascade […] ... [Read more]

Russian River Supplication Ale

Russian River Supplication Ale

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On a recent snow day a group of us got together to share some brews. We enjoyed some great food, sampled a fantastic home brew (Ruination clone), and got after some tastings. Everyone brought something to share: my contribution was a bottle of Russian River’s Supplication Ale. Most brewheads know and love this Santa Rosa, […] ... [Read more]

Bruery & Dogfish Head Faster Bigger Better Bolder

Bruery & Dogfish Head Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder

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An interesting collab brew that, according to the DFH website, is suppose to strike a contrast between American “bigger is better” and Japanese tradition.  In doing so this beer incorporates Kumquats, a medley of 7 spices called schichimi togarashi, and fermented with the help of sake yeast.  I didn’t know exactly what these ingredients tasted like […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale

Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale

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Created to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Pizza Port location, this beer is the brain child of hop heads.  It utilizes a medley of 15 different hops (varieties not given) that are then added in 15 minutes increments.  If that does not excite the inner hop junkie inside of you than I don’t know what […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Small Beer

Anchor Small Beer

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Served in irony, Anchor Small comes in a 1.6 fl oz bottle and has an interesting story.  This low abv beer is made by using the second run off (see sparge) from the leftover grains used to make their Old Foghorn Barleywine.  This idea is actually very earth friendly and economical when you think about […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Porter

Anchor Porter

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In the midst of sampling their Christmas Ale (’99-’11 vertical) I took a break to indulge on this wonderfully crafted dark ale.  I’ve had this beer before, but it has been a few years since.  I wanted to revisit it for a few reasons:  1) it is good beer and 2) it is a great […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2005

Anchor Christmas Ale 2005

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Tree:  Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak) I found the latin name rather humorous.  “Agrifolia” sounds close to agriphobia.  Not sure what would happen if a tree had a fear of farming?  I digress.  Another stout-like brew for this year’s batch.  It pours a deep mahogany with similar garnet hues as the 2002 vintage.  The head seemed […] ... [Read more]