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Guinness Red Harvest

September 12th, 2013

Kinda looks cool & not sure if a Red beer can be considered a “Stout”, but Harvest definitely is related to Guinness Draught. Pours creamy from the nitro can & is quite good looking. Very mild bodied with some roasty-toasty notes & a little caramel malt sweetness. Overall a nice easy drinking fall beer. Available for a limited time & mention that you saw here you get a free glass with every case!


Fall Goodness…Terrapin Pumpkinfest

August 22nd, 2013

The fall offering from Terrapin Brewing in Athens, GA is a perfectly balanced Pumpkin lager.  Yes, Lager…starting life as an authentic rendition of a German Fest Beer or Marzen, real pumpkin and spices are added without overwhelming the beer.  I think the real idea of balance is for the major flavor contributors of a beer to be complemented by the other spices & additives, if any exist.  In that regard Terrapin has nailed this one.  You can expect a pumpkin pie nose followed by a strong malt backbone, low hop bitterness and authentic fall taste.  Heres the specs:

Malts: Munich, Vienna, Munich II, Caramunich II, Melanoiden
Hops: Vanguard, Hallertau Hersbrucker
Other: Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice, Cloves, Pumpkin!!

ABV: 6.1%
IBU: 23
OG: 14.5

Terrapin Pumpkinfest Label

Return to Weyerbacher

January 7th, 2013

While I have to admit, its been awhile, perhaps 2 years since my last Weyerbacher brew. Since they redesigned their packaging & released a pair of new brews, Verboten & Last Chance IPA, I got intrigued.  Verboten gets the first nod & is a simple, clean belgian-esque Pale (Gold) Ale.  5.9% ABV is perfect for the style & smooth, soft palate is complemented by a mild, peppery hop snap & light fruity, yeasty undertones.   While admitting this is not my absolute favorite style (bit light on citrusy hop notes) this one is very well done and has reversed my mindset of Weyerbacher taking focus away from everyday beer styles.  Weyerbacher has been making some fantastic extreme (and pricey) brews for years, and with those they are mostly recognized, but its the smaller styles that bring a brewery volume, and it seems they “get it” again.  I look forward to giving Last Chance IPA another chance very soon.

Winter definitely still here!

February 12th, 2010

So ya finally dug out?
Relax that aching back with some Winter Warmer!  Heavy Seas’s Winter Storm sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your victory over the 6 foot snow drift, it’s an Imperial E.S.B. weighing in at 7.5%  Also Blue Point’s very solid Winter Ale, Weyerbacher Winter Ale & Stoudt’s Winter round out the remaining spiced amber ales.  Tommy Knocker Cocoa Porter would be pretty nice at 5.7 % & a nice toasted hot chocolate vibe going on.  Smuttynose’s Winter ale is a great rendition of a Belgian Amber Ale.  Winter Variety Packs let ya mix it up a bit, still available are Long Trail’s, Sam Adam’s & Pete’s.  A few Sam’s Winter Lager, a Sierra Celebration & a couple Bell’s Winter White Ales as well!

Need a bit of a boost in your brew?  New Coffee Porter from Philadelphia called simply…Joe, a killer brew from Bell’s called Java Stout 

We also got in some Sam Adam’s Winter Lager 22’s & Troegenator 22’s that are a great deal!  Sam’s is only $20.99 Troegs only $31.99!  

If deal’s are your thing we’ve got a new “deal pile” right inside the door with products from Presidente to Left Hand Octoberfest…Molson Ice to Twisted Tea- check it out priced to move!

Seein’ Double

March 12th, 2009

Like most weeks I’m in search of a hoppy IPA or Double. Founder’s has always been one of my favorite Breweries. There are some good beers on the rise from Michigan. Centennial IPA ranks among one of my favorites. So when we got in Founder’s Double Trouble IPA it was a no brainer. This beer is a total HOPBOMB! If you don’t like HOPS then stay away. I’m very impressed with this one. Pours a nice copper color with a white lacing head. Real sticky too. Good luck trying to inspect the beer before taking your first gulp. Yeah that’s right, gulp. Big time hop aroma in the nose will have you plunging head over heels. Great mouth feel. Nice bittering in the back of the pallet. 9.4%abv? You cant even tell. The taste of grapefruit, citrus, and piny hops are pungent. Call me crazy but a bit of cotton candy too. For me a perfect balance. I find this to very session able and easy to drink. I certainly see a second case for me in the near future. Cheers!

Charlie’s drinkin’ what?

March 2nd, 2009

I just wanted take a minute to ramble on about this weeks pick…Ballast Point’s awesome BIG EYE IPA. Quite frankly everything about this ale is perfection from the second you pop the crown, a hop aromas find my nose. Committing a beer geek sin, I proceeded to drink directly from the bottle- gasp! However those two bottles fell surprisingly quick last night, as this is a very balanced & drinkable brew considering it’s substance. The malt used in this brew gives a very nice, light sweetness hiding behind the veil of hoppy goodness. Bitterness is just right and the finish is somewhat lingering but in a good way. Up ’till this re- visit I had considered Founder’s Centennial to be my favorite at least for now anyway!

What’s Charlie Drinkin’ this week?

February 24th, 2009

Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing is my pick this week. Why? well no matter the fact that the best Double IPA or Belgian Trippel is definitely worth drinking every night, the fact remains a well hopped copper ale is a much better fit for the task. So, regardless of the fact this happens to be the case I foolishly carried through the warehouse by one handle, resulting in a mess, ironically enough this selection fits the bill perfectly. And while I like a good story as much as the next guy, this label reads of tragic asylum death & the like, of which does little to improve the character of the brew beneath. That being said this somewhat unremarkable Pale Ale is on par with its competition from Stoudt’s, Sierra & Troegs, to name a few, and is very well crafted and reminiscent of a British Pale Ale with its’ earthy biscuit like malt backbone blended with a kiss of honey-like sweetness of the Crystal malts, balanced with just enough grapefruit/pine spiciness to make utterly enjoyable. Overall a very drinkable, great everyday selection that stands head & shoulders above the doldrums of the common domestic brew, and a great step up from lesser “stepping stone” Pale Ales such as Saranac or Dundee. Again this isn’t the perfect beer for true connoisseurs and hop heads but ranks in with a respectable “B” ranking in my book, as there are slight variations, batch to batch, but will be enjoyed again even if I don’t drop another case on its ear!