Beer Archive

  • Hitachino Nest

    Hitachino Nest

    A couple years ago Sarah and I stopped in at Noodle Theory, a little asian bistro in Oakland, CA. There an unknown little beer piqued our interest: Hitachino Nest White. A wit from Japan… could it be good? It was a delightful brew, which we instantly fell in love with....

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  • Pumpkin Beers

    Pumpkin Beers

    I have a love-hate relationship with pumpkin beers. For many brewers, making a pumpkin beer mostly means adding pumpkin pie spices and slapping an orange label on the bottle. I like well spiced beers (e.g. Anchor’s Christmas ale), but when it says ‘pumpkin’ on the label, I want to taste...

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  • Elektrick Cukumbahh – Trinity Brewing

    Elektrick Cukumbahh – Trinity Brewing

    Elektrick Cukumbahh, Saison d’ete Trinity Brewing – Colorado Springs, CO ABV – 6.4% IBUs – ?? (not much) So, some years ago, I went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and tried garlic ice cream. Not bad per-se, but one sample was plenty for this lifetime. Certainly, I thought, cucmber beer...

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  • Passionfruit Sour Ale – Breakside Brewery

    Passionfruit Sour Ale – Breakside Brewery

    Passionfruit Sour Ale Breakside Brewery – Portland, OR ABV: 4.0% IBUs: ?? I was disappointed this Summer when Kona brewing decided that mainlanders were no longer deserving of their Wailua Wheat. One of my favorite Summer droughts, I missed it’s delicate flavor with just a hint of sour passion fruit....

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  • Brewery Rickoli

    Brewery Rickoli

    Geoff Bruce (who also writes for Drink!) gave me a call yesterday and asked if I wanted to check out a new Brewery that had just opened it’s doors, Brewery Rickoli. What a pleasant surprise. Stuck in the middle of a strip mall on a major boulevard, it wasn’t much...

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  • Cascade Brewing Barrel House

    Cascade Brewing Barrel House

    [Cascade Brewing specializes in sour beers, which are created through the use of lactobacillus or Brettanomyces yeast. These little fiends convert sugars into lactic or acetic acid respectively, giving the beer its distinctive sour taste. Sour beers are often aged in oak barrels for several years, adding to their complexity...

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  • Summer Beers 2011

    Summer Beers 2011

    Has a year gone by already?  The heat tells me that it is time to check out some new summer brews.  Never one to shy away from such things, I talked my friend Gavin into bringing a selection by for tasting.  Thanks to him and to Primo Vino for providing...

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  • Summer Brews 2010

    Summer Brews 2010

    One of the best parts of the summer is discovering what my favorite brewers have dreamed up for summer brews.  While I am a devout IPA drinker, the summer heat leads me to crave a lighter beer.  Last year I whiled away my afternoons sipping cold Hefeweizen in Biergärten in...

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  • Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah

    Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah

    Savannah, Georgia – I had such a great time at this place – I lost my notes.  This never happens to me more than once a visit. Staying across the river from Moon River at some luxury hotel that served Helium Light – Lighter than light and ever Upward Fart...

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  • Neckarmüller, Tübingen

    Neckarmüller, Tübingen

    Tübingen, Germany – We arrived in Tübingen on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  After dropping things at the hotel, we made a beeline for my favorite brew pub in the world, der Neckarmüller.  In the interests of full disclosure, I should tell you that I once worked there.  That was during...

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