I haven’t been active on this blog at all. I promise to come back soon one day when I have more things to post and more time to post about them. I still love craft beer, but I just haven’t had the time to write or post photos of it, only to drink it.

Brown’s Brewing Company of Troy, NY

Real girls like dark beer!
My fiance, Laura, drinking Dirty Penny Ale by Olde Burnside Brewing Company of Connecticut.

Real girls like dark beer!

My fiance, Laura, drinking Dirty Penny Ale by Olde Burnside Brewing Company of Connecticut.

Vermont Craft Beer

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Last summer, I finished the Beer Passport, a promotion of the Vermont Brewery Challenge, and had the pleasure of enjoying beers from all over my home state. These are two craft beers from Bobcat Brewery, a classy joint in Bristol, VT(near great swimming and hiking- my favorite way to get ready for a good brew!). They are the Delta IPA and the Dennis Hop. Hop heads, look out! Both delicious and worth the visit.

Favorite beers

I like IPA’s. Lagunitas Maximus, Firestone Walker Double Jack and Union Jack, Avery Maharaja, Deschutes Hop Henge are all awesome. Lately I found Mission St IPA at Trader Joes……..pretty darn good beer….found out it is brewed by Firestone Walker.

Drink up all you hopheads!!!!

Mmm. Bier by Michael Buchino
Delicious new screen printed poster. Cheap, too. 

Mmm. Bier by Michael Buchino

Delicious new screen printed poster. Cheap, too. 

The Woodmill Boutique Beer Festival 27th of July

The Woodmill Boutique Beer festival is an organised indoor event during which a variety of micro breweries will showcase their beers.  Beers will be available for tasting and purchase alongside a host of edible delicacies housed at the regular Woodmill market which is open every Friday night.  The Woodmill is an indoor event with heaters and blankets to keep out the winter chill.

This beer festival guarantees to bring you a range of quality craft beers introducing you to some of the finer things in life.

Ample parking and a designated kiddie’s play area willalso be available. 

Date: Friday 27th of July 2012

Time: 17:30 – 22:00

Place:  The Woodmill, Vredenburg Road (off Adam Tas), Stellenbosch

Cost: R30 includes 3 tastings and a Woodmill Beer Glass

Contact: 0837552877 or www.thewoodmill.co.za or http://www.facebook.com/woodmillmarket

oliveandbeer:

Sierra Nevada Tumbler 2011 (Taken with picplz.)

One of my seasonal favorites! 

oliveandbeer:

Sierra Nevada Tumbler 2011 (Taken with picplz.)

One of my seasonal favorites! 

Went to a great Dogfish Head event last night in New York City. Besides these 20 taps they had 75 Minute IPA on Cask. Each beer was only $5, which was a great deal even though some of the glasses were smaller sized for the higher alcohol beers. 

Went to a great Dogfish Head event last night in New York City. Besides these 20 taps they had 75 Minute IPA on Cask. Each beer was only $5, which was a great deal even though some of the glasses were smaller sized for the higher alcohol beers. 

Last night I visited Sunswick in Astoria, NY and tried the newest offering from Brooklyn Brewery, Mary’s Maple Porter.
I was pleasantly surprised that the maple was too sweet or overpowering. There was just enough sweetness and the maltyness and coffee-like flavors were very nicely balanced.
If you live in New York City or close by, give this a try, it’s worth it!
Visit this link to read more about Mary’s Maple Porter and to find out what local bars you can find it on tap! 

Last night I visited Sunswick in Astoria, NY and tried the newest offering from Brooklyn Brewery, Mary’s Maple Porter.

I was pleasantly surprised that the maple was too sweet or overpowering. There was just enough sweetness and the maltyness and coffee-like flavors were very nicely balanced.

If you live in New York City or close by, give this a try, it’s worth it!

Visit this link to read more about Mary’s Maple Porter and to find out what local bars you can find it on tap! 

Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10

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This past Sunday I enjoyed Stone Vertical Epic (10.10.10) for the first time.

Here’s a little about the beer from BA:
"Fermented with the legendary Ardennes strain of Belgian yeast, 10.10.10 is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with pale malt and triticale (a cross of wheat and rye), hopped with German Perle hops, and steeped with chamomile during the whirlpool stage. In secondary fermentation, we added a juice blend of Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties."

I really enjoyed the grape and wine flavors in the Strong Pale Ale. I enjoyed it with dinner and drank it slowly. If you love wine and beer then this is something you should try. Also, if you have someone in your life who’s more into wine than beer introduce them to this, they’d appreciate it.

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Sam Adams - How Beer is Made

This is a comprehensive video that explains the brewing process that Sam Adams uses. Sure, Sam Adams is a huge brewery but they are still considered to be makers of craft beer when you compare them to the “other guys.” 

edit: thanks for the edit suggestion on this, made the change!

whatiskevandrinking:

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
This rye IPA from Sierra Nevada pours a deep amber color, lots of caramel hues along with some garnet and burgundy colors when held to the light. A nice ivory colored head sits atop the glass, very nice retention and really nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is pleasant, citrusy and grassy, reminiscent of lemongrass, is the first impression. Rye is definitely there complimenting the lemongrass with some earthier spice-like aromas, backed by a nice grainy malt presence that the rye also compliments, very well rounded aroma. Nice earthy flavor profile, a lot less citrus in the hop flavors but replaced with nice coniferous flavors. The rye is again a big player, much stronger, some caramel sweetness that plays off both the rye and the malt comes through at the finish. The body is a bit soapy, a little juicy, but still has a decent dry finish, and amply carbonated.
Verdict: A nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada, not sure I’d say it’s better than Torpedo, but it’s got a nice mix of flavors that makes for a solid hoppy beer with a little something extra. 

I’m also looking forward to giving this one a try. Nice review! 

whatiskevandrinking:

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

This rye IPA from Sierra Nevada pours a deep amber color, lots of caramel hues along with some garnet and burgundy colors when held to the light. A nice ivory colored head sits atop the glass, very nice retention and really nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is pleasant, citrusy and grassy, reminiscent of lemongrass, is the first impression. Rye is definitely there complimenting the lemongrass with some earthier spice-like aromas, backed by a nice grainy malt presence that the rye also compliments, very well rounded aroma. Nice earthy flavor profile, a lot less citrus in the hop flavors but replaced with nice coniferous flavors. The rye is again a big player, much stronger, some caramel sweetness that plays off both the rye and the malt comes through at the finish. The body is a bit soapy, a little juicy, but still has a decent dry finish, and amply carbonated.

Verdict: A nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada, not sure I’d say it’s better than Torpedo, but it’s got a nice mix of flavors that makes for a solid hoppy beer with a little something extra. 

I’m also looking forward to giving this one a try. Nice review!