Month: November 2011

Celebration Fresh Hop Ale

Out of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Northern California comes an IPA called Celebration Fresh Hop Ale (6.8 ABV, 65 IBU). The brewery’s website says that “[t]he long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter…” with Celebration. It is beautiful amber in color, has a wonderful head and a great smelling fruity aroma. This ale has a gentle taste and an aftertaste that didn’t fizz out too quickly. Like a good winter beer it feels good and warm once consumed.   I just happened to have some Stone IPA in my fridge and did a little impromptu...

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My Jubilation quickly turned to ehhhhh

I sat here thinking about whether I wanted to write about this beer because I don’t find it that inspiring. It doesn’t make me love or hate it, I just ehhh it. I had this desire to try my hand at Christmas ales this year after a wonderful 2010 nestled in the bosom of Anchor Christmas Ale. Sadly though this beer doesn’t put a dent in the reputation of that beer and after two beers I’m left questioning if I want to actually finish my six pack. Smell: At first you smell it and you get this weird smell, almost like...

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New Sam Adams varieties? Count me in…

I have yet to enjoy the Sam Adams New World Tripel or the Thirteenth Hour styles from their Barrel Room Collection, but give me time, this will happen. I was able to savor two other varieties in an unfamiliar form – 22 oz bottles. I’ve only seen Sam Adams in 6 pack form since I started drinking it in the early-mid 90’s, with the exception of their Tripel Bock. The group that I got my hands on this time were the Imperial White, a high octane witbier; Tasman Red, a red IPA; and a chocolate chili bock entitled “The...

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A pearl in the Pearl

Over in the Pearl District of Portland lies The Pearl Specialty Market & Spirits which features a robust and large selection of spirits, cigars (which are kept in a walk-in humidor) and of course micro and craft beer. Its website made it clear that there is a difference between mirco and craft beer to which I must say I’ve been ignorant of until now. It also says that the store itself “is a rare establishment in the state of Oregon authorized to sell not only liquor but wine, champagne, beer, sake, cigars, and gourmet products in the same space.”...

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Hoodoo Voodoo IPA

Tonight my neighbor Jonathan and I tasted a mirco from a brewery that neither of us have heard of before. Of course that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been around for a decent amount of time or that it isn’t a good brewery. We were out getting some domestics to sip on during MNF(Monday Night Football). I saw an IPA from a Sisters, Oregon brewery called Three Creeks Brewing. Sisters is located southeast of Portland about 3 hours in Central Oregon in the Cascade Mountain range surrounded by the beautiful Three Sisters volcanic peaks. Alright enough with the geography lesson....

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