Month: December 2011

Hail to the Emperor – Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw

From the Het Anker brewery in Belgium comes a real gem. As translated, this beer from Gouden Carolus is the “Grand Cru of the Emperor” and should be considered worthy of the finest and most distinguished of palates. The “blauw” is for blue, as in the color of the label across the bottle. The bottle has a blue label draped diagonally across it with the name of the beer on it, but there is also a red variety. This I have yet to try. Imagine taking an interesting array of fruit flavors – banana, citrus, plum, raisin, – and...

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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

My buddy Ryan and I went to the organic Laurelwood Public House & Brewery in Northeast PDX on 51st and Sandy for happy hour after work tonight. I’ve tasted two beers from this brewery before (seasonal Vinter Varmer and Gearhead IPA) and blogged about them for the KT. We sat in the bar area and were attended to by the bartender. Not much of the smiling type she was however suitably attentive given that there was a good crowd at the bar and she and the other staff were busy. We ordered from their happy hour menu and we...

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Belgian Ale Lover Snooking for Love in all the Hoppy Places

Recently Juan had reviewed Full Sail Wassail a hoppy winter warmer and I happened to purchase a sixer for a buddy’s dinner party, which he didn’t like, so I took it home. Thankfully my other sixer was Troegs Mad Elf, which he throughly enjoyed. So here I am with a hoppy beer in my fridge with no one to show it any love. That’s where this review comes in, I’m thirsty and this is sitting in my fridge begging to be consumed. Now admitedly I’m no hop head, I’m a Belgian Ale yeasty malty kinda guy. The one that salivates to...

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Bottling the Snake River Whiskey Barrel Porter

  12-17-2011 – This weekend we convened for another round in the beer-making process – Bottling. Jason and Rob came over to my place and we commenced the bottling while enjoying a few tasty beverages. What better way to celebrate bottling a beer than by enjoying another?  Included in the list of libations were Samuel Adams Irish Red, Tröegs Mad Elf, Boaks Two Blind Monks, as well as The Keg Tap’s own Bubbly Blonde. The Mad Elf was an exciting take on a holiday beer, offering up a spicy cherries-and-clove kind of taste. The Boaks was a nice dubbel,...

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Squirrel Sippin’ on Some Vinter Varmer

Tonight’s tasty micro comes from a brewery which had “Portland’s first certified organic beers.” The Laurelwood Public House & Brewery is a pub I’ve yet to visit (I know, I know) but its at the top of my list of pubs to get to. I pass by it about 3 or 4 times a month and from the outside the brewery looks inviting. Just like it should, right? Anyway, I tasted their Gearhead IPA for an older post and found it to be average even for this hophead. One of the pub’s seasonal is the Vinter Varmer (6.4 ABV,...

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