Month: January 2012

Want Coffee, But Have No Time to Brew? Sam Adams Has A Cure For You…

Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout – 5.8% ABV So you wake up in the morning after the alarm clock has been ringing incessantly. You hate to get to up again to face the day – you’re already running on fumes and in desperate need of sleep. You feel like just another working stiff about to hit the daily grind again, a zombie in an office cemetary. Rushing around because you realize how late you are and that you have no time to do anything, and you forget to brew up a pot of coffee. What to do?...

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The Belgian Hunter Strikes Again: Russian River Salvation

I’m on the hunt for the perfect Belgian Dark Ale, I mean I’ve come damn close on a few occasions. In this category you have some of the best beers in the world hands down, Chimay Blue, Achel, Gouden Carolus Blue, Rochefort 6 and many others that are kings. So when I was able to get my hands on a bottle of Russian River Salvation in Philly two months ago I was eager to try it and see if one of the best American breweries can do what the Belgians have been doing for centuries. To be honest this...

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A Hoptacular 60 Minutes…

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA – 6% ABV – The gang from Milton, DE continue to produce incredibly popular and unconventional craft beers for a very discerning audience. This one, the 60 Minute IPA, was a good example of craft beer at its finest. I’m normally not a huge fan with hoppy beers, I’ve said this before. But if done right, it can be a nice and enjoyable treat. Such is the case with this fine libation. Its bottle has it labeled as “The continually-hopped India Pale Ale. ” But smelling it, I understand why. Get a good whiff...

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Liquid Bread, brought to you by Thomas Hooker

Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock – 8% ABV Since I found another one from the somewhat immediate area (after all, this is a Tri-State beer) I decided to look into the stylings from the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company of Bloomington, CT. What better way to introduce yourself to a brewery than to try out something strong and hearty? This was a nice meal. The ram on the label should have warned me as such. As many doppelbocks have the characteristic of being hearty and filling, with plenty of malt influence, they are often considered “liquid bread.” (hat tip to my...

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Sprechen Sie Bier? Weissenohe Monk’s Christmas

Weissenohe Monk’s Christmas – 5.1% ABV I thought this was an interesting one. The look alone certainly caught my eye. Monk’s Christmas, eh? Fair enough. This one is brewed by Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe, a German brewer. Apparently this place has a long history. In 1050 AD, Benedictine monks opened the Weissenohe Abbey in Franconia where they started brewing their beer, following the strict German beer purity law of Reinheitsgebot (I’ve mentioned this one before). When I found this, I was looking around for Christmas beers to pick up and review. I don’t know how it is a Christmas beer, aside...

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