Month: January 2013

A Galaxy IPA Far Far Away! (video)

Big Muddy Galaxy IPA 7.5% ABV I set my rocket ship to ludicrous speed and head out to a far and distant land in search of the ever illusive Galaxy hopped IPA. See this galaxy quest has me combing the beer universe in search of something I can rest my hat on and finally have a galaxy hopped beer I fully endorse. That trek brings me to my newest mission, Big Muddy Brewery Galaxy IPA. The name says it all but will Galaxy IPA have the bigger Schwartz than the 8 Wired Hopwired IPA that I reviewed two weeks ago? Let’s...

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Arrogant Bastard – Hated by Many, Loved by Few

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale – 7.2% ABV You may be wondering why I started this review with a line like the one you see in the title. Look no further than the bottle cap from the company itself. Look at the picture above if you don’t understand. Stone Brewing Company, based in Escondido, CA, is no stranger to “in-your-face” brewing. On the bottle, near the bottom of the label is the quote “You’re not worthy.” Sound brash enough for you? Read the back of the bottle. It basically tells you (over several paragraphs of tiny font) that you’re not good...

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Winter Warming with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout – 10% ABV It’s wintertime and I’m in the mood for some darker, heavier brews. Not that I usually don’t enjoy those year-round, but especially this time of year you need something thick and hearty that will put hair on your chest and keep you company during the cold spells. Enter Black Chocolate Stout from the Brooklyn Brewery. As if I didn’t need the name to give me a clue, the sight alone tells me I’m in for a treat. The bottle is black as night, and from what I can see within it, so...

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Searching for the Sultry Passion Fruit Delight: Hopwired IPA

8 Wired Brewery Hopwired IPA 7.3% ABV It was on faithful day during the Fall of 2012 that I grabbed the bag of hops to add to my wort boil, I cut it open and it hit me like hard like the Lakers 17-25 record(as of 1/24/13). One wafting smell of that passion fruit goodness rafting through the air and exciting my neurons changed my life and my perception of what hops should and could be. See where I”m from Passion Fruit is widely used in everything from drinks, to dessert and to find a hop that embodies all that...

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My Favorite Beer Bars in Northern Jersey

Over the past few years I’ve made it a point to really visit different beer bars in Northern Jersey and branch out beyond my comfort zone of Jersey City, NJ. I’ve done a few write up on bars that I’ve been to and I must say that there are a few stand outs among the crowd. Now I will say the pickens are slim in North Jersey which is odd considering the population density up here but nonetheless I’ve been on a trek to find great bars here that I can frequent and continue to go back to and now share...

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