Month: October 2015

Dubbel Vision: A Recipe for Success!

I am a seasonal drinker and I don’t care.  By seasonal drinker, I mean that I tend to drink beers that correlate with the season.  Saisons and Pales in the spring, IPAs and Pilsners in the summer, malty Lagers and dark Belgians in the fall and of course Stouts and Porters in the winter.  When everyone is pouring pumpkin pies into a glass, I like to sit back and enjoy a great Belgian Dubbel.  Curl up in front of a fire place with a nice book, blanket and a Dubbel….or just forget the fire place, book and blanket and drink a Dubbel....

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A Look at Beer Syndicate’s 2015 Pumpkin Beer Throw Down

Re: 2015 Pumpkin Beer Throw Down: 40 Pumpkin Beers Reviewed and Ranked In a world where pumpkin beer gets dragged through the mud and beer snobs give the side eye to those who seriously like pumpkin beer, I usually applaud those seriously trying to shed light on the tasty deliciousness that is pumpkin beer. When I saw the pumpkin beer rankings on The Beer Syndicate I felt a little uneasy and like the Mets I wanted to sweep it away, far away, out of my consciousness. Let me first start off by saying I really applaud the communal BJCP approach and overall I really...

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale Hits a Mets sized Homerun

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale ABV: 8% IBU: 16 All Pumpkin errr thang! In the sea of pumpkin beers there are a few that rise above the rest and serve as examples of how to brew a pumpkin beer correctly. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale stands in a league of its own with the right balance of spice, sweet and spicy. Like the Mets there can only be one and that’s Schlafly Pumpkin Ale!...

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It’s Oktoberfest. Let’s Brew Something!

Despite having two jobs that consume my life seven days a week, I try as hard as I can to find time to dedicate towards one of my real passions – beer. I don’t get to do nearly as much with it as I would like, but I’m working on that because I do want every batch that I brew and every beer that I drink to be better than the one before it. Makes sense right? Sounds like the aspirations of any home brewer. I decided the time had come to stop procrastinating, so I took the day...

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Great American Beer Festival 2015 – Go Big or Go Home

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Another Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is in the books.  I attended, I conquered and well, I can’t wait until next year.  This year’s festival was huge!  I have been in years past and seemed to navigate my way around an already big setup, but this year I was like a 3 year old kid lost at Disney World. Of course being the prepared beer connoisseur that I am, I prepared my plan of attack for the Saturday afternoon American Homebrewers Association members only session.  A plan is necessary especially with over 3,800 beers being poured...

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