Beer Review – Orval

Orval is one of the Trappist Breweries, a brewery owned and operated by monks.  Located in Belgium like most of the Trappist Breweries, Orval means valley of gold.  The current brewery was built in 1931, and they brew only one beer.  The recipe is said to date back to 1100 AD.  Orval has more hop presence that many of the Trappist... Continue Reading →

What’s your favorite IPA?

Dedicated readers of this site will know that there was recently an online debate between myself and Amy C. from Syracuse about the place of Flower Power IPA in the pantheon of great IPAs.  We agreed to settle it later this fall with a blind taste test, the results of which will be reported here. ... Continue Reading →

Finding your favorite craft beer

Are you having trouble advancing your palate beyond PBR, Molson or Keystone Light?  Is your significant other always pressuring you to drink beer when you’d rather have wine?  Are you trying to impress your friends and co-workers by developing a working knowledge of craft beer?  If you are having difficulty finding craft beers that you... Continue Reading →

Beer Review – Benno by Stift Engelszell

Beer: Benno Brewery: Stift Engelszell (Austria) Style: Saison (6.9% ABV) Rating: 7.5 (on a 1-10 scale) Price: $5.99 for 12 oz bottle Notes: Stift Engelszell is the newest Trappist Brewery, which means it is a brewery owned and operated by Monks.  Unlike the other seven Trappist Breweries that are located in the Low Countries (Belgium... Continue Reading →

A Few Beer Basics

This section of the site has some basic information on beers.  The first post in this series are random facts that may come in handy for building your basic knowledge.  1. What are the basic ingredients in beer?  Malted grain (usually Barley), Hops, Water and Yeast. 2. What is the difference between a lager and... Continue Reading →

Random advice on all things beer

Should I be putting a chunk of citrus fruit in my beer (Not advisable for German Hefeweizens, maybe OK for American Wheat beers, can't do anyting but help a Corona) What is the difference between a Porter and a Stout?  (Tell me if you figure that one out) Which beers give the worst hangovers?  (The ones that have the... Continue Reading →

Your Favorite Styles of beer

To get things started I thought we would start with a survey about styles of beer so I can get to know my audience (all 3 of you).  1. What are your favorite styles of beer, with some examples? 2. What beer styles would like to know more about? 3. What are your least favorite... Continue Reading →

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