Monthly Archives: September 2013

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 … Continue reading

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Orval French Onion Soup

The following link is a recipe for French Onion Soup that is fantastic. http://www.cookography.com/2008/the-best-french-onion-soup-ever To change it from French Onion Soup into Orval Onion Soup use a Belgian Pale Ale (like Orval) in place of the dry sherry.  When I made this recipe … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Flower Power by Ithaca Brewing

Flower Power IPA is an old favorite of mine.  I was first introduced to the beer by my friends Kim and Amy who live in Syracuse.  In my memory it is a citrus forward IPA with enough grapefruit aroma and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Best Breweries by State

Recently an online site called Thrillist published their take on the best brewery in every state.  http://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/americas-50-best-craft-breweries-state-by-state?ir=rr_highlight It’s a pretty good list, but this kind of list is always good for some idle debate.  I’ll limit my comments to the … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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