Monthly Archives: October 2013

Beer Review – Saison Dupont

Saison Dupont is the considered to be the quintessential Saison.  Here I review the standard Saison Dupont (the small bottle in the picture above) followed by a review on a dry hopped variation on the standard offering (the large bottle). … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Resin by Sixpoint

Beer: Resin Brewery: Six Point Brewery (NY) Style: Double IPA (9.1% ABV) Rating: 7.5 Notes: I’ve got some pretty good beers left over from the IPA challenge a few weeks back that I need to drink before the hops fade.  Tonight … Continue reading

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Sour Beers Part 1 – The Science and Art of Brewing Sours

Many foods and drinks are acquired tastes.  Think back to the first time you tried coffee, gin, rhubarb, bleu cheese, single malt whisky, grapefruit, …  What did you think?  Chances are you didn’t like it very much.  Maybe you still … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale by Hoppin’ Frog

This is (probably) the last pumpkin beer I’m going to review for the season.  I’ve saved what promises to be a good one for last, Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale by Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron. This beer took home … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Harvest Ale by Founders (Limited Release)

  One of the things that beer geeks pay attention to are special releases of highly sought after beers.  There are various styles of beer that are released seasonally, like pumpkin beers or Christmas beers, but here I’m talking about … Continue reading

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How do I pick good beer at the store?

Dear Slats, I want to drink good beer, but when I get into the beer aisle there are so many choices it’s hard to choose a good one.  Either I buy the same old thing (Blue Moon) or I end … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Marriage Parfait by Boon Brewery

Beer: Marriage Parfait Brewery: Boon Brewery (Belgium) Style: Geuze (8.0% ABV) Rating: 7.5 Price: $6.99 for a 13 oz bottle Notes:  I’m working on a future piece on sour beers, which is a style that is less familiar to me than … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Spooky Tooth by Fatheads

Fatheads makes great IPAs.  That fact and the cool label were too much to pass up when I saw Spooky Tooth in the beer aisle a couple of weeks back. So I decided to pick up a 4-pack and include … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Anti Hero IPA by Revolution Brewing

Beer: Anti Hero IPA Brewery: Revolution Brewing (IL) Style: American IPA (6.5% ABV) Rating: 7.25 Price: $9.99 per 6 pack Notes: I’ve got a couple of cans of Anti Hero IPA left over from the IPA blind taste test challenge, … Continue reading

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Beer Review – MO by Maine Beer Company

Beer: MO Brewery: Maine Brewing (ME) Style: American Pale Ale (6.0% ABV) Rating: 8.5 Price: ? Notes: I’m kicking back on a Saturday night watching the ALCS and getting ready to watch the Oregon State – California game.  It’s a … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale by Boulevard

Boulevard beers have officially arrived in Ohio.  Based out of Kansas City, Boulevard was purchased by Belgium’s Duvel Moortgat in the fall of 2013.  Duvel also owns Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, and the combined sales of Boulevard and … Continue reading

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Beer Review – Surette Provisional Saison by Crooked Stave

Beer: Surette Provisional Saison Brewery: Crooked Stave (CO) Style: Saison (6.2% ABV) Rating: 6 (on a 1-10 scale) Price: $4.99 for a 12 oz bottle Notes: I’m reviewing another American made Saison tonight.  This one, Surette Provisional Saison, is brewed by Crooked Stave … Continue reading

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2013 Great American Beer Festival Winners Announced

The winners of the recently concluded Great American Beer Festival can now be found online.  The following link will take you to a PDF file that has the gold, silver and bronze medals for each of 84 different style categories … Continue reading

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Freshness labels on beer

Most types of beer are better fresh, and freshness is particularly important for the hoppy American style IPAs and double IPAs.  Sometimes over just a few months the acids that come from the hops start to break down changing the … Continue reading

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IPA Blind Taste Test – And the winner is …

This is the sixth and final video in the IPA Blind Taste Test Challenge.  In this video the identities of the contestants are revealed to the judges, and the foundations of Amy’s beer universe crumble in front of the camera.  … Continue reading

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IPA Blind Taste Test – Beer #4, White Rajah

This is the fifth of six videos capturing the final round of the IPA blind taste test challenge (I recommend watching them in order).  In this video Amy and I review contender #4, White Rajah by The Brew Kettle.  As you will see … Continue reading

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IPA Blind Taste Test – Beer #3, Mystic Mama

This is the fourth of six videos capturing the final round of the IPA blind taste test challenge (I recommend watching them in order).  In this video Amy and I review contender #3, Mystic Mama by Jackie O’s.

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IPA Blind Taste Test – Beer #2, Flower Power

This is the third of six videos capturing the final round of the IPA blind taste test challenge (I recommend watching them in order).  In this video Amy and I review contender #2, Flower Power by Ithaca Brewing, Amy’s all-time favorite … Continue reading

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IPA Blind Taste Test – Beer #1, Stone Enjoy by 11-12-13

This is the second of six videos capturing the final round of the IPA blind taste test challenge (I recommend watching them in order).  In this video Amy and I review contender #1, Stone Enjoy by 11-12-13.  As you’ll see … Continue reading

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IPA Blind Taste Test – The Final Round

This is the first of six videos that make up the final round of the IPA Blind Taste Test Challenge.  The winners of Rounds 1 and 2, The White Rajah by the Brew Kettle and Mystic Mama by Jackie O’s, … Continue reading

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