Admittedly, I didn’t attend as much of Portsmouth Beer Week as I would have liked to this year, but between the (long overdue…) opening of Smuttynose’s Hayseed restaurant, and the Hangover Cure Tour, I think I got my fair share of the action. This post will focus on the Tour, but maybe I’ll blog about Hayseed too… maybe. This is the second year of the Hangover Cure Tour … Continue reading New England Brewery Series – Deciduous Brewing Company/WHYM and Granite State Growler Tour’s 2nd Annual Craft Beer Week Hangover Cure Tour
Style: Wheatwine aged in Maple Bourbon Barrels and Bourbon Barrels 12.6% ABV Brewer’s note: “It’s not always a good thing when your reputation precedes you. But the complexity of this powerful wheat wine will give it a Sweet Repute no matter where, when or how your paths meet. Our brewing team painstakingly choreographed each layer of this beer’s characteristics, starting with a healthy wheat and … Continue reading Sweet Repute 2013 (Founders Brewing Company)
This is a little side note about Backlash Beer Company which I came across while researching Famine, their third beer of the Apocalypse. The blog post is from the brewer at Backlash and really helps to highlight a brewery that is trying to just brew good beer, and actually cares about the taste of their beer. In the post he mentions that the Russian imperial … Continue reading A Cheers to the Beers of Backlash!
Earth Eagle Brewings is located in a small tasting room beside the A&G Homebrew Supply Store, which is owned by one of the brewers. You can read their whole story over here but the short version, I will be happy to oblige you with. They began brewing three years ago, and right off the bat they were interested in brewing beer without hops, and thinking outside of the … Continue reading New England Brewery Series: Earth Eagle Brewings (Portsmouth, NH)
I’m setting out today to get me a taste of Earth Eagle Brewings new tasting room. The Grand Opening starts at noon. Earth Eagle is a brand new nano brewery that was started up by the guy that runs my local homebrew store. According to the rumors, they are going to be specializing in Gruits, which (for those unprivy with the lingo) is beer brewed … Continue reading New Brewery Tasting!
Style: Imperial/Double Stout with one thread of honey beer with gesho root 9.0% ABV 38 IBU’s This bottle label is the album cover of “Bitches Brew”… I don’t know if I have to say anything other than that. The fat wine-like bomber bottles from Dogfish Head are sexy and awesome, and although they don’t fully sequester the ugly facts away from the rest of … Continue reading Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery)
Style: Imperial Pumpkin Ale 8.6% ABV Brewing Notes: 19 Degrees Plato, 8.8 Degrees L, 2-row Pale Malt, Caramel Malt, Pureed Pumpkin, Kettle Hops: Magnum, Aroma Hops: Sterling The bottle is interesting. The obvious black and orange color scheme with white lettering is nice, as are the bats that change from black to orange. I also like the “pumking” graphic, as it is properly creepy. The … Continue reading Pumking (Southern Tier Brewing Company)
Style: Milk Stout 7.5% ABV Brewed With: 2 Varieties of Hops and 3 Types of Malts I have mixed feelings on the bottle. I love the cows on the bottom that fan out, and I love the random upside down cows and the smaller rays of cows in between. I like the brown and tan color scheme to depict the milk stout though it does … Continue reading 2X Stout (Southern Tier Brewing Company)
Before I post my next review I must make a comment on Blue Moon, Coors, and the whole mass brewing industry. As a note, this essay/post/rant is my own personal thoughts and feelings on the issue of what is “Craft Beer,” and while I might use definitive’s in this essay, please understand that I am completely open to you having a different opinion and would … Continue reading Craft Brewing vs. Mass Brewing: The Blue Moon Debate