Genghis Pecan (Clown Shoes)

Style:  Pecan Pie Porter 7% ABV Brewer’s Note:  ”Our new Pecan Pie Porter no longer uses extract, but rather brown sugar and pecans roasted by friends at The Gallows in Boston.” This bottle is strange, in true Clown Shoes fashion, but I’m not really a fan.  I like the turkeys wearing clown shoes, but why the hell is Genghis Khan throwing pies at them, and … Continue reading Genghis Pecan (Clown Shoes)

Burton Baton (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery)

Style: Oak Aged American Double/Imperial IPA 10% ABV 70 IBU’s Dogfish Head Brewer’s Notes from Website: “For Burton Baton, we brew two “threads,” or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.  After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they’re transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a … Continue reading Burton Baton (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery)

St. Botolph’s Town (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Style: English Yorkshire Dark Brown Ale 5.9% ABV 38 IBU’s Brewer’s Notes: Hop Variety: if you can taste any let us know Malt Variety: all of the primary malts for this beer come from Thomas Fawcett & Son, Yorkshire Color: deep reddish brown in the light, brown to black on the bar   I love everything that Pretty Things does, so naturally I love this bottle.  The red and blue … Continue reading St. Botolph’s Town (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

MO (Madeline and Oliver) (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Pale Ale 6% ABV O.G. – 1.053 Malt – American 2-Row, CaraPils, Caramel 40L, Red Wheat Hops – Warrior, Falconer’s Flight, Simcoe Bottled On: 08/12/12   This bottle continues Maine Beer Company’s excellence in bottle labels.  The “MO” font color and the color squares below the name are alright, but they are not my favorite of the MBC’s labels because, in my opinion, … Continue reading MO (Madeline and Oliver) (Maine Beer Company)

Pepe Nero (Goose Island Beer Company)

Style: Black Saison/Farmhouse Ale 6% ABV 30 IBU’s Color: Mahogany Malt: Pilsner, Rye, Crystal Rye, Black Malt Hops: Pilgrim, Saaz Bottle On: 04/16/12   I like this bottle.  It is simple, Victorian Gothic/1800’s in feel, and very fancy and appeasing to the eye.  The sides of the glass are a little crowded with text that could have had its own label on the very back, but I like … Continue reading Pepe Nero (Goose Island Beer Company)

Notch Saison (Notch Brewing)

Style: Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale 3.8% ABV Brew Notes: Malt: Pils, Oats, Red Winter Wheat Hops: Mt. Hood, Styrian Goldings Yeast: Belgian Saison   The bottle of this beer is much like Notch’s Session Pils bottle, in fact the layout is exactly the same, reminiscent of an old-timey newspaper and wonderfully laid out as a text graphic.  This is a beautiful text based label that uses excellent fonts that … Continue reading Notch Saison (Notch Brewing)

Pumking (Southern Tier Brewing Company)

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)

Devil Dancer (Founders Brewing Company)

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA 12% ABV 112 IBU’s Bottled On: 04/01/2012 Brewing Notes: Dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties.   This bottle is properly devilish in accordance with the beer’s name.  The subdued red and black color scheme remind me very much of classical-style paintings from the 19th and early 20th Century almost like the early movie posters of … Continue reading Devil Dancer (Founders Brewing Company)

Weizenheimer (Zero Gravity Craft Brewery @ American Flatbread)

Style: Weizenheimer Hefeweizen 5.1% ABV   This beer was poured from tap into a growler at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT, and brought to be by my brother.  Many thanks for the growler!  The growler represents the entire brewery but I really love the hummingbird design.  The two color representation works terrifically and the dark out of the humming bird is beautiful.  The font is … Continue reading Weizenheimer (Zero Gravity Craft Brewery @ American Flatbread)

Craft Brewing vs. Mass Brewing: The Blue Moon Debate

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