Archive for the ‘365 Days of American Craft Beer’ Category

Two Brothers Brewing Company Askew (365 Day 357)

Thursday, November 24th, 2011
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Two Brothers Askew

Thanksgiving Eve. This means that I don’t have to get ready for work in the morning and I can appreciate a few American craft beers without having to worry about the 4:30am alarm. This also means that the wife will be participating in a beer or two while we watch a movie.

Askew by Two Brothers Brewing Company is an American Wild Ale. A nice tart/sour beer that comes from a local brewery, which makes it doubly good.

I am looking forward to more sours from Two Brothers. I hope I don’t ave to wait to long or have to show up for some crazy release to get my share of the pie. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.0

Useless Fact: The average brain comprises 2 percent of a person’s total body weight. Yet it requires 25 percent of all oxygen used by the body, as opposed to 12 percent used by the kidneys and 7 percent by the heart.

Midnight Sun Brewing Company Panty Peeler (365 Day 356)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
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Midnight Sun Panty Peeler

Panty Peeler. Can I say that in the work place? Unfortunately there isn’t much you can say in the work place that will you get in you trouble. I am sure that “panty” by itself is bad enough but adding peeler to form the combo “panty peeler”, just makes it a bit worse. Good thing this isn’t the work place but a place to chat about American craft beer.

Midnight Sun Brewing Company brews up Panty Peeler which is a Belgian Tripel. Phenols, fruity, yeast, and caramel all top the list of characteristics of this beer. There is a nice balance but a bit of sweet finish that isn’t well balanced. The high alcohol is well hidden.

My second beer from Midnight Sun and I have been satisfied by both. Time to dig another out of the cellar. Enjoy!+

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.2

Useless Fact: The average person’s hand flexes its finger joints 25 million times during a lifetime.

Russian River Brewing Company Temptation (365 Day 355)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
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Russian River Temptation

Russian River Brewing Company has created another fantastic beer. This time around it is Temptation another American Wild Ale.

The delight in this American craft beer is the subtleties of the complex aromas and flavors. Temptation is easy drinking and refreshing. Even though it is light there is an strong carbonation that adds to the drinkability. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 10 (35%), Overall: 9.4

Useless Fact: There are almost 6 million red blood cells in a cubic millimeter of human blood. The entire body contains about 30 trillion red blood cells. When a person inhales several breaths of carbon monoxide, more than half of the blood’s hemoglobin combines with the gas, leaving only half the red blood cells to carry oxygen. This has the same effect on the body as a sudden loss of 50 percent of one’s red blood cells. Fifteen million red blood cells are produced and an equal number are destroyed every second.

Long Trail Brewing Company Coffee Stout – Brewmaster Series (365 Day 354)

Monday, November 21st, 2011
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Long Trail Coffee Stout

The number of morons on the internet that try to send crap through to my simple blog is mind numbing. As the popularity of the blog (yeah, almost no one reads it) has grown, the number of attempts to put shit onto the end of each blog has risen. I barely, if every, have good comments and I am to the point now where it would probably just get trashed. The bad ones are numerous and I don’t even care to check to see if good are mixed with the bad. Maybe why I don’t get many good. Needless to say it has soured me a bit and I am almost to the point where I want to take that ability off of the entries going forward. I guess it depends on my mood.

On to something that matter: American craft beer number 354.

Coffee Stout – Brewmaster Series by Long Trail Brewing Company is an American Imperial Stout infused with coffee. This is a two year old bottle so a lot of the coffee has seen better days, instead the base stout comes through. Roasted and sweet chocolate make up this stout in the nose and mouth, combining for a pleasant experience even for a beer missing a bit of one component.

Since Coffee Stout is a seasonal, I could really go for a fresh bottle this year to see how that coffee is balanced and the stout holds up. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.4

Useless Fact: Type O is the most common blood type in the world. Type AB is the rarest. There is also a subype called A-H, but to date only three people in the world are known to have it.

Highland Brewing Company Auld Asheville Vintage Ale (365 Day 353)

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
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Highland Auld Asheville Vintage Ale

Ever had an American craft beer anniversary beer? Come on, show your hands. Now, think of what percentage of those beers that you actually thought delivered on the price point (since most cost more). Probably not as a sure thing as you would think picking up some special anniversary beer. You want to believe they are special and thus good. Not always the case. Are they worth the money? Are they worth the hassle? I have come to the premise that anniversary beers are more special with a day surrounding them as the day itself is much times better than the beer. To each their own to decide.

The fifteenth anniversary beer from Highland Brewing Company was Auld Asheville Vintage Ale. Doing a bit of research this Old Ale seems to have been released in late 2009 to commemorate the occasion. I don’t know how many bottles were released but I feel fortunate to have had one.

Being an English style, this is a malt forward beer that is manifested with caramel, toffee, and dark fruits with a touch of alcohol. Easy to drink in spite of the high ABV, Auld gives me hope that some American craft breweries strive to make the anniversary beer the center of the celebration. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7

Useless Fact: The strongest bone in the body, the thigh bone, is the hollow. Ounce for ounce it has a greater pressure tolerance and bearing strength than a rod of equivalent size cast in solid steel.

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D’Or (365 Day 352)

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

pretty things beer and ale project

Another week has come to an end, seemingly quicker each time, so it is time to celebrate with an American craft beer.

I had heard good things about Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project back a couple of years ago. Of course, back then when I was chasing everything, I had to bite and find a few bottles. American craft beer number 352 is Jack D’Or by the aforementioned Pretty Things.

Jack is a Saison which just so happens to be one of my favorite styles of beer. Of course I hold beers of this style to a bit of a higher measurement that the rest and Jack disappoint, coming out better than the average beer. I would call it a clean Saison in that there wasn’t any sour or tart notes to go along with the sweet caramel and phenolic Belgian yeast. A good dose of carbonation, as expected, mixes with the light body to make for a refreshing mix. Enjoy!

Aroma: 6 (25%), Taste: 6 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 7.5

Useless Fact: Drinking lowers rather than raises the body temperature. There is an illusion of heat because alcohol causes the capillaries to dilate and fill with blood. In very cold weather drinking alcoholic beverages can lead to frostbite.

The Bruery Provision Series – Tart of Darkness (365 Day 351)

Friday, November 18th, 2011
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Bruery Tart of Darkness

Yesterday was basketball while today brings on the eve of the end of the week while getting together with the Thursday night American craft beer group. Steve made his first appearance in several months. I let him know that the 1st of December will be my last beer in this year long adventure and that I would make it worth his time to show up for the celebration. This isn’t a detailed preview of what we will have on that evening but what American craft beer found it’s way into my belly for number 351.

Provisions Series – Tart of Darkness by The Bruery came by way of a transaction a month or so ago. An American Wild Ale, Tart of Darkness name does not mislead. A mellow stout makes up the backbone while a sour cherry assaults boldly.

The low ABV, 5%, makes this a very easy drinker while the balance of tart and underlying stout make for a wonderful bouquet and all around beer. Nicely done. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 10 (35%), Overall: 9.6

Useless Fact: One-fourth of the 206 bones in the human body are located in the feet.

New England Brewing Company Wet Willy Scotch Ale (365 Day 350)

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
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New England Wet Willy Scotch Ale

Wednesday night hoops brings the pivot point of the week and usually a recovery American craft beer. While icing my knees and ankles (old man-itis), I usually look for something light but will take any beer that I believe will help alleviate my sweat glands from their exhaustive work.

Wet Willy Scotch Ale by New England Brewing Company is nicely brewed Scottish Heavy Ale. This was a 2009 bottle with it aging gracefully. As expected the malts shine through with bread, toffee, and dark fruits.

In spite of being a big Scottish styled beer this really hit the spot on a post basketball cool down. Of course it strikes up thoughts of what this beer might taste like fresh as well as that a few more years of aging wouldn’t hurt this one. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7

Useless Fact: The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.

Pelican Pub & Brewery Doryman’s Dark Ale (365 Day 350)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
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Pelican Doryman's Dark Ale

Why is it that many of the American craft beer web sites make it almost impossible to find information about their beers? On top of that, why do so many not keep that information up to date? Frustrating.

Beer number 350 is Doryman’s Dark Ale by Pelican Pub & Brewery is an American Brown Ale. This was from a version bottled in 2010 so there is a bit of age on the bottle.

Note: this is a lost post that I never pushed out and why I have two American craft beers numbered 350.

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.5

Useless Fact: Irénée du Pont, one time president of E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company, kept pet iguanas on his estate in Cuba. Mr. Du Pont spent many hours training these pets and succeeded in teaching them to stand at attention and to come when called.

White Birch Brewing Belgian Style Pale Ale (365 Day 349)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale

I never like to talk about an American craft beer in a negative sense. If you have followed my roller coaster ride of American craft beer over the past year I have always stated this fact as I know how much effort goes into brewing each and every beer. Along comes beer number 349 from White Birch Brewing.

Eighteen months or so ago, I was on a hunting down beers from White Birch. I had heard really good things about the brewery with each of their beers receiving high marks on the usual web beer grading sites.

Belgian Style Pale Ale was one of the bottles that I landed during those hunting days. To my dismay the aroma was average at best (thus the 6) while the pour was one of the lightest beers that I have ever poured (6 might have been gracious). The flavor began the disappointment. There wasn’t much there, what was there wasn’t balanced, and very difficult to even explain. Maybe this beer shouldn’t have been cellared as I noticed on one of those beer ratings sites that people that tried “old” bottles rated much worse than new.

I still have a few more bottles of White Birch in the basement that I will be trying over the next few months. I am hoping that they are similar to my experience with Tripel. Enjoy!

Aroma: 6 (25%), Taste: 2 (25%), Look: 6 (15%), Drinkability: 3 (35%), Overall: 4.0

Useless Fact: The Second Marquess of Ripon, a well-known British sportsman, killed a total of 556,000 game birds in his life. The Marquess dropped dead on a grouse hunt in 1923, after having bagged 52 birds that morning.

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