Sam Adams (technically the Boston Beer Company) is one of those beer companies that straddles the line between craft and macro brewing. If I have an option between Sam Adams and any of the macros, I’m drinking a Sam Adams. Put it against even the most macro of the micros (Sierra Nevada, Redhook, Fat Tire) and I’m not drinking Sam Adams. So what’s the point of all this? Well, for Christmas I got the chance to try the Sam Adams Holiday pack, or a few selections from it anyways, and here is what I thought. (more…)
Archive for December, 2007
This weekend the wife and I met some friends for a Christmas brunch at Flavor. Brunch isn’t breakfast, and is more like lunch, especially since I had a sandwich, so I ordered up a beer from Moonlight Brewing. Got a problem with that? Didn’t think so. But ordering a Moonlight at 11 am isn’t always as easy as it sounds. (more…)
We all know the wonderful selection of brews that the holidays bring, but it gets even better when that selection enters your home and makes itself cozy in your fridge. A couple trips down the beer aisle and some generous gifts from friends around the country have lead to a fridge full of holiday cheer and new beers I have yet to try. Here’s what I have in the fridge for Christmas. (more…)
The boys over at Terrapin Beer Co. got their license yesterday and are brewing their first batches of beer. Their mustaches are still growing, so make sure to check in with them to see what comes of them. Seeing how they got their license yesterday, one day after Brewed For Thought reported on their situation, we are claiming full responsibility for pressuring the powers that be into giving them a license. This is for you, Big Government, Big Beer and The Man: Don’t mess with the little guy and don’t mess with Brewed For Thought!
Congratulations guys! Be sure to let us know when that first batch is ready to drink.
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What better way to show your disdain for something than to grow facial hair. That’s what the guys at Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, GA believe. When the “state” slept on issuing their brewing license, these guys leapt into action. So what’s the story? I asked them a few questions about Terrapin Beer Co. and about the issue at hand and here’s what they had to say. (more…)
It might surprise some of you, but I’ve been a fan of recording my beer experiences since before I started this blog. While looking through my notes I found a beer and cheese pairing I did with Anderson Valley brews. It was a fun night, and opened my eyes to some interesting flavors, so here’s a recap of the evening back in August. (more…)
One of the goals of this blog is to expose our small corner of the world to everyone out there. Living in Santa Rosa, I’m in the middle of, what I consider to be, one of the best beer producing regions in the world. Bear Republic, Lagunitas and Russian River are all based within a 15 minute drive of my home, and as you trek north into Mendocino County you only find more quality breweries. But that involves driving, and when drinking these quality beers it’s bet to not have the car keys in hand. This is why Downtown Santa Rosa might be considered one of the best places to spend an afternoon drinking beer. Put on some comfy shoes, we’re going for a walk. (more…)
Christmas time brings us lots of once a year specials. We all know about the fantastic selection of brews available, but my personal favorite perk of the holiday season is the company Christmas party. But free beer, wine and food have nothing to do with this blog, well the beer does. This is about the trip to the bar before dinner. (more…)
Lately, I’ve come across two beers that fit into the category of Half-Belgian beers. The timing is mostly coincidental, but last weekend I bottled a strong ale that I’ve been brewing every autumn for three years now. I lovingly named this years’ version “Yee Olde Halfe Belgian”. And what surprises me most about my beer is that in my brewing, I have iterated to a hop bill that matches the pros’ surprisingly well.