All Posts by Hop Bunny G

Nogne O Peculiar Yule

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I would like to stop and warn you.  I’ve had this beer in a bottle in two different locations this past winter.  The review below describes my first tasting.  My second tasting was not similar at all.  I’m not sure if I had an old bottle at the second location, but all of the things that made this beer delicious were not present in that second bottle.

This beer is an amazing replica of Christmas.  The smell and flavor conjure up images of decorating the Christmas tree.  While this is a piney beer, it isn’t bitter, but more…

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Scaldis Noel

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This is one of my favorite beers to have during the holiday season.  I have an affinity for Belgian Strong Ales to begin with and this particular beer sure doesn’t disappoint.  It is deeply malty, from the smell to the flavor, yet it is still very smooth.  I know that it isn’t really classified as a Christmas beer, but it my mind it means that the holidays are right around the corner.  And the 12% ABV certainly makes it easier to take the holiday season and the upcoming family get togethers.  One note of caution: this beer is…

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Terrapin Gamma Ray

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Gamma Ray has been retired from the Terrapin Beer Company’s rotation.  If you can find one, they are still worth pulling out of a cellar and popping open.  The initial flavor is unique.  I
almost can’t place my finger on it.  There’s some hoppiness, but it turns to a kind of sweet aftertaste.  There is no carbonation so it seems kind of thick for a wheat beer.   As it got warmer, I initially began to taste the honey.  The hops totally went away and left me with a sweet, thicker beer which had me envisioning drinking straight…

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Green Flash Silva Stout

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If you spy this limited release beer named after the brewmaster within a 100 mile radius of your home, I highly recommend taking a day trip to experience it.  This beer is normally only released in the brewery and isn’t even listed on the brewery’s website.  I have a long list of adjectives that I can use to describe this beer.  Sweet, Strong, Dark, Smooth, and Chocolatey are just a few of the most prominent tastes found in the Silva Stout.  This beer is potent, so make sure to have a driver or rent a room if you’re planning…

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The Bruery Autumn Maple

The Bruery Autumn Maple

This take on a pumpkin beer is actually brewed with yams.  It doesn’t matter what it is brewed with.  I have 4 words for Autumn Maple – “fall in a glass.”

The first time I sipped this beer, I wished that I was outside on a brisk evening, possibly watching a high school football game (although you can’t drink beer there), or possibly in the woods with leaves littering the ground wearing a scarf and winter hat.  When I closed my eyes, that’s where I was immediately taken.  This beer is spiced perfectly.  It is a bit thicker and unfiltered,…

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The (Potential for) Idiocy at Beer Releases

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What were you doing on March 10, 2012? I was one of about 750 people standing in line outside of Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on a balmy 28 degree morning waiting to hopefully score some KBS. KBS is currently the 11th most popular beer in the world, as rated by Beer Advocate.

Let me set the scene of the day, in case you’ve never had the sheer glory of attending a beer release or standing in line prior to a beer festival. The release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout is an event each year. The brewery releases KBS…

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These are a Few of My Favorite Beers

A drawing of glasses of beer!

I thought I’d post a list of my favorite beers. This list is always changing, but these are all sure-fire bets for your enjoyment. If you have any favorites, post below and let me know what to look out for!

Preferred ALWAYS beers

I could literally drink these beers everyday for the rest of my life and be content. When these beers are on the menu at a restaurant or on the shelf in the store, I cannot resist. I have not ranked them in any order because I can’t decide. Happy tasting!

  • Dogfish Head Burton Baton
  • Brew Kettle

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Beer and Food Pairing Events

The table is set for a Beer Dinner!

Another great place to sample some different kinds of beer (without being afraid of choosing a dud) is a beer pairing. I’ve been to beer pairing dinners and beer pairing brunches. Either is a fabulous choice, although beer with breakfast calls my name.

With a beer pairing, either the brewer, a beer representative, or the chef choose meals and beers that perfectly complement each other. While the costs of many of these events can be pricey, I’ve never attended one that wasn’t worth it (though some have been really steep). The food is always fabulous, even if the restaurant doesn’t…

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Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) Brewery Release

Founders CBS Imperial Stout Label

Picture Black Friday. Now picture it again with 850 adults, mostly men, who have been drinking since the night before and are still drinking as they wait outside of a building on a brisk 37 degree morning. And unlike Black Friday, you can’t go to any other location for this particular item.

What am I talking about, you ask? I am describing a beer release when the brewers only choose to bottle a small quantity of a very rare beer.

I initially thought my husband was joking when he informed me that we would be heading to Grand Rapids and…

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Pumpkin Beer Taste Challenge

The Pumpkin Tasting Lineup

There are about as many pumpkin beers as there are breweries.  It seems that every year more and more breweries feature a pumpkin beer.  There is no better drink on a crisp autumn day than sitting down with one of these brews.  The problem becomes deciding which one to drink.  Most of these beers are smooth in nature.  There is usually no hop bite because the flavor is dominated with pumpkin and spices.  That is why the IBUs are not listed for most of these beers.  It simply means there is a small, almost nonexistent amount of hoppy bitterness.

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