Craft Beer, Brewery and Event Reviews

Breckenridge Agave Wheat

Breckenridge Agave Wheat

This is one of my favorite summer beers.  It reminds me of sunshine and sugar in a glass.  The alcohol level is not overpowering, so this is one you can drink all day with family and friends.  There is a recognizable citrusy flavor with barely any kick followed by a sugary finish.  The simple combination of the agave and the wheat make this a refreshing anytime beer for just about any palate.

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Three Floyds Gumball Head

Three Floyds Gumball Head

While Three Floyds classifies this beer as an American Wheat, I feel that its hop presence places it firmly in the hoppy category.  While hoppy, this beer is nice and smooth with a lemony flavor that grows more pronounced as the beer warms.  There is a clear lingering hoppy bite at the beginning which mellows out a bit at the end.  The lemon isn’t so overpowering that I would consider this a shandy or that it might turn people off.  Instead it adds to the enjoyment of this beer.  Three Floyds nailed this one.  Another great summer beer to add…

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Tallgrass Brewing Halcyon Wheat

Tallgrass Halcyon Wheat

This beer was an awesome one to have on a hot summer afternoon.  The color is straw yellow and the center looks almost peachy.  It’s an unfiltered wheat beer, so it’s hazy.  Surprisingly, even though I poured it with a bit of force, the head isn’t huge – but it is definitely present.  There is a ton of lace left on the glass as I make progress.  Halcyon smells like hops, with citrus notes and wheat aromas.  The smell is awesome and I couldn’t wait to take a sip and quench my thirst.

It tastes extremely good – since it’s…

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Tips for your First Beer Festival

A Group of Friends at a Beer Fest

A beer festival can be a great place to try new beers.  In a bar or restaurant, it can be difficult to try something new.  If you don’t like it, do you drink it anyway? Ask for a new drink knowing full well you will have to pay for both?  Pass it off on your date?  Whichever choice you make, someone is going to be disappointed.  At a beer festival, you are only served a small portion of each beer and if you don’t like it, you can always pour it out and try something new.

The great thing about…

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Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil

Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil

This beer is a Belgian style Barleywine with 11.3% ABV.   It was barrel aged for several months in a bourbon barrel of unknown origin. No, I don’t mean a mysterious barrel that fell to Earth, I mean the brewer uses several kinds of barrels and this one wasn’t disclosed.

The color is a reddish amber with orange around the edges.  It’s relatively clear with a touch of lace clinging to the side of the glass.  This beer looks very interesting and delicious.   It might be a little lighter then what I expected, perhaps that is why the brewer says it…

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Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

60 minute is a commonly found IPA.  The name refers to the length of time that the hops are boiled, and the number of hop additions that are added during the brewing process.  Any beer that has more than about 40 IBUs will be noticed on your palate.  60 minute begins with a citrusy bitterness on the roof of your mouth that mellows out a bit as the beer gets warmer.  As always, I recommend letting the beer warm up for about 5 – 10 minutes before expecting to get a true taste.  This is a great introduction into hoppy…

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Duvel Single (Duvel Green)

Duvel Single Keg Collar

Duvel Single may be found by its prior name Duvel Green.  This beer by any name is unique and yet truly delicious.  Only found on draft, this beer will pour a yellowish color that almost has a hint of green to it.  It is light, sweet, and refreshing with a lingering lemongrass flavor.  A perfect summer beer for an evening on the patio.  This beer has an overall earthy feeling, which is probably why it was originally entitled “green.”  Since this one goes down really easily, make sure to note that it contains almost 7% alcohol.

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Left Hand Milk Stout

Left Hand Milk Stout

Milk Stout is an amazing dark beer that anyone can drink.  Picture a cafe latte while you’re drinking this and you won’t be disappointed.  I like to let my beers sit for 5 minutes or so before truly experiencing their real flavor.  The first sip can sometimes be misleading if a beer is super cold. Milk Stout is one of those beers that gets better as it comes to room temperature.  The silky smoothness as you swallow will have you envisioning the ending to a great glass of milk.  I highly recommend this beer to any and all drinkers, even…

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Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut

Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut

This beer is one of the more unusual beers I have tried recently.  It’s a hoppy Belgian beer aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels.  The color is amber on top and copper on the bottom with a touch of orange in between.  There is a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.  It smells like grapefruit and has some Brettanomyces notes (this is a wild yeast that can make a beer taste like ‘horsehair’ or ‘horseblanket’ – here, the yeast actually adds subtle earth and pineapple notes).  There is a lot of citrus in the nose from the hops and the…

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Surly Coffee Bender

Surly Coffee Bender Label

For the longest time, Surly and another brewery called Oskar Blues were two of the few micro brewers that canned their beers.  Now, the country is being invaded by aluminum vessels, and even some of the big brewers like Sierra Nevada, Avery and New Belgium are canning their beers.  I guess that means Surly is a brewery of trendsetters.  When you see a can, remember, it doesn’t mean the beer inside is bland.  This can is better than most bottles out there.

Just remember to use a glass!  I poured the contents in a snifter so I could really taste…

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