Craft Beer, Brewery and Event Reviews

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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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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Brouwerij Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier

Brouwerij Verhaeghe Echte Kriekenbier

Road trips are a great way to find new beers because every state gets different breweries in their distribution area. While at a friend’s wedding in Virginia I stumbled across this beer and couldn’t wait to open it. Its a Flanders Red which is one of my favorite styles. Flanders Red’s are typically lightly to heavily sour with flavors that range from vinegar (trust me, in a good way) to cherry and chocolate. Let’s see how this one measures up.

Its a dirty plum color with hints of crimson and brown. There is a white ring of head around the…

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Grado Plato Cantus Caeli

Grado Plato Cantus Caeli Label

Thanks to my neighborhood beer store I got to try this unusual beer.  I asked my very knowledgable bartender/beer store entrepreneur for a beer that didn’t really fit into a category.  He gave me a list and to be honest I chose this one because it seemed the most intriguing to me.  He told me that this beer (if you can even call it that I am not sure) is a combination of red wine, mead and beer all fermented together.  Interesting right?

This beer is crimson with honey edges, there is no haze and absolutely no lacing.  The smell…

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Three Floyds Jinx Proof

Three Floyds Jinx Proof Lager

I love beer, but that doesn’t mean that I love every beer style out there.  Pilsners are one style I just can’t really get into.  I don’t know if it’s because of the Pilsner malt or just it seems boring to me.  But for the sake of reviewing I have opened my mind and palate and tried it.

The Jinx Proof is a “Dortmunder Lager” Pilsner style brew that comes in at a 5.1 ABV.  It’s clear gold with a touch of amber around the edges.  I would almost compare the color to a Budweiser or Miller, but it has…

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North Peak Vicious

North Peak Vicious American Wheat IPA

This American Wheat Beer tastes much like an IPA.  The wheatiness is not overly present.  Without the classification on the bottle, I would not have identified this as a wheat beer.  Even though this is a relatively hoppy beer, it is very smooth and light for being almost 7% alcohol.  Which means, make sure to pay attention if you are drinking more than one of these.  They go down quick.  There is a nice back of throat hop bite that lingers a bit at the end. If you enjoy IPAs, this is a great one.

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