THE SMELL AND THE FURY

Ah, Oktoberfest.  The beer drinker’s favorite time of year.  An excuse to get together with a bunch of other drunks, eat bratwurst, chug swill ’till you pass out, wake up, and do it all again.  For 16 days.  Not too different from a similar celebration in the US that we call “college.”  Oktoberfest is a […]

ON TAP AT DESCHUTES

During my recent trip to the Deschutes Brewery, I had the chance to try a number of great beers.  Top of the list was Black Butte XXII, an imperial stout brewed in a limited release batch commemorating the brewery’s 22nd  anniversary.  Because you can’t get a lot of these beers elsewhere, I thought it might […]

TRIP TO DESCHUTES

As many of you know, Deschutes Brewery is a favorite around here.  Although I can’t get their beer on the East Coast, I make a point to get some every time I go visit family in the Pacific Northwest.  During the family vacation this year, we were out in central Oregon, and were able to […]

THE END OF HISTORY… ENDED?

Well, that didn’t take long.  I was hoping we wouldn’t be talking too much more about BrewDog’s The End of History, their ostentatious 55% ABV brew that came out recently.  This will be a quick post, but I think should teach us all a lesson.  Recognize when you’re in a pissing contest, and exit immediately. […]

PABST SMEAR

Let’s be honest.  This isn’t the type of blog where you’d expect to read about Pabst.  Most aleheads aren’t hipsters.  We don’t ride fixed-chain bicycles.  None of us have ironic mustaches.  We don’t wear wifebeaters.  We don’t live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  And we sure as hell don’t drink Pabst Blue Ribbon.  Over the past several […]

BREWS IN THE NEWS

The advent of “The End of History,” BrewDog’s ostentatious roadkill-themed 55% ABV brew has brought with it a lot of commentary and controversy.  It’s certainly generated a lot of, well let’s say spirited, discussion on this site and we’ve seen it in various places around the web as well. Brother Barley mentioned in a recent […]

BREW LIKE A MONK

As an avid homebrewer, I read a decent number of books about beer.  Like many Aleheads, Belgiain style beers are some of my favorites – especially the Trappist beers and abbey style ales.  So it was with great excitement that I recently picked up a copy of Brew Like a Monk: Culture and Craftmanship in […]