Monday, April 23, 2012

Full Sail Top Sail-Return of the Great Imperial Bourbon Porter

The first time this beer came out I absolutely fell in love with it and found my favorite Porter. I unwittingly only bought a few bottles thinking I could get more next year. Little did I know this beer alternates with Full Sail's Black Gold Imperial Stout and only comes out once every 2 years!

Well it's 2012 and it's back. So I bought a case and a few to drink now. This is a beer that can lay down and improve with age but I'll let you know how it is now.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Stone Sublimely Self Righteous - The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of Beer

Round here we call them Cascadian Darks but hybrid IPAs are all the rage right now. Black/white/red you name it and people are hopping it up to 11. Stone's Aptly named Sublimely self righteous is what you'd expect. And that's a very good thing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lagunitas Brewing to Open Chicago Brewery

That's right.  Lagunitas is coming to Chicago.  This story is big news as it helps Chicago establish itself as one of the true craft beer meccas in the U.S.  Story after the jump. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Arcadia Brewing Company B-Craft Black Hits The Market

My contact at Arcadia Brewing, Tim Surprise, was nice enough to send me an update on their upcoming release, the B-Craft Black, a black double IPA.   I've hardly had any black IPA's that I don't like - my favorites so far have been Stone Sublimely, Grand Teton Trout Hop, Stone Escondidian - and I have no doubt Arcadia will deliver the goods with this one.  They've proven their hop chops already with the deliciously piney Hopmouth double IPA.  I'm excited to see what they'll do with this and can't wait to pick it up. 

Anyway, read the official release notes after the jump. 

Finch's Beer Company Threadless IPA - Review

Everybody I've talked to hates this brewery.  And I don't get it.  I hear people diss Finch's Golden Wing and their Cut Throat Pale Ale.  Yet, when people are blindly handed these beers with no attribution to the brewer, their reactions have been positive.  "That's pretty good!"  Finch's should hire me as a secret shopper, or rather a secret beer handler who hands random people a Finch's ale, "try this."  In a hurry they'd double their market share.   Finch's is a new Chicago outfit, popping up in the last couple of years.  Their beers come in cans.  They are also on a few taps.   I'd rate their roster of fermentations as aggressively hoppy and imbalanced; but everything I've had has been on the tasty side and a good one-off.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Founders All Day IPA

Pathetic.  That's how I would describe the last month of posting for me.  And please resist the temptation to fight me on this one.  All scorn for my silence is deserved, as our loyal readers (all 12 of you - thanks, dad) have continually visited us despite my inept posting efforts.  At least Shaun's pulling his weight a bit, and in grand style, weighing in a couple of times on Pliny the Younger.  In posting terms, that counts for double.  It's almost metaphoric to have the near-mythical Pliny, with its celebrated day-a-year release, as our last beer of of record for March.  In many people's opinion Pliny is the final word on beer.  Since I can't provide a post that trumps a beer of such immense stature and cult-like worship, I'll resume things in small fashion, with a beer for the common man, the non-aficionado, the everyday drinker:  Founders All Day IPA.