Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome... "The Soul Rebels Brass Band"

The Soul Rebels "Unlock Your Mind" EPK



Monday, October 29, 2012

Rogue Ales vs. The Honey Bees

The brain trust at Rogue show us just how they get that...
"Honey from The Bee's"             ROGUE STRONG!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kensington Brewing Fish EYE PA Release

 Kensington Brewing out of Toronto, ON is set to release their newest creation "Baldwin Fish EYE PA" this Thursday at Bar Hop located at 391 King Street, Toronto. They'll have three different versions of "Fish EYE": draught, cask, and a keg running through Dogfish Head's "Randall the Enamel Animal". This is an event not to be missed unless , like me, you live nowhere in the general proximity of Toronto.  But if you do then I advise you get there early. This fishy event begins at 8pm. Cheers!

For more info visit their FB page at: Kensington Brewing Co.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Shipyard Brewing Chamberlain Pale Ale

 Shipyard Brewing,  founded in 1994 in Portland, ME is the states largest brewery and it produces 17 varieties of  English style and seasonal ales. Shipyard, best known for their fall seasonal release "Pumpkinhead Ale", has managed to somehow gain a following by creating mediocre beers based on classic English profiles. In my opinion the only notable beer in Shipyard's arsenal is their "Blue Fin Stout", reviewed here back on 2/1/12. Chamberlain Pale Ale is labeled as a "classic" English style Ale. It pours golden in color with a white fizzy head. Brewed with Cascade, Fuggles and Tettnang hops, the beer lacks the aromatics you would expect to find in hop blend of that magnitude. Upon first tasting you'll be hit with an enormous amount of buttery malt character, almost toffee like and still no discernible hop presence. There is a mild bitterness, which reinstates my faith that there are actually hops in the beer. The malt is comprised of Two-Row British Pale, Chocolate and Crystal, but even that fails to produce any unique character.  Chamberlain just squeaks in on the sessionable chart at 4.8% ABV. Unfortunately that was the only plus this Ale provided me with.  Cheers! 


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Belgium Brewing Red Hoptober Ale

 No sooner did we say farewell to the beers of summer, the fall seasonal beers are now upon us. Those light, crisp, refreshing palate quenchers are replaced with beers of hearty malt and hop character. As of late, many craft brewers have jumped on the Pumpkin beer bandwagon as their selected fall offering. By now you all are well aware my disinterest with that style, so I will spare you the long diatribe on "Pumpkin Pie" beers. Our beer of choice today is the Fall seasonal beer from New Belgium Brewing called "Red Hoptober". An interesting play-on-words, Hoptober likely drew its name from a movie of a similar title. But if you dig a bit deeper you find that this beers name is quite apropos. Its color is a wonderful "Red"ish Brown. Its aroma and flavor are derived from a wonderful "Hop" blend consisting of  Target, Nugget, Cascade, Eldorado,  and Centennial, and it's available in the month of 'October".  The Eldorado hops are what give this beer it's unique piney forward flavor and aroma. The use of Cascade and Centennial hops impart the citrus and floral qualities which complement the roastiness of the caramel malt. Checking in at a modest 6.0% ABV with a tasty 60 IBU's, Red Hoptober the prefect beer to get you into the fall season, and a great alternative to "Pumpkin Pie" beers".  Cheers!

For more info on Red Hoptober and New Belgium Brewing visit:  NEW BELGIUM 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Bruery Black Tuesday

..only 30 days remain, are you prepared?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

...arriving  11/2012

Kona Brewing Co. Pipeline Porter

 In some parts of the world the summer never seems to leave, but their beers continue to change with the seasons. Today's offering comes to us surf style from the "Aloha" state of Hawaii. Long known for its beautiful beaches and incredible surf, Hawaii is also known for it's great Kona coffee bean crop. Back in 1995 a little known Kona Brewing Company introduced Hawaii to craft brewing with the release of their Pacific Golden Ale and Fire Rock Pale Ale. Beer and coffee collided in Kona's "Pipeline Porter", a rich and roasty malt wipe out of narley proportions. This unique island libation brings together the great flavor of Kona's island coffee with all the tradition of an English porter.  Pipeline pours a deep brown, almost black, color with a light brown head. It's aroma is all coffee and roasted malt. If you like coffee beers, this is a good one. The malts are a wonderful blend of  Pale, Carapils, Victory, Caramel 80, Extra Special, Chocolate Malt and Dark Chocolate. They are then infused with 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate, on the big island. Kona chose Warrior, Millenium and Willamette hops which provide a modest 28 IBU's.Yes, the rest of the bitterness is derived from the coffee. Pipeline's flavor is all coffee with the body and mouth feel of a hearty porter. So all you Craft Coffee Beer lovers rejoice, and say Aloha! to Pipeline Porter. Cheers!

For more Kona info visit : Kona Brewing Co.