Category Archives: Beer Reviews

Dragons Milk Reserve Tripled Mashed by New Holland Brewing Company – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Stats Style: Triple Mashed Stout Aged in Oak Barrels Package: 12 oz Bottle ABV: 17% New Holland brewing Company’s Dragons Milk has been around for a while. Over the years they have released several reserve series such as: Raspberry & lemon, Coconut Rum Barrel, Coffee & Chocolate, Vanilla Chai Spice and Triple Mashed. These reserve series are highly sought after and due to the limited availability, are difficult to acquire. Typically, for beers that are this difficult to acquire, I will call my…

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Chocolate Wheat by Short’s Brewing Company – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Stats Style: American Porter ABV: 7.3% Package: Draft & Bottle 30 IBU One of my favorite breweries in northern Michigan has to be Shorts Brewery Company. Shorts is located in a small town called Bellaire. Getting there is kind of a journey, but it’s a beautiful drive through northern Michigan. It’s a popular destination, and once you get into town you will soon realize that the cars lining the streets are there for one reason; to visit Shorts. Be warned, the pub and mart…

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Fat Lad from Right Brain Brewery – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Fat Lad from Right Brain Brewery –  Beer Review  Stats: Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 9.2% Package: 22 oz. bottle or draft. Availability: December  Being born and raised in the Mitten state has given me an appreciation for the great outdoors and damn good beer. As a Michigander, when the snow melts and the grey skies of winter recede, it’s only natural to head north for the summer to enjoy what this great state has to offer. My northern destination is Traverse City;…

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Moo-HooChiato – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Moo-hooChiato?  Moo-Hoo thank you very much! Beer Facts: Style: Sweet Stout Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company ABV: 8.5% Availability: One Time Brew? Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning, after a long Friday night, longing for another beer or hair of the dog, but seriously really aching for chocolate milk? Well, why not have both?! My very good friend, Trish, a Georgia native, is a stout lover/wine connoisseur.  Whenever she is out at any of the many local eating establishments near us,…

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Hopslam 2017 : Beer Review

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Your vote counts!A review of Hopslam from Bells Brewery I don’t chase down Hopslam, it comes to me. Here in Michigan the annual release of Hopslam is a crazy time where thousands scramble to find this hoppy elixir in select grocery and beer stores.  At times, the pursuit of Hopslam hits a level of hysteria that I am not comfortable with.  No matter, there’s enough attention on the subject that my beer mules always seem to track down a six pack for me. The year,…

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Beer Review: Sapporo Premium Black Lager

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Your vote counts!We all know that lagers are yellow, and we all know they come from Germany — or nearby, at least. Duh, that’s a given. So knowing that, let’s discuss Sapporo Premium Black — a black lager from Japan. Wait, what? Ah, little did many of you know that black beer — or Schwarzbier — is quite popular in Japan. And now the oldest beer maker in Japan wants to bring that beer to the U.S. Throw in the 22oz. slick-looking, steel can and…

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Perro Tonto Barrel Aged Premium Amber Ale – BEER REVIEW

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Your vote counts!Perro Tonto Barrel Aged Premium Amber Ale – Beer Review Perro Tonto Barrel Aged Premium Amber Ale – brewed by Purity Brewing, Warwickshire, England Barrel aged beers are not that common in the UK so I was very pleased to receive this fine specimen just before Christmas.  Perro Tonto is Spanish for silly dog and the beer was brewed in memory of the brewery owner’s dog, who died some time ago.  Perro Tonto is a single brew beer which was aged in sherry…

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5 Things I Learned Reviewing 45 Craft Breweries & 225 Beers in 2 Months

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Your vote counts!It has been two months since I launched my beer blog (CraftBeerInSanDiego.com) and it just passed 1,100 page views. I’m excited that people are finding and reading what I’m writing. It has been a great deal of work, and on a few occasions when I have felt the pressure to get the next post out, it has made drinking beer feel like a chore instead of a joy. But overall beer blogging has been a great experience. If beer blogging is something you feel…

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Curing the Christmas beer blues

When the nights get long and temperatures drop, breweries tend to go big: winter seasonals are known for their raucous flavors and double-digit ABV. From boozy imperial stouts to sweet and spicy winter warmers, cold-weather brews have a way of overwhelming the palate and the senses. So where do you turn for a break from the madness? Bucking the trend, these widely available seasonal offerings viable alternatives to standard winter fare. Sierra Nevada Celebration Read another Sommbeer review on this beer Here A classic bit…

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Founders Brewing Co. Backwoods Bastard Ale – 4-Pack Review

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Your vote counts!When I saw the recent winter weather advisory for the Chicago area, I knew I had to pick up a beer that would keep me entertained during the promised blizzard to come. So, while looking through the shelves of my local craft beer store, Founders’ Backwoods Bastard Ale caught my eye. I’m familiar with Founders Brewing Co., as many craft beer fans are, due to the insane nationwide following their All Day IPA and KBS have generated. Both beers are known for their flavor…

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