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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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Holiday beer review: Tröegs Mad Elf

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Your vote counts!Holiday beer review: Tröegs Mad Elf By Stephanie L. Smith Elves can easily be found on many shelves across the country this holiday season, but there’s one elf who only appears in the beer cellars of those living in the upper East Coast and Ohio: Tröegs Mad Elf. Founded in 1996 by brothers John and Chris Trogner and located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Tröegs Brewing Company produces 16 beers, which are divided evenly between year-round and seasonal offerings, while limiting distribution to nearby states…

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas Beer

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Your vote counts!Christmas beer season is upon us. Unlike the conversation associated with the slew of pumpkin ales that arrive months before trick or treaters hit the streets, Christmas beers are largely well received. Partly, it might be because holiday beers are wildly diverse. In general, there is usually some level of earthy and warming spice involved, as well as robust malt. Some are hopped, some are aged, some are lagered, and some are all of those. Like gifts under a tree, there’s a little…

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Holiday Beer – Berkshire Brewing Company Cabin Fever Ale

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Your vote counts!Snow has begun falling throughout the Northeast, and along with the flaky precipitation the temperatures have started to drop too.   Just in time for the holiday season, the lighter summer ales have been swapped out in favor of malty robust  porters and stouts.  While it is still far too early in the season to start getting “stir crazy”, it is certainly not to early to look for some of the best seasonal beers.  While generally the word “seasonal” attached to beer makes…

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Drinking a Beer with Dad

You know, every now and then, you have a beer that gives you a “next level” experience, it’s more than just a great tasting liquid in a bottle. Sometimes, it’s about who you are with, or where you are, or maybe the food you have with that liquid, but when you have finished that bottle of beer you have done more than just quenched your thirst, you have enjoyed a craft beer experience! For me, I had one of those experiences last weekend. But before…

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Holiday Beer Review: STONE XOCOVEZA

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Your vote counts!Holiday Beer Review: STONE XOCOVEZA (Mocha Stout with Holiday Spices, 8.1% ABV) An interesting Mexican-hot-chocolate-inspired beer from Stone Brewing you should try. Stone Brewing is well known to the craft beer world. They are the ninth largest craft brewery in the country, and in 2008 they were voted the “Top All Time Brewery on Planet Earth” by readers of Beer Advocate. Stone’s (extremely) hoppy IPAs are their most famous offerings, and they own the Arrogant Bastard brand. They also make some good stouts,…

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Sixpoint Brewery – Evolution of the Beans

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Your vote counts!3Beans, 4Beans, 5Beans. As much as this sounds like the beginning of a children’s nursery rhyme, Sixpoint Brewery’s Beans series of imperial porters is a distinctly adult pleasure. With the recent release of 5Beans, it’s a great time to revisit my own history with the beers and see how the newest entry stacks up. 3Beans First seeing wide release in 2013, 3Beans incorporated cacao, coffee, and romano beans, a longtime barley replacement that added heft to an already sizable malt profile. At 85…

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