Category Archives: Beer Reviews

A Tale of Two Dark Beers

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Beer Review #1: Deschutes Brewing’s  Black Butte Porter I purchased a six-pack of Deschutes Black Butte Porter with knowledge from several beer-rating sites of its overall popularity. However, I am rather picky about my porters, notably since I do not prefer porters that are overwhelmingly coffee flavored – I am not a coffee drinker. I also rarely enjoy porters laden with chocolate. In general, I like my darker beers to exude balance and present a level of skill in appealing to…

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Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout: Beer Review

Senior Editor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 Southern Tier is a wonderful brewery that is based out of Lakewood New York and is best known for their very highly regarded Pumking and Warlock pumpkin beers that release every year in fall.  Those beers are great, especially if you like the annual pumpkin invasion, but in my opinion Southern Tier really excels at the art of making beautifully rich stouts that manage to separate themselves from some other imperial offerings hitting shelves in the beginning of the year. Creme Brulee…

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Bell’s Hopslam Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Bell’s has a variety of brews that are released every year as part of their annual release series, none of those beers are more sought after than Hopslam.  Hopslam has been a staple of the of the craft beer  hunter for as long as I can remember and has rightfully earned it’s place as a beer that sells out usually within hours of hitting shelves.   What I will never understand with Hopslam is the group of hipsters inside…

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Beer Review: Two-For-One From Right Brain Brewery

Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Confession: So, you may remember me stating in my last post that I don’t really like wheat beers. Well, there is one big exception to this: hopped wheat beers. In my defense, hops tend to make most things in life better. I finally had the chance to visit Right Brain Brewery the other day. Upon approaching the bar I was (probably way too) excited to see that one could order half pints! So today is a two-for-one review!   The…

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Weyerbacher’s Autumnfest Beer

Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud As we make the transition from Fall into Winter, I took this opportunity to try a new Oktoberfest style beer before the season was completely over. In this case, an AutumnFest beer brewed by Weyerbacher. Previously, I had sampled their Imperial Pumpkin Ale – which was pretty tasty; albeit strong on the spicy side of pumpkin beers. A quick note about Oktoberfest-styled beers. Before refrigeration, beers were typically brewed until March in Germany due to the warm temperatures making it…

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Old Style Beer Review

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: I love this beer, I grew up on this beer.  As a young man, I’d travel to Chicago, walk the streets and see “Old Style” beer signs outside all of the neighborhood bars.  Not sure why we pub crawled back then, every bar served exactly the same beer – exactly the same beer. It is and still is Chicago’s beer.  I’m from the Detroit area, so when I visited it was fun to join in the local fun. True this…

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Elysian Brewing Company – Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout

Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud Coffee and beer – these are a few of my favorite things… So when I heard that Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company was taking Seattle Stumptown coffee and combining it with a traditional, creamy milk stout, I felt the need to rush out to and get my hands on it – unlike many of the gifts I procrastinated in purchasing this year. (oops) So many craft beers today promise that they are the next big thing – especially stouts – and unfortunately they don’t always…

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Great Lakes Brewing Company – Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale

Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud What makes a cult classic? Usually a few key ingredients are involved: A dedicated fan base A controversial or hard to find product It has been said that the 1920s film, Nosferatu, was the very first cult classic movie. The film was certainly quite controversial in its time, being labeled as an unauthorized take on Bram Stoker’s original Dracula. Film makers however never officially obtained rights to the original film, and because of this, the Stokers sued, won and ordered all existing copies of the film…

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Short’s Brewing The Curl: Brew Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Maybe it’s just me but it for a long time I’ve felt that lagers and pilsers get a bad rap in the craft beer world.  Most likely this is a result of the big beer companies that seem to produce lagers and light lager exclusively, and lets face it that’s why most of us starting delving into craft brews to begin with.  When a quality brewing company does crank out a pilsner or a lager it really can be…

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Rogue Dead Guy Ale Beer Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Maibock’s, a style of beer traditionally available in spring, are in my opinion a welcome change of pace that start to pop up once the earth starts to defrost and my beer taste moves from heavy stouts to lighter selections.  One of the reasons why I really enjoy a maibock is because it’s not offered by a lot of breweries, and many brew pubs that do offer maibocks have limited quantities and are only available on tap in a…

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