Dark Horse 4 Elf
Spiced Beer, 11.5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Karl: Oh, Dark Horse. We owe you bigtime. Without you this little Xmas in July experiment would have been a tale of woe, a comedy of beer error, a whimiscal tale of three guys befuddled by winter beer on a hot day in July. Then you entered the fray. A Winter Warmer is what we really wanted, and a Warmer is what we got. Thank you. Continue reading
“Holiday Ale is a bottle-conditioned, English-style “Old Ale” brewed at the Schlafly Tap Room on 21st Street for Culnaria, a Schnucks market. This ale is a collaborative effort by the Brewers of Schlafly Beer and our friends at Schnucks to celebrate the ongoing revival in the City of St. Louis.”
Schlafly Holiday Ale – Culinaria
Old Ale, 8% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Karl: This one is a headscratcher. Now, this particular brew is not a bad beer. It’s a good beer. It’s not a great beer. It’s not a particularly notable beer. It’s hard to classify why it’s a holiday beer, aside from the release date. It’s an example of an Old Ale, which naturally isn’t a Xmas beer, but…well…I liked it? I mean, I did! I liked it. I’d drink it again. But…that might be it.
Okay, not completely it. Continue reading
“Originally brewed at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach in November of 1997. As dark as the biggest lump of coal Santa can deliver, this beer has earned a dedicated following and is code named Satan’s Little Hangover by those who have indulged in a holiday like manner from time to time.”
Port Santa’s Little Helper
Russian Imperial Stout, 9.5% ABV
Andrew: Of all the Christmas-style beers we tried that night, this was probably the least Christmas-y of any of them, yet was one of my favorite beers of the night.
Santa’s Little Helper poured thick and dark as night with very little tan colored head. Coffee, malts, caramel and booze oozed from the nose – and at this point I know where we are headed. Port really hit a home run on this Imperial Stout – great flavor profile of malts, coffee and booze and a really surprising, biting bitterness at the end. Continue reading
“Every year since 1975 the brewers at Anchor have brewed a distinctive and unique Christmas Ale, which is available from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life.”
Anchor Our Special Ale 2009
Winter Warmer, 5.5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Karl: …And a happy new year. We started with the Anchor on my recommendation, since I specifically remember enjoying the Anchor a lot. I’d even give the Xmas the edge in terms of my favorite Anchor brew, although truth be told that while I respect their presence in the craft brew world, not much of theirs has really set my palate aflame. That said, I have definitely enjoyed the Xmas offerings from these guys and wanted to kick our Christmas in July off right. Continue reading
If you follow my cobbled together guide of drinking your way through Houghton, MI, you have had a half-dozen beers or so (for very little money) over at Keweenaw Brewing Company. But now you’re hungry, still thirsty and in need of a change of scenery. That is when you walk out the door of Keweenaw, turn left walk about a quarter of a block, turn left again and walk halfway down a kind of steep hill and find…The Library.
As soon as you walk in the door you see a bar in front of you with the restaurant portion off to the right. The Library boasts seven of their own beers on tap and a few guest taps; one of which was an offering from the nearby Keweenaw Brewing Company. Now you may, or may not, be wondering why this brewpub is called The Library. Well, buckle up kids, it’s called The Library because there are books and bookcases all over the place. Continue reading
“It’s pronounced Kee-wah-naw,” the woman seated next to me said for the third time. I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around the name of the brewery or how a gem of a brewpub could be hidden away in a quaint town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
from the outside, looking in
For you geography buffs, Keweenaw Brewing is located in Houghton, Michigan. Which, ironically, is NOT located in Keweenaw county – but is on the Keweenaw Peninsula. The area is damn near as far west as you can go in the eastern time zone. Which means the sun does not set there until around 10 p.m. in the summer. I can attest to this fact. Continue reading
Before visiting Michigan’s Upper Peninsula recently I knew four things about it.
- It was easier to get there, from Chicago, by driving up through Wisconsin than through central Michigan.
- Locals are called “Yoopers.”
- The local cuisine is a pasty.
- My wife spent the first 29 years of her life in Michigan and has never been the U.P.
What I did not know is that, while they are few and far between, the region has some impressive microbreweries. The first brewpub we’re going to highlight in our “Drinking in da U.P.” series is the Marquette Harbor Brewery. Continue reading
Oskar Blues says:
“America’s first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish.”
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
American Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: I picked up one lonely can of this and a single can of Old Chub at a Woodman’s in Appleton, WI. Since those are the only two things I bought I am pretty sure the cashier thought I was going to drink both as soon as I got to the parking lot. Well, lady, sorry to disappoint you but I did not (Editors Note: We here at GDB do not, in any way, condone drinking and driving – just drinking and blogging).
I actually split this beer on the 4th of July with my father-in-law…Dale. While he’s not a big pale ale guy he could not pass up an opportunity to drink a beer that bares his name. Continue reading
Dogfish Head says:
“Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA., “perhaps the best I.P.A. in America.” An Imperial I.P.A. brewed to be savored from a snifter. A big beer with a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate.”
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Double IPA, 9% ABV
(Editors Note: We here it Guys Drinking Beer occasionally like to push the envelope of beer cellaring. IPA’s aren’t traditionally good candidates for the cellar. They are brewed to be puckeringly hoppy and, thus, designed to be enjoyed that way. But we thought it would be a fun experiment to see what happens to an overly hopped, high alcohol content Double IPA when it sits in the cellar for a year or more. Below are the tasting notes for Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA after one year and two years in the cellar.)
Andrew: I believe it was our forefathers that asked the timeless question of, “What exactly happens when you throw a killer double IPA into the cellar for a year?” Continue reading
“As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle conditioned ale is chapter 5, and is specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long.”
Stone Vertical Epic 07.07.07
Belgian Strong Pale Ale, 8.4% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Karl: When we do these Vertical tastings I have to remind myself that we’re not really comparing apples to apples here. In some instances it’s almost apples to internal combustion engines, as is the case here when we went directly from the ‘06 Vertical Epic right into the 07.07.07, which on its face doesn’t seem too extreme. It’s transitioning from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. What’s the big deal, right? Continue reading