Widmer Brothers says:
We’re turning things deliciously upside down with this aggressively hopped, cold-fermented brew that brings together the clean, crisp finish of a lager with the hoppy aroma and character of an IPA. Hopside Down is our take on an India Pale Lager — or IPL. This second release in our Rotator IPA Series in 2013 offers a big floral hop aroma and a refreshing dry, mildly bitter finish perfect for the warmer summer months. Prost! to turning convention on its head.
Widmer Brothers Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager
American Pale Lager, 6.7% ABV
*This beer was provided by the brewer for the purpose of a review.
Did you know the India Pale Lager is a thing now? Draft Magazine published a top ten for the style recently, which was news to me because I couldn’t come close to naming 10 different IPL’s. In fact, I can only name two: Metropolitan’s one-off IPL from a couple of years ago and this beer. Despite my lack of institutional knowledge on the IPL craze, they’re out there in the wild — ready to be consumed. Is this one worth your time?
Now that the yoke of Fall Beer Freedom Day has been lifted from my shoulders and the date is receding into the distance, I find myself doing exactly what I suggested everyone else do (which should come as some solace, in that I can take the advice that I dish out). I’ve been going a little nuts on all different kinds of seasonal beers, Oktoberfests and pumpkin beers in specific.
Rather than dive headfirst into three paragraphs each in some vain attempt to bolster our hit count, I thought I’d dump a few hundred words about all of them so perhaps, you may enjoy the things we have and avoid the stuff that we didn’t.
Here we go: Continue reading
With just days to go until fall beers are officially free to drink (and have we told you about Fall Beer Freedom Day lately?) we thought we’d take a quick look at some of the beers we’ve been enjoying but haven’t quite gotten around to writing about very much. Here, in rapid-fire snapshot format, a quick look at the beers that have filled our coolers, fridges, trunks and folding-chair-cupholders for the last few months. Continue reading
We’ve talked plenty about the new, well, everything of the re-launched Berghoff: much-need splashes of color on the labels, new beer names and even a new contract brewer. The one thing we haven’t talked about yet is what Berghoff’s beer tastes like.
This visit has been a long time coming, hasn’t it.
New Glarus Says:
Naturally soured by farm valley winds blowing wild yeast into our oak casks. Finally, after a year and a half of patient coaxing Wisconsin dark malts whirl in a kaleidoscope of cedar, caramel and tart green plum exuberance. Available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten paths, this is authentic Wisconsin sour brown ale. Truly unique this Sour Ale is brewed for those who live on the wild side and is suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 40 – 45 °F.
New Glarus Wild Sour Ale
American Sour Ale, 5% ABV
Why we’re reviewing this beer, I couldn’t tell you. You have to drive to Wisconsin to get it. Hell, they’ve probably sold out of it. And who knows — maybe they won’t ever make it again. But Godblessit, it’s been over six months since we wrote about a New Glarus beer, and it’s our site and we love sours so that’s good enough for us. Continue reading
An Englishman’s first love is his brown ale. However, in the summer he often fancies blondes instead! With this inspiration, we’ve created Newcastle Bombshell, an English style blonde ale.
English Pale Ale, 4.4% ABV
*This beer was provided by the brewery for the purpose of a review.
Ryan: We’ve noticed, and perhaps you have too, our beer writing has slowed significantly this summer. And that’s because it’s summer. A time to drink as opposed to drink and write. A time to enjoy a light, crisp beer in the backyard, or front stoop or just about anywhere — really.
Believe it or not, this brings us to Newcastle’s Bombshell, the brewery’s summer offering and ongoing attempt to expand its portfolio beyond its signature brown ale. Continue reading
Sometimes, when you wander, you find nothing.
Other times, you stumble across something you were looking for, even if you perhaps didn’t even know you were hunting for it.
We recently wandered up to Milwaukee a few months ago for a 16-hour minibreak, a short bender in Chicago’s northernmost suburb. It’s something we do from time to time. Milwaukee’s heritage as a beer city combined with its distance from Chicago — just about 90 minutes away, a hop skip jump especially if you stop at Captain Mike’s — makes it a perfect one-night microvacation from everything down here.
Even though it’s just an hour and a half drive, things really do change noticably once you get north of the Cheddar Curtain. Naturally, there’s New Glarus everywhere — we can’t get Spotted Cow to save our lives down here, but cross the border and even strip mall gyros joints next to Woodman’s in Kenosha serve bottles of it for pocket change. And yes, there’s plenty of cheese, cheese curds, encased meats, Miller products, cheese, more bratwurst, etcetera. Not to mention beers like O’So, Furthermore, Lakefront, and so on.
Add to those the Milwaukee Brewing Company and along with it, the Milwaukee Ale House to your list of front-line beer destinations. Continue reading
Last fall I stood before members of the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois to talk about an emerging trend in Illinois at the time, the neighborhood brewery.
A sit-down a month or so prior with Begyle Brewing to hear plans for their community supported brewery sparked the idea. And nearby Spiteful Brewing, Lake Effect Brewing in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood, 4 Paws in Andersonville and downstate player Kaskaskia Brewing Company helped bolster an argument; that many of the new breweries opening in the Chicago area were looking to serve a specific community and wouldn’t need a distributor out of the gate.
All of these breweries had a few things in common: (1) they were all brewing small batches of beer, (2) all of them were self-distributing and (3) they were all planning to keep their distribution footprint to within a few miles, or less, of their brewery. Continue reading
So, it’s come to this. Oh, the things we do for “science.”
We’re not proud of it.
We’ve threatened to do this for some time now (okay, it was really just me because I have some sort of beer-guy masochism streak running through me a mile wide) and finally, during this week of celebrating freedom, I dove in headfirst. I purchased, opened, consumed a Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita.
Oh, the shame. Continue reading