Bell’s Oberon: it conjures thoughts of women in sundresses, grilling on the back porch, drinking away an afternoon and baseball.
The New Holland B.A.M.B “finishes with a slight tartness from the addition of pomegranate. Winner of the 2009 New Holland employee homebrew competition.”
We review the Arcadia Sky High Rye beer. Fun name. I may have to keep this around as a standby to wrap up all of our beer tasting nights.
First off, I feel like everyone who’s ever cracked open a Half Acre Freedom of 78 should be required by law to holler FREEEDOMMMM ala Braveheart.
Our review of the New Holland Beerhive. Complex with a subtle honey sweetness to start followed by cloves and banana and finishing with a pop of ginger.
Our review of Short’s Imperial Spruce India Pilsner. In my notes I equated it to “like drinking a cactus,” which isn’t really fair to cacti.
We didn’t think it was possible to bottle strawberry shortcake — but Short’s did it with their Strawberry Short’s Cake.
Short’s Black Licorice Lager: a high gravity beer brewed with vanilla beans, star of anise and mint. Yup, mint.
Our review of Short’s Nicie Spicie. The first thing that sprang to mind was “Dreamsicle,” not “spice rack.” I consider that a good thing.
The Goose Island Sai-Shan-Tea is is a collaborative effort between Goose Island’s Clybourn brewpub and Rodrick Markus of Rare Tea Cellar.
“Schlafly Holiday Ale is a bottle-conditioned, English-style “Old Ale” brewed at the Schlafly Tap Room on 21st Street for Culnaria, a Schnucks market.”
Christmas beers in July? Sure, why not. I mean, who doesn’t want to drink Port’s Santa’s Little Helper, a Russian Imperial Stout, when it’s 95 degrees out?
The Anchor Our Special Ale 2009 delivered all the spices you would expect – cinnamon, cloves, a touch of sweetness and a nice dose of nutty, bready malt.
Our review of Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale: a killer APA from Oskar Blues. Very true to the style and very hoppy. Share this with guys named Dale.
What’s that? You cellared a few bottles of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA? Yes, yes we did. And we don’t regret it for a second.
The Stone Vertical Epic 07.07.07 is bright, spicy, and…minty? Sounds like a chewing gum, doesn’t it. Oh, it’s much better than that.
Basil! Rice! Belgian-ness! It’s weird! All these things, on its face, should make the Bruery Trade Winds Tripel an easy win for me. So is it?
Our review of the Stone Vertical Epic 06.06.06: This Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a mouthful in name alone, and the followthrough from the beer is equivalent.
This weird one-off Arbor Brewing Lager is “brewed with corn flour, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, onions, jalapenos and a pinch of salt; a fiesta in a glass.”
You can’t judge a beer by its bottle, but if the Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA tasted as good as as the bottle looked, I knew I’d be in for a treat.
Short’s The Magician goes down incredibly smooth, finishing with just a touch of bitterness. Sadly, my cough medicine never tasted this good.
The Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel offers “toffee, toasted malts, dried dark fruits, and sweet candy sugar balanced by…spicy hops.”
Maumee Bay Brewing Buckeye Beer: Drink it fast and get it down while it’s still cold. Because, once it warms, it is not a pleasant experience.
The Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel is a very refreshing summer beer. Dangerously refreshing in fact. You do not taste one drop of the 8.5% ABV.
Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier is a solid offering from Arbor Brewing and I would gladly grab a six pack of it. Lots of flavor with a low ABV.
Short’s Sustenance Black Beer is a dark in color, high in flavor and light in body beer. This is not going to sit in your stomach like a ton of bricks.
Short’s The Golden Rule is a great golden straw color session beer with loads of flavor and a low ABV. Hopefully Short’s releases more.
Victory Old Horizontal is “a luxurious, warming barleywine rich with aromatic hops and dark, candied fruit character that hides its epic strength.”