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Review: The Bruery’s Trade Winds Tripel

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The Bruery says: Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a …

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From The Cellar: Stone Vertical Epic 06.06.06

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Stone says: “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 06.06.06 Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 8.66% ABV Sayeth …

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Review: Arbor Brewing “Chips and Salsa” Lager

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Arbor Brewing Says: “Our new Chips & Salsa beer is like nothing you’ve ever tasted.  Brewed with corn flour, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, onions, jalapenos and a pinch of salt, this beer is a fiesta in a glass.  The base is a medium-bodied golden lager with a pronounced but well-integrated salsa taste resulting in a deliciously unique and drinkable brew.” BeerAdvocate …

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Review: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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Stone says: “On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness making a brief appearance before being beaten back by a long, complex, and decisively bitter finish. What better way to contemplate the fate of empires past, present, and future?” Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial India Pale Ale English IPA, 8.9% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Karl: Since …

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John Niedermaier Out At Right Brain

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The man behind beers like an asparagus ale, a sour barleywine and an ancho chili double chocolate porter is looking for a new venue to unleash his talents.  Two sources, and now Right Brain Brewery, have confirmed that both John Niedermaier – and his assistant – are no longer at the Traverse City, Michigan brewery.  Owner Russ Springsteen has taken …

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Review: Short’s The Magician

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Short’s says: “A lustrous dark red London ale. Rich malt complexities lending notes of toasted caramel, raisins, toffee, and slight roast chocolate. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters promenade throughout the tasting enjoyment this beer offers.” Short’s The Magician Irish Red Ale, 6% ABV Sayeth the Guys Ryan: I have passed over this offering from Short’s a …

Review: Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel

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Arbor Brewing says: “Deep mahogany with a rich complex palate. Toffee, toasted malts, dried dark fruits, and sweet candy sugar balanced by a subtle earthy, woodsy quality and spicy hops.” Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel Dubbel, 8% ABV Sayeth the Guys Ryan: I’ve always had mixed feelings about Belgian Dubbel’s.  I love the idea of the style, with the …

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Review: Buckeye Beer

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Maumee Bay Brewing says: “Crafted with the finest ingredients, this historic hometown brew dates back to 1838. With a sparkling dry taste it is a fine light beer with all the qualities of greatness.” Maumee Bay Brewing Buckeye Beer Czech Pilsner, 5.2 % ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: As I reached in to my father-in-law’s “beer fridge” I thought to …

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Review: Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel

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Dragonmead says “The very high gravity of this beer is balanced by the smoothness of its finish. Banana and Clove aromas come from the Belgian yeast strain combining with the generous dose of Belgian Candi Sugar. The Saaz hops help to give this beer a balanced bitterness with no noticeable hop aroma.” Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel Tripel, 8.5% ABV Sayeth …

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Review: Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier

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Arbor Brewing says: “A very drinkable dark ale. Smooth, malty and well-balanced; dry without being too bitter, and full-flavored without being too heavy. Very subtle smoky hints.” Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier Altbier, 5% ABV Sayeth the Guys Ryan: For a bit of background, an Altbeir is the German’s version of a brown ale; a well-balanced blend of …