Monthly Archives: July 2011

Give Me ” The Hairy Eyeball”


After reading a review from the infamous “G-Lo” over on  I had to order this “Hairy Eyeball” beer on tap at my local beer bar, The Capital Ale House, this past weekend.

Boasting such characteristics as being rich and malty and having a roasty finish, I have to say – it was very enjoyable!  This Lagunitas brew is a big beer (classified an American Strong Ale) with 9% ABV and may not be the best beer to drink on the beach this summer, but if you’re chillin’ inside in the AC, and want a taste of those Winter type beers – pick this up.  I’m going to stock up in the Fall!


Crispin – Natural Hard Cider


Yes, I’ve posted about Crispin before, but I’m really in love with their ciders.  I had the honey cider not too long ago and it was delicious, but I think I like their natural hard cider on tap even better!  Crisp, delicious and sooooo nice on a hot day!

Cheers and have a great weekend!!

Kasteel – Too Sweet, Even For Me!


Kasteel makes an awesome Belgian Tripel that I thoroughly enjoy, so a Belgian Strong Ale by them must be stellar as well, right???  Well, not necessarily!

While I enjoyed the maltiness, raisin, spices and warming alcohol feel of an 11% beer – it was surprisingly way to sweet and syrupy for me.  This bottle was split between four friends and it was so overwhelmingly rich with candy sugar, I couldn’t finish my glass.  I was pretty dissapointed, since I was so looking forward to this beer.  But hey, I still love their Tripel – so I’ll just pick that up next time!


Straffe to My Heart…


This Bruges Brewery makes beer that goes right to the heart of my love for beer.  Belgian Style Beers were my first step into the “real beer” world, and oh how I still enjoy them.  How could I not – the craftmanship, the bubbles – oh yeah, and the fact that most of the breweries have used the same recipe for hundreds of years.


Straffe Hendrik makes a beautiful Belgian Tripel that can outdo almost any Tripel I’ve had the honor of tasting.  Yes, it really is that good.  Subtle at first, but full of rock candy clarity – this beer is something you should try – especially if you love a good Tripel, Belgian style!


Crisp and Refreshing!


Looking for something light and refreshing to chill out with this summer?  I have something for you – Crispin and their hard apple cider!  It’s sweet and bright, like fresh apples, but still has that slight kick of alcohol.  They make serveral different kids of hard apple cider, this one is the honey crisp version – which is awesome.

So, when you want an “adult drink” but need a break from traditional wine and beer, give this hard cider a try – you’ll be back to stock up!


AHA Top 50 Beers

A special thanks to my friend, Robin, for making me aware of this article listing the top 50 beers as judged by the American Homebrewers Association.  I’m impressed that one of my top beers, Bell’s Two Hearted, is listed as #2!  How do your favorite beers rank??

Here’s the article from the Huffington Post:


American Homebrewers Association Names Top 50 Beers In America; Russian River Wins Again

Best Beers In America Pliny

Zymurgy magazine, the official publication of the American Homebrewers Association, has released its ninth-annual list of the 50 best beers in America. To assemble the list, its editors ask readers to submit lists of their top 20 favorite beers.

Russian River‘s acclaimed Pliny the Elder beer won the top slot for the third year in a row. But if you want to try it yourself, you might have a hard time. Russian River is fairly widely distributed in California, but the only state in the East Coast where you can get Pliny the Elder is Pennsylvania. (And it’s scarce even there.) At least many of the others on the list (like Sierra Nevada) have strong national distribution. The top-ranked brewery, as measured by total votes for its beers, was Delaware’s Dogfish Head. The brewery’s highest-ranking entrant was the hop-heavy Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, which tied for third.

Here’s this year’s full list:

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
3 (tie). Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
3 (tie). Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
5. Bell’s Hopslam
6. Stone Arrogant Bastard
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
8 (tie). Sierra Nevada Torpedo
8 (tie). Stone Ruination
10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
11. Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
12. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
13. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
14 (tie). Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
14 (tie). Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
16 (tie). Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
16 (tie). New Glarus Belgian Red
18. North Coast Old Rasputin
19. Bell’s Expedition Stout
20 (tie). Deschutes The Abyss
20 (tie). Left Hand Milk Stout
20 (tie). Odell IPA
20 (tie). Samuel Adams Noble Pils
20 (tie). Surly Furious
20 (tie). Troegs Nugget Nectar
26 (tie). Rogue Dead Guy Ale
26 (tie). Samuel Adams Boston Lager
28. Anchor Steam
29 (tie). Bear Republic Racer 5
29 (tie). Ommegang Three Philosophers
29 (tie). Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
29 (tie). Three Floyds Alpha King
29 (tie). Three Floyds Dark Lord
34 (tie). Avery Maharaja
34 (tie). Dogfish Head Indian Brown
34 (tie). Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
34 (tie). Three Floyds Gumballhead
38 (tie). Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
38 (tie). Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
38 (tie). New Belgium La Folie
38 (tie). New Belgium Ranger
38 (tie). Oskar Blues Old Chub
43 (tie). Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
43 (tie). Great Divide Yeti
43 (tie). New Belgium 1554
43 (tie). Russian River Blind Pig
43 (tie). Ska Modus Hoperandi
48 (tie). Alesmith Speedway Stout
48 (tie). Dark Horse Crooked Tree
48 (tie). Green Flash West Coast IPA
48 (tie). Summit EPA
48 (tie). Victory Prima Pils