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Terrapin Wake N Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Ter­rapin Wake N Bake Cof­fee Oat­meal Impe­r­ial Stout 2013

His­tory & Fun Facts: Founded in 2002 by John Cochran and Brian “Spike” Buck­owski. (more…)

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Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2014

Every win­ter the Isth­mus hosts what is becom­ing one of my absolute favorite events: the Beer and Cheese Fest! This event, held in Madi­son Wis­con­sin, con­tin­ues to draw larger and larger crowds as well as an increas­ing num­ber of arti­san cheese mak­ers and fan­tas­tic breweries!

 

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Beer Review: Elevation Beer Co

At this point we are all well aware of the crazy growth of the craft beer indus­try. There are cur­rently over 2,700 craft brew­eries in exis­tence and brew­ing beer today. Amaz­ing right? Unfor­tu­nately, a por­tion of those brew­eries may not last the long haul due to any num­ber of rea­sons and skep­ti­cism is begin­ning to creep in when it comes to try­ing beer from a new brew­ery, espe­cially any­thing that requires the brew­ers skill to be higher on the scale such as sours, bar­rel aging, Pil­sners, or higher ABV style brews. Up until a few months ago, I was unfa­mil­iar with Ele­va­tion Beer Com­pany. Dur­ing my open­ing of the World of Beer in Bel­mar, CO, I got my hands on a beau­ti­ful Berlin­ner Weisse made from the small brew­ery located in Pon­cha Springs, CO and I was extremely impressed.

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Cigar City Hopped on the High Seas Dry Hopped with: Ahtanum Caribbean-Style IPA

Cigar City Hopped on the High Seas Dry Hopped with: Ahtanum Caribbean-Style IPA (more…)

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Review: Goose Island BCBS & Barley Wine

Black Fri­day. For most it’s a day to recover from all of the food ingested the day prior. For oth­ers it is a day to swoop into what­ever retailer has the great sales going and get a new TV. If they must tram­ple over some­one to get it then so be it. For all of you craft beer enthu­si­asts Black Fri­day was an impor­tant day as well as it marked the day that Goose Island’s offer­ing of Bour­bon County returned to our illus­tri­ous state. For those of you unfa­mil­iar with the Bour­bon County line allow me to fill you in. This is a series of beers that are aged within bour­bon bar­rels for a few months and then released to the masses. Their most well-known offer­ing in this series is the Bour­bon County Brand Stout.

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Review: Grand Canyon Brewing Company– Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber

Grand Canyon Brew­ing Com­pany has been mak­ing some fan­tas­tic beers over the last few years, for evi­dence just take a look at their hard­ware awarded to many of their brews. One other beer inno­va­tion they rarely get credit for is the “Fla­vor Bomb” wid­get that is con­tained in some of the bomber bot­tles. Recently, these have been my favorite bot­tles to drink due to the extra addi­tion of cof­fee, birch wood or hops, I have enjoyed the series by the brew­ery out of Williams and tend to direct out of state beer drinkers to them due to their uniqueness.

Recently, I received a bot­tle for review and was extremely excited to see that it was a new sea­sonal they were adding to the lineup that included a “Fla­vor Bomb” of aged bour­bon oak. I was def­i­nitely excited to give this guy a try.
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Review: New Belgium Brewing — Hoppy Bock Lager

A German-style spring­time lager brewed with rye then loaded with Haller­tauer, Perle and Fug­gle hops for a spicy, earthy aroma. This Hoppy Bock Lager offers a medium body and slightly sweet malt char­ac­ter per­fect for your spring hop-fling. - New Bel­gium Brewing

Due to some tech­ni­cal errors and some sched­ul­ing changes, I wasn’t able to get this arti­cle posted for the release of this beer. I have still seen it on the shelves so I think it is still rel­a­tive. Enjoy!
This beer was released dur­ing spring­time, but now that sum­mer is wan­ing and the days are get­ting nicer for out­door loung­ing, I think it will work per­fectly. (more…)

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Potosi Brew Fest 2013!

I’m start­ing to feel that the Potosi Brew Fest is one of my annual favorites. Nes­tled in the rolling hills of South­west­ern Wis­con­sin along the Mis­sis­sippi river, it’s laid back, in a gor­geous set­ting, and has a lot of great beer!

 

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