Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale by Sierra Nevada

Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale by Sierra Nevada

Alchemy Hour Double IPA by Great Lakes Brewing Co

Alchemy Hour Double IPA by Great Lakes Brewing Co

thegreatbeerquest:

WHY DRINK CRAFT BEER? 
I’m in the writing mood tonight, 1:30 AM, feeling mildly restless with a desire to share some of my thoughts with the keyboard and a blank word document. Normally I would delve into a short story but my ideas are lacking and the cusps of my eyelids accumulating weight like a tree branch in a snow storm. So I figured I would step out of my normal daily blog routine of beer reviews for a night, and hash out a little commentary about why I do this in the first place.
For me it starts with a simple idea: beer is not just a beverage, beer is art.
From the its naming, to the label, to the brewing, to the bottling, hell even the pour: every element of what takes a bag of barley and hops, some water, and yeast, and brings it to your glass is about so much more than a factory line and a super-bowl advertisement. Instead it’s about creativity, passion, determination, and a love for brewing, drinking, and more importantly sharing beer. When I look at a brand new bottle, pop that cap like a baseball fan at opening day, and allow the sudsy gold, amber, nut brown, or black as night liquid to fill my glass, I see the clouds of foam rise, fall, and breathe like a living representation of its crafters. Each new beer is more than an experience it is an adventure: a mystery. After all who knows what that first sip will offer? No two beers are the same, and every brew is a learning experience for its consumer. 
However my questionably alcoholic obsession with the heavenly hop and beloved barley beverage is more than a simple appreciation of art. I like art but I do not love it, and yet I love beer. So why do I absolutely adore the almighty ale? Because beer is not just about the look, feel, smell, or taste of that perfect pint, and it’s certainly not just about getting a little too tipsy:
Beer is about people.
Beer is about the memories that it has the power to create. When I think about Westvleteren 12 I don’t think caramel, fig, raison, toffee, and vanilla. I think about that three hour walk through the beautiful streets of Stockholm with my uncle, desperately searching for any bottle we could get our hands on.
When I think about Founders KBS I don’t think buttery bourbon, I instead remember my dad calling me at 8 AM to tell me that he was waiting in front of the liquor store with my mom and grandparents to smuggle out as many bottles possible in consideration of that strict one per customer rule. 
When I think about Bells Two Hearted Ale, I don’t think about those fresh citrus hops, I think about meeting a girl that has so much in common with me that it’s almost hard to believe. Seriously I don’t think I’ll be capable of ordering that beer without invoking a subtle recollecting smile for a long long time. 
This is why I LOVE craft beer, because each ale carries a web of memories, experiences, and people that carry more value than any little bottle ever could in itself. For this reason I insist that the passion for beer ought not only to be experienced but shared. I’ve gotten much of my family and countless friends to appreciate the world of bold bubbly brews, and I hope if you’re reading this you will too. Because honestly craft beer brings people together, and there are few things in this world more important than that.
Cheers,
Niko 

thegreatbeerquest:

WHY DRINK CRAFT BEER? 

I’m in the writing mood tonight, 1:30 AM, feeling mildly restless with a desire to share some of my thoughts with the keyboard and a blank word document. Normally I would delve into a short story but my ideas are lacking and the cusps of my eyelids accumulating weight like a tree branch in a snow storm. So I figured I would step out of my normal daily blog routine of beer reviews for a night, and hash out a little commentary about why I do this in the first place.

For me it starts with a simple idea: beer is not just a beverage, beer is art.

From the its naming, to the label, to the brewing, to the bottling, hell even the pour: every element of what takes a bag of barley and hops, some water, and yeast, and brings it to your glass is about so much more than a factory line and a super-bowl advertisement. Instead it’s about creativity, passion, determination, and a love for brewing, drinking, and more importantly sharing beer. When I look at a brand new bottle, pop that cap like a baseball fan at opening day, and allow the sudsy gold, amber, nut brown, or black as night liquid to fill my glass, I see the clouds of foam rise, fall, and breathe like a living representation of its crafters. Each new beer is more than an experience it is an adventure: a mystery. After all who knows what that first sip will offer? No two beers are the same, and every brew is a learning experience for its consumer. 

However my questionably alcoholic obsession with the heavenly hop and beloved barley beverage is more than a simple appreciation of art. I like art but I do not love it, and yet I love beer. So why do I absolutely adore the almighty ale? Because beer is not just about the look, feel, smell, or taste of that perfect pint, and it’s certainly not just about getting a little too tipsy:

Beer is about people.

Beer is about the memories that it has the power to create. When I think about Westvleteren 12 I don’t think caramel, fig, raison, toffee, and vanilla. I think about that three hour walk through the beautiful streets of Stockholm with my uncle, desperately searching for any bottle we could get our hands on.

When I think about Founders KBS I don’t think buttery bourbon, I instead remember my dad calling me at 8 AM to tell me that he was waiting in front of the liquor store with my mom and grandparents to smuggle out as many bottles possible in consideration of that strict one per customer rule. 

When I think about Bells Two Hearted Ale, I don’t think about those fresh citrus hops, I think about meeting a girl that has so much in common with me that it’s almost hard to believe. Seriously I don’t think I’ll be capable of ordering that beer without invoking a subtle recollecting smile for a long long time. 

This is why I LOVE craft beer, because each ale carries a web of memories, experiences, and people that carry more value than any little bottle ever could in itself. For this reason I insist that the passion for beer ought not only to be experienced but shared. I’ve gotten much of my family and countless friends to appreciate the world of bold bubbly brews, and I hope if you’re reading this you will too. Because honestly craft beer brings people together, and there are few things in this world more important than that.

Cheers,

Niko 

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Sixpoint Apollo
5.2% ABV
Availability: Seasonal (summer)
Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange hue with a fluffy white head. It’s quite hazy for a kristalweizen but looks very nice.
Smell: There is a good deal of spicy clove and over ripened banana in this one. The wheat and yeast come through making for and enjoyable sweet bread aroma. Subtle hints of lemon grass come through as well.
Taste: Over ripened bananas hit you right on the front of the tongue followed by a nice spicy bite. In the middle you get a nice mellow sourness from the wheat. Finishes fruity with a touch of spice. The aftertaste is of bubble gum and wheat which linger on and on.
Mouthfeel: Heavier side of medium with ample tight carbonation that lends a hand to the spiciness.
Overall: This is a very pleasing and easy drinking beer not bitter not sweet just an overall great beer. This is definitely the best american wheat beer I’ve ever had and quite possibly better than some of the German weissbiers as well. If you’re a fan of German weissbiers this is a must try. If you see it pick it up and if you want it get it while it lasts as it is a summertime brew only.

Sixpoint Apollo

5.2% ABV

Availability: Seasonal (summer)

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange hue with a fluffy white head. It’s quite hazy for a kristalweizen but looks very nice.

Smell: There is a good deal of spicy clove and over ripened banana in this one. The wheat and yeast come through making for and enjoyable sweet bread aroma. Subtle hints of lemon grass come through as well.

Taste: Over ripened bananas hit you right on the front of the tongue followed by a nice spicy bite. In the middle you get a nice mellow sourness from the wheat. Finishes fruity with a touch of spice. The aftertaste is of bubble gum and wheat which linger on and on.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of medium with ample tight carbonation that lends a hand to the spiciness.

Overall: This is a very pleasing and easy drinking beer not bitter not sweet just an overall great beer. This is definitely the best american wheat beer I’ve ever had and quite possibly better than some of the German weissbiers as well. If you’re a fan of German weissbiers this is a must try. If you see it pick it up and if you want it get it while it lasts as it is a summertime brew only.

fatheadsblog:

Early next week, when our beer is released it will mark the end of months of hard work and waiting. Seven months ago we pulled Troegs Brewing Company’s old brewhouse out of their Harrisburg PA location and brought it back to Cleveland. Now better beer bars throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania…

This Is awesome!

Sixpoint Resin
9.1% ABV
Availability: Year round
Appearance: Pours a dark amber almost chestnut hue. The off white head is very minimal, which is to be expected at this ABV range, with ample alcohol legs and subtle lacing.
Smell: At first there is an intense grapefruit aroma with a subtle sweet bread-y malt backdrop. As the brew warms the piney resinous aromas begin to shine. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable as well but not off putting at all.
Taste: Initially bitter like grapefruit rind but with subtle hints of sweet citrus as well. Mid palate the sweet bread-y malts come through and cut some of the initial bitterness. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in the taste. Finishes dry and leaves a bitter hops after taste that lingers for quite a while.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly sticky. Tight carbonation with a pleasant tingle on the roof of the mouth.
Overall: A very drinkable, middle of the road imperial IPA with a good hop/malt balance. This beer would make a great opener to the style. Although nothing really sticks as super impressive, it was still a very enjoyable experience and I’m glad I got to try it. If you haven’t tried this yet and you see it, pick it up, give it a try, you might enjoy it too. 

Sixpoint Resin

9.1% ABV

Availability: Year round

Appearance: Pours a dark amber almost chestnut hue. The off white head is very minimal, which is to be expected at this ABV range, with ample alcohol legs and subtle lacing.

Smell: At first there is an intense grapefruit aroma with a subtle sweet bread-y malt backdrop. As the brew warms the piney resinous aromas begin to shine. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable as well but not off putting at all.

Taste: Initially bitter like grapefruit rind but with subtle hints of sweet citrus as well. Mid palate the sweet bread-y malts come through and cut some of the initial bitterness. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in the taste. Finishes dry and leaves a bitter hops after taste that lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly sticky. Tight carbonation with a pleasant tingle on the roof of the mouth.

Overall: A very drinkable, middle of the road imperial IPA with a good hop/malt balance. This beer would make a great opener to the style. Although nothing really sticks as super impressive, it was still a very enjoyable experience and I’m glad I got to try it. If you haven’t tried this yet and you see it, pick it up, give it a try, you might enjoy it too. 

feralspirit:

beerforbreakfast:

feralspirit:

I got home last night around 8 or 9, immediately passed out and slept until like 1:30 today. Wtf happened…

I think I drank too much beer for you!

You drank all the beer and I got the hangover. WUT?! lololol

I just think you made me stay in the sun too long! That shit is lethal.

Well better to get used to it now before vacays this summer i suppose eh?

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feralspirit:

I got home last night around 8 or 9, immediately passed out and slept until like 1:30 today. Wtf happened…

I think I drank too much beer for you!

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I also picked up a few beers in my travels today. I will be enjoying and reviewing each of those in the very near future.

I also picked up a few beers in my travels today. I will be enjoying and reviewing each of those in the very near future.

A mini self guided tour of the Troegs Brewery in Hershey PA. I wanted to do the full guided tour but all the slots were taken. I’ll be going on that one very soon. I also sampled the Scratch #63 Danny’s India Pale Ale, a black IPA which I will be reviewing sometime in the near future.