Dogs, Books, and Beer. Not necessarily in that order.

Groupe G Belgian RyePA

Headlands Brewing Groupe GDay-old flowers & black pepper nose; yeast & rye & herbal hops on tongue; crisp & big yeasty bitter finish. Continue reading

Hibiscusicity Belgian-style Ale

Stone Brewing HibiscusicityHibiscus, orange peel, & decadent spice nose; lemon bar mouthfeel, buttered wheat toast; nice carb. Continue reading

Pliny the Elder Double IPA

Russian River Brewing Pliny the ElderGrapefruit floral nose; citrus & peach on tongue; soapy, hoppy, piney mid, lingering bitter finish. Continue reading

Wünderbier Kölsch-Style Beer

Ninkasi Brewing WunderbierToasty & grassy nose; taste follows: hoppy & bready & herbal; lemon peel mid; dry, bitter, spicy finish. Continue reading

Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada Harvest Fresh Hop IPASuper-sticky head; lemon & spice; sweet tea & malt sugar; sweet finish. Continue reading

Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale

Jester King Thrash MetalLouder, harder, faster. That’s thrash metal’s defining credo in a nutshell. The heaviness of NWOBHM fused with punk rock’s DIY spirit and and anti-authoritarianism, hopped up on malt liquor and pseudoephedrine, dubbed onto a cassette tapes and played through the blown speakers of a Nissan pickup truck at maximum volume. For a while, from the early eighties until it peaked in 1991, thrash metal seemed like it would change the world. Continue reading

Fallen Angel Belgian-style Golden Ale

Midnight Sun Fallen AngelBig headed, bas-relief lacing. Nose full of yeast and sugar. Crisp apple’s bite. Continue reading

Bitter Monk Belgian Style Double IPA

Anchorage Bitter MonkSettling in with a Bitter Monk DIPA. Lemon zest, citrus hops, pine tar, and oak. Bam! So that’s what 100 IBU feels like. Continue reading

Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean

Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla BeanWhen did “vanilla” start to define the mundane, the ordinary, the conventional? After all, there’s nothing vanilla about the history of this rare spice. First cultivated by the Totonacs, residents of what is now Veracruz, Mexico, the tlilxochitl (“black flower”) is said to have first grown on the spot where Princess Xanat, on the lam with a forbidden lover, was beheaded, the vanilla orchids and vines sprouting from where her blood fell. Continue reading

Icelandic Toasted Porter

Einstök Icelandic Toasted PorterScent is toasted nuts and roasted coffee. Taste is malty, with bitter chocolate undercurrent. Continue reading