Category: craftbeer

Thanks for the beers @nogneo Oh and 2 bottles …

Thanks for the beers @nogneo Oh and 2 bottles of craft cider.

#nøgneø #nøgne #NorwegianCraftBeer #NorwegianBeer #CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn (at Cadoxton, Vale Of Glamorgan, United Kingdom)

Double unboxing video for you guys tonight, th…

Double unboxing video for you guys tonight, thanks @findmypint & @budebrewery for sending.

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #BudeBrewery #FindMyPintApp #FindMyPint (at Cadoxton, Vale Of Glamorgan, United Kingdom)

This is legit beer weather. Having a lunchtime…

This is legit beer weather. Having a lunchtime wander… Should have grabbed a cold beer from our warehouse really… https://ift.tt/2HIOtAt

Bock, Doppelbock, and WeizenFirst up, a few doppelbocks from…

Bock, Doppelbock, and Weizen

First up, a few doppelbocks from Oregon breweries. 

Heater Allen’s Mediator is a straight interpretation of the German originals. It’s strong, dark, and malty. It has a nutty, toasted flavor. But it quickly goes from fresh pecan to burnt walnut, without enough sweetness to blunt the astringent finish. 

Gigantic, on the other hand, went for something a little more experimental. Kiss the Goat is a “black doppelbock,” it’s darker and more sweeter. It has the classic flavors of stout porter – roasted grain, milk chocolate, pralines – but the finish is ultra clean. Even at eight percent, a half liter goes down smooth.

Then we got into the weizenbocks, stronger versions of classic Bavarian hefeweizen. 

Weihenstephaner makes a weizenbock called Vitus, a strong, fruity wheat beer. The nose has a tablespoon of clove and a pinch of nutmeg and coriander. It’s spicey, but on the tongue a fruity flavor blooms. Bananas for sure. The body is bigger, oilier than a normal weizen and the bready malts are more cakelike. 

Aventinus is Schneider’s answer, a wheat doppelbock. It’s darker in color and flavor. The flavor is toastier with more pronounced banana flavor and a caramel sauce drizzle. There’s licorice spice note that reminds me of flat Dr. Pepper. Aventinus tastes like banana bread, or a slightly burnt banana cream pie. 

It’s nice to get away from hops for a while and appreciated the maltier side of beer.

Thanks @cheersbrotrading for this lovely box o…

Thanks @cheersbrotrading for this lovely box of beers.

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #CheersBro #BadCo #sirencraftbrew #wildbeerco (at Cadoxton, Vale Of Glamorgan, United Kingdom)

Trumpian Imperial StoutDouble Mountain claims No Collusion is a…

Trumpian Imperial Stout

Double Mountain claims No Collusion is a non-collaborative stout, how can we really be sure? I smell coconut, so they’re must be something illegal going on. Someone dumped old coffee beans and burnt wood in there, too. Probably trying to hide the evidence. It’s not a witch hunt, there is something tangy in this stout. Is that black hearted licorice? Leathery skinned old plums? Also: Alcohol.

They say you can’t mix business and politics. You’ll alienate half your audience! they scream. But I think, in this case, Double Mountain can get away with it. At worst, thirty percent of the nation will boycott. But they only drink vodka anyway.

Many thanks to @findmypint for sending me thes…

Many thanks to @findmypint for sending me these awesome @yellowbellybeer cans!!

#FindMyPint #yellowbellybeer #CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn (at Victoria Park, Barry)

Haze and HistoryWho would’ve guessed? Bridgeport Brewing can…

Haze and History

Who would’ve guessed? Bridgeport Brewing can make a pretty good hazy IPA. In order to understand my amazement, it’s necessary to go back a ways.

Founded way back in 1984, Bridgeport Brewing is the oldest brewery in the Portland. The original owners, Richard and Nancy Ponzi, were pioneers in Oregon’s nascent wine business in the seventies. They decided to move into beer making. They succeeded, but in 1995 they sold the company to the Gambrinus Company – owners of Spoetzl Brewery, makers of Shiner

Despite being corporately owned, Bridgeport continued making good beer throughout the nineties. They launched an eponymous IPA that is considered an ur-example of the Northwestern style.

Everything was going swimmingly, but by the mid aughts, things began to change. The area around the Bridgeport brewery gentrified rapidly in the late nineties. Old warehouses and industrial buildings were transformed into million dollar condos and the Pearl District was born. Bridgeport tried to follow suit, going through a massive renovation.

With the new brewery came a change in focus, Bridgeport pushed into the regional market. In an attempt to attract more eyeballs in other states, Bridgeport focused less on it’s Portland roots. I knew things had changed when they discontinued Blue Heron. The classic pale ale was first brewed in 1987, and named after the official city bird. In its place, Bridgeport launched a series of poorly received beers aimed at jumping on new trends – most notably some terrible fruit beers.

Recently, Bridgeport has been sliding into irrelevance. Sales have declined locally, as have actual barrels brewed. The only question seems to be, when will Gambrinus finally close the place? Then last week, they announced a new hazy IPA. I thought it was going to be another lame attempt at joining the zeitgeist. But the press release made it sound pretty good

It seems, they made it the right way. They used malted and unmalted wheat. They used Mosaic hops – a necessity in all modern IPAs. They didn’t add any hops in the kettle – which to old school homebrewers might sound wacky, but it’s the way of things these days. And they dry hopped it with some unnamed experimental hops. I picked up a six-pack, with my own money, figuring if it was bad, at least I could write a nice obituary for the brewery. 

But it’s actually pretty good. It’s hazy, not completely opaque, but throwing off a nice orange hue. It’s fruity – notes of melon and mango. The body is fluffy on the tongue, without the yogurty thickness that ruins some New Englanders. There is a sort of tooty fruity, bubblegum flavor on the finish that sticks out to me, but other than that it’s solid. 

I drank half the six-pack, and I was excited to do it.

KopstootjeThe kopstootje is the Dutch equivalent of a…

Kopstootje

The kopstootje is the Dutch equivalent of a boilermaker, but instead of a shot of whiskey and a beer, it’s a shot of jenever and a beer. The jenever, a kind of gin, is poured in tiny tulip shaped glasses right to the brim. In order to drink your shot and not spill all over your shirt, one must bend over and slurp it. Thus the name: kopstootje means “little headbutt” in Dutch. 

Usually, the beer is a basic lager, to emphasize the floral flavor of the jenever. But since 2011, Upright Brewing has been making the occasional kopstootje beer with spices found in Dutch gin – allspice, aniseed, angelica root, cloves, bitter orange, ginger, and of course juniper berries. They’ve served these beers at special jenever pairing events around town, but they haven’t seen wide release, until now.

Last year, the brewers squirreled away some kopstootje in local Vermouth barrels. The result is spiced beer with a balanced tartness and a dry tannin finish. We don’t have any proper Jenever in the house, so we paired it with a few scoops of raspberry and hibiscus coconut yogurt from Eb and Bean.

Kopstootje opens with a lemony farmhouse scent. It’s tart, but with spicy undertones. Raspberry with floral hints around the edges, and a creamy coconut body. Wait. That’s the ice cream. Kopstootje is harder to pin down. The spice is subtle; it’s impossible to draw out any particular flavor from the mass. It’s just sharp and then the acid is sharp. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the beer immensely. The flavor just isn’t as complex I would expect. 

Unboxing some fine looking beers from @newwhar…

Unboxing some fine looking beers from @newwharfbrewing Well done Mr Black they look great.

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #NewWharfBrewingCompany #NewWharfBrewing #NewWharf #BritishCraftBeer #BritishBeer (at Victoria Park, Barry)