Author Archives | Don

Blanton’s the Original Single Barrel Bourbon, A Nice Change of Pace

It is hard to believe, I’ve been doing this blog for almost 3 years now, and drinking small batch bourbon for many years before that, but I have never had a Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon…until now.  This one has always slipped through the proverbial cracks in the pavement with me.  I’ve seen it at the store, on […]

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What are people talking about on Twitter? Church or Beer?

Saw this circulating last week on Facebook and thought it was interesting. My county has as many church tweets as it does beer tweets. I’m taking credit for most of the beer tweets! How about you? Are you more churchy or beery?

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Good Beers, Bad Beers, You Know I’ve Had My Share…

I’ve been into craft beer for several years now, and in that time I have been treated to many seasonal releases, industry shifts, and trends that I now know to be cyclical.  I’ve also witnessed breweries getting craftier in that same time frame.  Not only are they getting better at coming up with great, wonderful, […]

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New Belgium Tart Lychee: Beauty Is More Than Bottle Deep

A couple of years ago Jim and I went to a Rare Beer tasting in Denver, as part of our trek we made to GABF in 2010.  A pilgrimage we will surely need to make again…soon.  The Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting at the Wyncoop Brewery was by far the best event of our trip, […]

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What the Hell Is Going On With Don? An Update.

So, this is my blog!  I almost forgot what it looked like!  I know I’ve been scarce around these parts the past couple of months.  I think I am averaging about 1 maybe 2 posts per week, where it used to be a daily happening, and sometimes several times per day, not to mention the […]

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Are you ready for the Blokes from Scotland? BrewDog TV!

Jim and I have spent a lot of time trying to “break” into the TV gig, but it is tough.  We are creating a base slowly, and maybe someday.  These guys are coming at it hard and irreverently, perhaps we should insult the royals and make some crazy high ABV shitty beer too.  I guess our […]

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Its Beer:30 on a Friday, Whatcha Drinkin’?

Well it is another end to a short week this week, and the weekend couldn’t have gotten here quick enough (I know, funny thing for an unemployed guy to say).  But be that as it may, even us unemployed guys need an excuse to relax a bit, stop stressing about the job hunt and kick […]

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum: Its a Big Boy Beer

Jim can play with his toy submarines, I prefer the big bold flavors associated with a masterfully crafted IPA, and Sierra Nevada’s newest, Hoptimum.  Hoptimum uses a variety of whole cone hops in this imperial IPA which blows up the flavor wheel and sends my taste buds reeling with delight. I have to believe this […]

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New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon

Here it is.  Jim referred to it as Double Dragon, but its name is simple and elegant and tells a new story.  May I introduce to you Beer Barrel Bourbon. This is the latest creation from New Holland Artisan Spirits, and I’d like to emphasize the “Artisan”.  Jim already described the bourbon in his post, and I […]

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Heretic Brewing: Evil Cousin Ale

What can be harder than going from Home Brewing to starting your own brewery?  Doing it in San Francisco!  But that is exactly what Jamil Zainasheff has done as the founder of Heretic Brewing in Pittsburg, CA, which is actually about 25 miles east of San Francisco, but still within the greater San Francisco Metro […]

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Call Scotland Yard! BrewDog in the Center of Another Scandal…How Can This Be?

I know it is HARD to believe, but BrewDog is in the middle of a Media Kerfuffle. I know…what are the odds…right?  Well to set it up properly, BrewDog has been doing some pretty wonderful things to change the beer culture in their native Scotland.  They have introduced the Brew Pub in a totally unique and […]

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Why Churchkey Can Co. Makes Me Mad

What is old is new again.  Truer words were never spoken where Churchkey Can Co. brewing is concerned.  The other night I went to Brewforia and my buddy Rick had picked these up on a recent trip through Washington.  The concept is simple and as old as metal packaging itself.  Put a liquid in a […]

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What Is the BEST Beer City in America?

Charlie Papazian wrote an interesting article for the Examiner .com a couple of days ago asking people what the best beer city is for 2012.  This got my head spinning as there are so many great beer cities out there as is evident from the map above  (I know its a state map, but play along). […]

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Uinta Birthday Suit: Some Things Are Better With Their Clothes On

Uinta Brewing had their 19th anniversary this year.  In celebration of this momentous occasion they brewed Birthday Suit a slightly sour ale brewed with cherries.  Now you’re talking my language when you say sour ale and cherries together.  Throw that sucker in a barrel for a little while, and I’m in heaven…or so I thought. […]

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Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout: Finally Epic Lives Up To Their Name

This was one of the best beers I’ve had from Epic Brewing.  I’ve had a few others, and was less than impressed, but they have completely redeemed themselves with their Exponential Series Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout.  This was a beautiful beer. It poured a thick inky black with a relatively thin and lightly colored […]

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