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Selkirk Abbey White Ale: All Belgian Beer Needed Was a Little Idaho

“Well its about time!”  I bet that is how my buddies Jeff Whitman and Rob Walace felt about finally being able to open up their brewery Selkirk Abbey in Post Falls, Idaho.  They opened with four beers, and I have had the privilege to try two of them, the Selkirk Abbey Belgian White Ale, and the Selkirk […]

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Bulleit Rye: More Rye Means More Better!

About 2 years ago the makers of Bulleit Bourbon came out with thier version of Rye.  About six months after that I picked up a bottle of said Rye, and put it in my bunker.  There it sat all lonely for these last 18 months.  I guess in some respects it kind of scared me […]

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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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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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Spiegelau Beer Glasses are Like Drinking Beer in HD

. . The last thing I needed as a beer geek was something new to obsess about.  Let’s face it, there’s a lot on my plate already; finding interesting beers, storing them properly, learning how to brew my own, serving beer at the right temperature, on and on and on it goes.  Now, thanks to […]

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Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s: The Phantom Menace of Beers

I was just about six years old when the original Star Wars movie was released, and it made a big impression on me.  I collected the figures, coveted the playsets, and marveled that I could have actual images from the big screen in my pocket (I had complete set of trading cards).  The movie was […]

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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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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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Finally, a Beer That Lives Up to the Hype

Hype can ruin a beer, because few brews can live up to the expectations heaped upon them by mad beer geek love.  Hype ruined Pliny the Elder for me, and it screwed up my approach to sour beers – had I know they tasted like week-old laundry left in the washer, I would’ve expected less.  […]

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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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Dogfish, Sierra Nevada Collaboration: Life and Limb Aging Nicely

The other night my son came over and wanted to smoke a cigar, and split a beer with me.  This is not an unusual event, as Dad is an endless supply of beer and tobacco, or so they think.  But there was a difference.  Usually I have my cellar beers, and my “available” beers.  This […]

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Ungettables Gathering 3

This was the third ungettables gathering put on by our buddy Chad of @BeerPoet fame on Twitter.  It was a great line up of beer while pedestrian for some, for us out west in the wilds of Idaho, these represent some of the hardest beers to get in our little corner of the intermountain west. […]

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