Tag Archives: hops

Forget the Bubble, the Craft Beer Famine is Here!

WASHINGTON STATE HAS RUN OUT OF HOPS!!!! EVERYBODY PANIC!!!11!!!!!1!!! Okay, so maybe it’s not THAT bad, but a harsh economic reality has set in on the craft beer world, and it’s not the popping of the mythical sales “bubble” – it simple supply and demand. In this case, the supply of aroma hops from Washington […]

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POLL: What’s the Most Important Ingredient in Beer?

Over on my TODAY post…uh…today, I review a quartet of gluten-free beers, which are brewed without the traditional grains (no barley, no wheat, no oats allowed).  As a result, they are mostly poor substitutes for “real” beers brewed with gluten-rich grains.  It’s basically no grains, no good. That got me to thinking – what’s the […]

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Does Your Pee Ever Smell Like Hops?

Here’s a little too much information for you… …I was having a bathroom break this morning when something entered my “stream” of consciousness.  My back is really bad right now, and I had a few Victory Prima Pils last night to take the edge of the pain.  I chose it because it’s tasty, it isn’t […]

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A Visit to the New Laughing Dog Brewery

Due to overwhelming demand the Laughing Dog Brewery was forced to leave their smaller and tighter facility and move into a much larger one down the road.  Even without the new fermenters that will be delivered in the next 6 to 8 weeks, Laughing Dog has already increased production over 91% from first quarter last […]

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The Best Place on Earth: The Hop Freezer at Victory

Of the many places Don and I saw while at Victory, the hop freezer made quite an impression.  Victory uses whole flower hops in just about every beer they brew, and they keep a bunch of them in a walk in freezer by the brew kettle so they have hops on hand when it comes […]

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So if You Meet Me Have Some Courtesy, Have Some Sympathy, and Some Taste.

What kind of brew would name themselves after the devil?  That is what I had to ask myself when I decided to pick up and Avery Brewing Mephistopheles Stout.  I mean after all you might just loose many of your potential customers just based on the name alone, then I opened my bottle last night […]

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A Winter Warmer–Alaska Style

Now one thing that a lot of people on this blog probably don’t know about me is that I used to live in Alaska.  I lived just outside Anchorage in a little town called Eagle River, and one of my family’s favorite activities while we were there was to go to the start of the […]

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Its Madness I Say, Madness!

What do you get when you combine an insane amount of hops in a beer that uses plenty of two row malt and Munich malt, and age it in the bottle before releasing it?  Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing in Ontario, Oregon.  Their web site states that in addition to the two malts there […]

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OH NO, They Say He’s Got to Go, Go Go DogZilla!

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound he pulls the spinning high tension wires down!! I remember as a kid watching the Godzilla movies and just loving the carnage and destruction.  I would watch all the hokey monster movies with Mothra, King Kong, thatflying turtle thing! They were awesome, they’d fight each other, and then Godzilla turned […]

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Those CRAZY Trappists!

OK…so these are Buddhist Monks, but the question is what kind of MONK-Y business do the Trappists get into? Think about a bunch of guys, all they do is brew beer and yeah pray some, I’m sure they need to sample their brew…I’m just saying I bet the Nun’s convent down the road has had […]

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Brews and Boos

Its October and the parade of pumpkin flavored beers has started down the beer aisle of your favorite stores and watering holes.  Who came up with the idea to put pumpkin in beer anyway?  The answer to that question may never be known completely, but one thing is certain there are a number of them […]

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The Monster of Morrisville

Don’t let the sweeping pastures or small-town-USA main drag fool you – there’s something lurking in the fertile hills of Morrisville, Vermont.  Something bold and cunning.  A creature that will attack your senses, yet leave you wanting more. The worst part is that this beast was created by a pair of seemingly charming people who […]

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