Second Day of Christmas – 21st Amendment Fireside Chat – Review #22

21st Amendment Fireside Chat Review, 21st Amendment Brewery

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Total Score: 63.5

The second beer in the 12 Beers of Christmas series is a winter spiced ale from 21st Amendment Brewery called Fireside Chat (for info on 21st Amendment Brewery check out my review of 21st Amendment Brew Free! or Die IPA). According to the brewery, the beer was named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s evening radio broadcasts because they are both “like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time.” Continue reading

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First Day of Christmas – Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale – Review #21

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Review, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

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Total Score: 92.0

The first of my 12 Beers of Christmas series comes from the legendary Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. Like so many other breweries Sierra Nevada was founded avid and talented homebrewer, Ken Grossman, who remains actively involved in the brewery today. Ever since brewing its first batch of the iconic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on November 15, 1980, the brewery has experienced tremendous success and has grown dramatically. Continue reading

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Founders Breakfast Stout 2010 – Review #20

Founders Breakfast Stout 2010 Review, Founders Brewing Company

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Total Score: 88.5

Into the cellar again for today’s brew, a 2010 vintage Founders Breakfast Stout (for info on Founders Brewing Company check out my review of Founders Nemesis 2010). Breakfast Stout is brewed with flaked oats, imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee. As a coffee abstainer, I don’t know anything about either of those types of coffee. I remember drinking a fresh one of these a few years ago and being a bit overwhelmed by the coffee, but still finding it surprisingly decent. Well this is another one that’s been chillin’ for a year, so without further ado… Continue reading

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Goose Island Pere Jacques 2009 – Review #19

Goose Island Pere Jacques 2009 Review, Goose Island Beer Company

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Total Score: 63.0

Today’s brew comes from Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company. The brewery takes its name from the only island on the Chicago River. The man-made island was created in the 1850s as a result of a clay excavation project. First opening their doors in 1988, Goose Island has grown at a staggering pace ever since, opening a second location across from Wrigley Field in 1999, and announcing its purchase by Anheuser-Busch in early 2011. Continue reading

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Founders Nemesis 2010 – Review #18

Founders Nemesis 2010 Review, Founders Brewing Company

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Total Score: 87.5

For the next few reviews I’m digging in to my “cellar” for some big vintage brews. Today I’m tasting a 2010 Founders Nemesis, and in the coming days I’ll have a 2010 Founders Breakfast Stout, 2009 Goose Island Pere Jacque, and a 2009 Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged BORIS. Unfortunately I don’t have reviews from my fresh tastings of any of these, but I think it should still be interesting. Continue reading

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Thirsty Dog Siberian Night – Review #17

Total Score: 92.5

Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Review, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Today’s beer is Siberian Night, a Russian Imperial Stout that comes from another local brewery, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, Ohio. In keeping with the name and purpose of this site I try to provide some information about the brewery and beer, but in this case I can’t find much. Their website is pretty rag-tag, and they don’t even have an entry in Wikipedia. I honestly thought they were a bit more well-known than this, but perhaps that’s just because they’re relatively local. All I can really unearth is that Siberian Night has won a GABF Gold Medal (2005) and two GABF Bronze Medals (2003 and 2006), so my hopes are high. Continue reading

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Behind The Brews in 2012

As the blog’s first month wraps up and the end of 2011 looms, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want this blog to go in 2012. Although individual beer reviews will still be the focus, I’d like to expand a little beyond that by reviewing places, writing some opinion and informational pieces, and perhaps interviewing some people working in the industry. Some changes I’ve been kicking around:

  • A non-.wordpress URL accompanied by a possible name change to encompass more of the beer industry in general. Perhaps a contest to name the new blog, with a liquid prize of course.
  • Having guest posts/reviews and acting as a guest poster/reviewer for other beer media sources. Let me know if you’re interested either way.
  • A theme of some sort. Right now my favorite idea is trying a beer from a different state each week. 52 weeks to drink beers from 50 states, with a focus on smaller/newer breweries. Many states will be easy of course, while some will be quite an adventure to track down (North Dakota, for example, has only two breweries, neither of which bottle their beer). Let me know if you can contribute.

I’m very open to suggestions, so fire away.

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