Archive for the 'Beer Reviews' Category

Mischief The Bruery

I’ve been looking at this beer for awhile now and finally just decided to purchase a bottle tonight. I also drank it tonight and wow, what an absolutely awesome beer. Read more info about it here: The Bruery Mischief is a Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale. This wickedly good golden ale is fiendishly dry-hopped with [...]

Bière De L’Amitié

Friends and beer. Who could think of a better combination? A few days ago, I stumbled upon a bottle of “Bière De L’Amitié” at Lukens Liquers in Dunedin, FL. Believe it or not, I was actually looking for Italian microbrews (they do have a couple). My hunt for Italian micros is a story in itself. [...]

Cigar City Jai Alai – 6 packs!

This is wonderful to see. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA in 6 packs on store shelves. My wife picked this up the other night from Rollin’ Oats in Saint Petersburg. She truly loves me (and great beer too). Adam

A few beers I brought home tonight

I stopped into my local craft beer store (Shep’s Deli), and picked up a few brewskis which I thought I would share with you. 1. The Boulder Brewing Co. “30th Anniversary Flashback Ale” This is a really tasty brown ale brewed in the Indian style. Essentially, it is a brown ale that tastes like an [...]

Terrapin Wake ‘N’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

So, I picked up a Terrapin Wake and Bake Stout yesterday with the hopes that this particular brew didn’t taste like the used coffee ground coming out of my coffee pot the next morning. As the Terrapin website summarizes: This is a full bodied imperial stout with flavorful coffee taste and aroma. Black as night, [...]

Victory Storm King Stout

This is really a follow up to my previous post about my trip to Charleston. I forgot to mention that when we went to the Piggly Wiggly, I noticed that they carried Victory Brewing Co. beers. I was excited because I still have not had their HopDevil IPA (Victory does not distribute to my area). [...]

Charleston beer happenings

A few weeks ago, my family made the trip up to Charleston, SC to see my newly born nephew! Yes, I am officially an uncle now. While most of the time was spent visiting family, this didn’t mean that we were not going to be drinking some good beer in the process. One of the [...]

Flying dog “Gaurd Dog” Beer

OK, actually it is spelled “Garde Dog” as in “a traditional French Biere de Garde”. Via Beeradvocate: The Biere de Garde is golden to deep copper or light brown in color. They are moderate to medium in body. This style of beer is characterized by a toasted malt aroma, slight malt sweetness in flavor, and [...]

Redhook’s Copperhook Spring Ale

Since Thursday was the first day of spring, I decoded to kick of the season by picking up a six pack of Copperhook. Sure I could have opted for something else, but for $6.99 a six pack I figured why not. Plus, I was going to be BBQ’ing for 10 people and I had a [...]

Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout

For years, this stout has been on store shelves in this area yet I have neglected to try it. Considering that the brewer also creates one of my favorite IPA’s of all time, Indica IPA, I am not quite sure what I was thinking. Recently, I decided to toss an eight ball stout into a [...]

Bell’s HopSlam Ale

Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow! Do I really need to say anything more? The folks from Bell’s Brewery have REALLY pulled it off again with this one, delivering another outstanding brew! For hop heads, this beer is pure heaven. Described by Bell’s as “A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale.” this beer [...]

Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale Winter Cheer

During National Adopt a Dog Month, the Spanish Peaks Brewing Company encourages you to support your local humane society. I encourage you to do the same but I also think it would be a good idea to try he Spanish Peaks Black Dog’s Winter Cheer. I really enjoyed this beer but unfortunately, I have not [...]

Bell’s Java Stout

I was excited to see three new stouts from Bell’s Brewery available in our area: Double Cream Stout, Cherry Stout, Java Stout. Everything to come out of Bell’s really has been superb, especially their Two Hearted Ale. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for their Java Stout. It literally tastes like they brewed the beer [...]

More Pumpkin ales

Just because Halloween has already come and gone this year, that does not mean we shouldn’t continue to enjoy a nice pumpkin ale now, or any other time throughout the year for that matter. I have sampled several more pumpkin beers since wring my first article in October. Several of those include: Jack’s Pumpkin Spice [...]

One Monster Beer

The Brooklyn Brewery Monster Ale has become available in my area. I picked up two of these bad boys for my wife and I to try. Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes [...]

2007 Anchor Steam Christmas Ale

This year, Anchor Steam is celebrating 33 years of brewing their Christmas Ale. Truthfully, I have never been a real fan of this beer in past years. Maybe my taste buds have changed or maybe Anchor Brewing got the recipe perfected this year. Either way, I see myself buying a few more six packs of [...]

Safety Harbor Wine Festival

Yes, the title is correct! My wife and I found ourselves with nothing to do this past weekend and it was suggested that we join some friends at the 6th annual Safety Harbor Wine Festival. Wine Festival turned beer festival for me. There were the typical beer trucks with what one would expect (Bud, Bud [...]

Halloween means pumpkin beer!

OK, so I am a bit late to talk about pumpkin beers as Halloween is just around the corner (tomorrow). Well there is a good reason for that. I didn’t find myself having the hankering to try any of this years offerings until just a few days ago. Being that we are only a few [...]

There’s a new Sierra in town

Sierra Nevada beer that it! Just recently arriving into the Tampa Bay market, we are blessed with two new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beers. Regular old Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a great fall back ale which is readily available all over the country. It tops my list as favorite beers of all time. However, [...]

Bell’s Brews 8000 Batches

Every so often, Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan releases a special beer to mark their “thousandth” batch of beer that they have brewed. The latest in this series is Bell’s Batch 8,000 Ale! Since I love everything that comes out of this brewery, I decided to pick up a few of these at World of [...]

Bringing sushi to a new Hite

We stopped into one of our favorite Sushi restaurants this evening before heading to the store to stock up on supplied for tomorrow’s Buccaneers game. The owners of the restaurant are Korean and the menu consists of mostly Korean dishes, a few Japanese dishes and excellent Sushi. To drink, to decided to try a Korean [...]

Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale

Autumn generally marks the transition from the grueling hot summer months into winter. In the northern hemisphere, the start of autumn is generally considered to be around September and in the southern hemisphere, its beginning is considered to be around March – from Wikipedia. The sight of this new Redhook brew on our store shelves [...]

Lagunitas Censored Rich Copper Ale

I have been talking a lot lately about Lagunitas beers (say “LAH-GOO-KNEE-TUSS), but for good reason. Everything that keeps coming out of Brewing Company has been great. I only have two more that I would like to talk about: The Lagunitas Censored and the Sirius cream in an upcoming blog post. If you have keep [...]

Lagunitas on tap

This evening, my wife and I were able to enjoy a few hours out away from our 6 month old. We headed to DTSP (Downtown Saint Petersburg) to grab a bite to eat and have a few drinks. I have had the hankering for some fish tacos – the best in town can be found [...]

Lagunitas IPA

From Petaluma to Bombay – we now have Lagunitas Imperial Pale Ale in stock around Tampa Bay! Sometimes, the playful words that the brewing companies print on the outside of their bottles give us (the beer consumer) a great insight of what we are about to drink. For instance, around the label of the Lagunitas [...]

Rogue Chipotle Ale

I have to admit that I was a bit put off by the thought of beer that has been brewed with a chili that is commonly used in Mexican and Southwestern cooking. BUT, my wife picked up a 22 ounce bottle to try so I had to give it a go. Poured into a pint [...]

Norwegian beer – Nogne Pale Ale

A light, yet quite assertive ale. Refreshing and hoppy with a good backbone of malts. Finishes with a citrusy aroma. Goes well with seafood and white meats.Ingredients: Maris Otter-, wheat- and caramel-malt; Northern Brewer – and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water. You have read the above ingredients correctly – A [...]

Bells Two Hearted Ale – a hop heads delight

As I promised in my previous post, I would be detailing a bit more about the great beers that have been populating the store shelves at Publix. What better beer to start with then one of my favorite: A delicious American IPA from Bell’s Brewery, Inc in Kalamazoo Michigan. India Pale Ale style well suited [...]