Friday, June 23, 2017

Browsing the "tasting" Tag

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thanksgiving beer pairing

I am so very tired of hearing article after segment after blog post about Thanksgiving wine pairing without any mention of beer or cider. Sure, when it comes to pairing, I am very biased. But in this case, as it [...]

November 25, 2015 news and annoucements, tasting and critique
Pinner and Slow Ride

Session IPA comparison

I once heard the term “session” explained as taking a sip, and being ready for another once you’ve swallowed the first. I don’t entirely agree with this explanation, but it’s one of the better I’ve heard. It conveys the idea that [...]

June 1, 2015 Uncategorized
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revolution brewing, chicago

By Tuesday, the weather wasn’t getting much warmer in Chicago. We had a few breweries planned for our afternoon, plus a stroll down south Michigan Ave and a walk through Millennium Park. Monday evening was spent in the Fulton Market [...]

March 16, 2015 food and restaurants, illinois, tasting and critique
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buzz and buzz head to head, part three

[please pardon the appearance of ABV as some necessary upgrades are in progress!] Never mix uppers and downers, you’ve been told since your days as a doe-eyed freshman in the marching band. My college years were decidedly boring – and [...]

February 5, 2015 competition, tasting and critique, the twin cities
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[have you tried?] …anything from abita lately?

[have you tried?] features a small glimpse at the under-appreciated brew, a neighborhood gem, an oldie but goodie, a new classic, or an often overlooked treat. I frequently assert that most people, restaurants, and beers deserve a second chance. And with many [...]

April 28, 2014 tasting and critique
Tank and Laguinitas

fantasy draft

As part of my work at The Four Firkins Beer Store I was invited to create a “curated six pack” of beer. As the Firkins has the largest selection of single beers in Minnesota, there were very few stipulations put [...]

January 12, 2014 beer stores, greater minnesota, history and traditional styles, tasting and critique, the twin cities
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The imperials: Pilsner

Let the imperials continue with one unexpected character — the Imperial Pilsner! I am aware of two imperial Pilsners on the market (and one imperial Helles, but let’s not discuss the Krampus because I will get distracted). The styles we [...]

January 5, 2014 greater minnesota, history and traditional styles, tasting and critique, the twin cities
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beer empire: imperial amber

Last week I discussed the general ideas behind imperial beers including their history and significance today. I described two imperial pumpkin beers, one that was good and one that was over-the-top fantastic. Now I’m taking a look at other “imperial” [...]

October 30, 2013 greater minnesota, tasting and critique, the twin cities
2X Steam Southern Tier

a double california common?

Remember the first discussion of California Commons when I said that only Anchor Steam can use the word “Steam”? Well, evidently they’ve become a bit more lax (I assume Southern Tier needed their permission). I’m pleased to announce that Southern [...]

August 16, 2013 greater minnesota, history and traditional styles, tasting and critique, the twin cities
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mission amber: Stevens Point and Full Sail

This weekend while at a friend’s housewarming, I discovered the Stevens Point Brewery Summer Sampler Pack. Two of my favorite Point beers were inside: the 2012 Black Ale and the Pale Ale. A third beer, one I would have previously [...]

July 22, 2013 greater minnesota, history and traditional styles, tasting and critique, wisconsin