Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Smithwick's Irish Ale

Smithwick's Irish Ale is a beer that is produced by Guinness, which is part of Diageo.   I first tried Smithwick's Irish Ale in the fall of 2004 in Fort Collins, CO after getting locked out of my parents house so I walked to the liquor store a few blocks away got some beer and walked back and waited on the back porch until someone else arrived to let me back in. Here is a little more about the Smithwick's story.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale

Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale is brewed by Anheuser-Busch and was released in 2005. I first tried this beer at the time of release in Colorado. It is available in many larger retail outlets November-January. I haven't tried this beer since the winter of 2007-2008 but I may give it a shot again yet this winter. Here is a Beer Advocate review.

Ninkasi Sleighr

Sleighr Dark Double Alt is brewed by Ninkasi Brewing in Oregon. I first tried Sleighr in the winter of 2009-2010 and most recently had it around Thanksgiving this year. I have found this at beer stores through Seattle as well as grocery stores.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger

As the holidays have approached, I have become busier and found I had less time to keep posting but I will make up for the last couple of days with posts today about holiday brews. Jolly Roger is seasonally brewed by Maritime Pacific Brewing in Seattle, Washington. Jolly Roger Christmas Ale is named after their Jolly Roger tap room in Ballard. I first tried this beer in at a bar in Belltown last winter and I have seen it numerous times at PCC in West Seattle this month.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Miller High Life

The Champagne of Beer is brewed by Miller Coors. I first tried Miller High Life a few weeks ago, it seemed odd that I hadn't tried this many years ago when I was younger but it is what it is. As Miller High Life is a flagship brew for and brewed and distributed by a major brewer, it is available practically everywhere in the US.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


This post is about Brrrbon, a version of Brrr brewed by Widmer Brothers and aged in bourbon barrels. This beer is part of their Brothers Reserve collection and available currently, I have seen it at several QFC stores. Here is a piece about it from the Beer Advocate.
Here is a RateBeer review.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sleeman Cream Ale

Sleeman Cream Ale is made by Sleeman Breweries. I had Sleeman Cream Ale while I was in the Toronto airport in August of 2007 on my way to visit friends in the UK. Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snow Cap

Snow Cap is made by Pyramid Breweries. I first tried this beer a few winters ago in Colorado, probably 2004 or 2005.
Here is a Beer Advocate review.

Mac & Jack's African Amber

I first tried this beer in the airport in Seattle when I visited in 2008. It is brewed by Mac & Jack's in Redmond, Washington. Hopefully I will be able to take some time and go on a brewery tour there during 2011. Here is a Beer Advocate review. Here is a RateBeer review.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Carlsberg beer is brewed by Carlsberg Group in Denmark. I first had this beer in 2002 while living in Colorado but I most recently had it while in Malawi in Africa in 2007. This was because there is a Carlsberg brewery in Malawi.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Harbin Lager

Harbin is brewed by Harbin Brewery. Since the Harbin Breweries were purchased by Anheuser-Busch which is now part of Anheuser-Busch InBev it has been much easier to find this beer in the US.  I first tried Harbin Lager in 2004 in Fort Collins, Colorado.   

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer

Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer is sold at Trader Joe's stores. I first tried this beer in July, 2007 while visiting friends in Illinois.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Medalla Light

Medalla Light is a beer that is available in Puerto Rico, which is where it is brewed and where I had it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Belgium Trippel

Trippel from New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado is a beer that I first tried in 2001, while visiting friends attending college in Hastings, Nebraska. This was one of my early favorites and one of the first handful of beers I ever tried. For a year or so I lived within walking distance of the brewery and has several opportunities to visit the tasting room and take the self-guided tour. Here is a Beer Advocate review.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Iron Horse Mocha Death

Mocha Death is a beer brewed by Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensberg, Washington. I first tried this beer in the spring of 2010 and I found it first at The Beer Authority in Lake City but I have seen it in a number of other stores in the Seattle area as well. Here is a Beer Advocate review.

Baltika 6 Porter

Baltika 6 is a porter and brewed by Baltika Breweries in Russia. I first tried this beer in the winter of 2009-2010. I picked up several of the various Baltika beers at one time from the Big Star Beer Market.
Here is a Beer Advocate review.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Michelob Light

Since I am double posting today, why not post the sibling beer from the earlier post. Michelob Light is also brewed by Anheuser-Busch and has been since 1978. I first tried this beer in 2001 in Colorado. Here is a Beer Advocate review.


Michelob is a beer I first tried in 2002, while living in Colorado. Michelob is available almost everywhere in the US. Michelob has been brewed in the US since 1896 by Anheuser-Busch, which is part of Anheuser-Busch Inbev. Michelob has traditionally had a distinctive teardrop shaped bottle but for several years in the 2000s it shifted to the bottle shape below.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Caldera Pale Ale

Caldera Pale Ale is made by Caldera Brewing in Ashland, Oregon. I first tried Caldera Pale Ale in the spring of 2010 when I found it at The Beer Authority in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle, I also saw it at The Beer Junction in West Seattle last night when I attended the cider tasting that they held. Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Harar Beer

Harar is brewed in Ethiopia and I first tried it during the 3 weeks I spent there in December 2006. I had never seen any of the Ethiopian beers I had while there in the US before I went but I have seen a few of them in Ethiopian restaurants and a couple of the beer stores here in Seattle.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hebrew Jewbelation 14

In celebration of tonight being the beginning of Hanukkah I am posting about Hebrew Jewbelation 14, which is brewed by Schmaltz Brewing. This is the newest in their Jewbelation anniversary series of beers and is made with 14 malts, 14 hops and is 14% alcohol for the 14th annivarsary of the brewery. I Jewbelation 14 earlier in November this year and I found it at PCC. It is worth reading the entire label or following the link of the image below as there is a wealth of trivial information about the number 14 that you may enjoy. Here is a list of bars across the US that has all 8 of their Jewbelation brews available this holiday season. The one in Seattle is Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont. I HIGHLY recommend sharing this beer with a friend as it is quite strong but it is a very good beer in my opinion.

Here is a RateBeer review. Happy Hanukkah!