Friday, December 23, 2011

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA is brewed by Stone Brewing in Escondido, California.  I tried a bottle of this 15th anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA during the late summer of 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  I found this beer at the PCC in West Seattle at the time.  Here is a bit more information from Stone about this anniversary release.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and even though there aren't yet any RateBeer reviews, I am sure there will be eventually.

Bayern Dancing Trout Ale

Dancing Trout Ale is brewed by Bayern Brewing in Missoula, Montana.  I first tried Dancing Trout Ale in the summer of 2010 in Seattle, Washington.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Rudyard's Rare Barleywine

Rudyard's Rare Barleywine Ale is brewed in Seattle, Washington by Hale's Ales Brewery.  I first tried Rudyard's Rare Barleywine in December of 2008, shortly after I moved to Seattle and I found it at the Big Star Beer Market.  Here is a little more about Rudyard's Rare and though I don't recall what the vintage was that I tried, it quite possibly could have been the 2007 noted.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

O'Fallon 5 Day IPA

5 Day IPA is brewed by O'Fallon Brewery in O'Fallon, Missouri. I tried 5 Day IPA while visiting friends in Illinois during July of 2007. I found the O'Fallon beers along with several others on that trip at Randall's in St. Louis.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Tommyknocker Jack Whacker Wheat

Jack Whacker Wheat is brewed by Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub in Idaho Springs, Colorado. I first tried Jack Whacker several years ago, probably in 2002 or 2003 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The more modern look, pictured below is nice but I miss the older more colorful look of the Tommyknocker beers seen here.

Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Michelob Celebrate

Michelob Celebrate was a beer brewed in 2005 by Anheuser-Busch, which is now part of Anheuser-Busch Inbev. I found Michelob Celebrate at Applejack Liquor in Wheat Ridge, Colorado in late 2005. At the time, I was looking around for it and couldn't find it in Northern Colorado so I called the distributor and they told me the three stores in Colorado that had it. I drove to Denver and then purchased all of the Celebrate that they had when I arrived as I wanted a few to share with friends who were interested in it. Here is another story similar to mine the following year.

Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Boulevard Nutcracker Ale

Nutcracker Ale is brewed by Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Missouri. I first tried Nutcracker Ale in the winter of 2009-2010 in Seattle, Washington. Since it is the time of year for winter brews, I thought I would finally share one that was specific to the season.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Corona Familiar

Corona Familiar is something of an enigma wrapped in a riddle for me. I really want to believe that this beer isn't the same exact thing as Corona Extra as it seems from some places on the internet to be listed as the same. It is at least different in a major way for me based on the experience of drinking it. A regular 12 oz Corona Extra is something I have never poured into a glass, I have just always had it in the bottle (with or without a lime wedge) and a clear bottle at that. This Corona Familiar came in a much larger brown bottle, which was quite a departure from the clear painted bottles of Corona Extra and when I tried it, I poured it into a glass (without lime). The consensus that I have found on the web is that whether this is the same beer recipe it does taste different (better) even when doing a side-by-side tasting, which is more effort than I am ready to put into it. Either way, Corona Familiar is brewed in Mexico by Grupo Modelo. I found the Corona Familiar at Fred Meyer in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle last month and tried it a day or two later.
Here is a Beer Advocate (Corona Extra) review and the RateBeer link that states it is the same as Corona Extra.

Clausthaler Golden Amber

Clausthaler Golden Amber is another alcohol-free or non-alcohol brew from Binding Brauerei in Frankfurt Germany. As with the Clausthaler Premium, which was previously posted Clausthaler Golden Amber has less than .5% alcohol by volume (abv). I also found Golden Amber at Metropolitan Market in West Seattle and first had it last Friday evening.

Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Clausthaler Premium

Clausthaler Premium is a low-alcohol beer that is considered non-alcoholic beer or alcohol-free in the US as it is below .5%abv but non-alcohol brews do have a small amount of alcohol in them. Clausthaler Premium is brewed by Binding Brauerei AG in Frankfurt, Germany. I first tried Clausthaler Premium on Friday evening last week after I had found it at the Metropolitan Market in the Admiral District of West Seattle.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Luxor Classic

Luxor Classic is brewed in Egypt by Egypt International Beverage Company. I tried Luxor Classic while I was traveling in Egypt during September and October of 2006. I am sure I had it at more than one location but most likely first tried it in Cairo.

Here is a RateBeer review and a Beer Advocate review.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Torpedo Extra IPA is brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing in Chico, California. I first tried Torpedo in Seattle, Washington in 2009 shortly after it was introduced as one of their year-round offerings.

Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Michelob Amber Bock

Michelob Amber Bock is part of the Michelob line of beers brewed by Anheuser-Busch at locations throughout the US as part of Anheuser-Busch Inbev. I first tried Amber Bock in the winter of 2001-2002 while living in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sparks Iced Tea

Sparks Iced Tea is a flavored malt beverage that is part of the Sparks line of beverages that are brewed by MillerCoors. I first tried Sparks Iced Tea in May of 2011 in Seattle, Washington. This site has additional information about Sparks products but seems to be oriented against alcoholic beverages overall.

Schooner Exact Hoppy Holidays

Hoppy Holidays Winter Ale is brewed by Schooner Exact Brewing in Seattle, Washington. I tried Hoppy Holidays in early November 2011, just about a month ago in Seattle. I found this beer at PCC in West Seattle.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic is brewed by the Boston Beer Company in Boston, Massachusetts. I first tried Cranberry Lambic in either 2003 or 2004 in a Holiday sampler pack, while living in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.


Ropewalk Amber Ale is a beer that was previously brewed by Bridgeport Brewing in Portland, Oregon. Ropewalk isn't currently brewed anymore but was originally brewed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bridgeport and for those who are interested, here are the other Bridgeport brews. I first tried Ropewalk in the late summer of 2006 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Here is a Beer Advocate review and a RateBeer review.

Thursday, December 1, 2011