Brian Burt

Upslope Imperial IPA

Upslope Brewing Company was founded in 2008 by Matt Cutter and Dany Pages in Boulder, Colo., with its first publicly released beer being a pale ale.A few years and a few beers later, they now offer five regular release beers year round, with some limited release beers sprinkled in when the season is right. Upslope’s beers are only released in cans, as the owners feel it fits their style of active and environmentally conscious individuals. One of those regular release cans that towers above the other 12-ounce plebeians, is the Imperial IPA that only comes in a 19.2 ounce royal pint can.

Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra (2014)

In 1998, Dogfish Head created a Belgian-style brown ale called Raison D'Etre, which translated from French means reason for being. The name is a play on words of sorts, as it is brewed with raisins, along with beet sugar and Belgian-style yeast. This heavier 8 percent ABV beer was brewed with the intention of pairing it with steak much like you would a red wine. Fast forward nine years and Dogfish Head decided to take the Raison D’Etre recipe and add in even more raisins, malts and brown sugar to create what Dogfish calls its “Raison D'Etre, with a little extra,” aptly named Raison D’Extra.

No Label Perpetual Peace

Relatively new to the craft brewing scene, No Label Brewing established themselves in Katy, Texas in 2010. Founded by a beer enthusiastic family, Brian Royo, his wife Jennifer, and his parents Gilberto and Melanie all left their respective careers that didn’t have anything to do with beer to pursue the dream of having their own brewery. One of the brewery's projects is called the Off Label Brew Series, which includes experimental beers that didn’t quite fit in the rest of their lineup.

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits has a year round beer called Sculpin India Pale Ale. Named after the sculpin fish which has poisonous fins but is supposed to have delicious meat, the brewery describes the beer as “something that has a sting but tastes great.” While, Ballast Point stepped it up a notch when they made the Habanero Sculpin, adding habanero peppers to the brewing process.

Bear Republic Racer X Double IPA

Established during the first craft beer boom, Bear Republic opened up their brewpub in 1995 in Healdsburg, Calif. In 2006, it opened a new factory in Cloverdale, only a few miles north of its original brewpub location. Like many California breweries, it has created an environmentally=friendly brewery, practicing sustainability with everything from solar arrays to reduced water usage during the brewing process.

Alaskan Brewing Co. Hopothermia Double IPA

After being on an unintended hiatus from Tenemu reviews for nearly a month, I’m returning today to review the Alaskan Brewing Co. Hopothermia Double IPA. A clever and fitting play on words, Hopothermia was announced as a year-round release in January of last year, initially being released in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles, it is also available in 22-ounce bottles now as well.

Amarcord Ama Bruna

Amarcord Brewery was started by a group of friends in 1997 and was named after the 1973 Federico Fellini film. The film was based in Rimini, Italy which is where the brewery's office is located. The brewery itself is actually in Appecchio, which is listed on the bottle, and is about 70 miles south of Rimini. While there isn’t much more information out there about the brewery, the site does note that the brewery was originally located in Rimini, but was moved to Appecchio in 2008 when they started to expand and need more room.