American Strong Ale

Widmer Brothers SXNW Brothers’ Reserve #7

As many of our reviews begin, here is another story about a brewery that began with two home brewers a long time before it became the norm. In 1979 home brewing was legalized in Oregon and Kurt and Rob Widmer began brewing beer for themselves, their family and friends. A few short years later in 1984 they quit their jobs and embarked on the journey of starting their own brewery.

Stone Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale

As Jacobim Mugatu from Zoolander would say - That Bourbon Barrel-Aged, he’s so hot right now. And it’s true, everybody seems to be jumping on the bourbon barrel-aging train, and though it’s not a new concept it certainly seems to me that beers finished this way have really permeated the market this year. So today we’ll be looking at one of those beers, this time the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Bell’s Batch 9000

The Batch series from Bell’s Brewery Inc. finds its origin in beers produced by the brewery to commemorate production milestones beginning over 20 years ago. The first to carry the series designation was Batch 3000, with subsequent releases coming every 1000 batches until the line was retired in late 2010 with Batch 10,000.