Reviews

(512) Whiskey Barrel Double Pecan Porter (2013)

Based off a "stronger, more intense version" of their core Pecan Porter recipe, Austin's (512) Brewing Company first bottled its Whiskey Barrel Double Pecan Porter in 2010. The initial run was limited to a single 200-liter barrel, an amount that increased to five times that number a year later. For the 2013 vintage, a total of ten 200-liter barrels were bottled, providing Texans an even greater supply of what has become one of the state's more highly sought-after brews.

Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl

Started in 1987 with a small 10 barrel brewhouse, Anderson Valley Brewing Company has grown extensively over the past two decades. Having expanded its production capabilities just a little bit in the past two decades, they now have a wide distribution and name recognition that they might not have had even 10 years ago. Having seen it on the shelf but never having tried it myself, jumping into its lineup with the brewery’s new seasonal barrel-aged pumpkin ale, Pinchy Jeek Barl, sounded like as good a way to start off as any.

Funkwerks Saison

Like most modern American breweries, Funkwerks Inc. was born in the backyard of a home brewer. Gordan Schuck began brewing up 5 gallon batches in his Colorado home back in 2002. Within five years he was winning competitions for his beers including a gold medal for his saison at the National Home Brew Competition. That saison recipe is said to have taken him seven tries to master and has become beer that I have in front of me today.

Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat

Many breweries all over the country have a fruit beer of some sort as a summer seasonal, but for whatever reason tangerines are not even close to being one of the most popular fruits to use.

Founded in 1990 by Wendy Pound and Barbara Groom, Lost Coast Brewery is one of the only breweries in the United States that is both female-owned and female-operated. Now employing over 80 people, its beers are distributed in 22 states and 12 different countries.

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (2011)

Dogfish Head is a brewery that should need no introduction among craft beer enthusiasts. Although its slogan is "Off-centered ales for off-centered people," I would maintain that Dogfish Head is widely-known for its unique and very well executed American IPAs. The lineup consists of two year-round staples: 60 Minute (a standard IPA) and 90 Minute (an imperial IPA).

Cigar City Good Gourd

In a sea full of pumpkin beers it is certainly hard to stick out from the crowd. It seems like every brewer does some sort of pumpkin beer come fall and we are currently right in the thick of those beers dropping. With every trend though there are outliers, both the good, the bad and the please don’t ever brew that beer again. Good Gourd by Cigar City brewing is without a doubt in the good category. Originally released in 2009 it was solely available on draft for the first two years of production. Then from 2011-2013 it was made available in 750ml bottles and this past year it was bottled in 22-ounce bottles. Since its initial release Good Gourd has become a highly anticipated seasonal staple.

FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout — Maker’s Mark Barrel (2013)

In this day and age, if a brewery produces an imperial stout it's a virtual given that it will release a barrel-aged version of that beer at some point in the future. Some breweries choose barrels from a favored vintner or distiller and apply a single barrel treatment to their beer roughly once a year. Others vary their suppliers, effectively creating a new beer for consumers whether it be an annual release or part of a running line of limited edition brews. In the case of the FiftyFifty Brewing Co., they've made a yearly event out of aging their popular Imperial Eclipse Stout in multiple barrels for a simultaneous release in 22-ounce bottles.