Reviews

Deschutes Black Butte XXV

Beginning in 2008, Deschutes Brewery has released a barrel-aged version of its flagship Black Butte Porter annually to celebrate the anniversary of its opening in 1988. To mark 25 years of operation in 2013, Deschutes released Black Butte XXV, an imperial porter brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs. For XXV, half of the beer is aged in bourbon casks and an eighth of the beer is aged with blackcurrants added before the batch is blended back together for the final bottling.

Cascade Foudre #1

As a self-proclaimed beer nerd, sour beers are one of my true passions.

I have spent the past several years (and way too much of my income) searching far and wide looking for the next great acidic brew and my journey always seems to come back to one of my favorite places on earth. Portland, Ore., Home of Cascade Brewing. Ron Gansberg is the mad scientist behind the magical place aptly nick-named, “the house of sour.” Gansberg's hard work has pulled in three medals from the Great American Beer Festival, countless die hard fans and the reputation of one of the countries foremost sour beer breweries.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Schlafly first came on the St. Lewis, Mo. beer scene in 1991 and currently brews over 50 unique styles of beers annually, with roughly half of them bottled and half exclusively available on draft at the company's two brewery/restaurants: The Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks, which are both in St. Louis.

Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

Craft beer lovers in California are well aware of the fantastic products Jesse Fridman and Damian Fagan have been putting out over the last few years. While those names might not sound familiar to most, the San Francisco-based Almanac Beer Company they started in 2010 has garnished quite a reputation for putting out unique beers using locally-sourced ingredients from family owned farms. Their farm to barrel approach has turned out a long line of highly-rated brews all without the use their own brewing equipment.

Allagash FV13

Two years ago I got a text message from my local bottle shop stating that I need to get over there quickly because they had a rare treat that just came in and would not last long. Trusting the text message I ducked out of work early and walked into the bottle shop just in time to get the last bottle of Alagash FV13. I had plans of running home and cracking it open but somehow it ended up getting lost in the back of the beer fridge not to be seen until this morning.

Prairie Bomb!

In early 2013, Tulsa, Okla.-based Prairie Artisan Ales released a new beer named Bomb!, an imperial stout blended with espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans and ancho chili peppers. While it was not the first beer to gain recognition outside of Oklahoma, Bomb! is considered by many to be the release that put Prairie Artisan Ales on the map and increased the demand for its beers nationally.

Rogue Farms Honey Kölsch

In 2008, Rogue Ales decided to purchase hop and barley farms in Tygh Valley and the town of Independence, Ore. in order to produce some beers made with all local ingredients. Called Rouge Farms, the brand within a brand uses barley, water hops and yeast grown on its farms in specific releases and blends.[ref]For those wondering, the correct pronunciation of Kölsch is Kul-sh. You can here it said by actual German people here.