Monthly Archives: July 2011

Today was an all around super Sunday, but after too many spiders and with the humidity, I just needed to sit down with an ice cold gin & tonic. Mine will never compare to my bestie Laura’s famous G & Ts, but I can try.

I’ll be back with brews tomorrow…but a sneak peek…here’s a gift from Michigan & Big Buck Brewery.


All in all This is a great beer for a day of laying out in the sun, but it’s pretty forgettable after the day is said and done. I was a little nervous about trying a “fruity” beer, because after trying some horrible cherry beer at the Heorot once, I haven’t been able to stop associating a fruit beer with cough syrup. So I was understandably hesitant but pleasantly surprised. You can taste the hint of blueberry, but the flavor is not overwhelming at all and it still tastes like a beer. Plus as a bonus, it’s excellent with frozen blueberries. Yum yum.

Recommend to a friend? If you’re wanting to delve into a fruit beer, and don’t want to have something that is in your face, try this one on for size.

Safe for lightweights? 5.5% Again, we’re all good.

One silver star.

LabelingEhh. I’m not a fan of that font, but I love that the trumpet is blowing out blueberries instead of notes.

Plus one? Yes please.

“The brewmaster’s goal: the perfect ale for summertime quaffing, nothing more. Breck Brew’s SummerBright is the result. The craftsman’s touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest’s most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze.” from Breckenridge

All in all They get points for using “quaffing” in their blurb, but not for much else. However, I have found a great place for this beer….this is a perfect shower beer. You know, when you want to take a shower but don’t want to give up the beer in hand so you just enjoy both at the same time? Shower beer. Whaddya mean you haven’t tried it? You need to get on that. There are a few things that are perfect after a long, frustrating week…

1. A nap

2. Grilling and a few beers enjoyed outside with friends

3. A nap after a beer

4. A shower beer

Recommend to a friend? If you want something with a little bit of a lemon/orange hint, I would recommend Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat instead of this. One of the gentlemen working at the liquor store said he liked it (the Sunset Wheat) because “it tastes like Fruity Pebbles.”

Safe for lightweights? 4.5% totally a-okay


LabelingThat sun kind of gives me the creepy chills.

Plus one? Yup. I wouldn’t say I’d buy several just for kicks, but with a super low alcohol percentage I’d enjoy more than one of these if they were around.

“We make angry beer, and angry beer is a great thing. Angry beer makes for happy people….I’m actually angry about beer, a lot, ‘cause I see a beer or I taste a beer…they expect me to accept this?” Greg Koch – Founder, Stone Brewing Co in “Beer Wars”

All in all YES. Yes yes yes. Now THAT is a beer that can hold it’s own. I will be angry if you don’t try this soon. This one just raised the bar. Don’t worry about the flavors in it, don’t worry if it’s crisp or clean, just go have one.

Recommend to a friend? Yes yes please (if you like IPAs). You should go have one right now. And then call me so I can come have another one sometime. One of my friends always seems to buy a big boy of Ruination for other people when he is out having a good time – and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I want to hug you now my friend.

Safe for lightweights? 7.7% It’s getting up there. I’d worry about the taste knocking you sideways more than the alcohol percentage.

Can you see me smiling all the way over there?

LabelingCan’t you see that fabulous gold? Doesn’t that gargoyle just give you the good chills? Rawr.

Plus one? I’d love to have another one, but it has a rather potent flavor (in a good way) and for some reason IPA’s seem to hit me a little bit harder than others.

from Founders Brewing – “A testament to Cascade hops in a bottle, this medium-bodied pale ale has a refreshing citrus flavor and a distinctive floral hop aroma due to the aggressive addition of hops during fermentation. You’ll notice a slight malty sweetness with a balanced hop finish. Perfect to enjoy anytime, anywhere.”

All in all Simple and average pale ale. Nothing to hop (pun intended…hehe) and skip over. But this one didn’t provide a whole lot of inspiration.

Recommend to a friend? Maybe, but I think there are some better pale ale’s that you can go for.

Safe for lightweights? 5.4% Easy-drinking

I’ll give it a C.

LabelingLove love love the illustration. Reminds of Mucha and really makes drool over these tattoos…and now that makes me want to get another one myself. Hmmm maybe this beer is a bad (or great) influence on me.

Plus one? I’ll be switching to something else for my next beer.

There was no “proper” summary I could find online for this Flemish Sour Ale, but in short this is a Belgian Sour brewed by Brouwerii Van Steenberge in Belgium and bottled for the Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (This is the same brewery that Gulden Draak comes from – yeyeah!)

All in all Yummmmy. I will probably always compare any sour I try in the future to that one legendary New Glarus sour, but this one was respectably delicious. I would have preferred it to have a little bit more of a curl or kick and the very end of every sip though. It’s still sour, that’s for sure, but it does leave you wanting a little something more.

Recommend to a friend? If you like yeasty Belgian beers, and flavors that are a little outside the beer box, go for it. If you appreciate the color of beer in a glass, then you’ll love this sour’s deep and rich crimson shade.

Safe for lightweights? 5.5% If you like the flavor, then it’s really easy to drink quickly so try to take your time.

Nom nom nom.

LabelingEhh it’s not for me, but the old style lettering helps you think of it as coming from an ancient Belgian brewery instead of associating it with a pub from Philadelphia.

Plus one? I would love to have more than one of these. It isn’t too heavy and has enough flavor (but not too much) to last you through a couple of glasses.

“Produced in the tradition of the 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.” from North Coast

All in all Oh. my. lawd. I have to say that this one’s a bit intimidating – I mean come on, something that looks that good makes you stumble around for what to say…seriously, look at that beautiful pour (see below). That aside, this will prepare you for whatever the cold winter Russian weather may throw at you. All in all, it’s delicious.

Recommend to a friend? Do you prefer an ale through which you can’t see the sun shine? Then help yourself.

Safe for lightweights? 9% I’d recommend trying to finish any blog posts or any work that needs to be done before polishing off one of these. Also, if you really want a second beer of the night, go with something uber light like an Upland Wheat and make sure you have a ride home.

I’ll raise my glass to that.

LabelingIsn’t Rasputin’s portrait enough for you?