Month / April 2008

Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR USA Preface: This one’s been sitting in the refrigerator for about a month, at least. There are no markings on the bottle or the label that would give me any idea about when it is “good until.” However it does tell me that the brew is aged in oak barrels (33% […]

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Brasserie Duyck,Jenlain, France   Preface:Once upon a time not too long ago there was a bar in SoHo ( South of Houston – pronounced How-stun) in Manhattan that had the bad fortune to order for cases of Jenlain ale. Actually, it was my good fortune as they sold the beer as a loss leader for […]

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  Leinenkugel Brewery CChippewa Falls, WI       Preface:This is one of the summer beers put out by Leinenkugel this year. Why save this one for last, I have no idea. All I know is that today, I really wish it was summertime and so I’ve decided to taste this one. The label tells […]

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Bison Brewery,Berkeley, CA     Preface: This is the second year that these folks have sent me a version of REUNION. As a lymphoma survivor I am an easy touch for anti-cancer efforts. Nevertheless, after checking out this brewery/organization, it’s the beer that you are interested in. This year’s version of REUNION (’08) offers the […]

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Deschutes Brewery,Bend, OR   Preface:   This sample has been sitting in the back of a refrigerator for some time. The press release I found with it had a date line of February 18, 2008. It tells me that they are using something called Amarillo hops. I’m interested to taste the Amarillo hops. Also noted […]

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  Magic Hat Brewing (and Theatrical) CompanySouth Burlington, VT Preface:   This time I’m working without notes (and have no idea that this was supposed to be an Irish Red Ale). I do know that this brewery puts out a series of brews called “odd notion.” This one is labeled spring ’08. The label also […]

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Deschutes Brewery,Bend, OR     Preface:   According to the promotional material that came with this brew, it is “the ultimate in hop innovation.”   What is even more interesting… “Head Brewer Brett Porter says “This is a truly exciting and groundbreaking beer. We reformulated everything about the hop recipe to give Hop Henge an […]

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  Tailgate BeerIrvine, CA USA   Preface: This is the fourth sample bottle sent to me by the folks at Tailgate Beer. I cannot tell you why I saved this one for last. As you can see it has a distinctive Tailgate label, and on the label it says little about the brew other than […]

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Left Hand Brewing Co.Longmont, CO USA Preface: The promotion material that came with this product was a little bit obscure. Therefore I know little about the lineage behind this brew. As you can see from the picture, the label and information is painted on. It tells me that this is 1 pint 9.36 fluid ounces, […]

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ORLIO/Magic Hat Brewing CompanySouth-Burlington, VT (USA)     Preface:Yesterday a box arrived from the ORLIO organic beer company. It looked innocuous enough. When I opened it up, right on top, there was a rather large mysterious black envelope. As you can see the presentation of the beer bottles are rather severe as well. Such intimidating […]

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