Month / February 2009

Tröegs Brewing CompanyHarrisburg, PA Preface: The first time I sampled a beer from this brewery was in The Brickskeller, of Washington, DC. I was just about to reach the lip to sip when I caught a whiff of the smoke from someone smoking a cigarette at the other end of the bar. The sensory conflict Read More

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Bavaria S.A.Barranquilla, Columbia Preface: The Bavaria Brewery (Cervecería Bavaria), listed as Bavaria S.A., was founded in 1889 by German immigrant Leo S. Kopp when the Deutsche Brauerei Bavaria began operations on April 4, 1889. The flagship brand Aguila was introduced in 1913. Seventeen years later Consorcio de Cervecerías Bavaria was created when Kopp’s Deutsche Brauerei Read More

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Grand Teton Brewing Co.430 Old Jackson Hole HighwayVictor, ID 83455USA Preface: Here is another sample brew from the folks at Grand Teton – The following are my tasting notes: Appearance: This is a dark, hazy garnet-red brew topped with a dense, mocha colored head of tightly knit small bubbles that rest under a creamy top Read More

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Carib BreweryChamps Fleurs,Trinidad, West Indies Preface: This is the last of what I call the “Caribbean Tasting”. Over the next few days I have tasted four of the beers brewed in the Caribbean. The cost of this beer was $1.84 (US) at a beer wholesaler in Brooklyn, NY USA. Note: Carib is bottled in a Read More

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Big City Brewing Co.7 Pechon StreetKingston, Jamaica Preface: As it is another fine spring-like morning here in Brooklyn, NY, USA, I will crack open a cool Caribbean brew and get this tasting started. This beer retails for $1.84(US). The following are my tasting notes: Appearance: This slightly hazy orange/yellow/gold lightly carbonated brew is topped with Read More

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Banks BreweryBarbados Preface: On a fine spring-like morning here in Brooklyn, NY, USA it struck me as a good morning to sample another Caribbean brew. This one, Banks, is new to me although I did run across the mention of the brewery in my research for a book that hasn’t yet been published. This beer Read More

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Brasserie THIRIEZ22 rue de Wormhout59470 ESQUELBECQTél-fax : 03 28 62 88 44brasserie.thiriez@wanadoo.fr Preface: As you can see by the address of this brewery, it is not in the Caribbean. The choice of a French beer is simply by chance. Yesterday I happened to notice it sitting on the shelf of a Whole Foods market in Read More

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Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.Nassau, Bahamas Preface: This is the first of what I call the “Caribbean Tasting”. Over the next few days I will taste four of the beers brewed in the Caribbean. The cost of this beer was $1.35 (US) at a beer wholesaler in Brooklyn, NY USA. I first tried this brew on a Read More

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Deschutes BreweryBend, ORUSA Preface: Yesterday I received this brew from the folks at Deschutes Brewery. A note on the label says, “Stonehenge is a mystery. Hop Henge is a discovery. Our monument to hops – Hop Henge is brought to life by the uncompromising creativity of our brewers. With an immense hop flavor and bitter Read More

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Yesterday I had a conversation with a chap who markets beers from specialty breweries in Italy. While sipping a brew, he related the story of the development of the microbreweries in the Piedmonte region in Italy. Of particular note was the prolific use of what beer brewers in the United States and Germany would call Read More

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