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  • Brew Review #11: Oakshire Watershed IPA

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    SONY DSC

    I just found my new favorite beer. Okay, it might not be my all-time favorite, but the Watershed IPA by Oakshire Brewing really took a hold of me. If you’re not familiar, Oakshire is a brewery based out of Eugene Oregon that started up back in 2006. If you’ve read my previous beer reviews, you’ll know I like my hops; but only if there’s just as much accompanying flavor. This beer is one of those perfectly balanced IPAs: loaded with hops up front and backed by a piney/citrus finish.

    If you’ve ever had the Heady Topper, you’ll know what I mean by balancing the beer’s punch with a palatable overall taste.  The Watershed IPA does just that. It’s not super bitter like some IPAs that leave much to be desired. If you see a 6er of this at your local vendor of  adult beverages, I’d highly suggest giving it a shot. If you’re looking for a geekier review of this beer, I’d point you to Google – there are a ton of beer nerds out there, I just enjoy sharing my favorites. Cheers.

    -B

  • Brew Review #10: Lagunitas Little Sumpin’

    lagunitas little sumpin

    lagunitas little sumpin

    This is definitely my favorite beer from Lagunitas. I came across the Little Sumpin‘ the other day at the store and being a “hop head”, I had to give it a try. I think it was ten bucks or so for a six-pack but trust me, it’s well worth it. The ale is hoppy yet balanced with a pretty complex aroma.  I’m not one to get too technical when it comes to my beer; I either enjoy it or don’t. But if you’re like me and tend to prefer IPAs or pale ales, or if you’re a fan of wheat beers, then you’ll probably love the Little Sumpin’. Flavorful hops, 7.5% alcohol and a pin-up…what else do you need?

    -B

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  • Brew Review #9: Pretty Things Jack D’Or

    pretty things beer

    pretty things beer

    Man, I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last brew review. I’m gonna try to get this going again, and what better beer to welcome you back than the Jack D’Or by Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project. The beer was a Christmas gift from Chris and a really great one at that. The glass you see there was also a gift, this time from my sister (pretty much my whole family, aunts included, got me beer related gifts). Pretty Things likes to describe themselves as “gypsy brewers” as they don’t have a permanent brewery they call home. Instead, they’re tenant brewers which gives them the flexibility of brewing a huge variety of beers.

    The Jack D’Or is their flagship beer and is described as a Saison Americaine. Saison, or “seasonal” beers originated in Belgium during the late 19th century and were typically brewed between November and March. They ended up strong and clean enough to properly age through the summer. A big thing that defines saison-style beers is the yeast used. Most are brewed with a red wine yeast which tolerates very high fermentation temperatures, making it the perfect choice to combat summer heat. While the Jack D’Or isn’t a true Belgium saison, it’s definitely a unique beer. It’s bitter at first but then opens up with an array of plant and citrus-like flavors. I’m no expert here, but I know what I like and this beer was certainly a pleasant surprise. I imagined it being similar to a flavorless Belgian wheat ale but its complexity was a real treat. Highly recommended.

    -B

  • Brew Review #8: Great Lakes Eliot Ness

    great lakes eliot ness beer

    great lakes eliot ness beer

    Damn, well here’s the best amber ale I’ve had to date. I got to go visit my folks this past weekend in New Jersey and this Eliot Ness along with another beer from the Great Lakes Brewery were waiting for me. Being that my family and relatives are all originally from Ohio, I usually only get to drink Great Lakes beers during our annual pilgrimage to Cleveland for Thanksgiving. The beer is one of the more flavorful amber ales I’ve had; and by flavorful I mean fairly hopped with a grainy, slightly citrus-y finish. Named after the infamous prohibition agent, I imagine this would be one of my first choices of beer if this guy was reincarnated and somehow resurrected anti-alcohol laws for another 13 years. What I’m trying to say is it’s good.

    So if you happen to come across this beer, or any beer by Great Lakes I’d highly suggest grabbing a couple sixers. Check back for another beer from these guys next week and be sure so check out the other 7 beers I’ve reviewed.

    -B

  • Brew Review #7: Southern Tier Hop Sun – Summer Wheat Beer

    southern tier hop sun summer beer

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a Brew Review, but the Hop Sun by Southern Tier definitely warrants some praise. Summer beers aren’t always my first choice, but the fact this one’s called Hop Sun caught my attention. The first one went down easy with a light feel and a slight bite.  The beer is brewed with 3 varieties of malts and a single strain of hops, making for a more interesting summertime beer and a nice alternative to other offerings. While I sip on my second, I’m noticing a variety of subtle pine, lemon and citrus flavors…still a nice, light feel but the flavor proves to be pretty complex.

    Highly recommended.

    -B

  • Harpoon Brewery Point to Point Ride

    harpoon brewery point to point

    harpoon brewery point to point

    The Harpoon Brewery’s Point to Point ride is coming up! Mark those calendars for August 11, 2012 and come join us for the 10th annual ride / benefit for The Vermont Foodbank. There are 25, 50, and 115 mile rides which will take you along some of Vermont’s beautiful, quaint roads and all end at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT.

    You like beer too right? Well there’s gonna be plenty at the finish. Thinking of riding but have friends calling you crazy?  Join us, we’ve started a team for all those looking for some good company and bad jokes. Wanna give us money instead? There’s a $150 fundraising minimum for all riders “doing” the century. Be sure to read up more on the Point To Point site and if you’ve got anymore questions shoot me an email: culturecycles@gmail.com

    -B

  • Burro Bags: Party Belt

    burro bags party belt

    burro bags party belt

    Oh man, talk about the ultimate summertime accessory for you recreational endeavors. Burro Bags nails it with the Party Belt, giving you a six-shooter’s worth of spaces for your brews. Get yours here.

    -B

     

  • Brew Review #6: Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero

    clown shoes chocolate sombrero review

    Damn, what a beer this was. The Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero is Mexican-style chocolate stout, a brew I don’t usually lean towards, but was pleasantly surprised with nevertheless. “Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chile plus cinnamon plus vanilla extract plus a chocolate loving, beer drinking, Clown Shoes wearing, multi-limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label. That’s the recipe for a Chocolate Sombrero!

    That’s how the label describes it, and I’d say they’re spot-on. I didn’t really get a taste of the cinnamon or chile flavors, but that’s likely due to the fact that I’m not a seasoned stout drinker. This beer was a gift, and I think it just might have opened up a new door of beers for me. Here’s to the dark side.

    -B