Serving Temperature of Stouts

One of the important variables of drinking a stout is the serving temperature.  This variable and the incredible impact it has on our stouts was perfectly illustrated last night when I was out with my wife and some friends.   They had a decent selection of beers and I ordered a bottle of Young’s DoubleContinue reading “Serving Temperature of Stouts”

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Some Recent Reviews

I’ve been busy lately, but not too busy to be tasting and reviewing some recent releases and getting re-acquainted with some old friends.   See my Recent Reviews page for my reviews, my observations, and my ratings, but as a preview,  here are a few of my recent tastings: I try and review at leastContinue reading “Some Recent Reviews”

A CANniversary!

Today is National Beer Can Appreciation Day.  Apparently canned beer was born on this day in 1935 in Richmond, Virginia (so says Wikipedia).  So the beer can is 81 years old today.  I celebrated by drinking a stout in a can.  I enjoyed a Silverback Stout from The Unknown Brewing Company in Charlotte, NC.  YouContinue reading “A CANniversary!”

Support your Local Brewers and Bottleshops

As I sit here enjoying my Miller’s Toll imperial stout from Raleigh Brewing, I’m thinking about our local beer economy.  The proliferation of local brewers and bottleshops is both fantastic and concerning.  It’s great that we have more choices and more opportunities to sample our local brewmasters creations but at the same time, as inContinue reading “Support your Local Brewers and Bottleshops”

Back to Black

In my last post, I reviewed my taste testing of Vermont DIPAs.  While that was enjoyable, I’m happy to get back to the Stout world.  I came back with a bang: I sampled Alesmith’s Hawaiian Speedway Stout and Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout at a local Bottleshop (thanks Wine and Beer 101- Raleigh!).  They poured 8Continue reading “Back to Black”

Something different….

I’m usually all about Stouts, but my business travels have taken me to Burlington, Vermont over the past couple of years.  Aside from being an incredibly beautiful place, Vermont is also a beer mecca and Burlington is right in the middle of the action.  I was able to visit the hallowed Beverage Warehouse in Winooski,Continue reading “Something different….”

Christmas Bomb!

My tastings this weekend turned out to be perfect examples of why stouts are amazing.  Saturday I enjoyed Milk and Cookies from Wicked Weed – a good stout, nothing over the top, but enjoyable nonetheless.  Tonight, I cracked open Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales….I’ve had Bomb! before and hoped that PAA’s Christmas offering wouldContinue reading “Christmas Bomb!”