Love that Maple!

I’m a big fan of maple syrup….the smell, the taste, the romanticism about tapping a tree and letting the sap drain into a bucket.  All in all, it’s quite a wonderful nectar of nature. Not surprisingly, maple has become the adjunct du jour in the Stout world, and frankly, I’m thrilled.  The addition of mapleContinue reading “Love that Maple!”

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Is size important?

The Stout world seems to be confused about size.  If you go to your favorite bottleshop or taproom, you’ll see Stouts in 12oz cans, 16oz cans, 19oz cans (BA TENFIDY), 11.2 oz bottles,  12 oz bottles, 16oz bottles, 500ml bottles, 22oz bombers and 750ml bottles, and in rare cases, 1 liter bottles (yes, Rogue I’mContinue reading “Is size important?”

Stout and about…..

A few random observations: -I’m in the middle of my first beer trading “damaged shipment”.  I sent a full 6 shipper from North Carolina to California, had it refilled and it was sent back to NC by one of my good trading partners.  It made it all the way cross country back to western NorthContinue reading “Stout and about…..”

Brewpublik

Brewpublik is a new business venture that has entered the Raleigh market within the past few months.  They cut their teeth in Charlotte, then have expanded into Raleigh.  Brewpublik provides a customized craft beer delivery service based on a taste profile you create on their website.  Based on your profile, they then select craft beersContinue reading “Brewpublik”

NC Beer Month and the KBS Quest

April has been selected as North Carolina Beer Month and all of the local bottleshops and breweries have special events to highlight local North Carolina beers.  My contribution to NC Beer Month for this week is tasting and reviewing Wicked Weed’s Dark Age and tasting Trophy Brewing’s El Hombre.  Additionally, I was on the prowlContinue reading “NC Beer Month and the KBS Quest”

Stout and About

A great weekend of good tastings: Friday evening we went to our local Brixx pizza.  Brixx is known for their excellent pizza but they also have a pretty good craft beer selection.  Friday they happened to have Sweetwater Dank Tank Pulled Pork Porter on tap.  I asked for a taste, which they always are happyContinue reading “Stout and About”

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”

The Busy Season

October 19, 2015 Today’s post will be rather brief.  This is becoming the busy season for Stout releases.  We’ve just seen the annual release of Founder’s Breakfast Stout and many of the local breweries are hopping on the Stout release train – Lonerider with “Pistols at Dawn”, Fullsteam with IGOR, Son of IGOR, and SeñorContinue reading “The Busy Season”