Considering Sierra Nevada

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Considering Sierra Nevada

5,507 Comments By Blake December 21, 2009

There is a superb article on Chow.com that properly credits Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as the groundbreaking brew that started the craft beer movement. The article interestingly calls into question why the beer is no longer considered a great beer by many beer lovers. The beer has not changed. Has craft beer become so widely extreme that this one time extreme beer now pales in comparison? Or are we who love craft beer jaded to any established beer that is so readily available?

I think the answer lies somewhere in between. I’d like to think that most of us aren’t as cynical as the Google employees in the article would have you believe, but then again I have yet to try any of  the Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale Series so maybe I am…

The article makes me wish I’d tried Life and Limb when I had the chance. It’s a great read…

The Beer with the Green Label

Starr Hill Invasion

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Starr Hill Invasion

6,345 Comments By Blake December 16, 2009

Starr Hill beers are suddenly everywhere. It seems that every good beer bar around has two or three of them on tap. I have been thinking for months that Starr Hill must have an unbelievable sales rep to get so many bars to pick up their beer in such a short amount of time. The stuff just isn’t that good.

I mean it’s okay. Their Northern Lights IPA is a pretty good beer and their Dark Star Stout is decent, but why would decent beer be suddenly so popular down here. Why is it supplanting much better breweries on our area taps?

It turns out they’ve got deep pockets. While “technically” they are only being distributed by Anheuser Busch, they have mega brewery guilt by association. I have it on good authority that they are undercutting prices of other craft breweries to get their beers on tap throughout the region.

Craft beer is about passion, it’s about quality and innovation. Success or failure in craft brewing should be determined by the product, not slippery distribution games and bully marketing tactics. Those independent craft brewers have earned their place on our taps with years of innovation and attention to detail and we shouldn’t let them be supplanted by big business disguised as a microbrew.

Give Starr Hill the taste test. Compare it critically with other craft brews available in the area.If you choose Northern Lights IPA or any of the others on merit then by all means continue to “enjoy it responsibly”. But, should they fail the comparison, reach into your wallet and offer your favorite watering hole an extra dollar for a real craft beer. It’s a small price to pay for our soul.

Stay Crafty, My Friends…

Be on the Lookout for Brooklyn Black Ops

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Be on the Lookout for Brooklyn Black Ops

6,253 Comments By Blake December 10, 2009

Beernews.org is reporting that Brooklyn Brewery is putting the finishing touches on a 2009 batch of Black Ops, an imperial stout aged 4 months in bourbon barrels. According to Brooklyn, Black Ops does not exist. According to the Brooklyn sales rep quoted it “…will be available in limited quantities in territories where both Brooklyn Local 1 and Local 2 are distributed.”

Does that include us? I know I will be checking in with BX and Case and Keg to see if I can’t get my hands on one of these.

Brooklyn Black Ops is Back

Rumor: The Lodge has Olde School Barleywine On Tap

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Rumor: The Lodge has Olde School Barleywine On Tap

5,539 Comments By Blake December 7, 2009

Jay just informed me that he was drinking Dogfish Olde School on Friday at The Lodge. I can’t say for sure if they have any left, but if they do be careful. Dogfish has it listed at 15% ABV this year.

To see what else is on tap at the best beer bars around, check out our On Tap section.

Most Comprehensive (and Hilarious) Beer Infographic

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Most Comprehensive (and Hilarious) Beer Infographic

6,149 Comments By Alexis December 1, 2009

This awesome beer infographic comes from The Oatmeal and contains some well-known and not so well-known facts about beer.

Apparently the  ancient Babylonians would drown beer makers in their own beer if they produced a bad batch. Now that’s what I call quality control!

Check it out here

New Times gives a shout out to Brother Tucker’s and the Lodge

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New Times gives a shout out to Brother Tucker’s and the Lodge

5,480 Comments By Blake November 20, 2009

Beer news is coming fast and furious this week. The New Times has a nice article up on a few of our favorite places. We’ve already posted a Lodge review, and I certainly owe Ian and Brother Tucker’s a review as they are pioneers of the South Florida beer scene.  I haven’t been to Ye Olde Falcon Pub in a while, but this makes me want to go check them out. Well done, New Times.

Drinkin’ Beer at Ye Olde Falcon Pub, the Lodge Beer & Grill, and Brother Tucker’s

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