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One of the World’s Best Porters: Evil Twin Biscotti Break Imperial Porter

Evil Twin Brewing 300x144 One of the World’s Best Porters: Evil Twin Biscotti Break Imperial PorterCritically Acclaimed Evil Twin Brewing

By Matt Goldstein

There’s a few golden rules about craft beer like searching for that ever allusive Pliny the Younger, drinking as many different beers as possible at a beer fest and whenever an Evil Twin Brewing beer is on tap, ordering a pint is an absolute must period.  From what started as a beer geek making beers in his basement, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso of Coppenhagen has now turned Evil Twin into one of the best craft beer brands in the world.  Jeppe is the evil twin of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø from Mikkeller Brewing, also one of the most coveted craft beer brands in the world.

The Evilo Twin Biscotti Break Imperial Porter is made with espresso, vanilla and toasted almonds.  This beautiful malt beverage is awesomely crisp, bitter and refreshing.  With flavors of vanilla, espresso and nuts, this imperial porter is very balanced and a straight up stud!  The Evil Twin Biscotti Break is simply one of the best balanced imperial porters in the world and comes with one of our highest recommendations.

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Featured Craft Beer of the Week: The Westmalle Trappist Dubbel Belgian Ale

westmalle trappist dubbel belgian ale 1 Featured Craft Beer of the Week: The Westmalle Trappist Dubbel Belgian AleMade by Trappist Catholic Monks in Belgium

By Matt Goldstein

The Westmalle Trappist Dubbel Belgian Ale is made by Trappist Monks at the Westmalle Abbey Monastery in Belgium.  An Abbey is a Catholic Monastery and Trappist is the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, a Roman Catholic Religious Order.  According to Westmalle, out of all the beers in the world, only seven of them can use the name ‘Trappist’: Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Westvleteren and Westmalle, all of which have an “Authentic Trappist Product” logo.  A Trappist beer is only given this name if the beer is brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by the monks themselves or under their supervision.  The brewery must be controlled by the monastery and be monastic in its business.  The profit from the beer and cheese making is only for the modest livelihood of the Monks and the up keep of the abbey.  Having brewed beer since 1837, there are three beers brewed at the Westmalle Trappist Abbey, the Westmalle Dubbel or double, the Westmalle Trippel, and the Westmalle Extra.

For a Belgian Ale the Westmalle Dubbel is actually pretty mild and balanced.  Many Belgian Ales can be extremely strong in alcohol and yeast, but the Westmalle Dubbel is subtle in both.  A dark, reddish-brown with a secondary fermentation in the bottle the Dubbel is subtle enough for the malts to shine through the yeast and 7% ABV.  With flavors of fruit, toffee, chocolate and coffee, the Westmalle Dubbel is complex but not overbearing and could be considered a session beer when comparing it to other heavy Trappiste beers.  The Westmalle Dubbel is simply one our favorite beers and absolutely recommend it.

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Best Christmas Beers 2011: Ridgeway Brewing’s Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout!

Ridgeway Brewing Lump of Coal Stout Best Christmas Beers 2011: Ridgeway Brewing’s Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout!By Matt Goldstein

Have you been bad this season?  If so, Santa might be punishing you with coal under the Christmas tree.  I know what you’re thinking, “What does this Jewish guy Goldstein know about Christmas?”  Fear not my friends, I got connections.  You best believe I got some Christmas gifts on the way.  On another note, a good kind of coal this holiday season is coal that comes in the form of a beer.  The Ridgeway Brewing Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout is a classic wintery stout perfect for any holiday celebration.  Making over 19 Christmas Ales, Ridgeway Brewing out of England is one of the world’s leading holiday beer makers.  Black in color with a brown bubbly head, the Lump of Coal Stout is a malty stout with subtle crispness.  Thin in body for a stout, the malty and coffee notes make a pretty flavorful stout.  Not full of all those Christmas spices in most craft beers, the Lump of Coal is simply a solid stout.  Malty, smoky and bitter, we would definitely try this stout again.

Ridgeway Lump of Coal

Country of Origin:  England

Brewery:  Ridgeway

Beer Style:  Stout, Winter/Holiday Beer

Alcohol By Volume:  8.0%

Format:  500 ml bottles, 50L kegs

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Best Christmas Beers of 2011: The Sly Fox Christmas Ale

sly fo christmas ale Best Christmas Beers of 2011: The Sly Fox Christmas Ale By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

The Sly Fox Brewery plans a major expansion in brewing and a new Pottstown location later this year which will inevitably add to more beers from the already stacked Sly Fox line up.  However, one Sly Fox staple beer continues to deliver year after year and still reigns as one of the best holiday beers available, the Sly Fox Christmas Ale.  “This malty, full-bodied red ale is made with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg. If this one doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.”  The malt and the spices are a perfect balance as opposed to some other Christmas brews in which the spices completely take over.  Balance and subtly is key for the best beers and the Sly Fox Christmas Ale simply becomes a ginger bread cookie in liquid form.  This is a classic Christmas Ale!

16.5 OG | 16 IBUs | 6.5% ABV

Availability: Seasonal

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Featured Craft Beer of the Week: Victory Brewing’s Yakima Glory Ale, A Dark IPA

Victory Brewings Yakima Glory Ale Featured Craft Beer of the Week: Victory Brewing’s Yakima Glory Ale, A Dark IPAOne of the Highest Malt Contents of any Craft Ale

By Matt Goldstein & Tim Rodgers

If you love a well balanced craft IPA and Pale Ale, but still love the high malt content of a German Dopplebock, the Yakima Glory marries both brewing styles in one of the best craft beers in the world, the Victory Brewing Yakima Glory Ale.  With imported German Malts and Four Whole Flour Yakima Valley Hops, the Yakima Glory has an ABV of 8.7%.  The Victory Yakima Glory comes with one of our highest craft ale recommendations.

“The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge.  Bask in the “glory”­ of the bright and brassy hops!”

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Best Fall Craft Beers: Southern Tier Brewing’s Imperial Pumking

Southern Tier Pumpk 223x300 Best Fall Craft Beers: Southern Tier Brewings Imperial PumkingPumpking Imperial Pumpkin Ale

By Matt Goldstein

The fall season brings out the best and worst of craft beer, with many brewers trying to put pumpkin pie in a bottle.  Sometimes too sweet, sometimes too trendy, but one fall craft beer continues to reign at the top, the Southern Tier Pumpking.  Southern Tier Brewing in New York is one of the most recognized and awarded craft brewing companies in the country.  The seasonal Southern Tier Pumpking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from whichthey return forever changed!  Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent.  Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow.  As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun.  As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape.  This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly.

8.6% abv • 12.7ºL • Imperial Pumpkin Ale • 22 oz / 1/2 keg / 1/6 keg

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Philadelphia Brewing’s Broadcaster Brown Ale: A Tribute to the 20th Anniversary of Live at the World Cafe

philadelphia brewing company world cafe broadcaster brown ale Philadelphia Brewing’s Broadcaster Brown Ale: A Tribute to the 20th Anniversary of Live at the World CafeBy Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

Philadelphia’s iconic indie radio station WXPN, located at the far left of the dial at 88.5 FM, has been a musical haven for emerging and local musicians as well as heritage artists for decades.   A member-supported station based out of the University of Pennsylvania, WXPN has been a pioneer in the non-commercial radio station world, bringing an eclectic mix of the best music to the airways without pressure to conform to commercial radio conventions from corporate underwriters.

This freedom from corporate rule is showcased beautifully in WXPN’s nationally syndicated program Live at the World Café.  Started with seed money from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1991 and distributed by NPR since 2005, the two-hour daily show has featured over 4,000 performances and interviews over the last twenty years.  There aren’t many shows you can tune in to and find in-depth interviews and performances by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joan Armatrading, Tom Waits, and Joe Strummer  — actually, there are no other places, we checked – and twenty years of this thoughtful programming is what the folks at the Philadelphia Brewing Company thought worthy of honoring this month with a special limited edition brew.

The Broadcaster Brown Ale, PBC’s tribute to the 20th anniversary of Live at the World Café, and its host David Dye, is a malty, hoppy, crisp brown ale with excellent balance.  Very flavorful with a bitter crispness, made with German malts, this is a solid brown ale.
Alcohol Content: 5.0 abv
IBU’s: 35
Color: Deep Ruby-Brown
Hops: Bravo, Centenial, Cascase
Dry Hops: Amarillo, Cascade
Malts: Two-row Pilsner, Dark Munich, CaraMunich, Carafa , Oats

 

Source: XPN

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The Colossus of Rhodes Ale & Oscar Blues G’knight Red Ale

duclaw brewing logo The Colossus of Rhodes Ale & Oscar Blues Gknight Red AleCourtesy of Billy’s Beer Blog

The Colossus of Rhodes is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. And an American strong ale from the Baltimore area brewery DuClaw is a wonder of the extreme beer world.  DuClaw Colossus (DuClaw Brewing Co.; Bel Air, MD; American Strong Ale; ABV: 21.0) is a beer of gigantic proportions. This dark amber ale immerses you right off the bat with big notes of sweet caramel in both the aromatic nose and initial taste. The candy like feel is complimented by apple, cinnamon spices, and honey with a hint of piny hops at the end.

Since Colossus is aged like a wine or brandy to allow its flavors to mature and alcohol to mellow, the alcohol content is deceptively hidden and there’s no burn at the finish that’s characteristic of other ales in its weight class.

oskar blues gknight red ale 154x300 The Colossus of Rhodes Ale & Oscar Blues Gknight Red AleFor many years I have considered Samuel Adams Utopias to be the best extreme beer of 20% or more, but the wonderfully complex and silky smooth Colossus can definitely give this acclaimed ale a run for its money.

Had a chance to try another exceptional beer from Colorado brewery Oskar Blues while having dinner at Libby’s. An Imperial red ale, it features the hoppy character of an Imperial IPA with the smoothness of an amber ale.

Oskar Blues G’Knight:

(Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery; Lyon, CO; Imperial Red Ale; ABV: 8.7) is named for the late Gordon Knight, a fire-fighting helicopter pilot and local brewer who helped found the Colorado breweries Twisted Pine, Wolf Tongue, and Estes Park during the 1990s. Knight was killed in the line of duty in 2002. The beer in fact was originally named Gordon Knight, but was renamed after a trademark infringement suit filed by Gordon Biersch Brewery (sic).

The dry hopped G’Knight is a fitting tribute to Knight, with a deep amber color and hearty notes of citrus and piny hops complimented by sweet caramel malt and honey. G’Knight is a very satisfying and well balanced ale, and the alcohol content of nearly 9% is nicely toned down. It paired well with the Crispy Soft Shell Crab Po Boy that I had as the main course.

I highly recommend the superb G’Knight.

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Wicked Brewing and an Evil Twin: A Harpoon Brewing Review

harpoon brewery logo 300x120 Wicked Brewing and an Evil Twin: A Harpoon Brewing ReviewHarpoon Belgian Pale Ale, Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA, Harpoon Munich Dark, & Harpoon Leviathan Imperial Rye

Courtesy of Billy’s Beer Blog

My friend Jack and I hit Shamrock Pub last night to check out several beers that were featured during Monday’s Harpoon Tiny Tap Takeover. I’ve been a fan of the Boston based brewery for some time, so it was a great opportunity to try some offerings that aren’t normally seen in the SRQ area.

harpoon belgian pale ale 137x300 Wicked Brewing and an Evil Twin: A Harpoon Brewing ReviewHarpoon Belgian Pale Ale; Harpoon Brewery; Boston, MA; Belgian Pale Ale; ABV: 5.8. This Belgian pale ale (beer on right in left hand side picture) is brewed and conditioned according to the brewery’s IPA specifications, but is also fermented with Belgian golden ale yeast. Golden amber in color, it has subtle notes of Belgian spices and caramel malt backed by Amarillo hops with a crisp clean finish. The floral character of this ale balances nicely with the Belgian influence from the yeast and spices.

Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA; Harpoon Brewery; Boston, MA; India Pale Ale; ABV: 6.9). This beer (beer on left in left hand side picture), is #37 in the brewery’s 100 Barrel Series. A blend of a rye beer and an IPA, Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA pours a light copper color, with notes of rye and citrus fruit such as grapefruit up front, complimented by caramel, peppery spices, and piny hops on the back end. Quite smooth throughout with a dry finish.

Harpoon Munich Dark; Harpoon Brewery; Boston, MA; Munich Dunkel Lager; ABV: 5.6. Brewed with Harpoon’s house ale yeast, this dunkel is inspired by a centuries’ old Bavarian recipe. Dark brown in color, it has ample notes of sweet caramel malt and yeast balanced by chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit with a smoky bitterness at the finish. A fine example of this beer style.

harpoon leviathan rye Wicked Brewing and an Evil Twin: A Harpoon Brewing ReviewHarpoon Leviathan Imperial Rye; Harpoon Brewery; Boston, MA; Rye Beer; ABV: 8.9. My favorite of the four on tap. From Harpoon’s Leviathan Series, this superb imperial rye beer is black burgundy in color with appreciable notes of spicy rye and breaded malt complimented by caramel, sweet honey, and grassy hops with a noticeable hint of alcohol in the backbone. As silky smooth as it is complex, Leviathan Imperial Rye has an almost barley wine like character to it.

We chatted with owner Derek Anderson for a bit, and he had a nice surprise for us by putting Evil Twin Yin (Evil Twin Brewing; Valby, Denmark; Russian Imperial Stout; ABV: 10.0) on tap. On tap recently at Willards Tap House in Largo, Shamrock is the first pub that I’ve seen to have it here locally. Evil Twin derives its name from Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, who founded the brewery and happens to be the twin brother of Mikkeller founder Mikkel Jarnit-Bjergsø. Yin is jet black in color, with substantial notes of sweet chocolate and roasted malt balanced by dark fruit and a hint of smokiness on the back end. There’s a boozy character to Yin from the considerable alcohol presence, but it blends in nicely with the rich, full-bodied texture of this delicious imperial stout. Looking forward to trying Evil Twin Yang (Evil Twin Brewing; Valby, Denmark, Imperial India Pale Ale; ABV: 10.0) sometime in the future.

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2011 U.S. Open Beer Championships: The Top 10 Oatmeal Stouts

sam smith oatmeal stout 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championships: The Top 10 Oatmeal StoutsFrom BeerInfo.com, forward by Jeremy Thomspon

The Porter style was originally created in the UK by blending three ales (Old Ale, Mild, Bitter).  The resulting brew is dark in color with rich, nutty flavors that highlight the roasted malts.  The Stout (originally Stout Porter) takes this even further offering darker, richer notes.  Some brewers have chosen to add chocolate or coffee to these brews resulting in delicious, full-bodied brews.

1. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout – Samuel Smith Old Brewery – England
2. Shipwrecked Stout, Maui Brewing – Hawaii
3. Alaskan Stout – Alaskan Brewing  – Alaska
4. Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Anderson Valley Brewing – California
5. Clustard’s Last Stout – Montana Brewing – Montana
6. Starry Night Stout – Grand Canyon Brewing, Arizona
7. The Poet – New Holland Brewing – Michigan
8. Schlafly Oatmeal Stout – Saint Louis Brewery – Missouri
9. Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout – Breckenridge Brewery – Colorado
10.  Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout – Rogue Ales, Oregon

Porter/Stout

The Porter style was originally created in the UK by blending three ales (Old Ale, Mild, Bitter).  The resulting brew is dark in color with rich, nutty flavors that highlight the roasted malts.  The Stout (originally Stout Porter) takes this even further offering darker, richer notes.  Some brewers have chosen to add chocolate or coffee to these brews resulting in delicious, full-bodied brews.

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