Tempers Flare, Fight Ensues Before Highly Anticipated Goat Race, Beerfest
By Team Goldmine
At the Weigh in & Press Conference for the Sly Fox Goat Races there was a heated exchange between the Iron Abbey and Whiskey Goldmine. The argument turned into a brawl when Whiskey Goldmine’s racing goat “Coffee” bit the Iron Abbey’s goat named “Iron.” Just then, the other Iron Abbey racing goat named “Abbey” attacked Coffee the goat and a brawlerupted! Iron Abbey’s General Manager Rui Lucas started throwing bombs at WG’s publisher Matt Goldstein, punching and screaming, “What the heck does a whiskey web site know about craft beer and goat racing anyway?!?” After being punched multiple times Goldstein tackled Lucas saying, “Just because you show UFC PPV’s on Saturday nights doesn’t mean you know MMA!” At this point, a complete brawl erupted between 12 goats, all the bartenders at the Iron Abbey and about 10 drunken writers from the WG. It was absolute mayhem.
An anonymous source from the WG was quoted as saying, “Just because the Iron Abbey has the best craft beer and steak combination in the Philadelphia area doesn’t save them from getting crushed in the Sly Fox goat race by Coffee.” Rui Lucas responded with warning that his two goats “Iron” and “Abbey” are gonna “stomp on every goat in their way in order to get to Coffee.” When we asked Whiskey Goldmine Publisher & CEO Matt Goldstein for a quote on the Sly Fox goat races, Goldstein grabbed our camera and smashed it on the ground, kind of like Sonny in the Godfather during the infamous wedding scene. Unfortunately, because of this camera assault, we have no footage of the mayhem from the press conference. It will all have to be decided on Sunday at race time.
The festivities start at 11 am and the race kicks off at 2 pm. Its German bock day and the Sly Fox will have 5 different styles of bock beer flowing outside at the Phoenixville brewery. Tickets for the bus trip from the Iron Abbey are still available. A crowd of about 2500 is expected.
Macro Brews Threaten to Pull Ads Forcing Discovery Channel to Cancel Brew Masters?
By Matt Goldstein
The Discovery Channel has confirmed the cancellation of Brew Masters, a show dedicated to craft beer starring Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione. Rumors have been swirling about the details surrounding the cancellation. Anthony Bourdain, star of the hit foodie show, No Reservations, has accused the big beer companies of threatening to pull their ads from the Discovery Channel if Brew Masters wasn’t cancelled. Nuts! We at the Whiskey Goldmine would like to call for a boycott of all beer companies that advertise on the Discovery Channel. We’re pretty sure that this beer boycott is going to take off like Bill O’Reilly’s boycott of France which the Paris Business Review claims cost France billions.
Now, Sam Calagione publicly stated that he would like to focus on the “focus on the goodness inside the bottle instead of the weirdness outside the bottle.” To that we say off to the bar to drink some Pliny the Younger at 10 am. That’s how we roll!
Fill Out You March Madness Beer Championship Bracket for a Chance to Win!
By Matt Goldstein
The first annual March Madness Beer Championship Bracket Tournament will be hosting a contest for the best bracket from our fans. Fill out a bracket, choose the winning beers for each round and enter for a chance to win a case of craft beer. What kind of beer you ask? Well it will be one of your favorites craft beers, trust us. We will be selecting the winners after rigorous taste testing so it is your job to guess which beers will win the taste tests and which beer will become the eventual champion. Don’t forget to pick some upsets; this is March Madness after all. Download your bracket below, fill it out and email it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline to have your bracket entered for a chance to win is on St. Patty’s Day, March 17th at 11:59 am EST. That’s exactly one minute before the 2011 NCAA March Madness Division I College Basketball tournament begins. Click the link below and fill out your March Madness Bracket now! Must be 21 to enter.
“Former gritty rock-and-roll bar’s top-notch craft-beer lineup is joined by a new, inspired Southern menu.”
An Article By Craig Laban, Restaurant Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Forward by Matt Goldstein
The remaking of the Khyber Pass Pub started with Whiskey Goldmines’ own beeritual advisor, Jeremy Thomson. Jeremy is now the manager of the Khyber Pass Pub and turned it from the king of Philadelphia’s music and punk rock scene into one of the finest craft beer pubs in the Philadelphia area. Jeremy took his lifelong passion and craft education and created a beer list from the gods, bottle and draft alike. Now, the legendary Craig Laban of the Philadelphia Inquirer has reviewed the Khyber Pass Pub for its food and drink alike. Described as one of the best southern cuisine restaurants and maybe the best New Orleans / Creole style restaurant in Philadelphia in more than a decade, Craig Laban’s review was a pleasure to read. Congrats to Jeremy, Chef Mark McKinney, and the rest of the crew at the Khyber.
Welcome to our 2011 March Madness Championship Bracket Style Beer Tournament
By Tim Rodgers and Matt Goldstien
Starting on Thursday March 15th 2011, 64 Men’s College Basketball Teams will be playing for their playoff lives in an all-out single elimination tournament to ultimately crown the College Basketball champion in Houston Texas on April 4th. Whether you are a proud alumnus of one of the fine schools (GO TEMPLE OWLS!), a degenerate gambler, office bracket pool addict, merely a hoops fan, or all of the above, the tournament is like a nirvana in the dawn of Spring.
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But why limit our pleasure at mere basketball, when we could take it a step further? Whiskey Goldmine is conducting an all out single elimination beer tournament of 64 beers from around the world, with varying styles, and crafts to ultimately crown this years’ Beer Champion!
Our esteemed panels of expert craft beer drinkers, sommeliers, bartenders, flunkies and blow-hards have been tirelessly sampling different beers to arrive at the field of 64. This panel includes Whiskey Goldmine founder and CEO Matt Goldstein, Senior Editor Tim Rodgers, Sommelier Tom Pittakas, Craft Beer adviser and Kyber Pub’s Jeremy Thompson, craft beer enthusiast, world traveler and restaurant blogger from the craft beer mecca of Portland Oregon- Pauly “P” Reiter, The Iron City’s own craft beer specialist and Senior Director Pat Smith, craft beer veteran Don “Da Bomb” Corino, along with the a whole host of experts and beer enthusiasts in the Whiskey Goldmine family.
In the spirit of the basketball tournament, the 64 “best” beers don’t always make it. You have to be atop of your “beer” category (or class if you will) in order to qualify for the field of 64. Conversely, some inferior styles will also have a shot in the field of 64, just like some inferior college basketball conferences always have one representative. In classic March Madness basketball, a #12 seed upsetting a #5 seed is part of the excitement and heartbreak that college basketball drama brings to the table every year, in every bracket. The dream may live on, or come to an abrupt halt.
In just over seven months of going live on the internet, the March Madness Bracket Tournament of Beer Champions is the biggest undertaking that our young web site has ever tried. After careful deliberations, trials and taste tests, we would like to personally congratulate the following field of 64 finalists. Stay tuned for our down-loadable bracket so you can keep score at home and follow your favorite beer to the finish line. There will be excitement, there will be controversy, there will be heartbreak, but there will only be one champion.
Cubanarama Radio discusses Whiskey Goldmine in depth with CEO & Publisher Matt Goldstein. We discuss the origins of the website, tasting wines, whiskeys, the American craft beer movement and more. We also discuss how to find the best wines and whiskeys for a lesser price. Check it out! Cubanarama radio with Marta and Matt Goldstein.
By Jeremy Thomson, Michelle Reynolds, Pat Smith and Matt Goldstein
The Philly Winter Beerfest at the Electric Factory came off pretty well after the original date and venue were tripped up by some licensing issues. What’s with the government trying to put the kibosh on a beer fest? Come on government, stop oppressing us. There were a few big standouts that smashed the competition and our distinct panel of tasters bring you the top 5.
1. Allagash Curieux Barrel Aged Tripel Ale:
Aged in Jim Beam Bourbon white oak barrels for 8 weeks, the Allagash Curieux was the clear stand out at the Winter Beer Fest. The barrel aging adds a bit of sweetness and vanilla to the ale with a sweet corn and bourbon flavor. This very complex tripel is an absolute must! The Curieux pairs well with crème brulee and cheesecakes. 11.0% ABV
2. Stone Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard:
Available year round in bottles and draft, Stone refuses to tell the world how this magnum opus of beer is made. We believe it to be a barrel aged Arrogant Bastard because that’s what the label says, but hey, we’re at the mercy of these brewers and the information they provide us to provide to you. These guys seem like real arrogant bastards if you ask us. All we can tell you is that you must drink this beer! If we 7.2% ABV, Stone Brewing, California
3. Great Divide smoked Baltic Porter:
A porter that is actually considered a lager, the Smoked Baltic Porter is made with German Malts and Hops, specifically Hamberg Smoked Malts. It’s a medium bodied lager that is smooth, dark and smoky and a must try. Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter is available in draft and 22 oz bottles. 6.2% ABV
4. Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter:
The Mudpuppy Porter is a dark, thick, sweet and malty porter. The Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter flat out crushed some big dogs at the Winter Beerfest. Most Central 5.5% ABV
5. Dogfish Head Midas Touch:
As seen on the show Brewmasters, Dogfishead’s Sam Calagione traveled to the world and researched the ancient art of beer making. The Midas Touch might actually be the oldest known beer making recipe in the world. Based on an ancient Turkish recipe dating back to 2700 B.C., the ingredients were found in the drinking vessels in King Midas’ tomb. This Ale is sweet, light and very refreshing. Those ancient Turks sure knew how to make a beer. 9.0% ABV, 12 IBU
Carft Breweries Changing the Face of Wisconsin Beer
By Tim Rodgers
We are now beginning to see why Brett Favre was run out of Green Bay for the budding superstud-upstart, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers of no immediate relation (except in awesomeness) won’t ask a young physical therapist intern for a happy ending like his predecessor might, but he may finally give the folks of the Green Bay/Milwaukee area a very happy ending to the 2010-2011 NFL season! Milwaukee Wisconsin has a long tradition of brewing beers and named an entire Major League Baseball franchise after the trade. In the “upper peninsula” the winters tend to be longer and colder than many of us are used to. Therefore, a couple more beers and perhaps an extra bratwurst or two may be necessary in order to get over that cabin fever. Let’s put Miller and Milwaukee’s Beast aside and looks at some other great breweries this cheese face state has to offer.
Brewery Type: Micro with an annual capacity of 3000 barrels.
Brewmaster: Dirk Konings
Beer Line Barley Wine
Regional Champion, 2004-2005 U.S. Beer Tasting Championship
Big Easy Lager, a German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
Bronze Medal, 2004 World Beer Cup
Bock Beer, a Traditional German Style Bock
Second Place, 1994 Chicago Beer
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing
Leinenkugel’s OriginalPale lager
Leinenkugel’s LightLight beer
Leinenkugel’s Honey WeissPale lager
Leinenkugel’s Red LagerVienna lager
Leinenkugel’s Creamy DarkDark Lager or Dunkel
Leinenkugel’s Berry WeissFruit beer
Leinenkugel’s Sunset WheatWheat beer
Leinenkugel’s Classic AmberLager
Sprecher Brewing Co
What’s interesting about these guys is that they are probably more famous for their home grown ginger ale made with real ginger root than the beer. Whether you need some craft beer or some cream soda, they’ve got beverages for the whole family.
Over the years, the Capital Brewery has gained national and worldwide attention by having won several platinum, gold, silver, and bronze awards at many beer competitions. Some of these contests have been the Great American Beer Festival, Chicago Beer Society Tastings, and the Great Taste of the Midwest. The most prominent award was at the Beverage Testing Institute’s World Beer Championships. It was here that the Blonde Doppelbock was awarded platinum not once, but three times in the past 8 years and, in 1998, the brewery was rated #1 in the U.S. and #7 in the world.
New Glarus Brewing Company
New Glarus, WI
The New Glarus Brewing Company produces six beers that are available year round and a few seasonals’ to complement the holidays and a selection of surprises to keep it interesting. New Glarus is also critically acclaimed by Whiskey Goldmine’s P. Smith.
Daily Mirror: Drinking a pint of beer a day can help you lose weight, say doctors
By Matt Goldstein
According to UK Newspaper the Daily Mirror, drinking a pint of beer everyday can cut the risk of blood pressure and help you lose weight. Experts found those who have a Mediterranean-style diet and drink moderately are healthier than those who don’t. Drinking up to a pint of beer a day is good for your health and can even help you lose weight according to research at Barcelona University. Although this maybe a little surprising, recent research has claimed that up to 4 alcoholic drinks a day can cut the risk of death up to 18%. This includes beer, wine, whiskey, vodka etc… There are many antioxidants in alcoholic drinks, specifically wine and beer, but alcohol also acts as a blood thinner and might prevent heart disease and heart attacks much like low dose aspirin. Drink up bitches!
Brewed in winter to be enjoyed during the summer, Saisons may have originated as a farmer’s refresher with dry, crisp restorative properties. Very complex, as a result of their unique wild yeasts, they often have mild tartness and earthy notes. One of Belgium’s most approachable styles for American palates with medium bitterness and very little sweetness—It’s summer somewhere!
Pretty Things Jack D’Or 22oz
(Cambridge, MA) ABV: 6.5% 10.50
St. Somewhere Saison Athene 25oz
(Tarpon Springs, FL) ABV: 7.5% 14
Saison Dupont 750ml
(Tourpes-Leuze, BEL) ABV:6.5% 15
Stillwater Stateside Saison 25oz
Spontaneously fermented ales originally brewed in the Lambeek region of Belgium, often using aged hops to subdue bitterness. Bold and complex, these unique brews showcase exactly how sour, tart beers can enliven the palate. Whether the blended sour Gueuze, the sweet raspberry Framboise, or the refreshing sweet/sour candy sugar Faro, these ales offer a sensuous full flavor experience.
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene 355ml
(Vlezenbeek, BEL) ABV: 5% 11
Boon Framboise 375ml
(Lembeek, BEL) ABV: 5% 12
Oud Beersel Framboise 375ml
(Beersel, BEL) ABV: 6% 13.50
Lindemans Faro Lambic 355ml
(Vlezenbeek, BEL) ABV: 4.2% 9.50
St Louis Gueze 375ml
(Ingelmunster, BEL) ABV: 6.5% 10
An Ale or Lager that has fruit or fruit flavor added.
Kasteel Rouge 330ml
(Inglemunster, BEL) ABV: 8% 7
Unibroue Ephemere 12oz
(Chambly, QUE) ABV: 5.5% 6
First brewed throughout the Flanders region, the Flemish Sour Ale, nee Flanders Red, Flemish Burgundy, Sweet-And-Sour Ale, etc. is a style both red and sour. Both characteristics stem from the unique brewing process of long-term cask aging in oak and the blending of both young and old beers. Tart and sharp, these brews will shock taste buds and wake up many imbibers to the complexities of beer. A Rodenbach advertisement once proclaimed, and you may agree—“It’s Wine.”
Duchesse De Borgogne 355ml
(Vichte, BEL) ABV: 6.5% 8.50
Rodenbach Grand Cru 750ml
(Roeselare, BEL) ABV: 6% 18.50
Ranging from dry to sweet, Hard Ciders can vary dramatically in flavor and color. Favored by regions whose grape growing abilities may be limited, Cider was once an alternative to wine. Fermented from apples instead of malt, comparing beer to Cider is like apples to…
Original Sin Pear Cider 12oz
(NYC, NY) ABV: 5% 5
Woodchuck Dark & Dry 12oz
(Middlebury, VT) ABV: 5% 5
American Pale Ale
British in origin, the Pale Ale has been drastically overhauled on our side of the pond. Drawing from our rich history of–and general–awesomeness we ramped up the original recipe’s hop bill while brightening up the color profile. Citrusy hops abound.
Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale 12oz
(Pottsville, PA) ABV: 5.4% 3.50
Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale 12oz can
(Royersford, PA) ABV: 5.1% 4
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 12oz
(Chico, CA) ABV: 5.6% 4.50
India Pale Ale
Traditional Pale Ales—but turned to eleven. Garnering their name from the British occupation of India, and owing their makeup to one of the first problems the Brits encountered in their quest for global domination, bad beer. Luckily for us, England’s brewers quickly realized the preservative power of hops and the India Pale Ale was born. Here in the States, we take it one step further by adding even more hops and more malt to achieve a delicious, refreshing bitter brew. Get to know the complexities of hop varietals by sipping one of these fine beers.
Abita Jockamo IPA 12oz
(Abita Springs, LA) ABV: 6.5% 4
Bear Republic Racer 5 12oz
(Healdsburg , CA) ABV: 7% 5
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale 12oz
(Kalamazoo, MI) ABV: 7% 4.50
Caldera IPA 12oz can
(San Diego, CA) ABV: 6.1% 4.50
Traditional Pale Ales—times triplicate! Tons of malt and even more hops combine to create brews with the taste and appearance of India Pale Ales but with considerable more punch, more flavor, and God bless em’ more alcohol!
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA 12oz
(Rehoboth, DE) ABV: 9% 6
Stone Ruination IPA 12oz
(Escondido, CA) ABV: 7.7% 6.50
Avery DuganA 22oz
(Boulder, CO) ABV: 10.54% 13
Belgian Pale Ale
Belgian Pale Ales can be quite different than traditional Pale Ales. The use of aged hops and Belgian yeast strains create a much subtler, sweeter brew. Bottle conditioned with live yeast these beers will often be crowned with a thick billowy head. Delicate and complex with toasty malt notes, these ales prove a very contemplative sipper.
(Breendonk-Puurs, BEL) ABV: 8.5% 7
Delirium Tremens 355ml
(Melle, BEL) ABV: 8.5% 8
Russian River Damnation 12.7oz
(Sonoma, CA) ABV: 7.75% 10
Strong Dark Ale
This particular style may range in color from light browns to deep reds and display dense, wavy heads. Typically these brews offer a malty, boozy flavor with very subtle hop characteristics. Don’t let the term “dark” dissuade you, the unique floral and dark fruit aromas that result from the Belgian yeasts create amazingly subtle and wildly interesting ales.
North Coast Brother Thelonious 12oz
(Fort Bragg, CA) ABV: 9.4% 7
Chimay Grande Reserve Blue 330ml
(Baileux, BEL) ABV: 9% 8.50
Rochefort 8 355ml
(Rochefort, BEL) ABV: 9.2% 12
The term “white” may refer to either the cloudy, yeasty sediments within the brew or the billowy head and lace that usually accompany it. Brewed with an abundance of wheat and traditionally spiced with orange peel, coriander, or the like, these ales often feature citrusy banana notes along with a lively carbonation. A crisp, light and refreshing way to start your night.
Allagash White 12oz
(Portland, ME) ABV: 5.2% 4.50
Hitachino Nest White Ale 12oz
(Ibaraki-ken Naka-Gun, JAP) ABV: 5.0 % 7.50
The Bruery Orchard White 25oz
(Placentia, CA) ABV: 5.7% 14.50
This brew stands alone with its unique maltiness offset by a mild acidity. Dark fruit notes of raisins and figs dance with soft spicy clove in a tango for taste buds.
Schneider Aventinus 16oz
(Kelheim, GER) ABV: 8.2 % 8.50
Lagers are bottom fermented at lower temperatures for longer periods to produce beers that are traditionally crisper, dryer and sharper than most ales. That aside, within this category, variations abound. Below you’ll find examples from the smoked, bacon-y Rauchbier style to the dark, roasted malt Schwarzbier.
Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager 12oz
(New Orleans. LA) ABV: 5% 4
Great Lakes Eliot Ness Amber Lager 12oz
(Cleveland, OH) ABV: 6.2% 5
Köstritzer Schwarzbier 12oz
(Bad Kostritz, GER) ABV: 4.8 % 5
Ayinger Celebrator 12oz
(Aying, GER) ABV: 6.7 % 6.50
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier 16.9oz
(Bamberg, GER) ABV: 8% 9
Yuengling Lager 12oz
(Pottsville, PA) ABV: 5.4% 3.50
Brooklyn Lager 12oz
(Brooklyn, NY) ABV: 5.2% 4.50
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils 12oz can
(Lyons, CO) ABV: 5.3% 4
While many believe the abbreviation stands for “Mass Brewed Crap”, it actually refers to the “Big Boys” in American Brewing; Miller, Bud, and Coors. For all you do, this one’s for you.
(St. Louis, MO) ABV: 5% 3.50
(PBR) Pabst Blue Ribbon 12oz
(Woodridge, IL) ABV: 4.74% 2.50
Miller Lite 12oz
(Milwaukee, WI) ABV: 4.17% 3.50
Medium to full bodied ales with slightly less dark fruit action than the Strong Dark Ale. Very subtle hop presence and rich maltiness accentuate amazing Belgian yeasts. Originally created by Trappist Monks, this bold and daring style has been emulated the world over.
Corsendonk Brown 330ml
(Oud-Turnhout, BEL) ABV: 7.5% 7
Chimay Premiere Red 330ml
(Baileux, BEL) ABV: 7% 7.50
Like the Dubbel, the Tripel was first brewed in Belgium’s Trappist monasteries. Light in color and high in alcohol, these salaciously high-octane brews can be deceivingly smooth sippers. Decadently sweet with flowery, fruity, and spicy esters, this style offers everything that is great about beer.
Maredsous 10 330ml
(Breendonk-Puurs, BEL) ABV: 10% 7
Westmalle Trappist Tripel 355ml
(Malle, BEL) ABV: 9.5% 9
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde 12oz
(Chambly, QUE) ABV: 9.5% 6
Traditionally a rather dark style ranging in color from deep ruby reds to dark midnight browns, these ales pack a wallop. Full bodied with malty chewiness and more than a mile of alcohol presence. When you can’t find a fireplace these powerful brews provide the warmth of an inferno.
St. Bernardus abt 12 355ml
(Watou, BEL) ABV: 10.5% 8
‘t Gaverhopke Extra 330ml
(Herelbeke-Stasegem, BEL) ABV: 12% 9
Any ale that ranges from light amber hues to darker midnight brown. Often with less hops than malts, these beers will typically have full flavored nutty profiles. Sometimes you feel like a nut.
Abita Turbodog 12oz
(Abita Springs, LA) ABV: 5.6% 4
Duck Rabbit Brown Ale 12oz
(Farmville, NC) ABV: 5.7% 5
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale 12oz
(Rehoboth, DE) ABV: 4.4% 5.50
Voodoo Wynona’s Big Brown Ale 12oz
(Meadville, PA) ABV: 7.3% 6
Stone Levitation 12oz
(Escondido, CA) ABV: 4.4% 6
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.
Yuengling Porter 12oz
(Pottsville, PA) ABV: 4.7% 3.50
Duck Rabbit Milk Stout 12oz
(Farmville, NC) ABV: 5.6% 5
Founders Breakfast Stout 12oz
(Grand Rapids, MI) ABV: 8.3% 6.50
North Coast Old Rasputin 12oz
(Fort Bragg, CA) ABV: 9% 6
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout 14.9oz can
(Bedford, UK) ABV: 5.2% 5.5
Both Barleywines and Old Ales are quite strong with pronounced malt characteristics and noticeable alcohol. Usually amber to dark brown in color with almost no head and very little hop flavors, favoring notes of black currants and raisins instead. Not for the faint of heart, these sweet, thick brews are to be sipped slowly so as to enjoy the variety of flavors present as the ale warms while simultaneously warming you.
Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot 12oz
(Easton, PA) ABV: 11.1% 7
Eel River Triple Exultation 22oz
(Fortuna, CA) ABV: 9.7% 15
Alesmith Old Numbskull 25oz
(San Diego, CA) ABV: 11% 19.50
Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Strong ales originally brewed in Edinburgh around the 19th century, these beers are very forward with their malts. Almost no hop is present, and the resulting brews are somewhat sweet with a thick mouthfeel. Brewed in Scotland typically in the 7% ABV range, the American versions of these ales take the opportunity to ramp things up another notch, making these big beers even bigger.