Beer of the Week: Buffalo Bayou Brewing, 1836 Copper Ale, Houston

On hot, humid summer days, such as about half the days of the year in Houston, nothing is more necessary than beer. Yes, you can have the worthless, light Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Lawnmower beer that belongs under the lawnmower (fortunately Saint Arnold’s new Endeavour Imperial IPA could be the beer of the week too).Continue reading “Beer of the Week: Buffalo Bayou Brewing, 1836 Copper Ale, Houston”

Beer of the Week: Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Stavanger, Norway, Rye IPA

Nogne Ø and Aegir are the red hot craft brewers in Norway that have made their way to the States, following the hoppy path from Scandinavia to our local craft brew bars paved initially by Mikkeller from Copenhagen. During a recent visit to Norway, I conducted a grand tasting of various Norwegian (and one fromContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Stavanger, Norway, Rye IPA”

Beer of the Week: Pacific Brewing Laboratory’s Nautilus Hibiscus Saison

Pacific Brewing Laboratory might sound like a craft brewing operation from the Stanford Linear Accelerator, but actually is the result of dedicated home brewers Bryan Hermannsson and Patrick Horn. The pair started brewing in their garage and now the lab’s concoctions can be found at numerous craft brew bars in San Francisco. I first sampledContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Pacific Brewing Laboratory’s Nautilus Hibiscus Saison”

Beer of the Week: Craftsman Brewing Heavenly Hefe, Pasadena, CA

Summer officially started a couple hours ago. That means it’s time to put aside the sours and Baltic porters, and cool down with a refresher. Often that means a watery, easy to down beer that tastes vaguely of malt and hops. Lawnmower beers, hefeweizens, lagers…too often are crafted by brewers for the sake of craftingContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Craftsman Brewing Heavenly Hefe, Pasadena, CA”

Beer of the Week: Avery Brewing Co.’s 2011 Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale, Boulder, CO

At what point is a beer still a beer compared to a fortified wine? Avery’s Samael, in theory an oak aged English strong ale, is one of the strongest, most refined beers you will encounter. Stronger than any traditional wine, Samael’s is indeed akin to a Port wine. As Avery says, this is the bestContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Avery Brewing Co.’s 2011 Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale, Boulder, CO”

Beer of the Week: Mikkeller and Stillwater Two Gypsies “Our Side” Saison-IPA

The famed Danish gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø strikes again with this exceptional Saison meets IPA, a collaboration with fellow gypsy brewer Brian Strumke of the Baltimore based Stillwater Brewing. Stillwater initially created a Stateside Saison, itself a terrific Farmhouse Ale with lovely citrus notes.  Mikkeller also came out with his own offering, a StatesideContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Mikkeller and Stillwater Two Gypsies “Our Side” Saison-IPA”

Beer of the Week: Hopitoulas IPA from NOLA Brewing, New Orleans

As challenging as finding a worthwhile cocktail was in New Orleans at a bar not named Cure of affiliated with Cure, finding a beer close to enjoyable was even more daunting. Every choice from Abita, the beloved Louisiana craft brewer, was an embarrassment except for the at least drinkable Restoration Pale Ale when on draft.Continue reading “Beer of the Week: Hopitoulas IPA from NOLA Brewing, New Orleans”

Beer of the Week: Adam Old World Ale from Hair of the Dog, Portland, Oregon

Let’s not mess around. Adam is a serious beer. As luxurious as a truffle shaving, as powerful as a stampeding rhinoceros, as refined as the court at Versailles. The hops are intense, yet not disturbing or obtrusive. The malts shine through glancing off the palate, then making room for a touch of floral and honey.Continue reading “Beer of the Week: Adam Old World Ale from Hair of the Dog, Portland, Oregon”

Beer of the Week: Fremont Brewing Co.’s Interurban IPA

The Interurban IPA is a textbook rendition of what a hop forward, refreshing IPA should be like. It’s not one of those 120 IBU hop bombs, nor an imperial/double IPA that borders on barley wine, nor a meager IPA too scared to add enough hops that it seems to be an off tasting pale ale.Continue reading “Beer of the Week: Fremont Brewing Co.’s Interurban IPA”

Beer of the Week: Dogfish Head Sah’tea

Among the many intriguing beers at my sampling at Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth Beach, Delaware pub, the special release Sah’tea stood out. First we thought, a beer that’s flavored like chai tea? Really? It works. In fact, it really is like a brilliant Belgian beer without the overkill of being too malty tasting. At 9%, thisContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Dogfish Head Sah’tea”