Quick Draw: Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #2

Mikerphone Brewing is all about “craft beer inspired by music,” with pun-ily named brews–I Want My IPA and Daft Funk to name a couple. Mikerphone is currently “gypsy-brewing”-they don’t have a permanent brewing facility of their own, so they use space at another- but plans to open a permanent facility in Elk Grove Village, right near O’Hare Airport. You can hear head brewer Mike Pallen … Continue reading Quick Draw: Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #2

Almanac Brewing Farmer's Reserve Citrus

Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

(a sour Belgian Blonde ale aged in wine barrels with Buddha’s hand citron zest, yuzu, and blood oranges) Hoppy New Year, beer-lovers! (See what I did there? I said “hoppy” instead of … oh, you get it? … K.) Well anyway, welcome to 2016. December was a busy month for me, and I slacked off quite a bit when it came to this here blog. I produced … Continue reading Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

Radlers: The Beer Without a Style

The first time I heard of a radler, I was a 20-year-old college student studying abroad, on a weekend trip to Munich, Germany. My friends and I had purchased tickets to Mike’s Bike Tour, a bicycle tour on which we traveled a total of 4 miles over the course of 4 hours. What took so long, you might wonder? In between brief bouts of historical tidbit-sharing, … Continue reading Radlers: The Beer Without a Style

Style Study: American Stout

For this style study, I actually skipped forward by one to try American Stouts (currently style number 13E as classified by the 2008 BJCP Guidelines) simply because I had a handful of them ready to go and didn’t have any Foreign Export (13D) styles in my fridge. I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to illustrating what I thought would be another pile of coffee beans … Continue reading Style Study: American Stout

Style Study: Oatmeal Stout

Oatmeal in beer!? Yes. You can drink beer for breakfast and tell your boss you had some oatmeal and you would not be lying! Woo hoo! Oatmeal Stouts are currently classified as style number 13C, which means I’m halfway through tasting all six types of stouts, as classified by the 2008 BJCP guidelines! You can see my post on Dry Stouts here and the one I did … Continue reading Style Study: Oatmeal Stout

Style Study: Sweet Stout

BJCP Overall Summary of Sweet Stout: (full description here) “A very dark, sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale. Often tastes like sweetened espresso.” So, as I mentioned in my previous post, the BJCP, or Beer Judge Certification Program, publishes a list of beer style guidelines that is apparently about to change. As I hit “publish” on my last Style Study, I happened to check some old tweets from the … Continue reading Style Study: Sweet Stout

Style Study: Dry Stout

  I’m kicking off November’s posts with a new series I’m dubbing “Style Study.” And, since this past Thursday was International Stout Day, I’ve decided to start with stouts. According to the BJCP, there are six types of stouts (although, this is apparently about to change–see the first draft of the new guidelines here); Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, American, Foreign Extra, and Russian Imperial. I’ll be starting … Continue reading Style Study: Dry Stout

Beer Tasting: Peach Berliner Weisse from Perennial Artisan Ales

I think it’s safe to say that I’m mildly obsessed with Perennial Artisan Ales. I’d rate myself about an 8 on a scale from one to ten, one being not-at-all-interested and ten being full-on-cray-cray-for-their-beer. Until I have visited their St. Louis tasting room AND stood in line for a bottle release, I can’t truly deem myself “level 10” obsessed, at least in my mind. Admittedly, it’s just a matter of … Continue reading Beer Tasting: Peach Berliner Weisse from Perennial Artisan Ales