Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewery

In all my travels I have never drank a beer so ... drinkable. It has an enviable pedigree, a spotless reputation, and a quotidian character. B is for Black Butte Porter The Vitals Brewer: Deschutes Brewery ABV: 5.2% Categorized as: porter That Smell ... It smells like cream and orchards. In Appearance ... Brown, like…

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Alpine Spring by Samuel Adams

Yard work beckons me. I laugh in its face. It's henchman, the wind, blows detritus in my face. The Spring Games are on. After recruiting teenage assistance weeds are slaughtered. Trash is discarded. Fences are erected. The rest shall have to wait for another weekend.  Seems like a good time to start the AlphaBeer Tour.…

In Review- Beer Is Proof God Loves Us- Reaching For the Soul of Beer and Brewing by Charles W Bamforth

Charles Bamforth is a professor at UC Davis. He's been involved in brewing and beer research for about thirty years. You can read about his career and research here. Overview Bamforth notes in the beginning that this book is autobiographical, a personal memoir. And so I applaud him for not lying. Be prepared for opinion,…

Mix It Up Friday

So I'm down to my last beer.  It's a Lone Star, which gave me some grief a couple of weeks ago.  I have ingredients on hand to make an amber and I hope to get that done this weekend.  In a few more weeks I'll have my own creation to write unadulterated about.  Until then,…

The Better Chlaus

I had heard much about this legendary beer, Samichlaus.  It is brewed once a year by Castle Brewery Eggenberg in Austria.  I'd never had one until a few months ago when I happened to find a four pack at Bevmo in Phoenix. And it is a wonderful beer.  Once more it is a brown, tea…