Beer Reviews

Widmer’s Upheaval IPA The Latest Addition To Their Lineup

Widmer Upheaval IPA

The bros at Widmer have been busy in the lab again brewing up another beverage to take up that precious real estate on the shelf of your fridge! This new beer is called Upheaval, and it is a Northwest style IPA that is the result of the Widmer brewer’s pursuit of creating the perfect IPA. Whether or not they have …

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Alaskan Brewing Co. Hopothermia Double IPA Review

Alaskan Hopothermia Double IPA

As I’m writing this review, a magical dusting of snow is falling around the Portland area while a gentle wind is causing us northwesterners to zip our North Face jackets up tight. Like usual when anything other than rain falls from the sky, the city and surrounding areas go crazy. Schools shut down just at the word snow, cars wreck …

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Gobbling Up The Turkey With Efes Pilsen

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As the reaping of the harvest comes to an end and Jack Frost prepares to drag his cold finger over the land leaving an icy layer of frost on all that we see, we still have to get through the day designated for taking pause and giving thanks for all the blessings that adorn our lives. Of the many things …

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Rinkuškiai Werewolf Review

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Whether it is Count Dracula talking about the “children of the night” and the music they make, or Ozzy Osbourne discussing the pros and cons of barking at the moon, the legends of werewolves have us all both intrigued and locking up our chicken coops at the same time. The duality of the persona of the werewolf is an exciting …

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Southern Oregon Brewing Holy Water Maibock Review

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As the emerald hue of our favorite gourds start to change into brilliant colors of vivid orange, we are faced with real challenges. We must arm ourselves with the tools necessary for vanquishing those who would haunt us and prey upon us as we idly wander the streets looking for one of two things: tricks or treats. Now, before vampires …

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3 Easter Beers That Will Have You HOPping!

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With day length increasing as the season progresses, and with even the shyest of flowers beginning to bloom, it is clear that the rejuvenation of our landscapes is arriving in the form of spring. This renewal which takes place every year transforms the barren into bounty and signals the rebirth of the nature that surrounds us. One part of this …

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The Perfect Passover Beer To Drink After Passover

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As one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, Passover is a Jewish festival which commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Beginning on the 14th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, Passover is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. During this time, nothing leavened can be …

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Thirsty Dog Labrador Lager Review

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It’s another great day for a beer review. Today I’m checking out another beer I received from The Original Craft Beer Club in the mail. If you’re curious about beer of the month clubs, check out my new beer of the month club reviews page. I’m going to be signing up to multiple clubs and seeing what each has to offer. Today’s …

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Yazoo Dos Perros Ale Review

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted up a beer review on Blog About Beer. I’ve been so busy writing my book on Oregon beers that I haven’t had much time to drink anything else. The book is done (although it won’t be available until March 2013) so I’m back in the saddle. Over the past few months I’ve been lucky …

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New Belgium Dig Review

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Oh the joys of mid-April. The stress of taxes have left many people reaching for a beer (ok, maybe something a little harder depending on your situation) to help take the edge off. Luckily for my wife and I we didn’t have to pay as much as we were expecting which is definitely a reason to celebrate with none other …

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Sun King Brewery Isis Review

I’ve been slowly crossing beers off my 50 beers from 50 states list, and am finally able to cross the state of Indiana off my list. While Indiana has some great breweries, I’ve had a tough time getting my hands on them…. until now. Sun King Brewing, based out of Indianapolis, sent me some samples of their Wee Mac Brown, …

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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a beer review and decided enough was enough, it’s time to drink some beers. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you might remember last year I set out to drink 50 different beers (that I’ve never tried) from each of the 50 states (1 beer per state). I kind of stalled out …

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Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale Ale Review

Like most beer nerds, I love to try new beers from small breweries from around the country, especially when I’ve never tried any of their beers. That’s why when I received a Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale Ale from The Great Northern Brewing Company out of Whitefish, Montana I was pretty excited to try it out. To be honest I …

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Redhook Blueline Series: Extra Special Birthday Review

This year marks the 30th birthday of Redhook, and if you’re like me, you probably missed their birthday party which featured a performance by Devo. While there is still one more month left in 2011, you can still celebrate with them (Redhook, not Devo…) with their special Blueline Series release, Extra Special Birthday beer. They sent me a 22oz bottle …

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Magic Hat Hex Review

It’s officially fall and I’m going to continue the theme this week by reviewing a fall seasonal release sent to me by Magic Hat Brewing Company. First of all, thanks to Magic Hat for sending me their seasonal beers to try out. Since I live in the Northwest I don’t ever get to buy their beers locally so it’s fun to see …

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Newcastle Werewolf Review

It’s almost Halloween so I figured what better way to celebrate than to drink beer. Ok, I don’t really need a reason to drink beer, but at least I’ll try some festive beers this week. The first on my list to review this week is Werewolf, from Newcastle who is most well known for their brown ale. I heard about …

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Nebraska Brewing Melange A Trois Review

My quest to review a beer from all 50 states takes me to the most exciting state of Nebraska. Ok, I’ve actually never been to Nebraska but I’ve heard it’s a magical land filled with farms and… well, that’s about it. However they do have beer. Luckily for me I was able to get my hands on a bottle of …

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Magic Hat hI.P.A. Review

One of my favorite breweries as far as graphic design goes is definitely Magic Hat based out of South Burlington, Vermont. Each of their bottles and packages are crafted in a way that always makes me curious as to what’s inside and I have to try them out. Luckily for me they sent a few of their seasonal beers to …

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Lakefront Brewery IPA Review

You have to love days that are designated to celebrate good craft beer. Today is a great day as it’s the first International #IPADay, a day set aside to celebrate one of my favorite styles of beer, the glorious India Pale Ale. Luckily for me, I was able to find an IPA in Portland that was from one of the …

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Granite City Brother Benedict’s Bock Review

Today as part of my 50 beer challenge I’m reviewing a beer that I’m sure the self-righteous beer snobs are already making their way over to my contact page to complain (that’s what they do). Before you cry and whine about technicalities, I really don’t care, it’s my experiment. Why the controversy you ask? Well, I can explain it in …

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Big Sky Brewing Trout Slayer Review

I heard a fact today that Montana has the highest per capita beer consumption in the U.S.  While I’ve never been there, it seems to make sense from what I’ve heard.  It sounds like a great place to fish, hunt, camp and just be in the wilderness (also it sounds like there isn’t much to do other than those things). …

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Cigar City Jai Alai White Oak Aged IPA Review

It’s a rainy day here in the Northwest (what’s new?) and I’m dreaming of being somewhere warm. While I might be stuck here today, I can at least pretend to be somewhere warm in Florida by drinking a beer from Cigar City Brewing. Cigar City is a craft brewery located in Tampa, Florida and they were kind enough to send …

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Boulevard Long Strange Tripel Review

I’m sitting here in my office listening to the glorious sound of an I.P.A. I brewed this weekend fermenting while sipping on a great tasting beer and writing about it. I love Mondays. Today I decided to check out Boulevard Brewing’s Long Strange Tripel to represent Missouri in my 50 beer challenge which I happened to pick up on a …

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Marble Brewery Oatmeal Stout Review

I’ve spent a little time in New Mexico years back (since that’s where my father in law lives), but I’ve yet to try any New Mexican beers. In my time there, I wouldn’t have thought that it would be a great craft beer producing state, but I was wrong.  While they don’t have a lot of big name breweries, they …

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Founders Cerise Review

I absolutely love fresh cherries, however most cherry flavored foods and drinks taste nothing like the real deal.  While I generally am open to trying cherry flavored drinks, I’m usually left a bit disappointed as it generally turns out tasting like cough syrup.  I decided though to leave all preconceived notions at the door and try Founders Cerise to represent Michigan in …

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Summit Horizon Red Ale Review

Maybe it’s just the marketer in me, but I get excited to hear about breweries who have been around for 25 years who launch a new beer that just a short time later becomes one of their consistant top sellers. It goes to show that established breweries can still push the limits of brewing some great beers. This is the …

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Snake River Pale Ale Review

I’ve drivin through Wyoming a few times in my life and learned that if there is any way to avoid doing it again in the future, then I’m probably making the right decision. I’m sure there are some great places in Wyoming, but I just remember seeing signs that didn’t lie which said stuff like “Nothing, next 112 miles.” Luckily …

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The Bruery Saison Rue Review

Today I kept things on the west coast and checked out Saison Rue from The Bruery to represent California in my 50 beer challenge.  Time is closing in and I need to make up a few days I missed in my challenge so hopefully I’ll be able to start reviewing a few beers a day. In the mean time, Saison …

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Laughing Dog Brewing Alpha Dog Review

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a beer that I would consider a true hop explosion, which is how we usually roll here in the northwest. Today I decided to take my 50 beer challenge to the state of Idaho to try Laughing Dog Brewing’s Alpha Dog Imperial IPA to see if it stacked up to other Northwest hop …

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Review

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for a beer. Well, pretty much any day is a great time for beer, but it gives me an excuse right? Today I’m taking my 50 beer challenge to the state of Kentucky, where I tried Lexington Brewing’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Lexington Brewing only makes 3 beers, Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Light, and …

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Dundee Summer Wheat Review

One of the fun parts about doing my 50 beer challenge is that I get to try a few new beers that a lot of other people haven’t drank yet. Today’s beer is a fairly new summer seasonal and hails from the state of New York. Dundee Brewing Co., which is a part of North American Breweries, recently released their …

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Review

The past few days I’ve been pretty lucky with scoring some more beer for my 50 beer challenge from states that are pretty tough to find around here. Yesterday I received a package from the great people over at Terrapin in Athens, Georgia that contained two bottles of their Rye Pale Ale to represent Georgia in my challenge. I always enjoy trying …

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Baxter Brewing Stowaway I.P.A. Review

Over the past few days I’ve taken some time away from this blog and headed down into the Oregon wine country with my wife to spend a few days relaxing, visiting wineries, and having some much needed rest. We were near Eugene, Oregon so I talked her into stopping by Ninkasi Brewing to check it out and have a beer …

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Abita S.O.S. (Save Our Shore) Review

While I was travelling in Chicago last week, I picked up a bottle of Abita S.O.S. (Save Our Shore) to represent Louisiana in my 50 beer challenge. If you haven’t checked out their website created specifically for this beer, I’d suggest that you take a look as it’s pretty well done. If you’re unfamiliar with this beer, it was created …

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Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Review

When I started my 50 beer challenge a couple of weeks ago, there were a few states that I was a little worried about finding beer from, one of those being Mississippi.  If you’re not familiar, Mississippi is definitely not known for their craft beer scene.  In fact, there is only 1 brewery (Lazy Magnolia) in the entire state, and …

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Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch Review

I’ve heard that summer has come for some parts of the country.  While we’re still waiting for the sun to come out here in the northwest, it’s time for the summer seasonal beers to start poking their heads out of hiding. The Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) always seems to have a seasonal variety pack to match each of the …

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter Review

It’s back to the grind after a weekend off for Memorial Day, which means there is beer to be reviewed if I want to keep pace with my 50 beer challenge.  Today I’m excited to try out Great Lakes Brewing Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Ohio. While their beer isn’t available in the Northwest, I was thankful the awesome people at …

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Midnight Sun Panty Peeler Review

After a few days in Chicago on a business trip, I’m back in the northwest. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time I hoped while I was there to do more reviews (I only did 1 out of 4 days), so that puts me a few days behind on my 50 beer challenge.  It’s alright, I’ll make up for it this …

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Squatters Captain Bastard’s Oatmeal Stout Review

Oh the joys of travelling. I’m headed to a business conference in Chicago and had what was going to be a 45 minute layover in Salt Lake City. Once I landed in SLC I learned that my connecting flight to Chicago was cancelled. After an hour of dealing with gate agents I’m left with a ticket to Atlanta tonight and …

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Kona Brewing Fire Rock Pale Ale Review

Aloha! It’s my 9th day in a row of my 50 day beer challenge and today I’m heading to Hawaii. Well, I’m not but my mouth did as I tried out Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing, brewed in Kona, Hawaii (well they also brew in Portland, Oregon and Portsmouth, New Hampshire but are headquartered in Hawaii). If you’re …

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Victory Brewing Hop Wallop Review

I was recently drooling over the beer selection at my local Whole Foods and realized I should pick up a few beers for my 50 beer challenge. While there, I came across Victory Brewing Companies Hop Wallop, an imperial IPA that’s been around since about 2003 but I’ve yet to try. Representing Pennsylvania, Victory is one of the east coast …

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Dogfish Head Namaste Review

Today I decided to take my 50 beer challenge to the state of Delaware, where I cracked open a big bottle of Dogfish Head Namaste. Namaste is a Belgian style white beer made with dried organic orange slices, lemongrass, and coriander. I’m always intrigued when I walk into a bottle shop and there is a sign on a certain beer …

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Oskar Blues Gubna Review

It’s the weekend which means it’s time for a big beer review from the great state of Colorado by Oskar Blues Brewing Company. Today I got to try Oskar Blues Gubna, a pretty beastly Imperial IPA which boasts 10% ABV and 100 IBU’s. First off, if you’re not a fan of big hoppy beers, Imperial IPA’s are probably not the …

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Goose Island Matilda Review

Today’s beer review of my 50 beer challenge is from a brewery that has gotten a lot of attention lately, most of which seems to be fairly negative. Goose Island, based in Chicago, IL, was recently sold to Anheuser-Busch which left a lot of beer snobs crying party foul. To me however, I love good beer so as long as the …

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Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale Review

One of my favorite breweries based solely on their branding and bottle designs has to be Flying Dog out of Frederick, Maryland.  If you haven’t seen their beer around, make sure to checkout their site and take a look at the artwork on the bottles.  They all are a lot of fun to look at. I decided to review their …

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Narragansett Summer Ale Review

Todays review for my 50 beer challenge, takes us across the country to the state of Rhode Island where I tried out Narragansett’s Summer Ale. For those unfamiliar with Narragansett beer, you may recognize the name from the movie Jaws, where the Narragansett lager had a guest appearance. Their Summer Ale, which is their first summer seasonal release in their …

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Hair of the Dog Adam Review

For the 2nd beer of my 50 day beer challenge, I decided I would keep it local and review a beer from brewery just a few minutes away from me. Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, located in Portland, Oregon was founded in 1993 and has become home of some of the most sought after Portland brews. Adam was the first …

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Redhook Wit Review

Today is the first day of American Craft Beer Week, which means my 50 beers from 50 different states in 50 days challenge officially starts. For my first review, I figured I would start with a beer from my home state of Washington that is brand new.  Simply named Wit, this seasonal Witbier comes from Redhook with the slogan “Made …

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Magic Hat Blind Faith Review

Here in the Northwest we’ve had about 2 days of sun so far this year.  Today is sort of sunny so I figured I would take advantage of it and review a summer beer. I got a bottle of Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company in the mail, which is part of their summer scene variety 12 pack. The …

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Erie Brewing Company Railbender Ale Review

Living in the Northwest, I don’t have the chance to try a lot of east coast beers from smaller breweries.  A lot of the breweries with little distribution I haven’t even heard of, which is the case for Erie Brewing Company out of Erie Pennsylvania.  Luckily a Railbender Ale was included in a winter seasonal pack I got around Christmas, and am …

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