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Review of Mint Chocolate Stout from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/16/2014, 0 ratings
Sometimes a concept is so obvious that it pains you not to have thought of it first. Two flavors that enjoy a harmonious marriage in the beer world are chocolate and stouts. Darkly roasted malts can easily impart notes of chocolate all by themselves,...  more »
 

Review of Even More Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/3/2014, 0 ratings
Becoming a certified beer nerd is an intellectually stimulating hobby, but it's important not to take yourself too seriously. After all, one of the biggest differences between a nerd and a snob is perspective. Laughing with friends and sharing experi...  more »
 

Review of The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/1/2014, 0 ratings
I must admit that this particular beer review was a little painful to write. As a passionate beer geek, I am a loyal supporter of local breweries and grassroots beer movements. Goose Island has been a staple of mid-western craft beer since the 80s. T...  more »
 

Review of Spontankriek from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/31/2014, 0 ratings
Trying new things is not only encouraged in the craft beer world, it is somewhat of a requirement. After all, you can only gather perspective by expanding your palate. Craft beer is an ever expanding universe and it takes a lot of time and effort to...  more »
 

Review of Altbairisch Dunkel from Ayinger Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/31/2014, 0 ratings
An inevitability of every craft beer journey is the discovery of a mind-blowing brewery. Any beer fan can find a brewery they enjoy or admire, but bowing to your first world-class brewer is a humbling experience. I remember feeling confident about my...  more »
 

Review of Barleywine Batch #1 from Breckenridge Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/17/2014, 0 ratings
When craft beer fans start to hone their imperial palates, it is inevitable that they will cross paths with the barleywine. These boozy malt bombs are some of the most complex and rewarding brews on the market. These are the beers that teach us about...  more »
 

Review of Buchanan from Mystery Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/6/2014, 0 ratings
It's astounding to me how much craft beer has transformed over the last few decades. What was once a more flavorful choice has become a canvas for thematic artistry. Brewers have broken their industrial chains to craft beers that evoke emotion and so...  more »
 

Review of White Oak from The Bruery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/5/2014, 0 ratings
I have been really enjoying barrel-aged blends as of late. Brewers seem to have received the message that barrel-aged beers can be a little overpowering at times. After all, there is a reason that beer drinkers drink beer. They tend to like, you know...  more »
 

Review of Pangaea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/4/2014, 0 ratings
At this point I like to describe Dogfish Head as the South Park of craft breweries. What I mean is that when creative geniuses are left to their own devices, which may seem bizarre or downright wacky, they reliably produce gold. Some artists need an...  more »
 

Review of Smokestack Series: Saison-Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/2/2014, 0 ratings
When the American craft beer movement started gaining traction a few decades ago, it was seen as little more than a flavorful alternative to the glut of bland fizzy yellow lagers. The craft beer pioneers offered a small array of higher quality baseli...  more »
 

Review of Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier from Weihenstephan  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/27/2014, 0 ratings
It is a common misconception in the beer world that a light shade of yellow is synonymous with low quality. But once budding beer fans acquire some basic beer knowledge, it is soon apparent that color plays almost no role in quality or strength. Take...  more »
 

Review of Trilogy 1: Crystal Dry-Hopped Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/27/2014, 0 ratings
When entering the wonderful world of craft beer, hops mean one and only one thing: bitterness. But as time progresses and palates expand, hops take on a seemingly infinite number of roles. Bitter, herbal, spicy, sweet, earthy, woody, fruity, grassy,...  more »
 

Review of 1/2 Ale (Session Saison) from Brooklyn Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/21/2014, 0 ratings
Trends play an important role with any popular product. They can be useful barometers for predicting staying power. If a new product is both trendy and innovative, then it has a serious chance of securing permanence after the heights of its popularit...  more »
 

Review of Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/19/2014, 0 ratings
Hunting down precious gems in the craft beer world is a lot like you see in the movies. You know the scene. An unscrupulous looking customer wearing sunglasses approaches a dingy shop counter. A cigar-smoking shop keeper looks him up and down. The cu...  more »
 

Review of Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/18/2014, 0 ratings
Every successful company needs a niche, a hook, something unique that distinguishes them from the pack. In the craft beer world, this can take many forms. Some breweries focus on image. Others focus on quality or innovation. Gordon Biersch has manage...  more »
 

Review of Jackie Brown from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/14/2014, 0 ratings
Finding things in common will always bring people together. This is especially true in the craft beer world, a place where camaraderie is a core component. Hop heads look out for each other and will often bond over their mutual love of bittery goodne...  more »
 

Review of The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/13/2014, 0 ratings
It's amusing how unrelated aspects of your life can cross paths from time to time. Craft beer fans make their beer store selections for a variety of reasons. Some are loyal to a particular brewery. Some are loyal to a particular region. Some are draw...  more »
 

Review of Smokestack Series: Rye-On-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/13/2014, 0 ratings
Sometimes you come across a new beer that is so obvious in concept that it makes you slap yourself in the forehead and boast ''Why didn't I think of that?!'' Such was the case when I came across the Rye-On-Rye, a delectable barrel-aged beer from the...  more »
 

Review of Ommegang XV from Ommegang Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/31/2014, 12 ratings
In the wonderful world of craft beer, it's very important to highlight achievements. Craft brewers work tirelessly for their passions and often their biggest reward is just staying in business. While a strong sense of camaraderie is always present in...  more »
 

Review of Doom from Founders Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/23/2014, 11 ratings
There are some breweries out there that flat out demand your attention. Not because they are reckless, whimsical, or beat you over the head with million-dollar ad campaigns, but rather because they brew fantastic beer that can punish unworthy palates...  more »
 

Review of New Year Stout 2013 from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/23/2014, 9 ratings
Explore the craft beer world for long enough and some unexpected opportunities will present themselves. Most craft beer fans have at least a small tendency to hoard their prized nectar. Beers that age well, like imperial stouts and barleywines, tend...  more »
 

Review of New Year Stout 2012 from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/22/2014, 9 ratings
In the craft beer world, special occasions require special brews. When my birthday rolls around, I always select a special beer to mark the occasion. When my wedding anniversary arrives, my wife and I always like to share one of our mutually favorite...  more »
 

Review of Ophelia Hoppy Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/22/2014, 11 ratings
The concept of hybrid beers can be a bit confusing to the average craft beer fan. More often times than not, we start our craft beer journeys with relatively simple versions of simple styles. Maybe a good pale ale or a wheat beer. Because of this, hy...  more »
 

Review of Marble Double White from Marble Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/16/2014, 9 ratings
It's not enough to brew great beer in today's craft beer culture. You need something more, something fresh, something innovative. This is why you see so many hybrid brews on the market these days. It's an ''anything goes'' environment that often spaw...  more »
 

Review of Marble IPA from Marble Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/16/2014, 10 ratings
The Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico is arguably the region's most popular brewery. This can be attributed to many things. First of all, they craft really great beer, the hallmark of any notable craft brewery. Secondly, they bottle beer in a...  more »
 

Review of Pater's Pale Ale from La Cumbre Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 9 ratings
For craft beer fans, changing things up is essential to keeping experiences fresh and interesting. Case in point: when I ordered the Pater's Pale Ale at the La Cumbre Brewing Company pub, I wasn't necessarily craving a Belgian Pale Ale. I had just po...  more »
 

Review of Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 11 ratings
Sometimes a beer is so good that it makes you stammer. I recently had one such experience when I visited Albuquerque, New Mexico. I had picked out several breweries to visit, one of which was the La Cumbre Brewing Company. Whenever I sit down at a ne...  more »
 

Review of Vanilla Creme Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Chama River Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 8 ratings
Even the famed Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster and one of the world's foremost experts on beer, notes that ''barrel aging is the current hot trend in American craft beer''. And just like with anything else that gets overly trendy, most ba...  more »
 

Review of Jackalope IPA from Chama River Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 9 ratings
One of the most exciting aspects of craft beer comes in the form of travel. You may very well live in a region that is chock full of high quality local craft beer. I certainly do as a resident of Durham, North Carolina. But in order to fully apprecia...  more »
 

Review of It's Alive! (White Wine with Lychee Edition) from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/27/2013, 9 ratings
When you get to the more adventurous side of craft beer, the phrase ''sure, why not'' becomes a common refrain. Bacon Double Pale Ale? Sure, why not. Smoked Banana Cream Stout? Sure, why not. Pickled Pepper Triple IPA? Sure, why not. After all, an ad...  more »
 

Review of American Blonde from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/27/2013, 8 ratings
If I had to pick an ideal bridge builder into the world of better beer, I would probably choose the blonde ale. These light and sweet beers are the perfect compliments to hot summer days, yet they retain enough flavor and complexity to warrant year-r...  more »
 

Review of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Weihenstephan  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 12 ratings
The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan is the world's oldest brewery. They were founded in 1040 and have been brewing beer for almost a millenia. Let that sink in for a monent... a thousand years. To put this in perspective, America's oldest brewer...  more »
 

Review of Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale from Blue Moon Brewing Co. / Coors  (Repulsive)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 12 ratings
There is an unfortunate trend in the modern beer world that doesn't seem to be losing any momentum. The equation is simple: take a bland boring beer, add something generically appealing. This is why you see an endless variety of fruity light beers on...  more »
 

Review of Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 9 ratings
Oh the weather outside is frightful, and the beer is so delightful. And since we've got no place to go... let's drink! It's that time of year once again. And while frantic shoppers continue to make asses of themselves, I opted for a more civilized ap...  more »
 

Review of Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 7 ratings
One of the best aspects of the modern craft beer movement is its adventurous spirit. Brewers have been experiencing a Renaissance of delectable new beer styles. And as with anything untried, some work and some don't. I sincerely doubt that we're goin...  more »
 

Review of St. Bernardus Witbier from St. Bernardus Brouwerij  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/19/2013, 11 ratings
As the craft beer movement soldiers on, Big Beer companies have been taking notice of its growing popularity. Their response is a predictable combination of cash grabs and product bastardization. One particular beer style that is getting stripped of...  more »
 

Review of Taurus Tripel from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/18/2013, 8 ratings
Ah, the Belgian Tripel, the beer equivalent of a ninety pound ninja. These beers are notorious for their high accessibility and equally high alcohol content. When beer novices have their first unexpected shellacking, it is often at the hands of a Tri...  more »
 

Review of Dobber from Marble Beers Ltd  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/18/2013, 9 ratings
If you were to find yourself in the heart of France, what would you be excited to try? Wine of course. If you were to find yourself in Colombia? Got to have some coffee. New York? Pizza. Regions are often defined by what they do better than anywhere...  more »
 

Review of Giddy Up! from New Belgium Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/18/2013, 8 ratings
One of the unfortunate realities of today's craft beer world is that as variety grows, wow factors drop. Take New Belgium's ''Giddy Up!'' for instance, an amber ale brewed with lemon peel and espresso. There was a time not too long ago when a beer li...  more »
 

Review of IPA Is Dead - Simcoe from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/17/2013, 10 ratings
As the craft beer movement continues to expand, so do its beer drinker palates. Beer fans have grown a lot more sophisticated over the last few decades and just identifying a beer as ''hoppy'' isn't enough anymore. Nowadays beer geeks can name the ac...  more »
 

Review of White Chocolate Moo-Hoo from Terrapin Beer  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/17/2013, 11 ratings
Every now and then a beer can make you squeal in delight. Well, in this case, more like ''moo'' in delight. One of my favorite seasonal brews is the Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout, a savory winter ale from Terrapin Beer out of Athens, GA. Moo-Hoo is on...  more »
 

Review of 1000 IBU Light (Ultramate) from Mikkeller  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/16/2013, 9 ratings
Only Mikkeller could look at a monstrous 9.6% ABV Imperial IPA clocking in at an insane 1000 IBUs and think to himself, ''Hmm... I bet I could make a light version of that.'' And he did. He calls it the Ultramate, and boy is it ultra strange. His ori...  more »
 

Review of Manchester Bitter from Marble Beers Ltd  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/12/2013, 9 ratings
As an American beer fan, I find the pub scene in the UK to be a fascinating experience. Pubs overseas almost always have more history and personality than those in the states. Our scene is dominated by sports bars and pitchers of piss water. But on a...  more »
 

Review of Sixty-One from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/11/2013, 8 ratings
Popping the cap on any Dogfish Head beer is an exercise in patience. These beers are rarely predictable, often adventurous, and sometimes downright strange. Whether recreating ancient ales or continuously hopping monster IPAs, the Dogfish Head motto...  more »
 

Review of Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/11/2013, 9 ratings
It would seem that the craft beer world is in somewhat of a transition. For the better part of a decade, it was the big bold Imperial IPAs that led the charge. These were the trailblazing ''test your might'' beers that were more conquered than enjoye...  more »
 

Review of Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/10/2013, 12 ratings
I would like to take a few moments to reflect on the ''craft'' aspect of craft beer. Beer is a savory art form and today we are experiencing a Renaissance of brewing. Artisans of all kinds have made water, malt, hops and yeast their canvases. And lik...  more »
 

Review of DirtWolf Double IPA from Victory Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/20/2013, 12 ratings
In today's craft beer world, the Double IPA is king. At this point it's easier to name the breweries that do not craft one. And like with any popular product, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are smooth and flavorful, some are needling and agg...  more »
 

Review of Secret Stash Harvest Ale from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/19/2013, 10 ratings
Follow the craft beer movement for long enough and you will start to notice amusing idiosyncrasies. It takes both time and attention to notice them, but once you do, you cannot help but smile. One of the most enduring aspects of good beer is that it...  more »
 

Review of Citra Burst from Alechemy Brewing Ltd.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/18/2013, 6 ratings
As a beer geek, few things get me more excited than exploring a new craft beer scene. Before visiting any new place, I always make it a point to scope out the local beer scene. I recently visited Manchester, UK, and one craft beer destination that ke...  more »
 

Review of John Smith's Extra Smooth from Caledonian Brewery Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/18/2013, 8 ratings
From the perspective of America's craft beer culture, the English pub scene can seem a bit strange. Not so much in atmosphere because we're all friends at the bar, but more when it comes to selection. English Bitters are the brew of choice and they h...  more »
 

Review of Dead Pony Club from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/17/2013, 9 ratings
Mention the name BrewDog to the average craft beer fan and you're bound to get a good story. This Scottish brewing outfit is well known for their face puckering, taste bud scorching, nostril singeing power nectar. Big and bold are terms people use to...  more »
 

Review of Farmhouse IPA from Marble Beers Ltd  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/16/2013, 7 ratings
Beer is a worldly product. Yes, an obvious thing to say, but consider the following statement. This review focuses on a hybrid between a Belgian Farmhouse Ale and an India Pale Ale that is crafted in Manchester, UK. This is one of the many things I l...  more »
 

Review of Devine Rebel from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/25/2013, 12 ratings
Let me ask you a serious question. What do you get when you combine BrewDog, Mikkeller, and an insatiable desire for malty goodness? That's right, you get a 13.8% ABV barleywine from hell. They call this collaborative creation the Devine Rebel. Beer...  more »
 

Review of Paradox Port Dundas from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/24/2013, 10 ratings
If you're a certified beer geek like me, then you've probably been following the new Brew Dogs series on the Esquire Network. The show follows BrewDog owners James Watt and Martin Dickie as they tour the American craft beer scene and brew up their si...  more »
 

Review of Olde Hickory Oktoberfest Lager from Olde Hickory Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/16/2013, 7 ratings
Beer seasons come and beer seasons go. Regardless of your in-season shenanigans, you want to greet a season in style and send it off with a bang. Oktoberfest can be a difficult season to get right because it is so beloved by so many beer fans. It's o...  more »
 

Review of Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/9/2013, 12 ratings
At this point I have been writing BrewChief reviews for several years now. I differentiate the reviews I write as BrewChief reviews in order to distinguish them from other websites' bullet point reviews. Appearance? Bullet point. Aroma? Bullet point....  more »
 

Review of Hop Harvest from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/9/2013, 9 ratings
The Imperial Pilsner is a mysterious beast in the craft beer world. It's a relative newcomer as a beer style and can impart some seriously disorienting flavors. After all, the entire appeal of the pilsner style is that of a light, crisp, and refreshi...  more »
 

Review of Westoberfest from Mystery Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/8/2013, 7 ratings
Ah, Oktoberfest. That wonderful time of year when beer fans morph into giddy school girls. Oktoberfest is a glorious German tradition that is celebrated world-wide by, you guessed it, drinking a lot of delicious brew nectar. The festival dates all th...  more »
 

Review of Beer Fest Beer (Collabeeration) from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/4/2013, 8 ratings
Collaboration beers can be some of the most exciting experiences in the craft beer world. The concept is to combine the strengths of different breweries to form a super-brewery in order to craft a one-off batch of specialty beer. You can think of the...  more »
 

Review of Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/19/2013, 8 ratings
Some flavors go very well together and it's not really obvious as to why. There are a lot of these marriages in the craft beer world, one of my favorites being roasted malts and chipotle peppers. It's odd because the specific type of pepper tends to...  more »
 

Review of Great Lakes Oktoberfest from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/19/2013, 7 ratings
It's that time of year again beer fans! Yes, that most glorious of beer seasons is upon us. I am of course talking about Oktoberfest. Breweries all over the world are releasing their delicious European Amber Lagers and beer fans will be slugging them...  more »
 

Review of TriUmphant from NoDa Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/16/2013, 7 ratings
It is often said that true connoisseurs embody their passions. This same nugget of wisdom can be applied to the craft beer world. The more and more I learn about great beer, the more and more I want to partake in the world it lives in. I like to visi...  more »
 

Review of Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/11/2013, 8 ratings
It is the dream of every humble brewer to craft a golden beer. That special brew where ingredients and process mesh perfectly to create a uniquely appealing creation. ''Appealing'' being the key word here because it's really difficult to craft a rich...  more »
 

Review of Evil Genius (IPA-Style Mead) from B. Nektar Meadery  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/10/2013, 8 ratings
There are times when even reputable companies deserve sighs of disappointment. I hate that I have to come down on the B. Nektar Meadery, especially since they are true pioneers in their field. I completely support their business model of crafting new...  more »
 

Review of The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/19/2013, 10 ratings
Albert Einstein once said that ''anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.'' This is what popped into mind when I tried The Truth Imperial IPA, Flying Dog's latest year-round brew. This beer owes...  more »
 

Review of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/13/2013, 12 ratings
Does anyone remember that short lived television show Brew Masters? It aired on the Discovery Channel a few years ago and featured Sam Calagione, President and Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. The concept of the show was simple and engrossing:...  more »
 

Review of Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/12/2013, 8 ratings
What's in a beer name? To Evil Twin Brewing, apparently a lot. With beer names like ''Even More Jesus'' and ''The Talented Mr. Orangutan'', you can't help but wonder what goes through the mind of brewmaster Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø when it comes time to...  more »
 

Review of Blue Moon Belgian White from Blue Moon Brewing Co. / Coors  (Terrible)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/11/2013, 11 ratings
As a beer geek, few beers on this planet infuriate me more than Blue Moon. Not because it's a terrible beer or because it's produced by a corporate behemoth (Coors). It's because Coors, in their infinitely disgusting wisdom, go out of their way to ma...  more »
 

Review of Humboldt from Mystery Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/22/2013, 6 ratings
For the most part, craft beer fans fit into one of two categories: traditional or adventurous. Traditionalists tend to enjoy beers that are stylistically sound. They appreciate technical feats and admire precision. On the other hand, adventurous beer...  more »
 

Review of Tree Hugger Ale from Terrapin Beer  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/21/2013, 9 ratings
The altbier style is a strange one to say the least. I cannot help but think ''alternative beer'' whenever I hear it, but this is incorrect. The term ''altbier'' is actually German for ''old beer'' and involves pre-lager methods of top-fermentation....  more »
 

Review of Litwos from Mystery Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/19/2013, 8 ratings
It's inevitable that craft beer fans will reach points where it feels like they have seen it all. Cumquat Triple IPA? Been there. German Finnish Turkish Russian Imperial Stout? Done that. Belgian Quad brewed with pickles? Bored now. It's during these...  more »
 

Review of Necromangocon from B. Nektar Meadery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/18/2013, 9 ratings
Happiness comes in many forms, be it reading a favorite book or sitting down at a favorite restaurant. For this beer fan, one area of reliable happiness is the mango. I care not how the mango used, I believe it instantly betters whatever it touches....  more »
 

Review of Rosalind (Wine Barrel Aged) from Mystery Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/9/2013, 8 ratings
Being a craft beer fan is about much more than just drinking delicious craft beer. A big part of the passion is a constant scouting for local watering holes; those special places that serve up craft nectar just the way you like it. Some people enjoy...  more »
 

Review of Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/3/2013, 8 ratings
The deeper you delve into the craft beer movement, the more you become an unknowing participant in its expansion. What I mean by this is that beer fans often exhibit strong loyalties to the breweries they personally identify with. There is a sense of...  more »
 

Review of Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/2/2013, 9 ratings
Summer to a beer fan means only one thing: light beers. I should take a moment to clarify that ''light'' in the craft beer world doesn't mean the same as ''light'' in the macro beer world. I'm not talking about those tasteless nonsense ''beers'' made...  more »
 

Review of Big Eddy Wee Heavy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/1/2013, 10 ratings
Today's craft beer market is growing at a relentless pace. Gone are the days when only a handful of craft breweries were chipping away market share at a slow but steady pace. You can compare the current beer market with a modern day gold rush where b...  more »
 

Review of Weihenstephaner Vitus from Weihenstephan  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/21/2013, 12 ratings
Beer enthusiasts have an unwritten obligation to take their passion seriously when confronted with a world-class offering. In other words, there are certain beers out there that demand your undivided attention. And if not given, you disrespect the br...  more »
 

Review of Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/20/2013, 7 ratings
The Belgian Farmhouse Ale (a.k.a. the Saison) is a peculiar nectar in the beer world. When novices take their first giant leaps into higher quality lighter beers, Saisons are a common avenue. They have all the richness and complexity of their big Bel...  more »
 

Review of Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche (Oak Smoke) from Schlenkerla / Heller-Trum Brauerei  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/18/2013, 11 ratings
It's always an impressive feat when one can associate a brewery with a particular beer style. Schlenkerla (Brauerei Heller-Trum) is located in Bamberg, Germany. Both brewery and town are known across the globe for their delectable smoked beers. Schle...  more »
 

Review of Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager from Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams  (Fair)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/18/2013, 9 ratings
Just like with any other business, craft beer is also susceptible to the infamous cash grab. This is when a company produces a product not because they necessarily want to, but more because they know it will be profitable in the short term. ''Trendy'...  more »
 

Review of Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/17/2013, 12 ratings
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the beer! Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is full of cheer! Rowing boats in beer. Make sense? Of course not, but that's the strange tune that popped into my head when I came across Bell's Oarsman Ale....  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - El Dorado from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/17/2013, 11 ratings
As I have said many times here at BrewChief, if you ever want to understand what hops bring to the beer table, then explore a single hop series of beers. The concept is simple: brew a series of beers with all the same ingredients, save one. I'll give...  more »
 

Review of 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer from Boulevard Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/17/2013, 7 ratings
Every now and then you will come across a beer that is worthy of a double take. You find it on a drink menu and scratch your head. You order it while scratching your head. You read the label and scratch your head while scrunching your eyebrows togeth...  more »
 

Review of Alchemy Hour Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/12/2013, 9 ratings
I have been blissfully exploring the wonderful world of craft beer for many years now. Each year more breweries appear on the scene and the beer store shelves expand. As choices grow, entry level anxieties also grow. I remember the days when a craft...  more »
 

Review of La Terrible from Unibroue  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/12/2013, 10 ratings
How can anyone possibly resist a beer that calls itself ''The Terrible'' from a brewery that is well known for crafting awesome beers? When I first came across Unibroue's Le Terrible Belgian Quad, I had no idea what it was. The Unibroue brand name wa...  more »
 

Review of Bud Light Platinum from Anheuser-Busch  (Repulsive)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/11/2013, 12 ratings
Never underestimate just how low Big Beer companies will sink in order to separate gullible consumers from their hard earned money. I was first introduced to Bud Light Platinum during a Super Bowl commercial. You know, that special place where filthy...  more »
 

Review of Debauched from Stillwater Artisanal Ales  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/5/2013, 9 ratings
The American craft beer movement has exploded all over beer store shelves in the past few decades. Gone are the days when beer drinkers could count their options on a single hand. Today there are seemingly endless varieties in every category imaginab...  more »
 

Review of Live from Southern Tier Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/25/2013, 7 ratings
One of the best parts about being a craft beer fan is that you never know when an unexpected surprise awaits. This of course can come in many forms: a new hop character, a new malty taste, maybe a wild new aroma. In the case of Southern Tier's Live A...  more »
 

Review of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Schlenkerla / Heller-Trum Brauerei  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/23/2013, 12 ratings
If honing your craft beer palate was a linear quest, I would imagine that the Rauchbier would be one of the final stops along the way. Rauchbiers, better known as smoked beers, are some of the most mind-bending concoctions on the planet. When you hav...  more »
 

Review of Birra Etrusca Bronze from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/21/2013, 12 ratings
Anyone familiar with the eccentric side of craft beer knows about the Dogfish Head Ancient Ales. Before Germany's Reinheitsgebot purity law of 1516, beers were made with whatever was available. A strong argument can be made that beers brewed after th...  more »
 

Review of Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/20/2013, 12 ratings
The longer you spend around a group of people, the more personality traits you begin to notice. The same goes for breweries in the craft beer world. Some are hard working and well respected, some are laid back and care free. Some make you want to scr...  more »
 

Review of Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/16/2013, 9 ratings
Ah summer, a time of beaches, bikinis and of course, beer. Sandals and coolers emerge from storage as people start planning their summery escapades. Unfortunately, a common companion to these outings is bland and flavorless beer. Many people have com...  more »
 

Review of Triangle Best Bitter from Triangle Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/15/2013, 7 ratings
English Bitters are perhaps one of the most misunderstood beers on the market. Designations like ''Extra Special Bitter'' and ''Extra Strong Bitter'' have given these beers a bad reputation. English Pale Ales as a style are actually very mild by toda...  more »
 

Review of Foothills Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/15/2013, 8 ratings
I've been on a barrel-aged beer kick lately. ''Barrel aging is the current hot trend in American craft beer'' according to Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery and one of world's foremost experts on beer. Back in the day (before Prohibi...  more »
 

Review of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/14/2013, 12 ratings
Few brews reach legendary status in the craft beer world. They are the brews that every beer geek knows about and only a handful have experienced. Beer names like Pliny The Elder and Sink the Bismarck adorn this exclusive list and they are treated li...  more »
 

Review of Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Brewery  (Fair)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/13/2013, 9 ratings
At the beginning of the craft beer movement, IPAs were relatively simple and straight forward brews. At a baseline, they were nothing more than extra bitter pale ales. Fast forward to today where even the simplest IPAs can punish palates and strip to...  more »
 

Review of Peacemaker from LoneRider Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/8/2013, 7 ratings
In the lands of better beer, the pale ale is perhaps the most widely recognized baseline brew. Almost every brewery you come across will have their own version of the APA (American Pale Ale) which is often their most popular beer. This is simply beca...  more »
 

Review of Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/8/2013, 8 ratings
As the seasons change, so do the options on the beer store shelves. Most people would be surprised to know that there are many more options from a seasonal beer perspective than from a year-round one. Most breweries only craft a handful of core stapl...  more »
 

Review of S'Muttonator from Smuttynose Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/30/2013, 12 ratings
In some ways, being a craft beer enthusiast is a lot like being a scientist. Based on research and data, you formulate conclusions about your topic of study. You compare notes with peers and then apply that knowledge until better knowledge presents i...  more »
 

Review of Devils Tramping Ground from Aviator Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/29/2013, 7 ratings
Despite its amazing successes, the American craft beer movement still has plenty of naysayers. It's often looked at as awkward or nontraditional. But to anyone who still doubts the impact of American craft beer, I need only say something like this: I...  more »
 
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