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The “Month” In Beer: March to May
posted on Jun 4 2012

Since I’ve skipped the last three months, this is March through May.

*New beers I’ve falled in love with are noted with.
**Beers I’m simply forever, hopelessly in love with.

*8-Bit Pale Ale by Tallgrass Brewing Company
**90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Brewing Company
Aprihop by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Ayinger Bräu-Weisse by Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer
Battlefield IPA by Avondale Brewing Co.
Birra Moretti by Birra Moretti
Blue by SweetWater Brewing Company
Brutal IPA by Rogue Ales
Budweiser by Anheuser-Busch
Bug Light by by Anheuser-Busch
Centennial IPA by Founders Brewing Company
Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Company
Coors Light by Coors Brewing Company
Fatso by Good People Brewing Company
Freckle Belly IPA by Back Forty Beer Company
Good People Brown Ale by Good People Brewing Company
Good People IPA by Good People Brewing Company
Hefe-Weißbier Naturtrüb by Paulaner Brauerei
Heineken by Heineken
**Hitchhiker by Good People Brewing Company
Hop Head Red by Green Flash Brewing Co.
Imperial India Pale Ale by Green Flash Brewing Co.
India Pale Ale by Avery Brewing Company
*Indian Summer by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Long Hammer IPA by Redhook Ale Brewery
Milk Stout by Left Hand Brewing Company
Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company
Miller Lite by Miller Brewing Company
*Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Co.
My Antonia by Birra del Borgo
NOLA Blonde by NOLA Brewing
Pabst Blue Ribbon by Pabst Brewing Company
Pale Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Diamond Bear Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Good People Brewing Company
Pale Ale by Kind Beers Distributing
Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Pilsner Urquell by Plzensky Prazdroj
Red Mountain IPA by Avondale Brewing Co.
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager by Desnoes & Geddes Ltd
Reissdorf Kölsch by Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Road Trip by SweetWater Brewing Company
Samuel Adams Boston Lager by Boston Beer Company
Simpler Times Lager by Minhas Craft Brewery
Single-Wide IPA by Boulevard Brewing Co.
**Snake Handler Double IPA by Good People Brewing Company
Sol by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma
Southern Pecan by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Special Double Cream Stout by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Spring Street Saison Ale by Avondale Brewing Co.
Stella Artois by Stella Artois
Streetcar Kölsch by Avondale Brewing Co.
Solstice by Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Tecate by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma
Vanillaphant Porter by Avondale Brewing Co.
Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Unfiltered Wheat by Boulevard Brewing Co.

Beers of February
posted on Mar 20 2012

A little late, but here nonetheless. I use the Untappd app for iPhone to track what I drink, simply for my own knowledge sake.

28 overall but, my goodness, the quality within the quantity was the Hopslam by Bell’s. If you’ve ever had Hopslam this doesn’t surprise you in the least.

90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Brewing Company
Ayinger Bräu-Weisse by Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer
Birra Moretti by Birra Moretti
Bud Light by Anheuser-Busch
Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Company
Grolsch Premium Lager byGrolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Heineken by Heineken B.V.
Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas Brewing Company
Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Hoss by Great Divide Brewing Company
IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Company
IPA by Southern Tier Brewing Company
Kudzu Porter by Back Forty Beer Company
LA 31 Grenade by Bayou Teche Brewing
Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company
Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Co.
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) by Pabst Brewing Company
Pacifico Clara by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Pale Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Kind Beers
Pilsner Urquell by Plzensky Prazdroj
Samuel Adams Boston Lager byBoston Beer Company
Snake Handler Double IPA byGood People Brewing Company
Stella Artois by Stella Artois (ABInBev)
Streetcar Kölsch by Avondale Brewing Co.
Unfiltered Wheat by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Vanillaphant Porter by Avondale Brewing Co.

Some bros from Jackson, Mississippi launched a @Kickstarter campaign to start a brewery.
posted on Feb 28 2012

I would like to try “>their beers, if only for the fact that they are attempting to launch a brewery in my former city.

The video is a little on the long side, but with the way that Alabama’s beer laws have changed over the last 4 years, it makes things look good for Mississippi.

Beers of January 2012
posted on Feb 8 2012

I’ve decided to continue my now twice run “Year In Beer” in which I simply list the beers I consumed in past year [see: 2011 and 2010] but will now break it down by month as opposed to one giant, year end pile with minimal annotations.

Snake Handler Double IPA by Good People Brewing Company here in beautiful Birmingham finally debuted in cans this month. The launch event was a blast, and this staple in my monthly beverage consumption can now be enjoyed while watching TV at my house. That makes me happy.

Also, I was quite taken aback by Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Company (also another Birmingham brewery) which topped out at 10% ABV (yikes) and is gracing the taps at Avondale’s incredible tap room.

In all, 36 beers consumed in January 2012, about half of which I’d never had before.

If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comment section below. I keep track of the beers using Untappd.

*A new favorite.
**Nice, cheap beer I’ve never had before. Purchased at Trader Joe’s in Atlanta.
^Don’t judge me.

60 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Big Hoppa IPA by Big Al Brewing
Brown Ale by Good People Brewing Company
Brutal IPA by Rogue Ales
^Bud Light by Anheuser-Busch
Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Company
Duvel by Duvel Moortgat
Fatso by Good People Brewing Company
Guinness Draught (Stout) by Guinness Ltd.
Hardcore IPA by BrewDog
Heineken Premium Light by Heineken B.V.
Heineken by Heineken B.V.
Hog Heaven Barleywine by Avery Brewing Company at The J. Clyde
*Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Hoss by Great Divide Brewing Company
IPA by Good People Brewing Company
IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Company
IPA by Lakefront Brewery
IPA by Southern Tier Brewing Company
Kudzu Porter by Back Forty Beer Company
LA 31 Grenade by Bayou Teche Brewing
Mama’s Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues Brewery
Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company
*Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Co.
Old Chub by Oskar Blues Brewery
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) by Pabst Brewing Company
Pacifico Clara by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Pale Ale by Full Sail Brewing Company
Pugsley Signature Series: XXXX IPA by Shipyard Brewing Co.
Ranger IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company
Ruination IPA by Stone Brewing Co.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager byB oston Beer Company
**Simpler Times Lager by Minhas Craft Brewery*
Snake Handler Double IPA by Good People Brewing Company
Spaten Münchner Hell / Premium Lager by Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe

Year In Beer, 2011: 146 Different Brews Consumed
posted on Jan 3 2012

The second edition of last year’s new annual feature is here, and I somehow managed to try less beers in 2011 than I did in 2010.

How it works: I keep track of the different beers I drink through a iPhone app called Untappd. It’s free, and it does a good job.

Most notabale are the obvious lack on Pacific Northwest beers (miss u Seattle) but an abundance of Southern beers and European beers due to both our move to Birmingham and our 9-day Euro jaunt.

*Denotes a favorite.
+Denotes the most interesting beers of the year.

Abita Amber
Abita Purple Haze
Amstel Light
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA
Avery 18th Rye Saison
Avondale Brewing Battlefield IPA
Avondale Brewing Belgian Pumpkin
Avondale Brewing Spring Street Saison Ale
Back Forty Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale
Bayou Teche LA 31 Bière Pâle
Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bell’s Batch 10,000
Bell’s Deb Red Ale
Bell’s Winter White Ale
Big Al Harvest Ale
Big Al IPA
Big Al Pale Ale
Bitburger Premium Pils
Blue Moon Belgian White
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
Boulevard Nutcracker Ale
Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
Boulevard Wheat
Brooklyn Lager
Brugge Tripel
Brugs Tarwebier
Bud Light
Budweiser Select
Carta Blanca
Centennial IPA
Choc Last Laugh
Choc Spring IPA
Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
Coors Light
Copper Bell Light Beer
Corona Light
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Good People Belgian IPA (cask)
Good People Brett IPA
Good People Hitchhiker IPA
Good People IPA
Good People Mumbai Rye*
Good People Pale Ale
Good People Snake Handler Double IPA*
Good People Tornado IPA
Great Divide 17th Wood Aged IPA
Great Divide Chocolate Yeti (cask)+
Green Man IPA
Grimbergen Blonde
Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night
Heineken Light
Highland Gaelic Ale
Highland Kashmir IPA
Highland St. Terese’s Pale Ale
Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale
Hopsicle IPA (cask)
Innis & Gunn Highland Cask
Jever Pilsner
Karbach Hopadillo IPA
Karbach Yule Shoot Your Eye Out*
Killian’s Irish Red
Kronenbourg 1664*
La Chouffe
Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout
Lazy Magnolia Southern Gold
Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen
Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
London Pride
Lone Star Beer
Lone Star Light
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Wacko Summer Ale
Michigan Brewing Company High Seas IPA
Miller High Life*
Miller Lite
Moylan’s Hopsickle Triple IPA
Moylan’s IPA (cask)
NOLA Blonde
O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer
Ommegang Three Philosophers
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Palmetto Amber
Pisgah Pale Ale
Red Brick Blonde
Red Stripe
Redhook Longhammer IPA
Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Belgian Golden Ale
Rogue Brutal Bitter*
Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA
Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
Rogue Mom Hefeweizen
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing Amber Ale
Saint Arnold Brewing Christmas Ale
Sam Adams 48* Latitiude IPA
Samuel Adams Boston Ale
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Saporo Light
Shiner Bock
Shiner Hefeweizen
Shiner Oktoberfest
Shmalz Brewing Coney Island Lager
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (2011)
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
Smithwicks Irish Red Ale
Spaten Lager
Sprecher Double IPA
Straight To Ale Monkeynaut IPA
Straight To Ale Stop Work 689 Kolsch
SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale
SweetWater IPA
SweetWater Motor Boat Ale
Tallgrass IPA
Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA
Terrapin Rye Squared DIPA
Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout+
Thomas Creek Brewery Oktoberfest
Thomas Creek Class 5
Trappist Witte (Wieckse?)
Vedett Extra Blond
Warsteiner Premium Verum
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Widmer Hefeweizen
Wieckse Witte
Yazoo Brewing Fresh Hop IPA
Yellowhammer Miracle Worker Tripel
Yellowhammer Saison de Le Chasse
Yuengling Lager

Seattle in Birmingham
posted on Mar 1 2011

The J. Clyde is not only the best pub in Birmingham, it’s one of the best pubs I’ve ever visited. Now, with the inclusion of Seattle and Olympia beers on this week’s rotation, it got infinitely better.

(Side note: For those Seattle residents reading, it’s on par with Brouwer’s… one of the Top 10 pubs in the world.)

Year In Beer, 2010
posted on Jan 17 2011

Growing up, the thought of drinking never seemed appealing to me. I didn’t have alcohol until I was 22, and even then I rarely had more than three drinks of any kind over the course of a year.

When I moved to Seattle I worked for a company where the average age on an employee was 28. We weren’t paid as competitively as we should have been, though to make up for it, mild mannered happy hours on the company’s dime were a regular event. It was through these happy hours that I finally forced myself to move past the Bud Light.

People always say that “beer is an acquired taste”. It’s so, so true. Beer is a taste that, in all honesty, is at first unbearable. Then one day something clicks. You not only like it, you love it. You begin to notice even the most subtle differences between to seemingly identical beers. The fact that Seattle is one of America’s beer hubs only fueled the newfound love.

In May I decided to keep track of the beers I tried. Below is the list containing those beers. By my estimation, 174 overall between May and December.

I’m sure there are multiple errors on this list (both in grammar and in noting the correct brewer and/or beer name). Feel free to recommend corrections by commenting on the post.

*Denotes personal favorites.
+Denotes disgusting beer.

21st Amendment Brewery Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer+
Abita Brewing Co. Turbodog
Alameda Klickitat Pale Ale
Alaskan Winter Ale
Anchor Steam Ale
Anchor Steam Summer Ale
Arrogant Bastard Ale
Avery duganA IPA (Cask – Centenial Hops)
Avery duganA IPA (Cask – Chinook Hops)
Ayinger Hefeweizen
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen
Bass Pale Ale
Bayern Pilsner
Bear Republic Brewery Racer 5 IPA*
Bell’s Brewery Pale Ale
Big Sky Brewing Company Scotch Ale
Big Sky Brewing Company Trout Slayer Pale Ale
Bitburger Pils*
Black Star Brewing Going To The Sun IPA
Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager
Blackfoot Organic Pale Ale
Boddingtons Pub Ale
Boulevard Single-Wide IPA
Boundary Bay IPA*
Boundary Bay Scotch
Bridgeport Brewing Ebenezer Ale
Bridgeport Brewing Hop Harvest
Bridgeport Brewing IPA
Bud Light
Carlsberg Pilsner
Coors Banquet
Coors Light
Deschutes Big Rig Bitter
Deschutes Black Butte Porter
Deschutes Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
Deschutes Inversion IPA*
Deschutes Jubilation Winter Ale
Deschutes Twilight Ale
Diamond Knot Ho Ho
Diamond Knot IPA*
Dick’s IPA*
Dixie Beer
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA*
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
Dogfish Head Raison D’être
Elysian Brewing Company Bifrost Winter Ale
Elysian Brewing Company Jasminel IPA
Elysian Brewing Company Men’s Room Red Ale*
Elysian Brewing Company The Immortal IPA*
Emerald City Dottie Lager
Erdinger Double Wisse
Firestone Double Barrel Ale
Franziskaner Weissbier
Full Sail Brewing Session Lager
Full Sail IPA
Full Sail Pale Ale
Full Sail Wreck The Halls IPA
Georgetown Brewing Company Lucille IPA
Georgetown Brewing Company Manny’s Pale Ale*
Georgetown Brewing Company Roger’s Pilsner
Good People Brewing Company Snake Handler Double IPA
Goose Island Beer Company 312 Urban Wheat Ale
Great Northern Brewing Co. Big Fog ESB
Great Northern Brewing Co. Buckin’ Horse Pilsner
Great Northern Brewing Co. Fred’s Black Lager
Great Northern Brewing Co. Wheatfish Wheat Lager
Great Northern Brewing Co. Wild Huckleberry Wheat
Great Northern Huckleberry Wheat
Green Lakes Organic Amber Ale*
Grolsch Lager
Hacker-Pschorr Alt Munich Dunkel
Hacker-Pschorr Weisse
Hale’s O’Brien’s Harvest Ale
Hale’s Supergoose Double IPA*
High 5 Hefeweizen
Hofbrau Hefeweizen
Howell Brewing Back Row Baptist IPA*
Kettle House Cold Smoke Scotch Ale
Kona Brewing Company Longboard Larger
Kona Brewing Company Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company IPA*
Lazy Boy Brewing IPA*
Lazy Boy Brewing Mistletoe Bliss
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company Reb Ale
Leavenworth Oktoberfest
Leinenkugels Hefeweizen
Mac & Jack’s Brewery African Amber*
Mac & Jack’s Brewery Serengeti Wheat*
Mac & Jack’s Brewery Two Tun IPA
Maisel’s Weisse
Maisels Weisse Dunkel*
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Imperial IPA*
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Old Seattle Lager*
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Pilsner
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Red Amber
Miller Light
Modelo Especial
Montana Breweries Highlander Premium
Nectar Ales Red Nectar
New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire
New Belgium Brewing IPA
Ninkasi Brewing Company Believer Double Red Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Company Oatis Oatmeal Stout
Ninkasi Brewing Company Radiant Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Company Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Company Spring Reign Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Company Total Crystal Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Company Total Domination IPA*
Ninkasi Brewing Company Tricerahops IPA*
Odin Brewing Company Kolsch
Odin Brewing Company Pilsner
Odin Brewing Company Smoky Bacon Ale+
Okanagan Spring Pale Ale
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Pack-String Porter
Paulaner Oktoberfest*
Pike Brewing Company Double IPA
Pilsner Urquell
Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen
Pyramid Breweries Hefeweizen
Red Stripe Lager
Redhook ESB
Reissdorf Kölsch
Rogue Brewery Portland State IPA*
Rogue Brewery White Frog Ale
Rogue Brewery Captain Sig’s Deadliest Ale
Rogue Brewery Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Brewery Double Mocha Porter
Rogue Brewery Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Brewery Honey Orange Wheat
Rogue Brewery XS Imperial Red
Rogue Brewery Dry Hop Red Ale
Rogue Brewery Mom Heffe*
Sam Adams Lager
Sam Adams Light
Sam Adams Summer Ale
Schneider Weisse
Schooner Exact Brewing Company 3 Grid IPA
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company Black Pilsner
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company Tripel 7 Belgian*
Shmaltz Brewing Company Coney Island Lager*
Sierra Nevada Brewers Reserve
Sierra Nevada Brown Ale
Sierra Nevada Harvest
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Summertime Ale
Spaten Lager*
Spaten Oktoberfest*
Spaten Optimator*
Spaten Pils*
Stella Artois
Stone Brewing Company Arrogant Bastard Ale
Sweetwater Brewing Company IPA
Tamarack Brewing Company Yard Sale Ale
Tommyknocker Pick Axe Pale Ale*
Trumer Pils
Two Beers Brewing Co. Fresh Hop IPA
Two Beers Brewing Co. Persnickety Pale Ale
Urban Brewery Honey Lager
Urban Brewery Hopworks IPA
Veltins Pilsner*
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Wernesgrüner Pils
Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale
Yaletown Brewing Co. Brick and Beam IPA
Yaletown Brewing Co. UFG Pilsner

posted on Sep 30 2010

We have a tradition around the Howell house that every Monday we go to our favorite German pub Prost!, one of Seattle’s four authentic German pubs. Only German beer on tap, served in its authentic glass by the 0.3L, 0.5L, and 1L.

I implore you to not only attend an Oktoberfest in your area, but to drink authentic German when you go.

Our German favorites, regardless of the time of year…

    Spaten Lager
    Bitburger Pilsner
    Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier
    Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
    Spaten Optimator