Sunday, July 31, 2011

All-Grain Beer Brewing - Overview

Thinking about brewing beer? This video will give you an idea of what you are getting yourself into. Also, if you are already brewing beer you might find it interesting to see the setup of another brewer.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wychwood Hobgoblin Dark English Ale - Beer Review

Wychwood describes this as a ruby beer. What the heck is a ruby beer!?! The boys dive a little deeper into this dark english ale and come up with their own descriptions. Is it a big beer or a session beer? Who is this beer going to please?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hitting the Rapids in Search of Beer

As we mentioned last week, a couple us planned on going on a canoe paddle and brewery tour with River and Trail Outfitters.

We met near Frederick, MD, a town about an hour or less from Washington DC. The downtown is quite charming and even boasts some quality dining options. The surrounding area is filled with outdoor adventure and access to four historic rivers.

We gathered at 9:30 Saturday morning south of Buckeyestown, MD on the Monocacy River and were driven as a group upstream to the canoe launch place. It was a beautiful hot sunny day and we brought a few cans of beer with us. There were some rapids that would have been more fun if the river was a little higher. Half way through the canoe trip, our guide, Mike talked to the group about the importance of the river and the necessity to keep it clean.

When we were done with the three hour paddle, we were naturally parched. We caravanned to Barley & Hops Grill and Microbrewery. We were given five samples of their beer and got to choose our favorite to have a pint of. Larry, the brew master was our host and taught us a lot about beer and even gave some tips to the home brewers.

The five we have were all quality, I chose the stout, and my friends chose the Pale Ale. The seasonal Hefeweizen was the most popular among the group; of the 27 people in the group, 14 chose that as their pint.

Larry previously brewed for Flying Dog and his passion for brewing came out in his speech. He is responsible for their Raging Bitch Belgian India Pale Ale.

All in all, I would do each activity separate. Being on the river was great, but I didn’t feel that I got to sample the beers enough. Which is too bad, as the beer was very good.

Monday, July 18, 2011

120 Minute IPA - Beer Review

120 Minute IPA is not cheap and it's not easy to get. Dogfish Head releases it several times a year and it sells out quickly. Is it worth the effort of tracking down a 4-pack? It's called an IPA, but at 18% it's not like most IPAs. Does it even taste like an IPA? So many questions about a beer that we've wanted to review for a long time. It was so special that I even wore a tux for the occasion.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Beer Review

This is our highest rated beer of 2011! Tune in and find out why!

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is a wheat beer that will challenge your assumptions about what a wheat beer is. This wheat IPA surprised our panelists in a good way. SPOILER ALERT! This beer gets a high rating. But, just how good is it?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

SnobbyBeer - Interview w/ Beer Reviewer Max Spang

Max Spang, AKA SnobbyBeer, is from Dayton, Ohio - the home state of the Better Beer Authority. So, he decided to stop by to help us review some beer and talk to us about his approach to reviewing beer. Definitely check out our Dale's Pale Ale episode featuring Max (Dale's also happens to be our highest rated beer of 2011).

You can find out more about Max at He also has two Youtube channels - SnobbyBeer and ERRATICTV.