Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pliny the Elder - Beer Review

If you've been paying attention to the craft beer scene, then you've probably heard of Pliny the Elder. Beer nerds go crazy for this beer. Have you had the privilege of tasting it? Depending on where you live, it can be pretty hard to track down. Let me tell you, it's an imperial IPA worth looking for. But, do the other guys on the show agree with me? Tune in and find out whether the boys love it or hate it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Jersey Central: Far From The Shore

On a recent weekend trip to a family gathering in Northern New Jersey, my brother and I stopped overnight at a friend's house. Joey is a fellow beer enthusiast and was looking forward to taking us to his favorite bottle shops. We all were looking forward to sampling beers together (see the list at the bottom).

Our first stop was at Canal's Hamilton, NJ location. The first beers we saw was a massive display of pumpkin beer from just about every craft brewery it seemed like - a lot of orange on the labeling!

There was one large aisle of bottles and 6-packs from all over the world. There was a big bomber selection from Green Flash and Stone, a good number of Belgium offerings and everything in between. Local New Jersey breweries were represented, including River Horse. Also a large assortment of the big brands are available. Canal's is a large beer, wine and spirits store.
Their website is not too good, and there is no Facebook page that I found to follow them. The store has a great selection, but had the feel of a busy supermarket.

The second store we went to was Super Buyrite Wines and Liquor. Also known as Hopewell Buyrite. The outside looks like it may be some generic liquor store catering to BMC douche bags and winos. But, this is not the case for this place. It isn't fancy inside, but the beer selection was spectacular! There was a huge selection of single 12oz. bottles in refrigerators, a large bomber selection, and tons of other serving types. They have a great selection of Cape Anne's Fisherman's line, Breckenridge, Harpoon, Dogfish Head, stuff from Maine, Germany, I don't know where to stop with this list! Of the three of us, I had the least buying agenda going in....I came out with the most bottles though :)

Seriously, if you are in the area, check Buyrite out.

We did not talk with anyone at either store, so I don't know how helpful the staff is at these stores.

Canal's has another location near Princeton where they have a selection of taps to fill growlers.

As promised, here is the list of beers we sampled!

Weyebacher pumpkin
Fegley's devious imperial pumpkin
River horse pumpkin hippo lantern
Cigar city big sound scotch
Schlafly Pumpkin
Breckenridge summerbright ale
Fishermans pumpkin stout
Founders red's rye pa
Birra del borgo my Antonia
Anchor old foghorn
Victory st. Victorious
Guinness black lager
Yards cape of good hope doubler ipa
Dogfish head festina peche
Avery Mephistopheles
St. Bernarddus wit
Sierra/dfh life and limb

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bud Light Vs. Miller Lite Vs. Coors Light - Blind Taste Test

Do you like Bud Light, Miller Lite or Coors Light the best? Do you think you can tell the difference between them? We put them head to head in a blind taste test to see if we could figure which was which. Did we guess them correctly? Does the one we buy the most turn out to be the one that tastes the best. This was a very enlightening experience for us about three of America's best-selling beers!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

#92 | Jolly Pumpkin | Bam Biere

See James on someone else's beer review! In this review we tasted Bam Biere from Jolly Pumpkin. It's a light, refreshing, tart beer that might be accessible to someone who doesn't usually pick beer over other drink options.

Monday, September 12, 2011

T-Shirts Available!!!!

Look in the column on the right.  There is a page where you can buy your very own BBA T-shirt.  You can even use the customize option to choose your own shirt color, size, shirt quality & price.  You can even make your own BBA hooded sweatshirt!

Let me know if you like the design or how you think it could be improved in the future!

Better Beer Authority T-shirt shirt

Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale - Beer Review

Green Flash makes some tasty beer. Their West Coast IPA is a staple of the craft beer community. Is their Double Stout Black Ale equally delicious? Tune in and find out!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Beer Store Worth Fighting For!

Earlier this year a beer store was brought to my attention as a local suburban community banded together to save their precious beer and wine shop.

Norm's Beer and Wine of Vienna, VA was the David in this fight going against the Goliath of Fresh Market in a battle of rental space with non-compete clause. A Facebook group called Save Norm's evolved from a few loyal customers to a 1,700+ fan page that attracted local media (Washington Post, NBC 4) in Washington DC and Greensboro, NC, home of Fresh Market. Long story short, Norm's and the community prevailed as Fresh Market learned to never mess with a tight-knit community, and never, ever, fuck with a good beer store!

Now to the good stuff, the beer! Norm's has a great bottle and 6-pack collection, and more! Name any local and regional brewery, and you will find them on the shelves. There is also a great collection of beers from Michigan, California, Oregon, and Europe.

Norm and the rest of the staff are probably some of the nicest, most helpful people I have come across in a beer store. When Sierra Nevada's Tumbler came out and was selling in a 6-pack, I asked if they sold singles of it. The guy I asked told me to just take one out of the sixer! Super cool thing to do.

This is probably pound for pound, hop for hop, the best beer shop in Northern Virgina. If you have a business meeting in the Tyson's area, be sure to check it out. If you live inside the Capital Beltway or DC, make the trek out to Vienna.

Norm's has a newsletter it sends out electronically that features new beer and wines. They also post pictures on new arrivals on Facebook.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hop Crisis - Beer Review

21st Amendment Brewing is a fast growing brewery out of San Francisco, CA that sells its beer in cans. When hop prices shot up a few years back and some brewers were cutting back on hops, they responded by creating a beer with tons of hops. Is Hop Crisis a hophead's hop oasis? Tune in and find out!