Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hennepin - Beer Review

Hennepin from Ommegang Brewery looks pretty shnazzy in that fancy bottle. Will the liquid live up to the high expectations of the presentation. The aroma on this is potent - like a fresh bag of hops (or a big, bag of weed). Will the guys find it pleasing? Tune in and find out!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Beer Review

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a craft beer classic. When the number of breweries was near its low point, Sierra Nevada released this beer and helped push the boundaries of what people thought beer could be. It seems tame by today's standards, but this well-balanced pale ale is a great session beer. Even if you've had it before, now might be a good time to revisit it. But first, see what the guys at the Better Beer Authority have to say about it.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

More New Jersey, ok!

Last week I spent six days driving all over New Jersey for my day job. Naturally, this made me thirsty for some quality beer.

I had read about Oak Tree Discount Wine & Spirits on Beer Advocate and was impressed by their A+ rating after 160 reviews. As fate would have it, I actually had a meeting in the office park right across the street!

I was greeted with a friendly welcome on my way in and pointed to the beer sections. After strolling the craft brew aisles and foreign aisles, I had narrowed a personal six-pack down. I got a fall Breckenridge Brown Ale, a sampling of Climax offerings (a New Jersey label), and got my friend a Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. Before checkout, the proprietor of Oak Tree told me I should get the Troegs Mad Elf. So I picked up a bomber. I really enjoyed that beer later. If you are within a half hour drive, or more, make sure to go out of your way to visit this beer haven.

For dinner that night, I went to J.J. Bitting Brewing Company brew pub. I ordered the sampler and tasted all 8 of their beers on tap that night. I liked their Oktoberfest and Hop Harvest Ale. The others didn't stand out to me. However, it was a really cool restaurant and bar with good food. If you are in this area, I would not miss this place.
Side note: I asked the waitress how many IBUs the Hop Harvest had, she said she didn't know what an IBU was and said that was one of the weirder questions she has been asked. So I guess we were both a little flabergasted. We did enjoy good service there.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Greg Koch: CEO of Stone Brewing Co. - Interview

Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Co. stopped by the Better Beer Authority studio and had a lot to say. Has being loud & outspoken ever backfired on him? Did he have qualms about hiring his brewmaster from Anheuser Busch? And, what did he think about our infamous Arrogant Bastard review?

He has a new book called "The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes and Unabashed Arrogance". You can BUY THE BOOK through Amazon.com at this link:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Greg Koch: CEO of Stone Brewing Company on BBA!

Greg Koch, the CEO and cofounder of Stone Brewing Company just stopped by the Better Beer Authority studio.  We had a great chat about all things Stone.  I'm going to post the interview as soon as possible.

This was not a good time for me to run out of room on my hard drive.  I'll start editing the interview as soon as I get some space cleaned off of my computer.