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Clinical lab scientist by day, beer geek by night.

Bells Planet Series: Neptune – The Mystic | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

With Neptune, our Planets Series comes to an end. Inspired by one of Larry Bell’s old homebrew recipes and the music of Gustav Holst, this complex, strong and spiced Imperial Stout offers prominent herbal notes along with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice/anise and pepper with a touch of heat. Reminiscent of a mystical creation brewed in days gone by, this beer is a good candidate for aging due to the robust characteristics of its ingredients. Read More »

Stone Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This year’s winner of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned homebrewing competition, Chris Banker, helped keep us grounded to our homebrewing roots by introducing flavors consistent with our regional palate. His chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper and coffee-infused milk stout was built to mimic the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, a beloved specialty from our neighbors to the south, as our callaborators from Baja California, Cervezería Insurgente, will attest. Layered with tiers of earthiness, spice and roast, this creamy, semisweet blue-ribbon beer confirms that the spirit of the American homebrewer is not only alive and kicking, but thriving at an all-time high. Read More »

Is Craft Beer Being Over Valued? And The Buyout Bubble! | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

With the recent acquisition of Ballast Point for 1 Billion dollars I wanted to talk about how I feel craft brewers may be being over valued. Cheers! Read More »

Stone Depth Charged Double Bastard (Espresso Double Bastard) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Double Bastard brewed with espresso beans. Read More »

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015 (Best Vintage?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

“I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla,carmel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it.” Brewmaster Greg ... Read More »

The Fizzics Beer System | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Fresh-from-the-tap taste…from any can or bottle! Provides enhanced balance and sensational mouthfeel of aromatics, body, and texture with all of your favorite beers Compatible with any size can or bottle, up to a 64 oz. growler Scientifically engineered using patent-pending fluid and gas technology to enhance your beer—no separate CO2 or Nitro canisters necessary! Simple to use: just put your beer into the unit, place the tube into the beer, close the lid, then pull the tap handle to pour and push it to create the perfect foam head Works with just about any style of carbonated beer, including IPAs, Pilsners, Lagers, Stouts, and more Powered by 4 AA batteries (not included) Portable design means you can take your expertly poured drafts anywhere—it’s perfect for tailgating and camping! Anti-microbial drip mat and system canister separate for easy cleaning Made with FDA approved food-grade materials ... Read More »

Whistle Pig 12 Year Old World Rye Whiskey (Madeira/Sauternes/Port Barrels) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

We at WhistlePig believe that progress is not achieved by the complacent, it is won by the bold and tenacious. With these tenets in mind, we proudly submit the fruit of our progressive endeavors, the 12 Year Old World Marriage. In the spring of 2014, Master Distiller Dave Pickerell began a unique experiment on the WhistlePig Farm. After studying the best techniques of the Old World – particularly Scotch whiskies – Dave and the WhistlePig team paired bonds of 12-year-old rye with premium European oak casks – Madeira, Sauternes, Port, Cognac, and Sherry. After a series of single finish releases and extensive industry feedback, the 12 Year Old World is the product of a carefully selected marriage of three finishes that highlights their distinctive flavors to create an exceptionally balanced spirit. The 2015 San Francisco Spirits Competition Double Gold award winning Old World Series ... Read More »

Guinness Nitro IPA | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Infused with Nitrogen for a smooth balanced finish. Admiral, Celeia, Topaz, Challenger and Cascade Hops. Read More »

Creature Comforts Tropicália | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

A balanced, soft, and juicy IPA. Ripe passion fruit and citrus hop aroma lead to a full, fruit-forward hop flavor that washes over the palate, ending with subtle bitterness. Some folks say they don’t like hoppy beers, and to that we say that hops do not equal bitterness. To us, hops offer a plethora of flavors, not just bitterness; and in Tropicália it’s a beautiful, luscious, fruit journey for your palate to enjoy without fatigue. Read More »

Stone Punishment (Hottest Beer Ever?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

What do you call it when you take a sip of oak barrel aged Double Bastard Ale that’s had the other half of the bounty of chili peppers from Greg’s home garden ceremoniously added in, resulting in a punishingly intense level of hot pepper heat to an already overly intense beer whose elevated alcohol level caused a significant transference of pain-inducing capsicum?” A: “Punishment.” Punishment is 2013 Double Bastard Ale brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. Brutally hot and unyielding in its imposition, this intensely hellish spawn of Caribbean red hots, fatalis and Moruga scorpion peppers is a just dessert for any spice-taunting masochist who dares to engage it. Read More »