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Clinical lab scientist by day, beer geek by night.

Troegs Nugget Nectar | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 145

This is one of my favorite seasonal’s as well as one of the beers that got me into craft beer. Check it out and see what I thought. Squeeze those hops for all they’re worth and prepare to pucker up: Tröegs’ newest single batch brew, Nugget Nectar Ale, will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops. Starting with the same base ingredients of our flagship HopBack Amber Ale, Nugget Nectar intensifies the malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience. Read More »

Rock Art’s Imperial Pumpkin Spruce Stout | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 144

It’s a big stout brewed in the colonial fashion with large amounts of pumpkins and spruce tips added to the kettle for flavor and bittering qualities. The pumpkins complement the malt flavors and are used to add sugars to the mash. Whatever you do, do not think this is going to taste like pumpkin pie. For a SLOW experience, pair with BBQ venison loin, extra sharp cheddar cheese, vegetarian chili, fresh warm soft pretzel dipped in a honey mustard or grass fed beef stew. Read More »

Bell’s Batch 10,000 | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 143

The last in our Batch series is being packaged today and tomorrow. While we are excited to free up some brewing space for other creative projects, the end of the Batch series marks a major milestone for us, and is a little bittersweet being the end of an era. Batch 10,000 reflects our homebrewing roots and was inspired by the the last homebrew of the season. Our owner Larry Bell remembers going through his brewing supplies and making the last homebrew out of whatever malts and hops were left from his brewing months. With this being the motivation behind our last commemorative batch series beer, we combed through the catalogs of many malt and hop suppliers to source 100 different malts, grains, and other fermentables. This is balanced by the addition of 60 different hop varietals between the kettle and dry hopping. The resulting ... Read More »

Surly Brewing Abrasive | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 142

This is a review for the just released batch of this beer. The can I had was date 12/27/2010!! Super fresh,extremely hoppy Surly goodness. Sure we’re abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of the industrial manufacturing factory Omar’s parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and sanding discs came long before ales and lagers. But let’s be honest, this is a lot more fun. Pale in color, this over-hopped, under-brewed Double IPA has almost twice the amount of hops & malt crammed in the can. Read More »

Interview with a Craft Brewer: Jeremy Danner of Boulevard Brewing

I recently had my first Boulevard Brewing beer, Tank 7. And quite honestly it was one of the best American produced Saisons I have ever had. It even went as far as to make the BGN top 10 beers of the year. So with that one under my belt I really wanted to talk to one of the brewers to see what kind of pain and sweat goes into their amazing beer. Thankfully, Jeremy Danner stepped up to the plate and was nice enough to answer my questions. Jeremy is a brewer at Boulevard and below discusses life,brewing and the art of beer in general. Cheers and a big thanks to Jeremy for taking the time out of his day! Boulevard Brewing Company is an independent regional craft brewery located in Kansas City, Missouri. The Brewers Association currently ranks Boulevard as the 8th largest craft brewery, and the 16th ... Read More »

Cigar City Guava Grove | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 141

Guava Grove Ale is a Belgian ale that sees a secondary fermentation with and extended aging on Guava puree. The complex flavors imparted by both the Belgian yeast strain and the Guava are unlike anything you are likely to have encountered. This is an elegant beer that pairs well with white fish, mussels, fresh tropical fruits and earthy cheeses. It also makes a fine accompaniment to Guavaween festivities. Read More »

Firestone Walker 14 | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 140

This beer is far and away one of the best beers I have ever had,period,end of sentence. As a finished beer, 14 is brimming with amazing flavors and textures. DDBA leads the blend lending American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances. Newcomer, Sticky Monkey, folds in the taste of brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger and ripe figs. Parabola brings the familiar flavors of bitter dark chocolate and cherry pit. Velvet Merkin carries silky bourbon soaked chocolate cake goodness to the party while a touch of Black Xantus teases coffee and tobacco. Last, but not least, Good Foot brings the hops… hints of citrus zest and tangerine, which adds a pop to the aroma and nice finish to this big, sexy brew. 14 is best enjoyed in a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to ... Read More »

Westmalle Tripel | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 139

Does the grand father of the Tripel style hold up to its biggest competitor Chimay White? Or does it destroy the amazing Chimay? Find out in the review! A strong, dry and spicy trappist ale. The product of a secondary fermentation lasting 5 weeks. Read More »

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 138

First brewed in 2006, Deschutes Brewery’s Hop Henge Experimental IPA reappears this year with more extreme hop flavors than ever before. The new formulation is the epitome of the brewery’s experimental style and commitment to innovation, while gratifying their unquenchable thirst for beautifully balanced hoppy beers. The newest incarnation of Hop Henge uses several new hop processes and techniques to create a truly unique and unexpected beer. Several pounds of Centennial & Cascade hops are in each barrel with a heavy dry-hop presence to top it off. A blend of crystal, pale and caraston malts creates an overall biscuity characteristic that is dense and muscular, building the alcohol base to support the monstrous hop profile. 95 IBUs. Read More »

Chimay White Tripel | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 137

Chimay Blanche (White), with its typical golden colour, its slightly hazy appearance and its fine head is especially characterised by its aroma which results from an agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast. The beer’s flavour, as sensed in the mouth, comes from the smell of hops: above all it is the fruity notes of muscat and raisins that give this beer a particularly attractive aroma. The aroma complements the touch of bitterness. There is no acidity, but an after-bitterness which melts in the mouth. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised. Read More »