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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 118

This is the first Black Barley win I have had. Does this one live up to the rest of the 30th anniversary series? Check the review out to see! Jack McAuliffe was the first American “micro” brewer. His tiny New Albion Brewery in Sonoma, California inspired countless dreamers to start small-scale breweries of their own. Jack agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th anniversary. This Black Barleywine Ale is a nod to the legendary ales New Albion served at their legendary summer solstice parties. Rich with bittersweet and roasted malt flavors, balanced with whole-cone American hops, this robust ale should age gracefully for years. Read More »

21st Amendment Fireside Chat | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 117

This is the first holiday ale that I have ever had in a can. And I never though I would be saying that. Fireside Chat is the first winter seasonal beer from 21st Amendment brewing out of San Fransisco so I was curious to try it. Check out the video to see what I thought about this one and let me know what you guys think. There are some flavors and aromas in this one Im not entirely sure should be there so let me know if you guys are getting the same thing. Cheers! Like FDR’s Depression-Era Radio Addresses, which were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time, our Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. We begin with a rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices until we know ... Read More »

Tröegs The Mad Elf Holiday Ale | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 116

Its officially the holiday beer season for me when this monster beer hits the shelves. This has always been one of my favorite holiday ales, but does it maintain it’s status with this years batch? The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale. Read More »

Brooklyn Brewing Black Chocolate Stout | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 115

This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years. Read More »

Avery/Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 114

Salvation. The name of two intricate Belgian-style ales created by us, Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing. After becoming friends a few years ago, we realized that we both had a Salvation in our line-ups. Was it going to be a problem? Should one of us relinquish the rights? “Hell no!” we said. In fact, it was quickly decided that we should blend the brews to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex libation. In April 2004, in top-secret meeting at Russian River Brewing (well actually it was packed in the pub, and many were looking over our shoulders wondering what the hell was going on), we came up with the perfect blend of the two Salvations. Natalie, Vinnie’s much more significant other, exclaimed, “We should call this Collaboration, not Litigation Ale!” “Perfect!” ... Read More »

An Interview with a Craft Beer Bottle Shop Owner and His DFH Punkin Event…

Al’s of Hampden has become something of an icon in the central Pennsylvania beer scene. With currently 24 taps and 3 hand pumps it is a must visit for any beer geek in the Harrisburg area. Oh and if the taps list was not enough Al has a giant selection of bottles and six packs as well. In this interview we discussed the in’s and out’s of being a six pack/bottle shop/pizza shop owner and how he single handedly figured out how to carve a niche out for himself in the craft beer scene in PA. Below the interview is a video I shot at a recent Pumpkin beer event at Al’s of Hampden. The highlight of the event was Dogfish Head’s Punkin that was run through a pumpkin filled with cinnamon sticks. Both Ben and I both give a brief description in the ... Read More »