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Firestone Walker 20th Anniversary Ale | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews

http://facebook.com/beergeeknation http://www.beergeeknation.com 20 Anniversary Ale Firestone Walker 13% ABV Beer Geek Nation Rating: A+ Parabola (13% ABV) Aged in New Oak and Bourbon Barrels (40% of final blend) Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout OG=30P FG=7.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Magnum, Styrian Golding and Hallertau Tradition Stickee Monkee (12.3% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels (20% of final blend) English Barley Wine OG=27P FG=5.4P IBU=45 Color=34 / Brewed with Belgian Candi Sugar and Mexican Turbinado (Brown) sugar Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels (17.5% of final blend) Traditional Oatmeal Stout OG=15+P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color=Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Willamette Bravo (12.9% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels (12.5% of final blend) Imperial Brown Ale OG=26.5 FG=3.7 IBU=35 Color=32 / Hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings Helldorado (13.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon (10% of final blend) Blonde Barley Wine ... Read More »

The Bruery Sucre (16.9% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

TO me this is what The Bruery does the best, big,angry,complex,barrel aged beers. And their newest anniversary beer is no exception. Check out the review to see why this one sands out. Cheers! “May is our anniversary month and we are excited to release Sucre, our sixth anniversary ale this week! This beer is brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method, where a portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age.” Read More »

Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary Ale | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

During the dog days of the autumn grape harvest, thirsty overworked winemakers are fond of saying, “It takes a lot of beer to make great wine.” But at Firestone Walker Brewing Company, the opposite is also true, as 14 local winemakers recently convened to help the brewing team blend the next Firestone Walker Anniversary Ale. The result is “XVII”—a vintage blend of seven eclectic component ales aged in retired bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels. XVII will be officially released starting at the brewery on November 2. The blending session has become an annual rite at the brewery, with Brewmaster Matt Brynildson enlisting his winemaker friends from the surrounding Paso Robles wine country. “I’m not aware of any other beer that is blended like this, from so many distinct components,” Brynildson said. “That’s why we bring in the winemakers.” During the blending session, the friendly ... Read More »

Stone 17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung IPA (9.5% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Our latest anniversary beer, starring an all-German cast of malt and hops, is yet one more glorious example of a Stone IPA brewed outside the box. Our brewers have brought their experiments with German hops to fruition, leaving convention behind to create this hefty IPA entirely with pilsner malts. These provide a superbly crisp mouthfeel, while a unique mix of noble and new-school hop varieties adds layers of bright, bitter flavors. Despite the daunting name, this beer isn’t designed to bring about the end of the world, but it just might destroy some of your preconceived notions of what an IPA can be. beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Deschutes Black Butte XXV (11.3% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Dates, figs and chocolate. Black currants, barrel-aged in bourbon casks. The result is an Imperial Porter with a tart berry and chocolate aroma with luscious layers of dried fruit, oak and vanilla. A fitting tribute to the 25th Anniversary of our flagship beer. Beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Avery Anniversary Nineteen Abbey Tripel | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 382

In excited anticipation of 20 years and the new brewery, we concocted this very traditional, yeast driven, dry and fruity Tripel. Read More »