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Sep
24

Highland Brewing Oatmeal Porter

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highland oatmeal porter2Just three more beers remain in my North Carolina Beer Week sponsored by reader Kevin, whose selections for today and tomorrow include two dark beers from Highland Brewing Company in Asheville.

The Highland motto is “just a wee bit different”, and this beer’s name is a nice example. Though oatmeal stouts abound on the beer market, I’ve never come across an oatmeal porter before. The name conjures to mind a creamy, smokey, sweetly-roasted ale — but I’m ready to stop imagining and start tasting.

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Sep
23

The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

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duck rabbit milk stout label detailI’ve been looking forward to drinking today’s beer, a Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery in Farmville, NC. The Duck-Rabbit logo is a kicker (more on that later), and the subtitle on the label describes the brewery as “The Dark Beer Specialist”.

Before I go any further, let me take another moment to thank reader Kevin for making this North Carolina Beer Week possible. Your selections have been quite excellent, and I’m enjoying this leisurely tour of laid-back southern style.

Kevin’s selection for today is described on The Duck-Rabbit website as follows:

The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). The subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains which give this delicious beer its black color.

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Sep
22

Bad Penny Brown Ale

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bad penny detailThe second day of my North Carolina Beer Week is a real winner thanks to Bad Penny Brown Ale from Big Boss Brewing Company.

This beer stood out immediately thanks to its funky label. In fact, I half expected to open the bottle and release the musical theme from Shaft.

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Sep
21

Carolina Pale Ale

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CBCPale1Today, I break with my IPA Monday tradition to start a week of North Carolina beers. Monday through Saturday I’ll be drinking beers from the great state of North Carolina — a week made possible by reader Kevin, who sponsored each of these small batch bottles.

Kevin will share some of his thoughts on these beers in the comments all week. And for everyone else, if you are in North Carolina or have access to these beers, I want to encourage you to share your reviews and ask questions or get beer recommendations from the pros reading along in NC.

We start with a Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company. My hopes are high, because a quick perusal of their website reveals the team members at Carolina Brewing have been at this for 14 years. They describe themselves as “Brewers of Tasty Liquids”, a phrase which captures that curious crossroad between “magical” and the “kind of creepy”.

Since there’s a lion on the label, I’ll lean toward the magical.

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Aug
24

Brew Free! Or Die IPA

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Brew Free Or Die can detailIf IPA Monday is an excuse to try new hoppy beers, then I’ve certainly begun my week on a successful note. I’ve never had a beer from the 21st Amendment Brewery, but the San Francisco producer has a reputation for crafting fine beer.

In fact, 21st Amendment made headlines this year for brewing a “Twitter Beer” called Spring Tweet — like a Twitter stream, the beer is “unfiltered” and described by the brewmaster as “a little rough around the edges“. (The Twitter Headquarters are a short distance from the brewery.)

Cans of their craft beer have appeared on store shelves here in New England, so I scooped up their IPA called “Brew Free! Or Die”. Originally called simply, “21st Amendment IPA”, the brewery gave it a catchy new name to coincide with last year’s canned release.

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