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Aug
14

Southern Tier Mokah Imperial Stout

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I’m not the sort of person who skips to the end of a book when he can’t bear the suspense. And yet, here I am, hastily thumbing ahead.

Perhaps you remember my brief but torrid love affair with Choklat back on February 14th? That sweet, chocolaty stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company is part of the Blackwater Series of Imperial Stouts — and it set my chocolaty beer standard for many months to come. I knew the Blackwater Series boasted a creation called Jahva — a coffee stout brewed with Jamaican roasted coffee — but I simply never got around to grabbing a bottle. Instead, I picked up Mokah.

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Aug
13

What’s That Goop in my Beer?

Posted by: Andy Murphy | Comments (0)

Beer questions come to me through the “Contact” section of this website fairly frequently, and I always do my best to either provide the right answer or perhaps enlist an expert who can help.

Because one person’s question is likely on the mind of others, I’ve decided to start sharing those responses here on BeerADay.net.

As it happens, I received a great question about beer earlier today — so I’ve decided to make that question into the first installment of a feature I’m tentatively calling “Ask Andy”.

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Aug
13

Samurai Rice Ale

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Great Divide Brewing Co. is responsible for the great YETI Imperial Stout I enjoyed a few weeks ago, and I have several of their beers waiting for me.

Tonight, the Samurai “Rice Ale” caught my attention and reeled me in.

What does Great Divide say about this beer? According to both the label and their website, they opine:

SAMURAI is an easy drinking, unfiltered ale that changes the status quo for unfiltered beers. The addition of rice gives Samurai a slightly fruity, crisp, refreshing and clean taste. This is definitely not your everyday unfiltered beer. 5.1% ABV

This makes it sound like a delicious take on Budweiser, but only tasting it will tell the tale.

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Aug
12

Woody Creek White

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Dear readers, you’ve been so patient as I lament the sad state of what passes for wit beer among many breweries. Many of the Whites I’ve tasted have been boring — a hint of spice at best, or maybe the suggestion of orange peel.

Much like being trapped at a pun convention, will I be endlessly bombarded by unsatisfying Wit?

No, thankfully. Leave it to Flying Dog to quell my complaints.

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Aug
11

Victory V-Saison

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We’ve talked about saisons before, you and I. A saison, or a “Belgian Farmhouse Ale”, is a type of pale ale traditionally brewed to quench the thirst of lucky farmhands. Wild yeasts and casual recipes created a variety of tastes and quite a lively beer.

Modern versions often crank up the ABV, but I find the style quite delightful, even if unpredictable. You never know quite what you’re going to get when you open a new brand for the first time. Of course, I’ve found the same to be true of many IPAs, porters, wheat beers, etc. So far, my favorite Saison has been Saison Athene, from Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. in Florida. Saison Athene was crisp and rustic, but with a distinct peppery spice that kept me entranced. (Unfortunately, that review is only partially written — I had the beer June 28th.)

Victory Brewing Company tackled the style as part of its “V” Series of bottle conditioned, Belgian-inspired ales. And since “V-Saison” is only available as a 750 ml bottle, I had quite a bit of drinking to do tonight.

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