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Boulevard Single-Wide IPA
Boulevard Single-Wide IPA
Boulevard Single-Wide IPA

Boulevard Brewing out of Kansas City is one of my favorite breweries but until recently it wasn’t available in my area. As more distributers begin carrying these fine brews, it may be worth another look on the tap lists and she...

 
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Three Floyds Alpha King APA & BrooDoo IPA
Three Floyds Alpha King APA & BrooDoo IPA
Three Floyds Alpha King APA & BrooDoo IPA

I’ve been a big fan of Alpha King American Pale Ale from Three Floyds for several months now. It is a big beer as far as APAs go, ringing in at 6.5% alcohol and 66 IBUs. It actually drinks a bit like an IPA, with huge citrus pr...

 
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Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam
Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam
Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam

When sampling Barley Wines and Double IPAs I am frequently reminded that the distinction between these two styles can be somewhat blurred.  I recently put together a sample round of a few fine examples of each style at my local...

 
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Southern Tier Oak Aged Backburner
Southern Tier Oak Aged Backburner
Southern Tier Oak Aged Backburner

When I see Southern Tier brews on tap I generally make a point of at least sampling them. Their specialty beers are generally exceptional. I tried the Oak Aged Backburner Barley Wine along with a few Imperial IPA samples that w...

 
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Wild2 Dubbel
Wild2 Dubbel
Wild2 Dubbel

This is another New Belgium “Lips of Faith” series beer that I picked up recently.  It is a dark Belgian Dubbel with Schisandra berries added to the fermenter.  According to the Colorado brewing company, these berries are known...

 
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Donut Friend
Donut Friend
Donut Friend
 

Donut Friend: Now serving Bacon 182

 
December 30, 2013
 



In 2013, acclaimed record producer (Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World) and drummer (Drive Like Jehu) Mark Trombino began a new career when he launched Donut Friend in Los Angeles, California. The store’s motto is: “Donuts Done D...

 
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Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Great Divide calls this an “Old Ale” and pitches it as their winter seasonal.  Just in time for the holidays, I thought I’d give it a try.  I’m not very familiar with Old Ales.  In fact, the only one I know of off the top of my...

 
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St Bernadus Christmas Ale
St Bernadus Christmas Ale
St Bernadus Christmas Ale

I am generally a hold-out on the traditional Christmas Ale.  While I have nothing against cinnamon and nutmeg, I do think that many breweries go overboard while attempting to define their holiday beer.   St. Bernardus showed me...

 
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Winter Ale Tasting
Winter Ale Tasting
Winter Ale Tasting

Portland has recently been through a cold snap, and I figured it was time to delve into a winter ale tasting. I raided the beer aisle at my neighborhood Safeway store in hopes of finding more nationally accessible seasonals. Wh...

 
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Holiday Ale Festival
Holiday Ale Festival
Holiday Ale Festival

In another example of how fortunate I am to live in Portland, Oregon, the 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival met and surpassed expectations in several ways. (And I only attended two days out of five – I shudder to think of all th...