Lagunitas – Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company – Petaluma, CA

Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale – 9.8% ABV – 66.6 IBU

Our oxymoronic ‘Imperial Mild’ – A redux to remember the ’05 St. Paddy’s Day Massacre. Defiant as to style … We Can say for sure it is unforgiven and unrepentant. We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre… and in celebration of our subsequent 20-day suspension in January of 2006… Cheers! Continue reading

Hair Of The Dog – Ruth

It is said that to prevent rabies you should take the hair of the dog that bit you and rub it into the bite wound. Is there any truth to that? I don’t know. However, based on that saying it’s also said that to cure a hangover, in the morning you should drink whatever you were drinking the night before.

Hair of the Dog brewing company in Portland, Oregon makes great bottle-conditioned beer. But, I don’t see it as the kind of stuff that I’d get a hangover from. For me, they make sipping brews. These are fine crafted beers that I like take my time with and savor the flavors. I’ve already spoken my mind on Hair of the Dog – Adam. So this time I am taking a peek at Ruth. Continue reading

Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck – Bacchus

This is one of those beers that I recently found in my cellar and didn’t recall anything about it at all. I don’t know where I bought it, and don’t remember why I picked it up in the first place. So I went into it totally blind. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The bottle is a thick green glass with black wrap around the cap, kind of like a wine bottle. The labeling is fairly simple, “Bacchus Belgian Ale” with cheerful fellow on the label holding a mug of beer.

Since I was in the mood for something different, I grabbed a glass and popped the top. Continue reading

Hair of The Dog – Adam

Hair Of The Dog - AdamThis is one of those beers that brings back fond memories of when I started really appreciating craft beer with my good friend Chris. Back in 1994 I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Batch 1 of the “Adambier”.

I had moved away to college and was keeping in contact with my good friend Chris via electronic mail and instant message on this thing called AOL. We mainly talked about different stouts that we’d tried and one day he told me about this great beer he had found called “Hair of the Dog”. It was so complex and unlike anything he’d ever tried before. I was intrigued and set out to find this “Hair of the Dog” beer.

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