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TGoF’s Year in Beer – 2014

IMG_5433Well, another stellar year of beer drinking is in the books. Four beer fests, several trades and a number of new breweries entering the market it’s entirely safe to say that I had my fill. So, with another 365 days in the rear view- well 325 if you include the 40 days of lent where I took a beer sabbatical- I thought it was time to reminisce on my highlights this year.

I won’t get into too much detail except to list of my favorite beers I was able to try for the first time this year. Maybe even highlight a local brewery to watch out for that opened in 2014. Either way, if you see something below you haven’t tried, it’s safe to say I’d recommend you finding a way to get it in your hands in the near future. Cheers to an equally fulfilling 2015! (more…)

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Beer Review: New Glarus Brewing Spotted Cow

newglarus_spottedcowAfter years of beer drinking with waves of empty beer bottles and cans in my rear view mirror it seemed like it was about time to finally get around to talking about some beers I’ve had multiple times, but never actually reviewed. Nine times out of ten the reviews I post are from notes that I’ve made from either the first time trying the beer or the second or third time from a six (or four) pack. This time around, I decided it was time to give a little love to a beer I tried when I first started drinking craft beer and had knowledge of the brewery or its elite status in the craft beer industry. I’m talking about Spotted Cow from the renowned New Glarus Brewing Company.

I had Spotted Cow more than just the once, but I often feel ashamed that the first time I ever had a bottle I didn’t really know what I was holding in my hand. Granted, nowadays New Glarus is praised for their always stellar fruit sours, but Spotted Cow is the beer that started it all and is one of Wisconsin’s best selling craft beers. With a Wisconsin shaped distribution footprint their beer is highly coveted by beer traders and travelers alike. Spotted Cow was my first ever exposure to the brewery and one that I could easily turn often in the dog days of summer here in the Midwest. (more…)

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Collaboration 12 Pack (Part 2)

I won’t spend a lot of time hyping up this post. Most likely if you’ve been to my blog before you’ve probably already read my part 1 review of this collaboration 12 pack and just want to see how it all wraps up in the end. And if you haven’t been to the blog before then I’d simply suggest heading over to the part 1 post anyway as I’ve listed reviewed the beers in the order I drank them- not that you need the background information in order to understand these reviews. Either way, here are six more reviews of beers contained within Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Collaboration 12 Pack!

beercamp_electricrayElectric Ray (India Pale Lager)
Collaboration Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Review: If it looks like an IPA, taste like an IPA it must be an IPA right? Apparently not if you’re Electric Ray, which according to the packaging is an IPL (India Pale Lager). I know right, potato patado- it’s hoppy and it’s amber/gold in color, it’s pretty much an IPA. Very thin head on the pour and smells a bit like old hops. Taste is quite bitter on the front end which screams IPA, but then the malt and smooth lager characteristics kick in on the back end. Easily one of the hoppiest offerings in the box which was quite welcome from some of the other ho hum offerings I started off with. And given how low my expectations were as I dug into the final six beers in the pack this was a much needed boost for me.   (more…)