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Beer & Girl Scout Cookies

Beer / March 1, 2017 / 1 Comment.

On my honor, I will try, to pair beer with my Girl Scout cookies.

The girl scots promote compassion, courage, confidence, and cookies.


If you’re lucky, around this time every year, a parent in your office puts one of those blessed cookie order forms in a communal area at work. And you, depending on how hungry you are at the time, order 2-25 boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Peanut Butter Patties. (Don’t worry. If you missed the boat, or the parents of you office make their kids actually sell the cookies themselves, you can still order them here).


Once your cookie package arrives via parental Sherpa, be sure to stop by your favorite craft beer store before you year into the first box. According to beer expert, Matthew Stock, milk isn’t the only beverage that pairs well with cookies.

Stock explains that there are so many ingredient variations in beer, that it’s easy to pair them with food… and cookies. Here are a few of his top recommendations:

Thin Mints + Chocolate Stout or Porter. Stock’s Recco: Cigar City Prewiring’s Jose Marti

Shortbread + Cream Ale. Stock’s Recco: Dead Lizard Brewing Company’s Chameleon Cream Ale

Samoas + Hefeweizen. Stock’s Recco: Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweissbier

The Girl Scouts of America, and craft brewers everywhere, thank you for your business.


Brews That’ll Ease You Into Autumn

Beer / September 15, 2016 / No Comments.

anchor-porter-1024x1024Autumn is just around the corner – time to trade in your shandies and summer ales for something a little more in tune with the season. Allow us to suggest a few of our favorite fall brews…

Odell Brewing Company: Oktoberfest

Octoberfest style lagers have exploded in recent years. With more and more breweries across the country trying their hand at crafting a version of this traditional German brew, finding the right Octoberfest is fast becoming a Fall tradition.  The Colorado based Odell Brewing Company’s has taken a more traditional approach with their offering, using Munich and toffee malts with a subtle blend of floral hops. This lager boasts a sweet, biscuity flavor which the brewers themselves describe as “a liquid version of a fresh-baked doughy pretzel.”

We’ll have 3. 

Bantam Cider Company: Wunderkind

The Cambridge, MA based Bantam Cider Company blends fresh local apples with flavors of cinnamon and flower-blossom honey to form their flagship offering, “Wunderkind.”  This American cider is crisp, bright and refreshing.  Perfect for your next tailgate or Thanksgiving dinner.

Dogfish Head: Punkin Ale

A good pumpkin beer isn’t easy to come by. Yet for beer lovers, it’s essential for a quality Autumn booze lineup.  With that, we crown Dogfish Head’s “Punkin Ale” as king of the pumpkin patch this fall.  Brewed with pumpkin meat, brown sugar and spices, this Autumn classic delivers the right pumpkin flavors without overwhelming you.

Anchor Brewing Company: Anchor Porter

Fun fact: stouts and porters are just as delicious at room temperature as they are straight out of the fridge.  So when you start to see your thermostat drop this fall, go grab an extra sweater, throw a log on the fire, and pour yourself a glass of Anchor Porter. This first of its kind dark American porter, (which is currently celebrating its 44th anniversary), perfectly blends pale, caramel, chocolate, and black malts to create a smooth and drinkable beer guaranteed to keep you warm.


Man Cave: Making Whiskey From Beer

Man Cave / June 20, 2016 / No Comments.

IMG_8269-webAs we all know, Beer and Whiskey are both made from grains but one is fermented while the other is aged and distilled in barrels. But what if someone was to distill the beer before starting the fermentation process that brews go through?

San Francisco’s Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery has done just this. These masterminds have created a Whiskey infused with the same complexity as their craft brews. One of Seven Stills’ whiskeys is the “Fluxuate,” which was distilled from a coffee porter with the company’s “Flux Cold Brewed Coffee.” The benefit of creating this spirit is that there are incredible aromas of coffee and vanilla while also offering a palate of dark and rich roasted flavors. We think it’s fair to say that this distillery has innovated the ways of whiskey distilling.

Seven Stills whiskeys are made from several types of beer, including Double IPA’s, Stouts and porters. It’s hard to resist wanting to try the complexity of flavors that go into these whiskeys, so if you are in the California area be sure to check it out. Not from the West Coast? No worries – you can also conveniently order their drinks online.


Man Cave: Craft Brewers Collaborate to make 1 Beer

Beer / June 13, 2016 / No Comments.

acbw-final-hed-2016American Craft Beer Week is something to celebrate every year, as it is not only an event but has also become a movement. This past May, a beer was brewed and packaged with around 4,490 brewery names on the can. This brew consists of the same recipe that more than 100 craft breweries use.

This movement was formed for Paul Ogg, who was diagnosed with cancer last March. He is a teacher, a father, a husband and a partner at the Declaration Brewery. His partner in the business, Mike Blanford, proposed reaching out to Denver, Colorado to promote the concept of honoring Paul for all the influential marks he has made in the Denver beer community.

They brewed up Paul’s version of the porter, which is has flavors similar to Heath, Paul’s favorite candy. This beer has aromas of chocolate and toffee and is balanced with a smoky malt and a subtle amount of hops. The idea was spread to all the breweries around the country and each one has taken the recipe and made it with their own personal altercations.

Support the movement and help spread the message of Making Small Beer Great Again!


Booze News Weekly

Beer / August 19, 2015 / No Comments.

HT_Black_Bottle_Brewery_mar_141021_4x3_992Do you ever find yourself getting bored with your go-to booze? When you’ve grown tired of that mundane drink order, we’ll be here to walk you through what’s new and noteworthy this week:

Jim Beam Apple: Jim Beam released a new apple flavored 70 proof bourbon-based spirit just in time for the summer-to-fall transition. A blend of apple liqueur and Kentucky straight bourbon, Jim Beam Apple smells of crisp granny smiths with notes of oak complete with a sweet and grainy after taste. Drink alone or mix with club soda and lemon for a quick and easy cocktail—either way you’ll love what this juicy option has to offer.

Cerealiously Count Chocula: Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado has some tricks (or should we say, Trix) up their sleeves. After basically buying all of the boxes of Count Chocula cereal within a 10-mile radius, the brewery created a Count Chocula flavored beer. Cerealiously Count Chocula has chocolate and marshmallow undertones (naturally) and will be released October 30th as Black Bottle’s limited edition Halloween brew.

Stray Cat Gin: Copper & Kings American Brandy Company has strayed (pun intended) from their natural habitat to bring you Stray Cat Gin, a small batch artisanal spirit. After being aged in a Serbian juniper barrel for 12 months, the gin is double distilled until it reaches perfection. Having an “Old Tom” style profile, a creamy mouth feel, and a cloudy appearance, this apple-brandy based spirit is nothing to be trifled with. Only 750 bottles have been released, so if you’re seeking some Stray Cat Gin, we suggest you start moving!

Peanut Butter Raincloud Porter: Pawtucket’s Foolproof Brewery has partnered with neighboring company Nuts ‘N More to introduce Peanut Butter Raincloud Porter. Made with malted barley, hops, and Nuts ‘N More’s famous powdered peanut butter, this brew is sure to be a tasty treat, as it utilizes actual peanut butter as opposed to only an extract, spice or flavoring (like other brewers use). The company coins their creation—due to be on shelves near the end of September—is a pumpkin beer “disruptor,” as it offers a different yet delicious flavor for fall’s arrival.

Last Snow by Funky Buddha Brewery: Tasting similar to a Mounds candy bar, this dark-colored porter is an easy to drink treat for anyone who’s a fan of rich beers. Brewed with coconut and coffee, Last Snow also contains strong chocolate notes, making it perfect to drink with a dessert or by itself. In the past, the brewery only released Last Snow once every February; now, they will release a batch every August. As of noon yesterday, Last Snow is available and ready to be enjoyed.


We’re Nuts for Coconut Beer

Our Stories / September 5, 2012 / 2 Comments.

You don’t have to be in Hawaii to indulge in coconut beer. It’s widely available, and brewed all over the country. That said, CoCoNut Porter, from Maui Brewing Co. continues to reign as the best in this trendy category.
CoCoNut Porter is a World Beer Cup Gold Award winner that also sports a notable pricetag: $10 for four cans. The coconut notes are subtle, so even coconut haters (if there is such a thing) will like this dark-pouring, hearty porter. That subtlety is intentional, says brewery co-founder Garrett Marrero. “It’s not meant to be a pina colada.”

Some other good coconut brews include:
• Doc’s Coconut Porter
• Pagosa Springs
• Black Magic Coconut Porter
• King Coconut Porter
• Koko Brown
• Coconut Weissebier.

For heavier coconut tones, try Funky Buddha Last Snow or New Holland Dragon’s Milk, which we think actually go a bit too far.

Home brewer? Definitely try this at home. Google it and you’ll learn everything you need to know about doing-it-yourself — and how damn yummy it is. What do you think about Coconut Beer?