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Austin Beerworks GABF Gold Metal

Comments Off 23 October 2013

I may be bias… It may be that the brewery is around the corner from my work… It may be that I have a few friends and rugby teammates who brew and deliver the beer… But I knew it was going to win… Big props to the fellas at Austin Beerworks for taking Gold at the Great American Beer Festival for their German-Style Schwarz, Black Thunder.

Ive had the pleasure of clinking glasses with the brewers of this fine beer in their brewery, and have always known it was special.

Congrats again, fellas!

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Oh Beautiful Beer

Comments Off 23 October 2013

We all love beer (if not, youre on the wrong site). But there is another side to delicious brews that not many people think about; design.

If youre like me, you may pick out a new brew from the store based on the packaging or label thats displayed. The vibrant colors of a brew from Clown Shoes or the recognizable (and recycled) label of Lagunitas beers.

I came across www.ohbeautifulbeer.com today and had to share… It truly shows the art that goes into making not just a good beer, but a good brand.

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Lets talk Oktoberfest

Comments Off 29 September 2013

My friend George and I decided to make it our mission to try every Oktoberfest beer that we could find in Austin, TX this year. We scoured every shelf and cooler and ended with 21 total. Wish we could have found more, but we are happy with our finds… So here we go.

Im going to go from worst to best; we will knock out the bad ones first.

OK, So these werent very good IMO… Really not worth your money… Granted they arent HORRIBLE, but in respect to good Oktoberfest beers, they are sub-par.

These get a Probst from me… Not the best, but good enough that id order them in a social setting.

Now for the award winners:

I would order these in droves… Imagine that, Germans know how to make a good Marzen…

And now for the best Oktoberfest beer….. *drum roll*

Paulaner makes the best version of what is called an Oktoberfest/Marzen on the market. (once again, imagine that…)

Honorable mention:

In my opinion the dry-hopping made this more of an Imperial IPA, opposed to an Marzen. It was damn good for an IPA, but not so much for an Oktoberfest.

Ballast Point

VICTORY!

Comments Off 03 August 2013

Ballast Point
Victory at Sea
Porter
10% ABV

My Rating: A

Probably one of the most flavorful, delicious, and overall well brewed porters, dare I say any style beer, I’ve ever had.

Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter… Need I say more?

Sixpoint

3BEANS

Comments Off 18 February 2013

3BEANS
Sixpoint
Porter
10% ABV

My Rating: A

I got the pleasure of running into this 4 pack of heaven at Specs last week. I went in looking for something new that I hadnt tried and was let down when I didnt find anything new on the shelves. I almost looked right past the Sixpoint boxes, but luckily at 6’4″ I was able to be eye level with display. There is so much flavor to this porter that unless you dont have any taste buds, you will love it.

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Congrats to the Austin Beerworks folks.

Comments Off 09 July 2012

Only 1year after getting started in Austin, Austin Beerworks gets a call out on CNN.com.

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/07/06/berrong-on-beer-you-say-you-want-a-canvolution/

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Touche

Comments Off 09 July 2012

Beer, Russian River Brewing Co

Blind Pig

Comments Off 17 May 2012

Blind Pig
Russian River Brewing Co
IPA
6.1% ABV

My Rating: B+

A generous friend from California sent me a couple bottles of this and Pliny the Elder in exchange for a couple local beers from Austin. This was a good beer… Not my favorite IPA, but pretty good. Definitely lived up to the hype. If this is any indication of how Russian River’s other beers are, then the Pliny is going to be AMAZING!

Beer, Belhaven

Twisted Thistle

Comments Off 11 May 2012

Twisted Thistle
Belhaven
IPA
5.3% ABV

My Rating: C

Not good… Someone argued with me the other day and told me that the true “IPA” has lost its roots… which is probably true, but if this is what “true” IPA is supposed to taste like, Ill stick to the Americanized version of the IPA. Tasteless drivel.

Beer, Oskar Blues Brewery

Gubna

Comments Off 11 May 2012

Gubna
Oskar Blues Brewery
Imperial IPA
10% aBV

My Rating: A

If it has the words “imperial” or “double” before the IPA, im probably going to like it, but this was awesome. A little pricey, but definitely worth it at least once. Tons of flavor and taste in this little can.

Beer, Indian Wells Brewing Co

Ameni

Comments Off 11 May 2012

Ameni
IPA
Indian Wells Brewing Co
7.2% ABV

My Rating: C+

Not much too this beer that stands out. According to BeerAdvocate, its been retired, so who knows how long it was sitting in the fridge at the liquor store… Avoid if you can help it.

Beer, Stone Brewing Co

Old Guardian

Comments Off 11 May 2012

Old Guardian
Stone Brewing Co
Barley Wine Style Ale
12%

My Rating: A-

Awesomely delicious. I shared this bottle with my neighbor and he isnt much of a heavy beer kinda guy and he fell in love. Sip it slow and enjoy the flavor.

Beer, Clown Shoes

Supa Hero

Comments Off 07 May 2012

Supa Hero
Clown Shoes
IPA
8% ABV

My Rating: A-

This is a fantastic IPA. All the flavor in aHll the right places. Hoppy goodness… Highly recommended.

Beer

BeerForum

Comments Off 04 April 2012

A friend of mine who runs a variety of online forums has started a beer forum at www.beerforum.com. If you get a chance, go sign up and get into the discussion.

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