• The Top 12 Craft Beers of 2012

    Posted December 27, 2012 by Mark

    It is practically impossible to narrow the list down to just 12 top craft beers for 2012. Westy 12, rated the Best Beer in the World, was awesome but I liked another craft beer more. I tried to also make this list not have any repeats from last year. If I'd added brews to this list that I tasted thi...

  • Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren Trappist Westvleteren 12

    Posted December 26, 2012 by Mark

    The Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) Quadrupel Ale from Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren in Westvleteren, Flanders, Belgium pours out a murky, mahogany brown and is topped with a frothy, tan, two finger head that reduces down to a thick film quite quickly. On the nose, fruity, bready and boozy. ...

  • Epic Brewing Elevated Series Copper Cone Pale Ale Review

    Posted December 26, 2012 by Mark

    The Elevated Series Copper Cone Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah pours out a cloudy, coppery, burnt orange in color and is topped with a two finger, off-white, dense head that slowly reduces down to a thick film with a slightly taller collar. On the nose, rich and malty wit...

  • Olde Hickory Brewery Hickory Stick Stout Review

    Posted December 25, 2012 by Mark

    The Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery in Hickory, North Carolina pours out pitch black in color and is topped with a two finger, fluffy, mocha colored head that still stands a finger tall after close to ten minutes but more resembles a thick espresso foam now. On the nose, lovely deep ro...

  • Alaskan Brewing Pilot Series Imperial Red Ale Review

    Posted December 24, 2012 by Mark

    The Pilot Series Imperial Red Ale from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau, Alaska pours out a dark crimson in color with some burnt orange hues and has good clarity. The craft beer is topped with a two finger, tan colored, dense head that has good retention that reduces down to a thick film with a go...

  • Flying Dog Brewery Wildeman Farmhouse IPA Review

    Posted December 24, 2012 by Mark

    The Wildeman Farmhouse IPA from Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland pours out a golden-orange in color with some cloud and is topped with an enormous, fluffy, snow white head that slowly reduces down to look like a thick film with meringue like consistency and a large collar. On the nose, smel...

  • Left Hand Barrel Aged Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout Review

    Posted December 22, 2012 by Mark

    The Wake Up Dead Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado pours out pitch black in color with no light getting through and is topped with just over two fingers of finely bubbled, mocha colored head that slowly reduces down to a thin film with a moderate sized c...

  • FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Eclipse Imperial Stout 2012 Wax Colors

    Posted December 18, 2012 by Mark

    The December 6th release party has come and gone for Eclipse and we should soon be seeing this craft beer on the shelves at stores here and there. In 2011 FiftyFifty Brewing Co. distributed Eclipse to Chicago, Denver & Philadelphia, as well as their home state of California. I have an email out to t...

  • No-Li Brewhouse Crystal Bitter Ale Review

    Posted December 16, 2012 by Mark

    The Crystal Bitter Ale from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, Washington pours out a dark amber, almost burgundy, in color with good clarity and is topped with a two finger, frothy, khaki colored head that slowly reduces down to a thin film with a good sized collar. Fairly muted on the nose with mostly ma...

  • River North Whiskey Barrel Aged Avarice Imperial Stout Review

    Posted December 16, 2012 by Mark

    The Whiskey Barrel Aged Avarice Belgian-Style Imperial Stout (bottle 385/708, release no. 1) from River North Brewery in Denver, Colorado pours out pitch black, like well used engine oil, in color and is topped with a two finger, dense, dark espresso foam colored head that slowly reduces down to a t...