2017 Canadian Breakfast Stout (Founders)

The last time that Canadian Breakfast Stout (aka CBS) was released, masses of beer traders hoarded the bottle so by the time that Founders announced that the brew was coming back, bottles were selling for hundreds of dollars. This time around, Founders has announced that this imperial stout will be made available throughout the entirety of its’ distribution footprint. As a result, a much larger set of craft beer aficionados will be able to check out this much-touted effort. Continue reading “2017 Canadian Breakfast Stout (Founders)”

John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale (Mad River Brewing)

In August, we moved down to Arkansas where it remained warm through November. It is only finally now starting to be a bit on the cold side, so we were quite happy when a box containing a pair of Mad River’s annual barleyines – John Barleycorn – dropped down at our house. This California-crafted barleywine is incredibly deep, immediately starting out a bit on the sweeter side before hints of molasses, vanilla, cinnamon, and whiskey begin to peek through. The spontaneity of John Barleycorn continues as the effort continues to open up. It is the high ABV that allows the more nuanced elements to come out rather than breaking down into a singularly sweet or alcohol-forward offering, ensuring that one that cracks a 12 ounce bottle will be as involved in the beer with their last pull as it was when they first opened it. Continue reading “John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale (Mad River Brewing)”

The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel makes a Nashville stay memorable

Throughout all of our journeys on the east of the Mississippi, we can honestly say that we were never lucky enough to visit Nashville, Tennessee. The Loews Vanderbilt invited us in for a stay before Christmas, and we were astonished at the level of service and amenities that the property and its employees provided. The hotel offers a number of distinct suites as well of rooms which all include free WiFi and flat screen TVs, coupled with modern design and one of the comfiest beds that we have experienced while out on the road. Heck, even the elevators were able to ferry us up multiple stories in an expeditious fashion well beyond what we’ve typically experienced in our travels for NeuFutur. Continue reading “The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel makes a Nashville stay memorable”

Headless Gentleman (Imperial Bourbon Pumpkin porter)

Strange Land Brewery (Austin, TX) was nice enough to send over a sample bottle of The Headless Gentleman, a bourbon barrel aged-pumpkin porter. The beer pours with a dark brown, almost blackish coloration and virtually nothing in the way of a head of which to speak. There is a hint of sharp, oaked bourbon to the nose of this beer after it is poured, but the initial nose is a bit understated. It is when one is able to take their first sip of Headless Gentleman where they will be able to glean a bit of the depth that is present here. Continue reading “Headless Gentleman (Imperial Bourbon Pumpkin porter)”

Stopping by Platypus Brewing (Houston, TX)

We were lucky enough to be invited in for a tasting at Houston’s Platypus Brewing, where I had a few moments to speak with Kerry Embertson, the head brewer and Sean, the owner.  While there, we were treated to a number of their year-round and seasonal offerings.
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Peace Pipe Porter (Worthy Brewing)

We’ve been fortunate to review Bend, Oregon’s own Worthy Brewing a number of times over the last few years, and have been uniformly impressed by their offerings. We received a few bottles of their Peace Pipe Porter and loved the fact that the beer was able to have a middle of the road ABV (5.4%) while packing every sip with a tremendously deep set of flavors. Continue reading “Peace Pipe Porter (Worthy Brewing)”

Backwoods Bastard (Founders, 2017)

Over the last few years, finding Backwoods Bastard has been a difficult feat to the point that the 2017 edition is the first time we’ve been able to procure a bottle. Backwoods Bastard is Founders’ Dirty Bastard (a Scotch ale) that has been placed into oak barrels for a year. The time spent in these barrels boosts the overall ABV from 8.5% to 11.2%. Backwoods Bastard pours with a rich, deep mahogany and leaves only a small amount of off-white head. Continue reading “Backwoods Bastard (Founders, 2017)”

City to Shore (Cape May Brewing Company)

One of the most memorable times that we have had on the road was when we visited Cape May, New Jersey. We did not know about Cape May Brewing Company at that point, but in the last few years we’ve had the chance to review the brewery’s Devil’s Reach to get another chance to experience the area. The brewery is able to build upon their already great reputation with their double India Pale Ale, City to Shore.  Continue reading “City to Shore (Cape May Brewing Company)”

Stir Crazy (Indeed)

Indeed has reformulated their winter ale Stir Crazy for 2017, and we were able to check out a can of it. The beer itself has a dark coloration and a fair amount of tannish head. From the initial sip, one will experience good amounts of toasted malts, a bit of sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness that is able to provide further depth for the beer. Stir Crazy is able to remain strong in its overall constellation of flavors well after the beer begins to warm to room temperatures. A hint of smokiness and wheat are able to peak through at points. Where a great many winter ales and porters have a single note that the effort continually hits imbibers over the head with, Stir Crazy has enough twists and turns to keep individuals interested from their first sip all the way out to their final pull from the bottle.  Continue reading “Stir Crazy (Indeed)”

Rye Saison (Libertine)

The overall constellation of Saisons is sufficiently broad that beyond a bit of wheat and hay, there is little indication precisely what one is going to get when they taste an offering from the style. The beer pours with a yellow to light brown color and a whitish head that speckles its way down a glass. One will have to pour the Rye Saison fairly slowly, as there is a tendency for the head to accumulate to a pretty considerable size. Continue reading “Rye Saison (Libertine)”