Category: Beer Reviews

Posted on: February 17, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Maui Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Releasing 2023 Liquid Breadfruit

 Maui Brewing Company is once again partnering with Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery on a rendition of the familiar and rare Liquid Breadfruit. Be the first to try this year’s evolution of the collaboration at MBC Kihei’s tasting room on Wednesday, February 22 from 3:30-5:30pm. The event will be hosted by MBC’s brew team along with Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione, and will feature a paired beer and pupu offering with live music from Matt…

Posted on: February 15, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

 Ecliptic and Boneyard Create Mashup IPA for Next Cosmic Collaboration Release

Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing and Boneyard Beer of Bend, Oregon are collaborating on a mashup IPA to release next week. The beer, named STARPM IPA, will ship February 22nd in 16-ounce cans and draft and will be the second beer in Ecliptic’s 2023 Cosmic Collaboration series. STARPM IPA is a mashup recipe of Ecliptic’s Starburst IPA and Boneyard’s RPM IPA – both companies’ flagship beers. Both of the original beers are heavily hopped, and…

Posted on: February 10, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Oakspire (New Belgium Brewing)

Oakspire, New Belgium’s collaboration with Four Roses, is a great effort in the American strong ale style. Crafted on a somewhat regular basis since 2018, this brew is something special among all of the other efforts that are currently being stocked in LBSes nationwide. The beer pours with a brown color and a small amount of white head. Lacing occurs as one continues on with the beer. There’s a good…

Posted on: February 6, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Tall, Dark & Smokey (Pontoon Brewing)

Tall, Dark & Smokey is Pontoon Brewing’s new beer. Brewed alongside the supervision of Rasheed Philips (from Philips Barbeque Co.), this porter is a perfect way to stave off the winter’s chill. TDS pours with a dark brown to mahogany coloration and very little in the way of head or lacing. The initial nose of the beer is heavy on the wheat and cereal (e.g. Cinnamon Toast Crunch). The first…

Posted on: February 5, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Maduro Brown Ale (Cigar City)

We originally experienced Cigar City’s Maduro Brown Ale about 10 years ago as one of the first beers we received from outside of our distribution up in NE Ohio. Luckily enough, the distribution footprint for Cigar City increased over the last few years to include Texas, and we were able to check out CC’s beers once more.

Posted on: February 4, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Double IPA (Lone Tree Brewing Company)

Lone Tree’s Double IPA pours with a bit of haze and a goldenrod coloration. There is a tremendous amount of fluffy white head that laces its way down a glass. Hints of wheat and hops are present in the beer’s initial nose. The first sip of this double IPA yields a bit of bitterness but much less than one would imagine from such a heavily-hopped outing. Where the beer will…

Posted on: February 1, 2023 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Imperial Stout (Lost Coast)

The tendency throughout craft brewers in the United States has been to move to incredibly sweet, “bakery”-style imperial stouts. To experience a stout that has a sharp, bitter element to it is much less common than its used to be. We were lucky enough to receive a bottle of Lost Coast’s Imperial Stout a few weeks back and had a moment to crack it. The beer pours with a dark…

Posted on: October 30, 2022 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Lateral Haze (Deep Ellum Brewing)

The constellation of hops utilized here by Deep Ellum (Simcoe, Idaho 7 and Amarillo) establishes a unique flavor for this hazy IPA. Bountiful amounts of orange and apricot hit imbibers after the first taste hits their lips. Lemony esters build up and highlight the hoppiness of Lateral Haze. As the beer continues to warm to a temperature closer to that of a cooler fall night here in Arkansas, some of…