American Brown Ale

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

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My second go at the Clown Shoes brand finds me sipping on a very comfortable and cozy Brown Ale.  The 2012 winter here in Chicago has been rather mild, so the extreme stouts have not been my go to.  Instead, I’ve been looking for brown ales, cascadian dark ales, and black lagers to give me […] ... [Read more]

Russian River Supplication Ale

Russian River Supplication Ale

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On a recent snow day a group of us got together to share some brews. We enjoyed some great food, sampled a fantastic home brew (Ruination clone), and got after some tastings. Everyone brought something to share: my contribution was a bottle of Russian River’s Supplication Ale. Most brewheads know and love this Santa Rosa, […] ... [Read more]

5 Rabbit 5 Vulture

5 Rabbit 5 Vulture

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My first full beer from this new brewery finds me sipping on an interesting concoction.  This dark ale is brewed with ancho chilies (dried poblano) and made in the Oaxacam-style (a region in the Southern Pacific side of Mexico).  While I’m not completely sure about the history behind this brew I can say that it reminds […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Brekle's Brown Ale

Anchor Brekle’s Brown

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Celebrating 140 years of brewing tradition Anchor commemorates this beer to its founder Gottlieb Brekle.  With a killer first name this man started brewing in 1871 in San Francisco which later took the name by which it is now know.  Wanting to brew something in honor of Brekle current brewmaster Mark Carpenter used a trendy […] ... [Read more]

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial Special Brown Ale

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial Special Brown Ale

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Last night I pulled a bottle out of the cellar … one that I have been looking forward to for some time: Jolly Pumpkin’s Maracaibo Especial (Blend 5, November 2010). This bottle was gifted to me a while back and I was really anticipating it. Maracaibo Especial is a special Brown Ale brewed Belgianly (as […] ... [Read more]

Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog

Abita 25th Anniversary Double Dog

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One quarter of a century.  Who knew this brewery had been in operation since 1986?  I sure didn’t.  Hell, everyone talks about the California brewers as being the pioneers of the craft beer industry, but Abita was right there with them.  Providing fresh beer to the Southeastern US and doing so with integrity and quality. […] ... [Read more]

Ale Asylum Madtown Nutbrown

Ale Asylum Madtown Nutbrown

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On a recent pilgrimage to Door County, a handful of us stopped to pick up some coveted Ale Asylum beers once we crossed over into Wisconsin. For me, this trip to Discount Liquor in Milwaukee was about two things: Ale Asylum’s Madtown Nutbrown and New Glarus Moon Man Pale Ale. While the latter is a […] ... [Read more]

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale

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Is it the name?  I know, it’s the label…right?  Whatever the reason, I must say that Moose Drool sure peaked my interest.  At first I was a little hesitant when Noel introduced me to what the wide open state of Montana has to offer.  However, upon one sip this beer become an instant classic in […] ... [Read more]

Sierra Nevada Tumbler

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New to their fall seasonal line up is this pretty little Brown ale. After looking at their website I looks as though this is been substituted for their Anniversary ale (personally I’m quite alright with that). The fresh new label art given to their bottles over the last year has really become a point of […] ... [Read more]

Lost Coast Downtown Brown

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When you hear the term “brown ale” today, it could mean a few different things. Brown ales are most widely brewed in England, Belgium, and North America, and range from mild, low-ABV to more hoppy, higher-ABV. Lost Coast Brewery’s Downtown Brown is one of those brown ales that you could be good friends with. It’s […] ... [Read more]