English Barley Wine

Sprecher Barley Wine Ale 2007

Sprecher Barley Wine Ale 2007

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Vintage 2007:  More known for their sodas (which are phenomenal by the way), Sprecher also produces a wide variety of beers.  This beer falls in their limited edition production.  They started brewing this Barleywine in 2005 and I found myself a 2007 bottle in the dark reaches of a liquor store shelf about two years ago.  Since […] ... [Read more]

Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale Pugsleys Signature Series

Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley’s Signature Series)

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Michael: Pulgsley has been pretty good to me. Between his more than decent porter and a delightful pumpkin ale, Shipyard’s brewmaster has gained a pretty solid reputation in my book. So when I happened upon this bottle in the quaint town of Galena, Illinois, I didn’t hesitate. Although it may be the dwindling light in the […] ... [Read more]

Firestone Walker 14 Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 14 Anniversary Ale

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Firestone Walker … a brewing company out of Paso Robles, CA that until recently hasn’t gotten much play here in Chicago or the Midwest in general. They’ve been around, though, and right now we’re reviewing/celebrating their 14th Anniversary Ale, lovingly referred to by enthusiasts as Firestone 14. It’s a blended ale made from 6 different […] ... [Read more]

Firestone Walker Abacus Barley Wine

Firestone Walker Sucaba (Abacus) Barley Wine

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Michael:  As I’ve said before, supply and demand in the beer world has a significant impact on expectations. Several weeks ago, I hadn’t even heard of this beer, until up popped a news story about it, a soon-to-come release of a never-before-released beer, Abacus. It sounded mysterious, intangible, a foreign elixir from a far off […] ... [Read more]

Rock Art Ridge Runner Barley Wine

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Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville, Vermont is one of the classic American craft breweries that you don’t hear too much about. Founder and Brewmaster Matt Nadeau looks and sounds like just the kind of guy you want behind your beer: humble and down to earth with a heavy Nor’eastern accent and a flock of creative […] ... [Read more]

Avery Samael’s Oak Aged Ale

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I must admit, I’ve never had a beer produced by Avery Brewing Co. Adhering to the philosophy of “go big, or go home” I thought sampling one of their Demon series oak-aged ales seemed appropriate. These beers are big crafty devils that boast high ABVs and intense flavor components. From what I can gather the […] ... [Read more]