Spiced / Herbed / Vegetable Beers

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

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A surprising beer that caught me off guard by one of my favorite breweries.  Apparently this is a brewer’s choice concoction where they collectively decided on the malts, hops, ingredients, label design, and name.  I must say, I’m not a huge fan of the label and name partly because it does not sound like some […] ... [Read more]

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier

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What looks like a standard Wit, turns out to have a great deal of flare.  When poured, this beer possesses a fluffy egg-shell white head atop a hazy straw-golden liquid.  There is a good deal off yeast at the bottom so make sure you swirl the bottle well before finishing the pour.  It will provide […] ... [Read more]

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

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A seasonal brew in their Smokestack Series it is rather limited brew, but one you should try at least once.  The interplay between chocolate and malt is so well balanced that it creates a very unique flavor that I’ve never come across before.  A lot of the times it is the darker beers that are […] ... [Read more]

Bruery & Dogfish Head Faster Bigger Better Bolder

Bruery & Dogfish Head Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder

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An interesting collab brew that, according to the DFH website, is suppose to strike a contrast between American “bigger is better” and Japanese tradition.  In doing so this beer incorporates Kumquats, a medley of 7 spices called schichimi togarashi, and fermented with the help of sake yeast.  I didn’t know exactly what these ingredients tasted like […] ... [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 Christmas Ale 2005

Anchor Christmas Ale 2005

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Tree:  Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak) I found the latin name rather humorous.  “Agrifolia” sounds close to agriphobia.  Not sure what would happen if a tree had a fear of farming?  I digress.  Another stout-like brew for this year’s batch.  It pours a deep mahogany with similar garnet hues as the 2002 vintage.  The head seemed […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2002

Anchor Christmas Ale 2002

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Tree:  Populus fremontii (Fremont/Alamo Cottonwood) Picking up where I left of yesterday, I found myself pouring vintage 2002.  The contents of the bottle was much darker this time around and the head much more dense than before.  Looking through the glass into some light and a clear garnet color was evident.  Familiar dark brown hues on […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2001

Anchor Christmas Ale 2001

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Tree:  Washingtonia filifera (California/Desert/Arizona Fan Palm) Pouring a deeper ruby reddish color it looked more like a Scottish style ale mixed with a Porter.  The head plumed rather fast and formed a tight knit beige barrier. When it came to the aroma, this year’s vintage had Scottish ale all over it.  Dark malt notes that were […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2000

Anchor Christmas Ale 2000

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Tree:  Torreya californica (California Torreya or Nutmeg) The start of a new decade.  I wonder what they added to the brew to make this beer that much more special.  In any case, it poured very similar to the year prior with a deep brown color.  One could argue that it is a brown ale or […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 1999

Anchor Christmas Ale 1999

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Brewed since 1975 this seasonal Christmas ale (aka Our Special Ale) has become a tradition in and of itself.  The more I’ve learned about this beer, the more I want to add it to my holiday traditions.  There are a few interesting facts surrounding this beer that you must know. The ingredients are “top secret” […] ... [Read more]