12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 6

Now it is time to round out the first half of the Beer Camp Across the World 12 pack.  The sixth beer out of the chute is the Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden.  This ale brewed with lemon peel is a collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Duvel out of Belgium.  As you might expect for a golden ale, the bitterness is fairly low at 35 IBU and 8% ABV.  The bottle mentions that Duvel brewers are masters of the golden ale, as it’s a style they helped create.  Sierra Nevada added some hop forwardness to the golden ale style which, I guess, creates the “on the nose” name of Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale.  I like hops….I like Belgians….I wonder if I’ll like hoppy Belgians….or at least hoppy Belgian beers…. Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 6

Fresh Lemonade Here!

I know what you’re thinking…… what the? Where the hell you been? Well you know drinking beers, traveling the world, and honestly mostly working like an undocumented alien. In all seriousness, life has gotten the best of me but I’m here to stay and I’m ready to review some brews. What do you say we get into it? Continue reading Fresh Lemonade Here!

12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 2

The second beer from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World we’ll look at is the Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale.  This beer is a collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Avery Brewing out in Colorado.  The ale is packaged in a 12 ounce bottle and comes in at a 9.4% ABV and 90 IBU.  Full disclosure: I think I’ve mentioned that I don’t love stouts, but I really don’t love barleywines so I was not looking forward to this one.  Let’s see if Beer Camp Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale changes my opinion…. Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 2

Wicked Weed Brewing Switches Sides

So, let’s talk about Wicked Weed Brewing for a minute.
First, a little history:
Wicked Weed Brewing was founded in December of 2012 and is based in Asheville, NC.  Their original brewpub typically has about 25 beers on tap. Wicked Weed is known for specializing in west coast style hoppy ales, open fermented Belgian beers, and barrel aged sour beers and they have won several medals across all of their styles.  The company built a fourth facility last year that is entirely devoted to farmhouse, wild-fermented, and sour beers and have the first taproom on the East Coast dedicated to sours.  All told, Wicked Weed produces over 150 different beers a year, has (or maybe had) a huge fanbase, and is arguably the top of the food chain in the craft beer kingdom of Asheville.  You can imagine then, there was some backlash to this headline:

“Anheuser-Busch InBev to buy Wicked Weed Brewing” Continue reading Wicked Weed Brewing Switches Sides

Vault Brewing Company

Let’s talk for a minute about Vault Brewing Company.  Buying and trying craft beers, IPAs being the biggest example, has become a ritual of stalking the social media pages of breweries, waiting for a release announcement, and lining up, for hours on occasion, to pick up the newest and freshest beers.  This is not a complaint by the way.  There is something very enjoyable about grabbing friends, hopping in a car, and road tripping to a brewery to wait in line to snag some beers.  I’ve met cool people and had great conversations in these lines.  From time to time though, there is something to be said for just showing up, picking up beers, and getting on with your day.  For me, enter Vault Brewing Company… Continue reading Vault Brewing Company

6 Pack of News vol. 2

First up this time: a couple of smaller, local breweries in New Jersey have jumped on the canning train.  Jersey Girl Brewing’s first offering is their Rake Breaker; a hazy, tropical, New England style IPA.  http://www.jerseygirlbrewing.com/beers.html                                                      While Manskirt Brewing has gone the darker route and canned their Great Porter.   http://manskirtbrewing.com/

I’m a fan of Ballast Point; their Habanero Sculpin is one of my all time favorite beers.  That said, I’m pretty pumped up about their newest beer: Nitro Red Velvet. The color of this thing looks crazy and I’m looking forward to trying it. https://www.ballastpoint.com/beer/red-velvet/

You have to respect the Germans’ love of beer.  As more and more breweries host a yoga class followed by a beer afterwards, German steps the beer yoga game up by making the bottle of beer part of the routine.  How do you say Namaste in German?  http://bieryoga.de/english/

Heineken is buying Kirin’s Brazilian beer operations for around 100 billion yen.  Kirin had Brazilian beer operations?!  http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/19/heineken-will-pay-around-100-billion-yen-for-kirins-brazilian-beer-operations-nikkei.html

Ah, human ingenuity….can we brew beer on the moon?  The title of the article is a bit misleading as the majority of the “brewing” will be done on plain boring Earth, but an interesting read nonetheless.  https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/can-you-brew-beer-moon

And finally, an awesome product out of Sweden.  The article is funny in that it tries to explain and justify the need for a “shower beer” beyond: alcholism.  http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/01/17/Swedish-brewerys-Shower-Beer-designed-for-shower-drinking-and-conditioning/2311484690772/

Hype Train


It’s only fitting that I do my first review on probably my favorite local brewery out of Fairfield, NJ. Magnify Brewing has been making some good noise around the area and it may have to do a lot with their New England style of brewing. There hasn’t been a beer that I’ve had out of their camp that I have not seriously enjoyed I’m excited to see how Magnify continues to grow and progress. Let’s get into the beer no? Continue reading Hype Train

Road Trip!

The Guerillas are back at it and we got some company. DSquared and I brought our better halves with us (wifeys) on our beer journey up north to our beloved breweries. This is pretty exciting because who doesn’t want to share their passion with their significant other right? Anyway, thanks to DSquared impeccable planning and research we were able to hit quite a few breweries in record time. Continue reading Road Trip!