It’s SenSessionAle!

The contest is over – Old Forge Brewing Company has named their beer, and the winner is SenSessionAle (they don’t actually spell it like a WikiWord – that was my own little insertion.) We entered the contest during our “Not-an-Upstate-Beer-Tour“, and I’m sorry to say I didn’t come up with that one…

From the Old Forge Newsletter:

For the past few weeks we had a “name that beer” competition. The ale is an easy drinking British mild, light bodied but dark and malty, a low alcohol session ale. The name that was chosen is sensessionale!

Now that it has a name, get yourself there and try it out!

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HopFest and StoutFest

Two private tasting parties yielded a great weekend beer list! Some of the things we pulled out were pretty amazing, and our party hosts provided an outstanding setting for tasting.

The HopFest

On Friday night, a small group of us gathered to share growlers. Hops were out in full force to make up this list.

We started with Rock Bottom Sub Zero IPA, which Ffej and Brandi picked up earlier in the day at King of Prussia. It’s a Simcoe-hop-based IPA, and had a really nice balance of piney and citrusy hop flavors. As one of the Brewmaster’s specials, it doesn’t appear on the website, but reviews can be read at Beer Advocate.

Next it was Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company. Alpine uses hops in the boil, runs it through a  hopback, and also dry-hops this Double IPA. This was a brighter, sweeter IPA. Both Ffej and D mentioned tropical and citrus fruit overtones; I thought the pine-sap sweetness and light malt flavors were in perfect harmony.

For our third offering, we opened a growler of Surly Grit 16. This is a Double IPA which was released as a growler-only special in recognition of loyal customers during the last days in which Surly was allowed to sell growlers due to current MN law. (In 2008, Surly sold over 3500 barrels of beer; MN law only allows off-sale licenses for breweries producing less than 3500 barrels. They can’t get the license in 2009 without cutting production, so no more growler sales, no more Darkness Day, and no more SurlyFest until/unless the law is changed.)

30 bbls of 16 Grit were brewed, but a couple were sucked up during the dry-hopping process. 901 growlers were sold on the first day.  16 Grit was kettle hopped with Warrior, Amarillo and Glacier hops, then dry-hopped twice with Glacier and Amarillo. It came out to 9% ABV (110 IBUs), and the folks at Surly described it as well balanced, caramel-oat malt flavors and huge orange lemon aroma finishing with a pithy bitterness.

D and I had a growler lined up for ourselves, but it slipped away. Luckily, Dain was able to score one and kind enough to share it. (There is a video of someone – not us – enjoying a growler…it picks up after minute #2.) It was a real treat just to get a glass.

Finally, we had Hopsickle Triple IPA from Moylan’s, which D picked up in a swingtopbottle. Brewed withTomahawk, Cascade and Centennial hops, this is a potent beverage with incredible hop stickiness.

I must make a special note here to say that we were pleased to see Troeg’s Nugget Nectar on tap at The Old Corner Hotel in Williamsport on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the staff there don’t seem to know what a great beer they’ve got (it doesn’t even have a unique tap handle.) But we did!

The StoutFest

Our friends David and Sarah hosted a Sunday stout tasting as an opportunity to clear out their beer cellar a little bit. It was a really fun event because they organized the afternoon as a blind tasting. We started with the line-up of five Coffee Stouts and one lone doppelbock, followed by 16 Imperial Stouts. I know this sounds like a lot, but the servings were very small with such a nice group of people doing the tasting.

David masked the bottles well, and poured a small amount for each person, and then we were asked to rate the beer on a scale of 1 to 10, as well as name the beer (it was a multiple choice test.) What an interesting experiment – a test of our own senses and perceptions. When the real names of the beers were revealed at the end, many of us were surprised at our guesses as well as our ratings.

Finally, the scores were averaged, and we were all sent a copy of the scored results. Here they are, scored from highest to lowest:

Coffee Stouts

  1. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast (1st bottling); Overall score of 7.73
  2. Pisgah Valdez; Overall score of 7.5
  3. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel; Overall score of 7.32
  4. Alesmith Speedway Stout; Overall score of 7.08
  5. Ithaca Kaffinator; Overall score of 6.7
  6. Deschutes Black Butte XX; Overall score of 6.25
  7. Mikkeller Black Hole; Overall score of 4.93

Imperial Stouts

  1. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2008 ;Overall Score of 9.0
  2. Foothills Sexual Chocolate; Overall score of 7.63
  3. Amager Bryghus Hr. Frederiksen; Overall score of 7.44
  4. (tie) Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout (2007); Overall score of 7.08  and Pennichuck Pozharnik Whiskey Barrel Aged Brewers Reserve; Overall score of 7.08 (more higher marks)
  5. Three Floyds Dark Lord (2007); Overall score of 7.04
  6. (tie) Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2008  Overall score of 7.0 and Deschutes The Abyss (2006); Overall score of 7.0 (more higher marks)
  7. Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout; Overall score of 6.73
  8. (tie) Stoudt’s Barrel Aged Fat Dog (2008 whiskey); Overall score of 6.54 and Oskar Blues Ten FIDY; Overall score of 6.54 (more higher marks)
  9. Left Hand Imperial Stout; Overall score of 6.42
  10. Highland Imperial Black Mocha Stout; Overall score of 6.23
  11. Odell Imperial Stout; Overall score of 6.12
  12. Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (2007); Overall score of 6.08
  13. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2008  Overall score of 6.0

At some point I may go back and add links to these, but it’s another one of those nights where I stayed up too late.

Many, many thanks to our hosts for providing such a nice selection of beers, an interesting event and great food and coffee (fresh from Costa Rica!)

Robert Burns Dinner at Sly Fox

On Friday, January 23, D and I were pleased to participate in our first Robbie Burns Birthday Bash. From the Sly Fox website:

Sly Fox’s seventh annual celebration of the birthday of Scotland’s greatest poet, Robert Burns, has its roots in the Burns Suppers which are held in his native country around the same time. These began in the late 18th century to mark the anniversary of his death but were eventually changed to January 25, the date of his birth. The Sly Fox party is held each January on the Friday nearest that date.

The Burns Birthday Bash attracts many fans of Burns’ poetry and Americans of Scottish descent from all around the region as well as beer fans who’ve waited anxiously for the release of our Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale on that night.

We were so glad David and Sarah were able to score a table, as the beer and Burn’s fans, many of them garbed in kilts, crowded into Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville to hear the band and partake of the haggis. Poetry readings and piping pulled the whole night together.

There was a long line-up of beer, but most notable were the 2009 Gang Aft Agley and Burns Scottish Ale on the handpumps and on draft. Also, a keg of 2007 Gang Aft Agley was on draft. The Piping of the Haggis was quite a sight to see, and I even broke my personal rules and tasted it (just between me and the entire blogosphere, I kinda’ liked it! – sort of a pate quality to this haggis!)

My favorite part of the night was when the band played Whiskey in the Jar (a favorite of mine from Off Kilter – an Epcot house band) and Charley on the MTA (a favorite of mine from camp!)

I’ll post photos later if I get a chance, but right now I need to get to bed…

Local 44 (Philadelphia, PA)

I just got back from Disney World. What do I want to do next? Make my first visit to Local 44, of course! It just opened on New Year’s day, and I’ve been itching to get there after reading all of the coverage.

D picked me up at the airport, and we were early to leave the city for the Seventh Annual Robbie Burns Birthday Bash at Sly Fox, so we decided to check out Local 44, which is one of West Philly’s newest pubs. It is located at the corner of 44th and Spruce, and there was plenty of street parking on our visit.

Local 44 is owned by Leigh and Brendan. Brendan is a proprietor of Memphis Taproom in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, and this space has a similar corner bar charm. The neighborhood is a safe and friendly residential area, and the plain storefront look hides the classy charm inside. The colors are sleek and rich, and the place just feels very comfortable.

When we first arrived, we were two of just a few other customers, so we had some nice conversation with Leigh. And when it got more crowded, she still did a fantastic job of making everyone in the growing house feel welcome and appreciated as a customer. It was obvious that most of the people were from the neighborhood, already embracing Local 44 as their “local” in the few short weeks it’s been open.

Local 44 specializes in session beers, serving mostly brews under 5.5% ABV and higher gravity beers in smaller quantities. Leigh was also happy to serve me half-pints, which was a welcome treat. There were 17 taps of goodness, and two PA beers on the handpulls, plus bottles of Orval – plenty of selection for beer drinkers across the spectrum – and the list is kept up to date on the website. Leigh was making fine recommendations to any neighborhood macro-drinkers who walked in the door, and could talk about breweries and fermentables with the geeks. This girl knows her beer, and she was a wealth of information.

The taps we enjoyed were:

In addition to the beers, I snacked on the tacos, which come in fish or tofu (both sounded delicious, but I opted for plantain-encrusted mahi mahi with guacamole – check out a photo on the Beerlass blog.) The whole menu was mouthwatering, and there was a smooth way about placing salt, pepper and Sriracha on the bar for use while food was present, then slipping it away at the end of the meal.

Getting to the Local 44 from our home won’t be easy, but when I’m in the neighborhood, it may be difficult to keep me away from that place. If you have SEPTA transportation available, use the 42 bus or the 34 trolley and have one of everything. They are all worth it!

Wolaver Beer at The Wave (Disney Contemporary Resort)

Our first meal at Disney World was outstanding. We went to The Wave at the Contemporary Resort, where I was looking forward to the flight of Orlando Brewing organic ales they advertised on the website. Not that I thought they would be very special – probably not as interesting as some other beers, but more interesting than a regular A-M-C line-up.

As it turns out, The Wave JUST (like, in the last month) changed their organic beer carrier, and it’s now Wolaver ales from Middlebury, VT – the organic line of Otter Creek Brewing Company. Last night on the menu, they had the Pale Ale, Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout.

Hearing this news, I decided not to pay Disney prices for beer I know I have either had or can get elsewhere, but I was pleased to see the quality of beer was worthy of such a nice restaurant.

We chose a lovely wine for the table, which paired well with my “Sustainable Fish of the Day” over edamame stew with cilantro chutney (this was outstanding!)  I enjoyed the multi-grain bread with red wine sea salt butter, and mini-deserts like lemon yogurt sorbet with blueberry compote and chocolate-mint mousse made for a nice finish.

We don’t even go into the parks until Tuesday, and already, it’s simply magical!

No Beer in Disney?

I knew there isn’t any beer in the Magic Kingdom, but I was doing a little search on beer at Walt Disney World in preparation for my upcoming trip. I’ve been to the Big River Grille & Brewing Works at the BoardWalk more than once. And from both experience and the BeerTravelers website, I knew that in Epcot several beers are available:

  • Dos Equis Lager in “Mexico,”
  • Ringnes Lager in “Norway,”
  • Becks in “Germany,”
  • Tsingtao in “China,”
  • Kirin in “Japan” and
  • Moosehead, Labatt’s and several Molson ales in “Canada,”

but wondered if anything new cropped up in the past 13 months.

Then I read this disconcerting blog post from May of 2008. (Spoiler alert – click to read the post before you read on here, or you won’t get the same effect.)

Cinderella's Castle at Christmas      Epcot

Yeah – it’s a joke. A very funny joke, indeed! And because my last visit was December 2007, I almost fell for it, except that my sister mentioned certified organic ales from Orlando Brewing are on the menu at The Wave. It turns out I will get a chance to try one or more of these three:

Also on the menu is gluten-free Redbridge lager, produced by A-B; I won’t be having that.

The thing about Disney is that there is SO MUCH to see and do, it’s hard to find time to sit and enjoy a glass of beer. But if I do, you’ll probably read about it on here.

Still Not an Upstate PA Beer Tour

We woke up to a world blanketed in snow – D went to Wegman’s and took coffee to Scott and Vickie (“wake up call!”) then back to our room, and we were out with enough time to eat at the Five & Dime Diner (loved my vegetarian omelet, and the bread for the toast was outstanding!) before heading west to Otto’s Pub & Brewery in State College.

Five & Dime Diner

Our local friends, Heather and Jake, came out to meet us at Otto’s and it was a nice visit. Vickie got a sample tray which included five beers, two of which she chose to be the cask ales. Scott and I had a Slab Cabin IPA and D had the Jolly Rodger. We certainly didn’t get to spend enough time there to thoroughly enjoy it, but we wanted to get to Zeno’s for the Black Lager – a rye beer brewed for Zeno’s by Otto’s. It was a great opportunity for me to sit at a quiet table and write “part 1”, while the rest of the crew socialized at the bar. D did make a run to Chumley’s for bottles of Shiner Holiday Cheer, and then we were off.

By late afternoon, we made it to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks. We were greeted immediately by staff who were expecting us, letting us know that the Anniversary Ale was still on, and that Tim (the owner) sent his regards but couldn’t be there to meet up with us. Our waitress, Marcy, was extremely attentive and personable – she made it a terrific visit. I drank the Duckwalk Dunkelbock which was really tasty with my meal, and around the table, we were able to enjoy a some of the others:

  • Double Rainbow IPA
  • Poe Paddy Porter
  • Brookie Brown Ale
  • Old Millheim Strong Ale on cask (aged for a year)

We basically closed the place, which we are thrilled to report is now open until 5:00 PM on Sundays.

It was a great visit, but eventually we had to get moving. One more stop before home, because Selin’s Grove was not only on the way, but also Vickie’s favorite! So here we sit…enjoying the last moments of our tour before they need to go home.

It’s been a great time, and we hope they will come back to do at least part of this with us again sometime.  It’s a sure thing that we’ll be back to make the rounds again!

It’s Not an Upstate PA Beer Tour, Stupid*!

We had been planning a weekend to take our friends Scott and Vickie on a tour of some of our favorite brewpubs in the central PA region for several weeks. Snow couldn’t stop us from taking the trip, and snow probably contributed to a better time – no crowds and time to visit with owners, brewers and staff. What a fun time!

We started the day at Selin’s Grove Brewing Company, just shortly after opening. The Framboise came out this week, and they are serving it in 12-oz glasses for $6.50. It was such a beautiful color and the aroma of raspberry was so fresh and lovely! We talked briefly with Steve – the owner/brewer – and learned that the recipe is exactly the same as Razz Merry with a tweak here or there and an obvious improvement in the quality of raspberries. The expense comes from the fact that the raspberry crop yielded low amounts this year, but the raspberries available were higher quality and, as far as he’s aware, all US-grown.

You may have heard about the issues with the brew kettle which has caused a suspension in the sale of growler fills on all Selin’s Grove beers. I am happy to report that it has (so far) had no effect on the number of beers on tap – it was a complete list – and enough repair has been done to the brew kettle to brew two batches so far. It’s hard to tell how long it can hold up, but in the meantime, they are working on having a new one manufactured. The IPA is back to a more typical dry and spicy hopped beer after going citrusy for a few weeks, and the Organic Pils was terrific with a clean, thick head and bursting with hops. From the menu, we enjoyed the local cheese plate and the West Indian Pumpkin Soup – yum, yum!

From Selin’s Grove, we headed out into the snow to Danville to see what was happening at Old Forge Brewing Company. Things were steady, despite the snow, and the four beers have changed out. They are also much improved! We started with a sampler to share, just to get a taste for the new brews. Name That Beer is a mild that weighs in at 3.7% ABV, and as the name implies, guests are asked to make name suggestions (mine was a boring “Mill Street Mild” since I couldn’t come up with any tie-in names with the State Hospital, St. Cyril Academy or Geisinger.) The mild is similar to Inauguration Ale, but I think it is much better.

Brickscraper E.S.P. (as in “Pale”) was also on at 6%, and it was pretty right on. I really enjoyed the Ol’ Smitty Spiced Winter Ale – a 9.6% beer that was extremely fragrant with floral perfume and a typical winter spice flavor. The favorite by far at our table, however, was the Slack Tub Stout. It’s a great session beer, weighing in at 4.5% ABV, and is served on nitro.. It was a very dark brown with a medium dark head. It had a light, roasty malt aroma and was richly flavorful and creamy. The stout perfectly complimented our thick, creamy potato soup and Irish soda bread (?). We were equally pleased to finally meet Damian – the owner/brewer – and have a short conversation with him about the successful beginning of his business. He seems like a great guy, transplanted from the Philly area with a dream to make fresh, local beer. He’s really filling a need in that area of the state, and I hope the positive experiences we’ve seen are a reflection of the future.

The snow brought out some of the stupids – the travel on Route 11 between Danville and Berwick was unnecessarily slow – but when we got to One Guy Brewing Company, the parking lot and bar-seating was packed! It was great to see Guy doing such good business, despite the weather. And drinking his beers is a reminder of why he’s doing so well. Our friends Jason and Bob came over to Berwick to meet us (with snacks!), and at the table, we enjoyed the Atomic Punk IPA, the Berwick Lager and the Hefeweisen (some of us enjoying it with the apple cider added; others not so much.) It’s a great little space, with a friendly atmosphere from the staff (yes, Guy hired someone on to help!) and other customers. On our visit, Guy took the time to sit down and chat with us for a bit, but he was busy testing out a pizza oven in the back. Sounds like a cool new addition!

We finally pulled out of One Guy just after dark, and braved the snow-covered Interstate highway. I had forgotten how roads get pre-treated, but not plowed, in the north and soon got use to the fact that snow-covered highways are normal. But I wasn’t disappointed in any way to reach the crest of the mountain outside Williamsport and peer out the scenic view, knowing we’d soon be off the road. Luckily, people in the northern part of the state understand snow and know how to drive in this stuff, or to just stay off the road.

Bavarian Barbarian looked pretty dead – along with the rest of the city – when we first pulled in, but we were pleased to learn that we were not the only customers of the day. People had come in for the tour, and people came in after our arrival as well. And both Mike and Kira were there to greet all of the customers. It’s always fun to catch up with them, and I enjoyed a small taster glass of First Snow Ale (I LOVE this beer) while our friends did a whole taster tray. Kira designed some really cool “handouts” for the beer-note-takers which she was proud to give to Scott. On one side, all of the beers are listed with descriptions, and on the opposite side is an identical layout with the tap art and space for note taking. What a great touch! We grabbed a growler to go, and headed out at closing.

It was easy to find parking at Bullfrog Brewery because the place was not very busy, and the band had canceled. Still, some brave souls came out for the night, and business was steady. Bob, one of the owners, took the time to sit and talk with us for awhile, telling us a great story of his childhood that really tied together all of the things we already knew about his love of the baseball card industry. It was nice to have our out-of-town guests get such a personal look into the heart of the business this way. Vickie and Scott got the sample platter of beers before narrowing it down to a few favorites. I went straight for the Edgar IPA – a family favorite – and D enjoyed a glass of his new favorite – the Bruggetown Blonde, which is a lovely Belgian Pale Ale.

We really had hours of fun at Bullfrog. It was a quiet, relaxing night where we also got a chance to visit with Harriet and Steve (the other owners), and talk to some locals. We watched the snow fall and chatted until we finally got too tired to hang out anymore. Luckily, Priceline came through for us again with an inexpensive stay at the Holiday Inn, which is just a few blocks away, and we were able to get some needed rest.

The first part of our Central PA beer tour – with tongue-in-cheek, dubbed the “Upstate PA Beer tour” – was certainly a success!

* “Stupid” – a tribute to Conky

366 Days of Beer (over!)

It’s finally over…D’s quest to drink a different beer every day for a year, and to review each beer on Beer Advocate, ended yesterday with Chimay (Red) Premiere.

The list is below, and it represents 59 styles. He had 177 from the bottle, 139 on draft (CO2), 30 on cask, 16 from cans and 4 on draft (Nitro). They came from 185 different breweries. Of the top five, an even 13 came from our favorites – Bullfrog Brewery and Selin’s Grove Brewing Co. – 10 from Southern Tier, 8 from Tröegs and 7 from New Glarus.

There were beers from 12 different countries and 33 states, the most popular of which were PA (101), CA and NY (32), WI (27) and MI (21).

I’ve listed them here, sorted by brewery and in as best an alphabetical order as I could.

  • 3 Fontienen Kriek
  • Abbey Wright Vanilla Latte Stout
  • Alaskan Brewing Winter
  • The Alchemist Holy Cow
  • Alesmith Yulesmith
  • Allagash White
  • American Flatbread Gruit
  • Anchor 2007 Christmas
  • Anchor Our Special Ale
  • Appalachian Batch 666
  • Appalachian Major Hops
  • Appalacian Smoked Ale
  • Arcadia Hopmouth DIPA
  • August Schell Stout
  • Avery Old Jubilation
  • Avery Ale to the Chief
  • Avery Fifteen
  • B. Van Steenberge Piraat
  • B. Vanhonsebrouck Kasteel Rouge
  • Ballast Point Sculpin
  • Ballast Point Calico Amber
  • Ballast Point Big Eye
  • Bar Harbor Cadillac Mt.
  • Bavarian Barbarian First Snow Ale
  • Bavarian Barbarian Headbangerz Brown
  • Bavarian Barbarian Square Feet Wheat
  • Bavarian Barbarian Steel Drivin’
  • Bavarian Barbarian Weldspatter
  • Bear Republic Black Bear Stout
  • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
  • Bear Republic Wit
  • Bell’s 2007 Hop Slam
  • Bell’s Big Head
  • Bell’s Oberon
  • Bell’s Porter
  • Bell’s Third Coast
  • Bison Brewing Gingerbread
  • Blue Mt. Brewing Honey Elixir Russian Imperial Stout
  • Blue Mt. Brewing Full Nelson
  • Blue Mt. Brewing Evil 8
  • Blue Mt. Brewing Summer Haze
  • Blue Point Blueberry Wheat
  • Boulder Cold Hop
  • Boulder Mojo Risin
  • Brauerei Heller-Trum Schlenkerla Hefe
  • Brooklyn Brewing Brewers Reserve
  • Bullfrog Beekeeper
  • Bullfrog Blue Cheer
  • Bullfrog Blue Collar Brown
  • Bullfrog Coffee Cream
  • Bullfrog Dry-hopped Edgar
  • Bullfrog Edgar Gone Wild
  • Bullfrog El Jefe
  • Bullfrog Friar Frog w/Brett
  • Bullfrog Friar Frog w/ Lactoba
  • Bullfrog Old Toad 2005
  • Bullfrog Phree
  • Bullfrog Smoked Porter
  • Bullfrog Smokin’ Amber
  • Butternuts Moo Thunder
  • Butternuts Heinnieweisse
  • Butternuts Snapperhead
  • Butternuts Pork Slap
  • Cameron’s Long Leg
  • Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek
  • Cantillon Iris
  • Cape Cod Merry Berry
  • Capital Autumnal Fire
  • Capital Eisphyre
  • Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious
  • Captain Lawrence Nor’easter
  • Captain Lawrence DIPA
  • Carolina B.C. Winter Porter
  • Chimay Red
  • Church Brew Works Pipe Organ Pale Ale
  • Church Brew Works Papal Indulgence
  • Clay Pipe Pursuit of Happiness
  • Clipper City Small Craft Warning
  • Coast Rye Knot Brown
  • Cold Spring Ebony Wheat
  • Commonwealth William Penn Colonial
  • Coronado Idiot
  • Coronado 12th Anniversary BBA Stout
  • Dark Horse Raspberry Ale
  • Dark Horse Tres
  • DeSchutes Obsidian
  • Diamond Knot Industrial IPA
  • Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel
  • Dock Street The Sass
  • Dock Street Chupar Un Limon
  • Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra
  • Dogfish Head Festina Peche
  • Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale
  • Dogfish Head Palo Santo
  • Duck Rabbit Milk Stout
  • DuClaw’s Serum
  • East End Brewing Cherry Grisette
  • Eel River Triple Exultation
  • Eel River Extra Pale Ale
  • Eldridge & Pope Thomas Hardy 1986
  • Elk Creek Double Rainbow IPA
  • Elk Creek Homegrown IPA
  • Elk Creek Colyer Kolsch
  • Elk Creek Old Millheim Strong Ale
  • Elk Creek Gyre N Gambol Golden Ale
  • Ellicotville Pantius Droppus
  • Enterprise Knappstein Reserve
  • Eugene City Brewing 200 Meter Ale
  • Felinfoel Double Dragon
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack
  • Firestone Walker Eleven
  • Fish Brewing Winter Fish
  • Fitger’s El Nino
  • Foothills Seeing Double IPA
  • Foothills Sexual Chocolate
  • Fort Collins Maj. Tom’s Pomegranate
  • Founder’s Espresso Porter
  • Founder’s Breakfast Stout
  • Founder’s Blushing Monk
  • Founder’s Rubaeus
  • Founder’s Harvest Ale
  • Founders Harvest 2008
  • Franziskaner Hefe-weizen
  • Full Circle Cluster Fuggle
  • Furthermore Knot Stock
  • Germania Lager
  • Goose Island Harvest 2008
  • Goose Island IPA
  • Goose Island Nut Brown
  • Great Divide Hercules
  • Great Lakes Blackout Stout
  • Great Lakes Christmas
  • Great Lakes Hale Ale
  • Great Lakes Imperial Dortmunder
  • Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster
  • Great Lakes Rackhouse
  • Green Flash Hop Head Red
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • Gritty McDuff’s Scottish
  • Grumpy Troll Brandy-aged Spetsnaz
  • Guinness Stout
  • Hair of the Dog Blue Dot
  • Harpoon Glacial Harvest 2008
  • Harpoon Weizenbock
  • Harvey’s Christmas
  • Harvoustin Ola Dubh 30
  • Hausmann Pale Beer
  • High Point Wheat Ramstein Winter Wheat
  • Highland Cold Mountain
  • Highland Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Mocha Russian Imperial Stout
  • Highland Imperial Gaelic Ale
  • Highland Shining Rock Lager
  • Hopfenstark Post Colonial
  • Hoppin Frog Hoppin to Heaven
  • Horseheads Pumpkin
  • Hub City Wheat
  • Hub City Brown
  • Hub City Oatmeal Stout
  • Hub City Olde Brown Porter
  • Huebert Zambezia
  • Iron Hill (Phoenixville) Berliner Weiss
  • Iron Hill (Lancaster) Dry Hopped English Barleywine
  • Iron Hill (Lancaster) Kryptonite
  • Iron Hill (Lancaster) Street Legal
  • Iron Hill (Lancaster) Belgian Wit
  • Iron Hill (Media) Berliner Weiss
  • Ithaca Beer Co. Cascazilla
  • Ithaca Beer Co. Flower Power
  • Ithaca Beer Co. Oaked Nut Brown
  • Johnstown Brewing Jingle Bell Weizenbock
  • Keegan’s Mother’s Milk
  • Keegan’s Hurricane Kitty
  • Kettlehouse Double Haul
  • Kettlehouse Cold Smoked
  • King’s Mocha Java Stout
  • Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly
  • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
  • Lake Louie Milk Stout
  • Lakefront Riverwest Stein Beer
  • Lakefront ESB
  • Lakefront Cherry Lager
  • Lakefront Cream City
  • Lancaster Brewing Co. Winter Warmer
  • Laughing Dog Crotch Sniffin Bastard
  • Lazy Magnolia Pecan Brown
  • Live Oak Hefeweizen
  • Lost Abbey Angel’s Share – batch 1
  • Lost Abbey Red Poppy
  • Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi
  • Magic Hat Odd Notion Winter 07
  • Market St. Brewing D’artaganan
  • Market St. Brewing IPA
  • Maui Bikini Blonde
  • Maui Big Swell
  • Maui Coconut Porter
  • Mayflower IPA
  • Mckenzie Houblon Brune
  • Michigan Brewing Celis Raspberry
  • Middle Ages X
  • Middle Ages Duke of Winship
  • Midnight Sun Wrath
  • Mikkeller Black
  • Millstream Hefe Weissen
  • Millstream Iowa Pale
  • Millstream Generation’s White
  • Millstream Schild Brau
  • Moosejaw Winter Warmer
  • Moylan’s Moylander
  • New Albanian Brewing Cone Smoker
  • New England Brewing Imperial Stout Trooper
  • New England Brewing Sea Hag IPA
  • New Glarus Stone Soup
  • New Glarus Uff-da Bock
  • New Glarus Fat Squirrel
  • New Glarus Apple Ale
  • New Glarus Edel Pils
  • New Glarus Imperial Weizen
  • New Glarus Smoke on the Porter
  • New Holland Red Tulip
  • New Holland Cabin Fever
  • Ninkasi Total Domination
  • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
  • Old Forge Inaugural
  • Ommegang Rouge
  • One Guy Brewing Hefeweizen
  • One Guy Brewing Atomic Punk
  • One Guy Brewing Rauch Bock
  • One Guy Brewing Cinnamon Boldy
  • One Guy Brewing Season’s Wheatings
  • Otto’s Hefeweizen
  • Otto’s Mild
  • Otto’s Nugget Pale Ale
  • Otto’s Old Ale
  • Otto’s Red Mo
  • Otto’s Winter Warmer
  • Pete’s Place Choco 1919
  • Pete’s Place Choctoberfest
  • Pete’s Place Miner’s Light
  • Philadelphia Brewing New Road IPA
  • Philadelphia Brewing Kenzinger
  • Philadelphia Brewing Roadhouse Red
  • Philadelphia Brewing Walt Wit
  • Pioneer Brewing Double Bock
  • Pisgah Dancin’ Hobo
  • Pisgah Red Devil
  • Pisgah Xtra Pale Ale
  • Pisgah Saison
  • Pisgah Valdez
  • Portsmouth Brewing Kate the Great
  • Pyramid 2006 Snowcap
  • Queen City Brass Rabbit
  • Real Ale Pale Rye Ale
  • Redwood Lodge Maple Porter
  • Ridgeway Oxfordshire Bitter
  • Right Brain Vanilla Porter
  • Rock Art Vermonster
  • Rock Bottom Prussian’s Pride
  • Rogue Imperial Red
  • Roy Pitz Truly Honest
  • Roy Pitz Lovitz Lager
  • Rush River Bubblejack
  • Russian River Blind Pig
  • Russian River Pliny the Elder
  • Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager
  • Sam Adams Longshot – Dortmunder
  • Sam Adams Longshot – Old Ale
  • Sam Adams Longshot – Grape Pale Ale
  • Sam Adams Longshot – Weizenbock
  • Sam Adams Winter Lager
  • Samichlaus Brown – 1993
  • Selin’s Grove Challenger Special Bitter
  • Selin’s Grove Grizzly Stout
  • Selin’s Grove Hop Neuveau
  • Selin’s Grove IPA
  • Selin’s Grove Olde Snafu
  • Selin’s Grove Organic Triple
  • Selin’s Grove Priestley Pale Ale
  • Selin’s Grove Pumpkin
  • Selin’s Grove River Piraat
  • Selin’s Grove Saison de Peche
  • Selin’s Grove Santa’s Magic Sack
  • Selin’sGrove Shade Mt. Oatmeal Stout
  • Selin’s Grove Spaltz Pilz
  • Sharp Edge Over the Edge
  • Shiner Holiday Cheer (Spoetzl)
  • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
  • Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale
  • Sierra Nevada 2007 Celebration
  • Sly Fox Oktoberfest
  • Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale
  • Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
  • Sly Fox Royal Weisse
  • Sly Fox Amarillo IPA
  • Smuttynose IPA
  • Southampton Espresso Stout
  • Southern Star Pine Belt Pale
  • Southern Tier Chautauqua Brew
  • Southern Tier Cherry Saison
  • Southern Tier Choklat Imperial Stout
  • Southern Tier Creme’ Brulee Imperial Milk Stout
  • Southern Tier Gemini Imperial IPA
  • Southern Tier Harvest 2008
  • Southern Tier IPA
  • Southern Tier Oat
  • Southern Tier UberSun Imperial Summer Wheat Beer
  • Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA
  • Sprecher Black Bavarian
  • Sprecher Hefe weizen
  • Sprecher Winter Brew
  • Spring House Two Front Teeth
  • St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
  • St. Arnold Divine Reserve 6
  • St. Arnold Fancy Lawnmower
  • St. Arnold Christmas
  • Stewart’s Cherry Dubbel
  • Stone Ruination
  • Stone Smoked Porter
  • Stoudt’s Winter Ale
  • Stoudt’s Birthday Beer
  • Stoudt’s 7 Threads Symposium Ale
  • Straub Dark
  • Surly Surlyfest
  • Surly Furious
  • Surly Coffee Bender
  • Surly Oak-Aged Cynic
  • Swashbuckler Wheat
  • Sweetwater Tavern High Desert Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged
  • Terminal Gravity IPA
  • Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster
  • Thierez Flander’s Red
  • Three Floyd’s Dark Lord
  • Three Floyds Alpha King
  • Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter
  • Town Hall Masala Mama
  • Town Hall Potato Stout
  • Troeg’s 2007 Mad Elf
  • Troeg’s Hopback
  • Troeg’s Nugget Nectar
  • Troeg’s Scratch 8
  • Troeg’s Scratch 11
  • Troeg’s Scratch 12
  • Troeg’s Scratch 13
  • Troeg’s Scratch 14
  • Trout River Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
  • Two Brother’s Cane & Ebel
  • Two Brother’s DuMaine du Page
  • Two Brother’s Hop Juice
  • Two Brother’s Avalon
  • Tyranena Hop Whore
  • Tyranena Chief Blackhawk
  • Union Barrel Works Wobbly Bob Dopplebock
  • Victory Uncle Teddy’s
  • Victory Hop Wallop
  • Victory Wild Devil
  • Viking Hot Chocolate
  • Voodoo Big Black Voodoo Daddy
  • Voodoo 4 Season
  • Wehienstephaner Hefe-Weizen
  • Weltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell
  • Weyerbacher Alpha
  • Wild Goose Snow Goose
  • Willimantic E-mail IPA
  • Yard’s George Washington
  • Yard’s Love Stout

Unfortunately, this did nothing for my “Take Back the Basement in 2008” campaign – the problem has grown at least three-fold – but his next pledge is to help drink down the basement by reviewing as many of the Beer Advocate Top Beers on Planet Earth as possible.