Welcome back everyone.  I have actually been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now.  I enjoy quite a few of the beers that come from Shmaltz Brewing Company, and I’ve been curious about the beers they produce under the Coney Island label.  So for this week i have for you, the eagerly awaited (at least for me) Cryp0tic Review of Coney Island Freaktoberfest.  check it out below. Continue reading

Welcome to your bonus episode of the day, my cryptic review of Arbor Brewing Company‘s Buzzsaw American IPA.  Have you ever had your judgement shake? It happens all the time.  Sometime i think it is done on purpose, other times it is by accident.  Sometimes you go to a movie, and the trailer had you expecting it to be a buddy crime comedy, and you end up watching Way of the Gun.  Still a good movie, just nothing like what you expected (I hate it when trailers do that, did the people who made it even watch the movie?). or sometimes you get a beer with a buzz-saw-handed beast on the label, that is called, fittingly enough, Buzzsaw, and you get something much more…. all i can call it is, sophisticated.  Check out my review after the break.

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Welcome to This-Last-Five-Months-In Beer! I didn’t mean to leave you hanging, but life has kind of gotten in the way over here.  We are working up to a big announcement, but for right now, I am going to get back to what I know best, making mildly (read not very) amusing reviews about the new craft beers I’ve tried, and hope that even if you can’t quite decipher what I am saying, it piques your curiosity enough to go out and give them a try yourself.  And I really do contend that my descriptions are sound, and do reflect the true taste of the particular beer.

So in honor of my, what seems to be happening far to often, return from extended break, I will present you with…..

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How did you like the Mad Science?  Did anyone try it?  You really should, it was a good surprise.  this week I am back to my less understandable nature.  This beer fits right in with that idea, at least in that i had to try a couple of times to describe just what i was tasting.  I do think I got it in the end.  Brewery Vivant is quickly becoming a pretty strong draw for me.  their different takes on Belgian ales certainly run the gamut.  This time i picked up a can of their Zaison.  That stands out to me too, that they can their beers.  Despite your own feelings on canning, it certainly does helps them to stand out.  Check out my review after the break. Continue reading

Shut up everybody, I’ve got an announcement to make.  Today marks the first episode in a new series I’d like to try out.  Mad science came about while having lunch at a local bar here, and they had a sign on the wall advertising a mix of two beers.  I realize this is hardly new, but it is something that I have always been wary of.  Not sure why, I had been doing it with pop for ages (did you know that 2/3 Dr Pepper and 1/3 Orange Soda tastes like vanilla?) However on this particular occasion one of my friends decided that he would give it a try, so I did too.  I was very suprised by the outcome of this concotion, as it dawned upon me that I have been missing out on a whole universe of new and potentially undiscovered flavors.  So there is the genesis of a new show as it formed in my head.  So I will try out different blend I have heard of and maybe after try out a few of my own, just to see how crazy I can get.  So for now I will start out with the brew that got my brain churning: Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy.  Check out the first episode of Mad Science after the break. Continue reading

Sometimes the best treats are the ones that you don’t expect.  This week I have a cryptic review of a beer from Tri-City Brewing Company out of Bay City, MI.  I have to admit this is not a brewery I am terribly familiar with, I’ve only had a few of their beers, but I am pleased with what I have found. Not that I had any reason to doubt the quality of this beer, but It is just nice to find a pleasant surprise sometimes.  Check out my cryptic review after the break. Continue reading

What does a great beer sound like? not the sound of the bottle, or the sound of the pour.  But what does the flavor sound like?  Can you hear the taste of a beer?  If you’ve watched any of my reviews, and since you are here now, I am guess that you have, you know that I don’t have a problem with applying the wrong sense to any situation.  Then the claim on the label of this brew from Motor City Brewing Works that it is “the beer you can hear” didnot cause me pause for a second.  Strangely enough the taste I got from this beer was not even  a sound though, but a wish.  However if you are inclined to hear more of what Ghettoblaster and more specifically Detroit have for you, you can check out a collected sample of Detroit artists on a couple of CDs available on the Motor City website (here and here)
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Dogfish Head Randall JrFrom the mad geniuses at Dogfish Head, comes a flavor infuser made especially for you to add your own twisted touch to your favorite beer. Looks to work just like the way you make tea (people still make tea right?). You just need to throw in your preferred ingredients (whatever your crazy heart desires, coffee beans, nuts, fruit, gummi worms, I’m not judging), seal it up and throw it in the fridge for 10 minutes.  Then you can unseal and drink it right from the Randall itself or pour through the integrated filter grid into your friends cups to share.  The product page suggests adding flavors to your microbrews to add even more layers of complexity to your brew.  Anyone looking to dabble in homebrewing could use this thing to test out their mad combinations before diving into a full brew.  Better realizing that your walnut-broccoli beer won’t taste quite as good as you imagined before you actually go through an entire batch. Another good use for this could be to convince that friend of yours that simply will not give up his Miller Lite to try to expand his horizons by infusing his own beer with a little added flavor (give it some more hops, *gasp* “quadruple hops brewed”?!?). They’ve produced a “quality” infomercial to explain to you exactly why you need to own a Randall Jr which I’ve included after the break. Continue reading

Maillot JaunetWhat a beautiful day to enjoy a beer outside.  These are definitely the best days, and the best way to spend them.  But enough about the weather, let’s talk beer.  I don’t thinhk i have made any secret about my love for The Livery out of Benton Harbor, MI.  I don’t think I have ever had anything from them that hasn’t been great.  And this one, their Maillot Jaunet is no exception.  Named for the yellow jersey worn by the overal leader of the Tour De France, this beer is a fine champion in its own right.  Crisp is the right term to describe this beer, as it is a finely refreshing ale that is great for enjoying on a patio on a nice early summer day.  Check out my cryptic review after the break.

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Gather round my friends and let me tell you a story of adventure, intregue, romance, action, all the things that go into a great beer… I mean story.  No, I don’t, of course I mean beer.  that is what we are all here for isn’t it?  This week I have another selection from Dogfish Head Brewery, the Raison D’Etre.  As we all know, Raison D’Etre is French phrase that means the reason for existence.  Actually I had no idea what it meant, I even had to look up how to pronounce it (don’t look at me like that, I don’t speak french, I took German in High School).  But whatever, head on past the break to take a look at my cryptic review of this fine beer, and see if it gave me any insight into my own existence.


P.S. I didn’t look up the meaning until after I did my review, funny huh? I guess that review is actually pretty accurate.
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