Quick Guide to Light Lagers

Jeremy Short · January 9

Light lagers usually don’t inspire the passions of your everyday home brewer or fancy pants beer drinker. I say to hell with that! This is a great set of beers that doesn't get the respect it deserves. These are challenging beers to produce and when done well are among the most drinkable and enjoyable beers made. There's a reason light lagers dominate beer consumption around the world. I am not saying this as a defence for beers like Bud Light or Coors ...

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Traquair House Ale

Jeremy Short · January 7

I’ve had a harder time keeping up with these posts since my day job started back up. Also, drinking and writing about beers twelve days in a row is more challenging than I had originally anticipated (and expensive). I know this is on the verge of blasphemy, yet it’s true, I don’t always feel like drinking beer when I get home. More so, I don’t feel like writing about beer twelve days in a row because I am super lazy and ...

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Last beer of 2013, Traquair Jacobite Ale

Jeremy Short · January 3

Sometimes you will crack open a bottle of beer and with that first sip you know that you have something special. That’s the case when you open a bottle of Traquair Jacobite Ale. This curious dark ale with coriander and fermented in oak barrels is outstanding. It doesn’t fit neatly into any given style and stands quite on it’s own. That an impressive feat for any beer.

This ale was first brewed in 1995 and is a sort of memorial to the ...

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Batemans XXXB

Jeremy Short · December 31

A classic pale ale, Batemans XXXB or Triple XB. I think saying each X is more fun than just saying Triple X. Maybe if I say XXX a lot in this post I’ll get more hits? Nah, probably not. This deep red bitter is just the thing to make you smile. With a rich and medium full body this is truly an Extra Special Bitter. This beer is similar to our second day beer the Denver local Chin Wag with it’s great big ...

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Guinness Time

Jeremy Short · December 30

Day Five went a bit off the planned course. I had mentioned in the last post that I had an English ale waiting for me in the fridge. Well instead I ended up at a bar with a fair tap selection and specials on pints of Guinness. Hmmm, I knew I would be in the bar for a few hours and the savings on a beer special was too appealing to ignore. Plus, I have a special place in my beer heart for this beer ...

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Sailing the bitter seas with Burton Bridge Empire Pale Ale

Jeremy Short · December 29

Day four of these beer tasting we have a bit of a hop theme going on with Burton Bridge Brewery’s Empire Pale Ale. Unlike the creepy eye’s of Dry Dock’s IPA we have a pair of the Queen’s men sharing a refreshing brew. How cheery! I think they’re ready to battle the beast of the Dry Dock can.

What's great about this beer is that it comes from Burton-Upon-Trent, the birthplace of the pale ale. Coming from the birthplace ...

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A Pint of Chin Wag

Jeremy Short · December 28

Day three’s beer was a bit of a rush. A long road trip later in the evening doesn't lend itself to any sort of beer exploration. With that I found a local ESB to enjoy with lunch, Hogshead’s Chin Wag. Describing this ESB on their website Hogshead says: caution, one too many may cause you to talk Shite. Now 'some marketing I can get behind.

As you can see from the picture above, Chin Wag has a deep rich red color with ...

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Fear the Cloudy Waters of Dry Dock’s Hop Abomination

Jeremy Short · December 27

For day two of my Christmastide beers I cracked open a can of Dry Dock’s Hop Abomination. Check out how creepy those eyes are in the swirling green sea. Seriously, what's up with the marketing for this beer? The spooky ghost like eyes are not calling you over for a tasty beverage. More likely this beer appears to be plotting my demise! Also, Abomination? Really? Google gives this definitions for the word abomination as: a thing that causes disgust or hatred. Don't ...

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Christmas Day Beer, Paulaner Premium Lager

Jeremy Short · December 26

I was recently reading Peter Estaniel’s BetterBeerBlog where he annually does his 12 Beers of Christmas which I think is a great concept. And then I thought, I am totally going to steal that idea. So starting with Christmas day I’ll have a different beer a day and give a little write up the following day. Not so much a review per se but a way to celebrate Christmastide and the amazing drink we call beer.

Christmas Day Beer, Paulaner Premium Lager

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How to Wax Your Homebrew Bottles

Chris Jensen · December 15

You've slaved for hours over this year's holiday brew.  You really went all out to show off your monster brewing skills and to tell your friends how special they are. So you did a triple decocted, 8 month lagered eisbock that is going to blow their minds. After all that effort, you want to give it that special touch to make sure it stands out. Handing them out in those old, crusty bombers with the labels still on is not going to do ...

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What to do when you have a stuck mash

Jeremy Short · December 11

You just spent $50 on ingredients and you've been mashing your grains for an hour then you go to separate out your wort and ... what the ... holy hell the wort isn't coming out. What do I do? Help! Oh, man, this was going to be the best pale ale ever! Don't worry, yet. I've been stranded with a stuck mash a few times. It's the worst damn thing to happen on a brew day. So far I've been able ...

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