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Is Pilsner Urquell better in a can or a bottle?

Jeremy Short · April 3

This post is part of the Session. The MicroBrewr is hosting Session 98 and asks: cans or bottles?

Walking through the liquor store I noticed a selection of fancy pint sized cans of Pilsner Urquell. Pilsner Urquell in a can! Did God finally answer my prayers?! I snapped it off the shelf as fast as a kid ripping of the cookie jar. Then I stopped and wondered… does it really matter? Is a can any better than a bottle. Well as luck would have it ...

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Encore Post: Beer for Thanksgiving

Pintwell · November 26

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and you should be thinking about what beers you are going to pair with the preparation and devouring of your Thanksgiving feast. Pintwell is here to help! Last year we prepared a  comprehensive list of the best brews for Thanksgiving, and, looking back, our opinions really haven't changed all that much. These are *still* great beers to bring to thanskgiving. So, without further ado, here is an encore of our post on the best beers for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just around ...

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My First Belgian

Jeremy Short · September 5

This post is part of the Session which is being hosted this month by Belgian Smaak. The theme of this month’s session is Belgian Beer and the rules are wide open. We’ll be hosting the Session next month, which you can check out here.

There are a few beers that when you drink them for the first time they burn into your memory. You never forget them. Just like the first time I had Blue Moon. Ha! Sorry, I just had to say ...

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Who makes the best Pilsner?

Jeremy Short · August 13

One of my all around favorite beer styles is the always drinkable pilsner. So when Billy suggested a pilsner blind tasty for our next Denver Tasting Lab get together I got a little excited. Nah, I was VERY excited. Going into this tasting I already had some favorite pilsners to cheers on which would make the results all the more exciting. Man, I used the word excite way too much in that paragraph.

The Beers

Generally we stuck with German Style Pilsners which feature a ...

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Drinking Coors Extra Gold from a Wine Glass

Jeremy Short · February 7

This post is part of the Session which is being hosted this month by Literature & Libation. The theme of this month’s session is to review a beer without reviewing a beer. Go it? I am not sure I do either but here is my attempt.

There are beers and then there are great beers and among those greats is Coors Extra Gold. Oh, you think this is satire? No, no, no. Hold it right there, says the belligerent blogger. Take off your fancy craft ...

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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

This ...

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What beer should I bring to Thanksgiving?

Pintwell · November 20

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to start figuring out what to eat and more importantly what to drink. And beer is the perfect drink for thanksgiving. Here’s our quick guide on what beers to share with your friends and family at this year’s Thanksgiving feast:

If you’re a regular craft beer drinker, it’s tempting to go for the big guns and grab a couple imperial stouts or a big ABV trappist beer. Don’t. Thanksgiving is ...

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Your Mom Likes Pumpkin Beer!

Chris Jensen · October 30

It's that time of year again. Pumpkin beers abound. This year there are more pumpkin beers than pumpkins! How is that possible?

A lot has been made about the "black fridayzation" of pumpkin beers. That is to say, they creep up earlier and earlier, like retailer openings on Black Friday. And I agree with the sentiment: it's ridiculous to drink a pumpkin beer at the end of July. Please, save them for September next year.

But, generally, I really like pumpkin beers. Done ...

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Westvleteren 12: Worth the Lore, or Just a Bore?

Chris Jensen · October 25

We've all heard the hype. Best beer in the world according to RateBeer for many years running. Tops on BeerAdvocate.  Sells for $100/bottle on eBay. In fact, the bottles sold for a ridiculous amount at retail when the monastery released a precious few to the US last year.

Is it really worth all the hype?

I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy this beer on a few occasions, and there’s no question it’s a great beer. But my opinion is that ...

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Delaware wins the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Jeremy Short · October 22

Maybe you've seen some of the medal counts floating around about the Great American Beer Festival? You know the ones that show that California and Colorado dominated with 56 and 46 medals respectively. Third place went to Oregon with a distant count of 25 medals. Wow, California and Colorado rock, right?

Did you also know that of the 654 breweries at GABF 230 of them came from California and Colorado? These two states alone represented 36% of the breweries at the festival. Impressive. This ...

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Who makes the best Double IPA?

Jeremy Short · September 20

There are great questions in the world. Questions like how big is the universe?  How and where will tornados form? What’s the best Double IPA? While it would be fun to tackle the first two questions… oh, wait… um… I just drank nine Double IPAs I think … um … yeah, I’ll stick to the last one there on that list. And so, to figure out this conundrum we got together the Denver Tasting Lab and a bunch of DIPAs (with a couple normal IPAs ...

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Does the world really need the beer/wine hybrid?

Jeremy Short · June 19

Hybrids are cool. Right? You mix two cool things together and you get one awesome thing? Right? Well that's the idea. And because hybrids are so popular many breweries have decided to brew up beers that in many ways can be considered a hybrid of beer and wine. Awesome. Right? Or maybe the math of cool + cool = awesome doesn't always add up? To find out I tried several of these hybrids out with my fellow drinkers at the Denver Tasting Lab.

Winebeer #1 ...

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So you want to drink some smoke beers

Jeremy Short · April 12

This post is part of the Denver Tasting Lab where a few bloggers get together and taste some beer and try to learn something every now and then.  

In the middle of the Franconia region of Germany you will find the home of rauchbier in the medieval town of Bamberg. And in Bamberg you will find Schlenkerla. This palace of smoke creates some of the world’s most well known smoked beers. The name Schlenkerla comes from the German word schlenkern meaning to "dangle, swing ...

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Colorado Beers for St. Patrick’s Day

Jeremy Short · March 15

It’s that time of year where everyone loads up on Guinness and green-colored domestics. Guinness is a fine beer, but don’t forget about these great local alternatives when celebrating ole Saint Patty:

- Arvada Brewing is currently pouring Flanigan’s Irish Red

- Dry Dock Brewing has an Irish Red ready to go

- Cooper Kettle's Help Me Out! Stout on a nitro tap

- O’Rion Irish Red from Equinox Brewing is a 2011 GABF Gold Medal winner

- The Denver Chop House brews a Dry ...

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A sort of review of Twisted Pine’s Ghost Face Killah

Jeremy Short · March 17

Ghost Face Killah, the hottest beer in the world, found its way into my fridge and then into my mouth. And I survived. For those of you not familiar with the famous—or possibly infamous—Twisted Pine creation, Ghost Face Killah is a chili beer with Anaheim, Fresno, Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero, and Ghost Peppers. Ghost Peppers! The Ghost Pepper is rated at 855,000 heat units on the Scoville scale. If you are wondering how hot that is Tabasco’s Red Pepper sauce rates between ...

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PintFight: Oktoberfest

Jeremy Short · November 4

Just in time for November the Pintwell tasting panel takes on seven Oktoberfest beers. Sure, we're a little late, but on the bright side some of the beers might be on the bargain rack. Before we dive into the beers selected for the panel, it would probably be appropriate to say a few things about the style.

First, what's the name again? Confusingly, I've seen Oktoberfest, Octoberfest, Fest, Marzen, Marzen-Oktoberfest, Ur-Marzen, Marzen Fest, Amber Marzen, Fetival Lager, Amber-German-get-you-hammered-lager, and so on. Basically ...

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Pintfight: Mikkeller vs. Mikkeller vs. Mikkeller

Jeremy Short · June 4

A tragic battle is about to unfold. A battle that will leave you weeping in despair and crying out why oh why must it end this way? This Pintfight features three Mikkeller hoppy brews struggling for revenge and power. With Mikkeller being from Denmark, what better place to set this fight than the final moments of Shakespeare’s Hamlet?  Something is rotten in the state of Denmark and it’s not the beer (at least not these three).

Our Persons Represented

Hamlet – Played by Simcoe ...

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Blind Tasting: Standard American Lager

Jeremy Short · May 12

The ubiquitous beer that is the American Lager, it’s hard to avoid this "domestic" beer. Even the most proud tap-houses carry Budweiser, Coors, and/or Miller. Why? Because people everywhere prefer lager over ale, and it's hard to argue the drinkability of these beers. You know what else is very drinkable? Water. Anyway, it's easy as a craft beer drinker to demonize these mass produced beers, but is there something more to these lagers that we should appreciate and acknowledge? I think ...

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PintFight: Irish Inspired Ales

Jeremy Short · March 12

March, the month that people order green beer. Ah, green beer. These green brews are not quite Irish enough to be part of the lineup headed into this Irish inspired PintFight. For this classic matchup the fighters come in two styles: the Irish Stout and the Irish Red Ale. Our first fighter, Dragoons Dry Irish Stout, comes out of Moylan's Brewery of California, a pub known for fine Irish Ales. Next up is another American boy trying to show his Irish roots, Upslope Brewing ...

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PintFight: Russian Imperial Stout

Jeremy Short · February 24

It's an extreme PintFight matchup! Battle Russian Imperial Stout! Watch out, these are the big boys and they come out swinging in this heavyweight title match. For this fight we have 3 great beers throwing fierce roasted malts and jabbing with high ABVs for the championship. Can you really do more then 3 Imperial Stouts anyway? Let's take a look at our fighting pints. Wearing the jet black shorts and the mocha stripes, oh wait, all these guys are wearing the same thing ...

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