Beer Review #69 — Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA

  Oxymorons. What are some that you know well? Cruel kindness, disgustingly delicious,  busy doing nothing. There are a few out there, but how about this one, coffee IPA. Two seemingly contradictory terms colliding in one unassuming can. Hotbox Coffee IPA comes to us courtesy of Longmont, Colorado's Oskar Blues Brewery. [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:35-07:00

Beer Review #67 — Uinta Pit Stop Sour Apricot IPA

Happy Monday folks and welcome back for another Tap Trail Review. As it continues to warm, albeit slowly, I keep reaching for lighter and brighter offerings. Todays offering comes from Salt Lake City's Uinta Brewing. Back in Colorado I would find myself consistently reaching for their flagship Hop Nosh IPA, it [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:36-07:00

Beer Review #65 — Fort George Suicide Squeeze Special Edition

Happy Monday! We've got a freshly released hoppy treat to sample today. Fort George has long been a staple in my fridge, their Three Way IPA is always a treat, Suicide Squeeze is one of their rotating IPA releases, along with Magnanimous, Overdub, and Fresh IPA. These beers are always heavily [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:37-07:00

Beer Review #61 — Almanac Coffee Barbary Coast Imperial Stout

  Welcome back for another installment of Tap Trail Reviews. It was a wonderfully bright and warm day out today but we are still in the heart of winter, the prime season for dark roasty stouts. Today's choice was quite easy as I am a sucker for a good stout in [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:41-07:00

Beer Review #58 — Evil Twin | Westbrook — Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

  We've got one hell of a collaboration brew on the table today. Each of the collaborators is best known for their dark beer efforts, particularly their Imperial Stouts. Evil Twin has long been a brewer without a brewery, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø founded Evil Twin in 2010 and has quickly climbed the ranks [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:46-07:00

Beer Review #56 — Against the Grain & Hoof Hearted — Clearly Everybody Wants Some

Welcome back for another installment of Tap Trail reviews. We've got an interesting collaboration beer here today. Collaborations are always a nice idea, especially if it affords you the opportunity to try a beer from a brewery you wouldn't normally be able to. There have been quite a few local breweries [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:47-07:00

Beer Review No. 54 — Oskar Blues Barrel Aged TenFidy

  Welcome back to another installment of Tap Trail Reviews. We've taken some time off as we've been inundated with some awesome Fresh Hop beers. Some of my favorites were from Fremont, Fort George, Laurelwood, Skookum, and well, too many to name. This years crop was fantastic and the multitude of [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:53-07:00

Beer Review #53 — Fremont Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale(s)

Fresh hop season is upon us and I could not be any happier. Fremont has been giving us delicious but limited fresh hop beers from their kick ass Cowiche Canyon hop program, where they partner with hop growers to grow small plots of organic delicious hops. For the first time this [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:57-07:00

Beer Review #52 — Double Mountain The Divine 9th Anniversary Ale

  Welcome back again to another sip on the Tap Trail Reviews. We've just conquered yet another epic Bellingham Beer Week. Replete with numerous stellar beers, familiar faces, new friends, and many memories to add to the logbook. To decompress and celebrate a bit I wanted to go for a beer [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:03-07:00

Beer Review #49 — Mikkeller Ich Bin Berliner Weisse

Ah the venerable Berlinerweisse, the approachable lightly tart German wheat beer. A delicious low alcohol treat on a hot summers day. I much prefer a clean and tangy Berlinerweisse to a sweet and sticky Radler on warm days like we've been having lately. These sour wheats do have a broad spectrum [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:09-07:00

Beer Review #43 — Crux [BANISHED] Freakcake 2016

I put little superstition or thought into Friday the 13th, it is just another day. However this most recent one, donned "Freaky Friday" by our beer brothers at Crux Fermentation Project brought us the release of something quite special and unexpected. My ears, and taste-buds always perk up when I see or hear [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:40-07:00

Beer Review #41 — Wander Wild Warehouse 2016

Welcome back again for another rendition of Tap Trail Reviews. We've got a fun one this week from Wander, who just celebrated their second anniversary on Saturday in epic fashion. Loads of incredible beer, people, and community made for a great party. Prior to their anniversary, Wander re-released bottles of their Wild [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:42-07:00

Beer Review #38 — Perennial Artisan Ales Sump Coffee Stout

Welcome dark beer brewers, lovers, consumers, and aficionados. We've got a special one today, a beer of epic proportions, this is perhaps the epitome of coffee beers. Sump is an Imperial Stout from Perennial, in St. Louis, MO, along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Established in September 2011, Perennial has [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:50-07:00

Beer Review #35 — Reuben’s Hat Trick Triple IPA

Welcome back craft beer fans, hop heads, barley wine braggadocios, and lager lovers. We've got a new entry from our friends at Reuben's tonight. Recent winners of Washington's Best Places for Beer > Brewer's Tap Room according to RateBeer. I've long been a fan of their beers, Crikey is a solid NW IPA, their [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:59-07:00

Beer Review #33 — Ballast Point Mango Even Keel & Pineapple Sculpin

Welcome back all, I thought today would be an excellent opportunity to showcase two new beers from Ballast Point. Recently acquired by Constellation Brands for $1B Ballast Point becomes their sole craft beer brand. Since that acquisition, Ballast Point has been on a bit of a war path with fruited beer releases, [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:04-07:00

Beer Review #32 — Off Color Dinos’mores Imperial Stout

Welcome all dark beer lovers to another installment of Tap Trail reviews. I have been waiting quite some time for this little guy to be released. Off Color has been consistently climbing the ranks in my own personal favorites. They have killer, unique artwork, and brew consistently well made inconsistent and [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:06-07:00

Beer Review #25 — 4 Hands / Stone / Bale Breaker “Sorry Not Sorry IPA”

Man do we have some catching up to do. Beer releases this fall and early winter have been fast and furious. Lots of Barrel Aged beers floating around, 'tis the season. But I have been waiting and waiting for this one for a while now. I first got wind about 6-8 [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:11-07:00

Beer Review #24 — Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale

Fall is nearly my favorite beer season, it is a very close second to the Winter beer season. Fall absolutely has some superior beer selections compared to Summer and Spring. There have already been some heavy hitters released thus far, Sierra Nevada's Celebration & Narwhal, Hopworks Abominable, Fremont Kentucky Dark Star, I could go [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:16-07:00

Beer Review #23 — Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA

Fresh hop season has been upon us for quite some time now, there have been many delicious renditions, and a few duds of suds so far. Everything from "Fresh Hop" to "Wet Hop" and everything in between, it is certainly harvest time for hops, and most definitely time to reap the [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:28-07:00

Beer Review #22 — 21st Amendment Toaster Pastry Red IPA

Welcome back beer mavens, slingers, drinkers, and connoisseurs, let's jump back on the hop train and dive into a delicious new beer. What we've got for us today comes to us from the fine folks at 21st Amendment Brewery, in San Francisco, "In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan founded the 21st [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:37-07:00

Beer Review #20 — Paradox Beer Co. – In The Spirit Of Skully Barrel No. 3 Dark Sour

par·a·dox / ˈperəˌdäks / noun / A statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory. Paradox is quite an interesting name to choose for a brewery, but this little known brewery from Divide, CO, nestled off Highway 24 [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:46-07:00

Beer Review #18 — Cascade Brewing: Blackcap Raspberry (2015)

Welcome back fellow beer lovers! Firstly, I wanted to have this up earlier in the week, as it was fresh in my mind, but I came down with a bit of a head cold, which may or may not have been directly attributed to numerous beer week shenanigans...the verdict is still out [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:57-07:00

Beer Review #14 — Omnipollo Barrel Aged Agamemnon

Hello again beer aficionados, judges, aspirants, brewers, miscreants and lovers. We've got a truly special bottle this week, it has been peeking out on shelves for a couple of weeks now, but it is finally time to give this one a proper review. We have before us a treasure from Omnipollo — [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:36-07:00

Pumpkin Beers, Already? A Few Early Recommendations

Pumpkin beers, in July? Yes, some have been released already, and many more are sure to come, and no, right now pumpkins are not even in season. Somehow, that doesn't stop Elysian (and others), from releasing pumpkin beers in July and August. I, like many others will happily celebrate the arrival [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:39-07:00

Beer Review #6 — Grand Teton Brewing: Sour Grand Saison

Up for review today, just in time to celebrate these warm temperatures, is a great farmhouse ale from Grand Teton Brewing. Synonymously called a Saison, these beers are hearty, often strong, bright and hazy ales. Classically these were brewed in the Winter months, and meant to condition in the Spring so that [...]

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