Monthly Archives: March 2012

Craft beer: “The Little Engine That Could”

Move over, domestic beer!  (click the image to enlarge)


Passport: Arrogant Bastard Ale

(serve in a snifter)

The description for Arrogant Bastard, listed on the Stone website was too hilarious not to post here:

“This is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny – a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!” – Stone

Twenty-one Great Things About Colorado, The State Of Craft Beer!

I just discovered this on the Colorado Brewer’s Guild website (  and I think it’s awesome.

Twenty-one Great Things About Colorado, The State Of Craft Beer!

#4 “The Colorado Front Range is the largest craft brewing market in the U.S. with seventy-four breweries in operation.”

– And I just so happen to live there 🙂


The DRAFT Beer Bracket Continues Today!

Update your bracket and win that kegerator!  (and $1000 for charity)

I’m not sure that it matters if you didn’t vote for the first round – get in there and check it out.


Passport: New Belgium’s Biere De Mars

This was only my second encounter with beer involving Brettanomyces and this time, I was much more pleasantly surprised.

“Biere de mars is an obscure subcategory of biere de garde, which itself is an obscure category of rustic, medium-bodied malty farmhouse ales originally brewed to nourish farmworkers in what used to be the Kingdom of Flanders (now parts of France and Belgium).” – Zak Stambor, Chicago Tribune.

New Belgium describes their version as follows:

“With earthy tones of ripe mango and lemon verbena, this bottle-conditioned ale reflects the hearty character of the southern Belgian and northern French countrysides. Brewed with barley, oats and wheat malt, Biere de Mars’ celestial orange hue inspired the planetary play on words.

Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain, added for bottle-conditioning creates a refreshingly sour flash across the palate. Lemon peel coupled with the lemon verbena imparts fruitlike character and a citrusy finish.” 

Beyond TODAY: Three Flavors Notes that Make a Good Beer Go Bad

Genius.  Jim from identifies some commonly found off-putting flavors in otherwise very well-made beers. I could not agree more – especially with the metallic taste.  Tip:  don’t drink beer out of mason jars. 

Beer & Whiskey Brothers

Beyond TODAY is an extension of our weekly column for the TODAY Show food blog. Over there, I talk about how an off flavor ruined my last chance with a very highly regarded beer. Over here, we’re looking at other flavors that make a good beer taste bad (at least to me).   Click here to check out Today’s Bites food blog.

I hate it when this happens – you’re taking a sip of a well made and a highly-regarded beer, when a flavor note leaps out at you and spoils the whole experience.  From that moment forward, that flavor is all you can taste; it sits there like an 800 pound gorilla, pummeling the other nuances of the beer into the background.  All you get is a mouthful of monkey.

Over many years of beer geekery, I have identified a few of these flavor fouling louts. I know that…

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And…put those votes in today!

You could win this fancy shmancy kegerator – and raise some money for charity, to boot!


DRAFT Beer Bracket Contest 2012

Voting starts tomorrow!  Winner gets a kegerator and $1000 toward their charity of choice.

(courtesy of

Nitro Milk Stout is Everywhere!

For those of you who love Left Hand’s Nitro Milk Stout, out of Longmont Colorado, this tasty brew is making the rounds from here to NYC and some major places in between with scheduled promotional tastings.  Now you can save the $10 – and the guilt of lying to the post office about trying to mail beer, and tell your distant friends and family where they can go to try it themselves.  For a full list of dates and locations, go to Left Hand’s website or check out their blog.

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