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Review: Magic Hat #9

by Gary Hays March 23rd, 2015| Beer
Now and then a palette stunning beer comes along with a mixture so complex it defies explanation. Magic Hat #9 is such a brew. Every swallow defines yet another possible ingredient running the gamut from caramel, to apricot, to nuts, to a sweet, fruity taste with just a slight
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Review: Ninkasi Brewing Total Domination IPA

by Charles Wangersky March 16th, 2015| Beer
Surprising as it may be to people in the rest of the world, we are already in the early days of spring here on the West Coast; the forsythia are blooming, there are flower buds on the quince bushes and apple trees, the cherries and plums are in full
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Review: Goose Island – Honker’s Ale

by Gary Hays March 9th, 2015| Beer
From the windy city of Chicago, comes the Goose Island Beer Company. The company’s founder, John Hall, traveled across Europe with the distinct mission of tasting various beers from some of the continents most trusted and age old brewers. At the time, craft brewers in the U.S.A. were in
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Review: Parallel 49 Brewing Old Boy

by Charles Wangersky March 2nd, 2015| Beer
This past weekend, an old friend stopped in to visit from the far other side of the country. Dr. Bob would have been my best man had my wedding not been postponed by academic nonsense, and I was his best man some time later. He taught me a great
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Review: Ninkasi Brewing Imperiale Stout

by Charles Wangersky February 16th, 2015| Beer
This has been a week of changes. The main change here was that over the past week, the tumbledown carport that disgraced our back yard has been pulled down (with one hand, by my youngest son), to the accompaniment of a round of applause from the neighbors, literal in
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Review: Shock-Top Salty Pretzel Wheat Beer

by Gary Hays February 9th, 2015| Beer
Just about every bar gladly offers a free basket of extra salty pretzels or popcorn to accompany their coldest brews in town, the logic being to create an unquenchable thirst by subliminally encouraging the ongoing slamming down of another round, and it makes absolute sense for bar owners to

Review: Ninkasi Brewing Jarrylo

by Charles Wangersky February 2nd, 2015| Beer
We have been talking lately about hops, of course, and how they have been affecting craft brewers and craft beer. And we will be continuing that today. If you don't want to read about hops, perhaps you could skip two or three paragraphs.

There are two ways that hops can
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Review: Ninkasi Brewing Vanilla Oatis Stout

by Charles Wangersky January 26th, 2015| Beer
The most famous example of the "stout" beer style is, of course, Guinness, which for a long time was advertised as being "good for you." That may be the same sort of misbelief as the long-standing, and now thoroughly discredited, belief that cigarettes improved respiratory health, but it was
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Review: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

by Charles Wangersky January 19th, 2015| Beer
A number of beer reviewers have commented recently on a disturbing trend in craft beer: in the name of differentiating themselves, craft brewers have started making beer that is, in the words of Jim Koch, originator of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, "challenging." Other beer reviewers have suggested that a
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Review: Wychwood Breweries Ginger Beard

by Charles Wangersky January 12th, 2015| Beer
For some reason, engineers seem to pick out the worst behavior in every device. It is because of this that we have these long lists of engineering "laws" on the bookshelves, laws that always lead off with the one attributed to USAF Captain Murphy: "Anything that can go wrong,
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Review: Granville Island Pale Ale

by Charles Wangersky January 5th, 2015| Beer
As you read this, you will of course be well into the New Year, resolutions presumably not yet broken, it being only a few days in yet. As I write, though, it is that lovely brief hiatus between the screaming confusion that is the lead up to Christmas, and
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Review: Granville Island Lager

by Charles Wangersky December 29th, 2014| Beer
Readers who have been paying attention may have noticed a certain tendency on my part to review beers from Canada, and in many cases from the far western edge of Canada. Others may have noticed that I have mentioned that the place my beer comes to rest is between
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