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From the Far North: Alaskan Amber Alt-Style

by Charles Wangersky November 24th, 2014| Beer
Alaska AmberAs a beer reviewer, I am occasionally provided with samples of beer to review. Many beer manufacturers are in the States, as are the majority of those intelligent people who read these reviews, so it is no surprise that my being in Canada poses something of a problem. I do have a mail drop in the States, and I go to visit it when I'm told there's something waiting for me. Recently, I was told that a sample for me to write about had been shipped, so I went to visit and found that here was nothing there. Hiding
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Bitter Disappointment? Rickard’s Blonde

by Charles Wangersky November 17th, 2014| Beer
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Canadians have long prided themselves on having beer that is better than what is served south of the border. Before the turn of the century, this probably was true; there was some flavor and some character to the Canadian beers, while the only things that you could buy in the States were the product of industrial beer factories. These days, of course, there are miniature breweries on a surprising number of street corners, both in the States and in Canada, each of them with their own deliciously idiosyncratic views on what makes for a good beer.

But in the late
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Granville Island Lions Winter Ale

by Charles Wangersky November 10th, 2014| Beer
island lions winter aleOctober is always a very busy month for me, with multiple birthdays, celebrations of other sorts (Halloween! Oktoberfest!), and the realization, as the excitement of the start of school year falls away, that there is still a lot of work to be done in the classrooms. One of the events of October, one which I enjoy all the more as it falls at the very end, when the relief of early November's quiet becomes visible, is on the 30th, my son's birthday. And so this year we took the whole family to a local restaurant for a quiet Thursday-night
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Another Try at Irish: Rickard’s Red

by Charles Wangersky November 3rd, 2014| Beer
rickards redWhen it comes to beers, there is always a certain amount of debate over where the best ones come from. The usual consensus seems to be that the top three contenders are Germany, especially the Bavarian regions, England, and Ireland, with Belgium running close behind. Which one of them I prefer depends on the phase of the moon, I sometimes think. I will say that the Belgians and the Irish have each provided me with extremely alarming brews, while each of the four has, at various times, provided beers that were absolutely perfect for the occasion at hand.

It is
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Staying In Germany: Krombacher Pils

by Charles Wangersky October 27th, 2014| Beer
kronEvery now and again, we have something that we want to celebrate, a success, a holiday, a survival if you will -- "We made it through another one!" And a short while ago, we had occasion to celebrate all three at the same time. Yes, your correspondent's birthday, which falls during the month where beer is celebrated, occurred last week, and with a predominant feeling of having survived another one, we chose to go to a German restaurant in our hometown. I consider myself very lucky that my two sons have now reached an age where they are willing
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Rickard’s Lederhosen Oktoberfest-Style Lager

by Charles Wangersky October 20th, 2014| Beer
oktOne of the major events of the beer year is, of course, the Munich Oktoberfest, a week of getting drunk and more or less disorderly in public, complete with traditional German costumes and traditional German lager. Every beer drinker carries within him some image of Oktoberfest, usually of beer waitresses wearing traditional dirndls and carrying an impossible number of huge mugs of beer. Appearances would indicate that the standard mug is about a quart (legally, I suspect it has to be a liter), and that the mug is oversized because there is far more head on the beer than
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Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

by TK October 14th, 2014| Beer
IMG_20141005_090149_032It is important to note as you read this article that I am not from Rhode Island.  While I have visited "The Ocean State" many times, I can't say that I have an deep personal connection to the state.   So when I decided to review a beer that was described to me as a "unique collaboration between two Rhode Island staples", I came in with no expectations.  There were not childhood memories or sentimental warm and fuzzy emotions that were going to cloud the tasting of Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout.  The beer was going to have to stand
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Variation On A Theme: Big Rock Honey Brown Lager

by Charles Wangersky October 13th, 2014| Beer
honey aleThe basics of beer are simple: barley malt, water, yeast. Everything else is flavorings, including the hops which we have more or less accepted as being a standard part of beer. But over the eons, beer has divided itself into a number of styles, including one called "American", which is a denatured version of the German brew called "pils". One of those variants is the brown ale, made famous, more or less, by Newcastle Nut Brown, and in general a lovely beer for the autumn when the nights are starting to get colder.

One of the more important distinctions is
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Harvester Brewing Gluten-Free Ales

by Charles Wangersky October 6th, 2014| Beer
gluten free beerEvery few weeks, the local beer and wine store has a few beers available for sampling. Quite apart from the prospect of free beer, enticing though that may be, this intrigues me because it offers a chance to try some brews that would not otherwise be something I'd pick up. With the quantities being so small -- a standard taste is about a shot glass -- I'm not going to be incapacitated, and I don't have to commit to even an entire bottle.

I had thought gluten-free was only a food fad, until it turned out that two of my
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End of the Evening? La Fin du Monde

by Charles Wangersky September 29th, 2014| Beer
fin du mondAs the summer draws to a close, the weather gets a little cooler, and our beers get a little darker, perhaps, a little stronger. And as we have done before, we turn to Unibrouwe in Quebec, this time for something to carry us across this threshold, to bridge the gap between the light beers of summer, and the heavy winter and festive ales. And most uncharacteristically, the obvious choice is something of a failure.

With a name like La Fin Du Monde, which translates as "The End of the World," you know right away you're in for something of an
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Your Mission If You Choose to Accept It: 603 Winni

by Charles Wangersky September 22nd, 2014| Beer
winni aleAs part of my recent vacation, I was granted the privilege of visiting PeKu Publications World Headquarters, the hub around which this web site, along with its many companions, spins. Ably supported by my editor, I actually met, face to face, with Michele, our fearless leader. Our travel situation resulted in the meeting, perforce, being over lunch; and alas, it was just too late for the PeKu cafeteria to be open. So instead, we adjourned to a neighboring pub, where I selected a beer which I could report on for your ongoing illumination.

If companies as large as Exxon Mobil
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Let’s Not Go Green: Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale

by Charles Wangersky September 15th, 2014| Beer
sam adams iredOne of the bigger advantages of being on vacation is the chance to try new things. Another is visiting old, familiar haunts. This vacation has offered rather a lot of both, as I have been returning, for the first time in literally decades, to a place where my family spent a month each summer.

Much of what I find here is familiar; small-town American life has not changed in a long time. The changes are minor: telephone service is ubiquitous now, but cell service and internet are, if I am being generous, spotty. The same corner store is still on
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