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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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Review: Granville Island Maple Shack Cream Ale

by Charles Wangersky December 22nd, 2014| Beer
Back in the Bad Old Days for beer drinkers, all beer came from the big breweries. It was difficult for smaller organizations to get the necessary licenses, and so the selection of beer styles was controlled by marketing. A slight loosening of the brewing laws in 1984 resulted in
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Review: Alaskan Brewing White Ale

by Charles Wangersky December 15th, 2014| Beer
Gentle reader, you don’t know the risks I take for you...

Let me explain. At times, I've thought the tag line for these reviews should be "Drinking it so you don’t have to." Not lately, thankfully, but there have been a few truly awful beers that I have run into
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Proudly American? Alaskan Brewing Freeride IPA

by Charles Wangersky December 8th, 2014| Beer
As I mentioned last week, from the label you can often guess what a beer will be like. Every large brewery makes basically the same stuff, bitter fizzy water with some alcohol in it. And every craft brewery will label their beer with the beer style. Beer styles, while
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