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maple shack cream ale

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
Alaskan white ale

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
Alaska ipa

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
alaskan pale ale

Alaskan Brewing Icy Bay IPA

by Charles Wangersky December 1st, 2014| Beer
Generally speaking, when you look at a beer label, you should be able to tell what you are getting. There are a large number of recognized beer styles, and each style has its own character. Every brewery, of course, will have some choice in how it interprets that style.
Alaska Amber

From the Far North: Alaskan Amber Alt-Style

by Charles Wangersky November 24th, 2014| Beer
As 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
rickards beer

Bitter Disappointment? Rickard’s Blonde

by Charles Wangersky November 17th, 2014| Beer


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
island lions winter ale

Granville Island Lions Winter Ale

by Charles Wangersky November 10th, 2014| Beer
October 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
rickards red

Another Try at Irish: Rickard’s Red

by Charles Wangersky November 3rd, 2014| Beer
When 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
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Staying In Germany: Krombacher Pils

by Charles Wangersky October 27th, 2014| Beer
Every 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
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Rickard’s Lederhosen Oktoberfest-Style Lager

by Charles Wangersky October 20th, 2014| Beer
One 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
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Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

by TK October 14th, 2014| Beer
It 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
honey ale

Variation On A Theme: Big Rock Honey Brown Lager

by Charles Wangersky October 13th, 2014| Beer
The 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
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