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Review: Fat Tire Amber Ale

by Gary Hays May 21st, 2015| Beer
I was first introduced to this tasty amber ale a few years ago when a friend who owns a small restaurant, plopped an oversized oil-can sized container in front of me with a vintage bicycle on the label. Not wanting to put on airs, I swigged it straight from
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Review: New Belgium Ranger IPA

by Charles Wangersky May 14th, 2015| Beer
Weather in this part of the world has always been fickle. When I first moved to the Pacific Northwest it was bad enough, but in the decades since it has gotten stranger. My son was commenting today that we were now in the gentle weather between spring and summer,
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Review: Negra Modelo

by Gary Hays May 7th, 2015| Beer
As an experiment, I once emptied the contents of some Corona bottles, refilled them with Miller High Life, dropped a lime chunk on top of each, and served them ice cold to some of my friends. My unknowing subjects failed to utter one word of objection. They sucked them
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Review: Red Racer Oatmeal Stout

by Charles Wangersky April 30th, 2015| Beer
We have reached an awkward place in the year. Here on the West Coast, it is spring, and when the day chooses to be clear, it is warm and lovely, but it is still crisply cold at night and I worry that my having taken the storm windows down
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Review: Sleeman Oak Aged Ale

by Charles Wangersky April 16th, 2015| Beer
As we get further into the spring and summer, the beers of choice get lighter in flavor and color. Here on the West Coast, we're starting to get into the time of year when yard work is starting again, to clean up the worst of the winter's destruction, and
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Review: San Miguel Pale Pilsner

by Gary Hays April 9th, 2015| Beer
Under a Spanish Royal Charter, the original San Miguel Brewery, located in the Philippines, opened its doors in 1890, and incorporating in 1913. In 1963, holding the deed to many business offshoots, the company changed to its current name of San Miguel Corporation (SMC). The company's holdings include, liquor
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Review: Heather Brewing Alba Scots Pine Ale

by Charles Wangersky April 2nd, 2015| Beer
Although today it seems rather overused, hops are a relatively recent addition to the brewing of beer. Barley malt, water, and yeast will make a beer, but it is thin, unappealing stuff, not a whole lot of fun to drink. In the days before pubs, each household would have its
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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
nikasi domination

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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