REVIEW: Hoptimistic IPA

This is a beer I will work into my regular rotation. It’s available in bottles in Northwest Arkansas, but I recently spoke to a representative from the brewery and it should be available on tap in late July 2012.

REVIEW: Ichtegem’s Grand Cru

Photo by J.T. Wampler This week’s beer: Ichtegem’s Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe in Ichtegem, Belgium Grand Cru literally means great growth. Usually associated with wine, breweries put forth their best beer and call it Grand Cru, whatever the style. This Flemish Red Ale pours a cloudy, red-brown color with barely a head. The aroma

REVIEW: Straffe Hendrik Brugs Tripel Ale

This ale has been brewed in the heart of Bruges Belgium by the same family since 1856 using the original recipe that includes bottle conditioning. That means the carbonation is created by adding yeast at bottling for additional fermentation.

REVIEW: Tallgrass IPA

Photo: J.T. Wampler This week’s beer: Tallgrass IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Co. in Manhattan, Kan. This Manhattan, Kan. beer pours a hazy, copper color with a thick, white head that leaves sticky lacing down the glass. The nose is of fruity citrus with floral undertones. The flavor is a nice balance of malt and hops

REVIEW: Old Stock Ale 2012

This is a really good beer that I suspect get much better with age. North Coast has yet to produce a disappointing beer and I’m really looking forward to tasting this one again later.