I’m a sucker for breweries with history and tradition and Samuel Smith’s is one of the best. It’s a small brewery using the same water and techniques as they did 200 years ago.
The name La Fin Du Monde means “the end of the world,” but don’t wait until doomsday to try this one. It’s a really great beer from a solid brewery.
I’m not a fan of fruit beers in general, but this one is really nice. It’s refreshing and tasty with just enough alcohol to make it interesting.
This is one of the better examples of a smoked beer that I’ve tried. It would go well with barbeque or any smoked meats.
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.
It stands to reason that if you drank enough of it, you’d get a buzz, but I can’t imagine consuming enough to get there.
This beer is not for those looking for a punch of hops but it’s crisp and refreshing with just enough bitterness to give it depth of character.
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
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.
Sierra Nevada hit a home run with their summer seasonal this year. Don’t miss this one.
This is one of my all-time favorite beers. It’s not available in Arkansas, but it’s so good it makes the drive to Missouri worth it.
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
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.
I’d recommend this beer to anyone who thinks all dark beers are thick and scary. This light, tasty offering might just sway them toward the dark side of beers.
Its taste is light and crisp with noble German hops rounding out the sip. I recently recommended this beer to someone who is a confirmed Bud Light drinker and it was received very well.