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BeerSox Beers of the Week 25 September 24, 2012

Welcome back to BeerSox Beer of the Week!

This time it’s one of my new favorites: Alpine/New Belgium Super IPA
It’s a light amber color with a touch of haze.

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9%

Usually I find that high alcohol IPAs tend to be overly sweet & cloying to balance out the hops and alcohol. This New Belgium Super IPA maintains a lightness on the palate of a “non super IPA” while not overwhelming the hops with sweetness. There’s not a very strong alcohol taste. Very floral IPA.

VERY enjoyable.

Cheers!
Katie

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BeerSox Tours Halifax, Nova Scotia August 8, 2012

I take an annual trip to Nova Scotia to spend time with family at the seashore. It is always such an amazing time with family & friends that I find I spend most of my limited time simply enjoying the Shore rather than the bounty that is the rest of this maritime province. Today, I had the opportunity to drive some family members to the airport in Halifax and took advantage of the time & location to take a brew tour of Halifax and explore a city that I haven’t been to in almost 15 years. I took some notes on the local brews and spread the BeerSox love throughout the city on a gorgeous, breezy, summer day.

Garrison Brewing Company

Garrison is located near the Sea port & Farmers Market on the East side of the harbourfront area of Halifax.
There’s a great little bottle shop inside, merch and a tasting bar with four taps today, but has space for more when seasonals are available. On tap today was imperial pale, tall ship amber, Irish red, and hop yard pale. I tasted the Hop Yard Pale and the Imperial Pale.

Garrison celebrated 15 years of operation this summer. I sat and chatted with the barman for a while while I took my tasting notes. He explained a bit of the brewery’s history to me. President Brian Titus was in the navy and after moving to Halifax, found a need in the beer market for quality local craft beers. They have gone through a couple of expansion iterations and may be looking to expand again in the near future. There’s a great interview on the twitters if you follow @garrisonbrewing

They have a growler program which is something that I noticed around at a number of locations around town.

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Beer details can be found here

Hop Yard Pale Ale:

Dry hopped west coast pale
Light amber color
Filtered
Funky hops nose with a touch of vanilla
Citrus finish
A little butterscotch
Fresh taste & good session ale

Imperial Pale Ale:

Amber color
Unfiltered
Good nose, sweeter than the hop yard
Taste is a bit on the bitter hops side on the finish
More refined but still has an edge. Not overwhelmingly malty & sweet, so it’s still refreshing for an imperial.

Some interesting beers to look for: fog burner barley wine, & Baltic porter. Wish I could have tried the 15th anniversary beer.

Alexander Keith’s Brewery (flash website)

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Kitschy tour, but great maritime singing performances once you buy in.
I cut my craft beer teeth on this beer, so it holds much sentimental value, but tastes just a step up from macro.

Rockbottom Brewpub

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Downstairs establishment. Undergoing renovation. Growler program.
Great staff!

I had a sampler of their ales:
Deadwood wheat: funky wheat barnyard nose, slightly citrus
Jacktar stout: nice coffee nose. Slightly weak on the palate
Fathom ipa: the nose makes me happy hoppy! Another west coast ipa. Very floral & citrus almost with very forward hops taste. But smooth with a bit of sweetness in the finish.
Big water brown: nutty & roasted, but feeling a bit meh about it.
Mangled: ipa refermented with mango. Interesting. Wonder if it’s an answer to the garrison mango & ginger 15th anniversary, or at least inspired by it. Not a big mango fan, so it’s just a novelty.
Hawser weizen: German style hefe. Banana esters are evident in this one.

I decided the taster of IPA was the one to finish at this location before I moved on.

Rogue’s Roost

Swashbuckling microbrewery & pub with a growler program. Definitely smell the brewing. And the seafood.

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Again, I went for a sampler:
Red ale: tastes of raspberry slightly. Very sweet. Not much body.
Ipa: session ipa. Not too special.
Brown ale: nutty. Brown ale. You can’t really make a surprising brown ale, can you?
Cream ale: like making love in a canoe
Hefe seasonal: banana esters. Bit more hoppy than most hefes which is nice. Makes this stop worth it. Really wish they had the raspberry wheat! If it’s taken from close to the same recipe, it’ll be a refreshing summer beverage!

The hefe ended up being the only one I finished at this location.

And I stopped in to The Loop to peruse the local yarn fare!

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Hart & Thistle

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On the harbor front. More touristy.
They were out of their in-house brews, so I tried a Granite Brewing Peculiar, and the Propeller IPA. The Peculiar is not quite my taste, something sweet in it is throwing my taste buds off-kilter. The IPA is a good IPA. Nothing shocking. Nothing too hard core, but a good, solid, thoroughly enjoyable IPA.

And thus ends the Halifax BeerSox beer tour.

Cheers,
Katie

PS In the spirit of responsible tasting, I left many a glass more than half full throughout my day, tasting enough to form an opinion before moving on.

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BeerSox Beers of the Week 24 June 19, 2012

Waiting for my lady date to show up, and thought I’d update y’all on a new beer for me!

I’m at the adorable Flora & Muse in Houston’s City Center (which is on the west side), and they have a nice little beer selection.

Brewery: Big Sky
Beer: IPA

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Great earthy hops flavor with a bit of the floral notes. A hint of caramel in the malt to even it out. Almost reminds me of a rye beer.

Cheers!
Katie

Don’t forget, I’m raising funds to aid in expansion & prep for GABF at Indiegogo and all support is greatly welcomed!

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BeerSox Beers of the Weekend: Madison Edition May 28, 2012

So far, my weekend in Madison has been great! I’ve had time to knit, time to enjoy my nephews & time to enjoy the local beers!

Saturday, we took a nice drive down to New Glarus Brewing Company, and I must say that it is beautiful! The brewery, the view, and the beers! I came away with quite a haul to bring home. Loved Moon Man & the story about how it’s named after one of the brewers’ cat.

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Later that night, my sister, brother in law, & I had a night out on the town & I decided to sample ALL THE BEERS!
I had:
Ale Asylum Ambergeddon
Pearl Street That’s What I’m Talking’ Bout
Bell’s Oberon & Two Heated Ale

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Cheers!
Katie

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BeerSox Beer of the Week 23 May 25, 2012

It has been a while since I last posted a BeerSox Beer of the Week, but… Good News! I’m headed to Wisconsin today, so I’ll be posting a special destination edition BeerSox Beer of the Weekend: Wisconsin! Are you as excited as I am?

Without further ado, I give you the pre-trip BeerSox Beer of the Week.

Beer: Walloon
Brewery: Southern Star in Conroe, TX

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It’s a great fresh summer seasonal. There are citrus notes and it reminds me of a crisp saison (though the style is rather amorphous) and it really hits the spot after wrestling bottles and cans of Texas beer into my luggage & making sure it stays safe en route & is under the bag weight limit.

I am looking forward to bringing back an equal amount of great Wisconsin beers!

Cheers,
Katie

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BeerSox Beer of the Week 22 March 29, 2012


Hi there!

Todays BeerSox Beer of the Week is brought to you by Melissa Wilson of my own little dust-pile.

Saint Arnold Brewery
Spring Bock

You know, I DO drink a wide variety of beers, but for some reason most of my BeerSox photos end up being of Saint Arnold beers. And even though Houston doesn’t usually get what I would call spring temperatures this time of year, Saint Arnold Spring Bock helps me pretend. It’s probably one of the most balanced beers I’ve ever had: not too heavy and not too light; slight fruit flavor up front with a crisp, almost dry finish. For me it’s the beer equivalent of a good dry white wine. Good for crawfish boils, good for sitting down to a roast chicken, or just good to enjoy after so many months of dark, winter ales. And really, isn’t the transition from dark to light what spring is about?

Thanks Melissa!
Cheers,
Katie

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BeerSox Beer of the Week 21 February 26, 2012

Brouwerij de Mousketiers Troubadour Magma (I would link them, but the URL seems to be broken, try troubadourbieren.com)
Yummy
Sweet
Yet hoppy and clean

Needs to have a creme brûlée!

Enjoyed with a friend at Down House.

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Cheers!
Katie

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BeerSox Beer of the Week 20 February 15, 2012

So tonight is the opening night of a new hoptacular watering hole in Houston. It’s the Hay Merchant which comes to us from the masterminds of Anvil, a pre-prohibition era cocktail bar that I’ve loved for years.

I had the cask conditioned Das WunderkindSour saison from Jester King Brewery and it was very much as delightful as I’d hoped it would be!

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Cheers,
Katie

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BeerSox Beer of the Week 19 January 23, 2012

When out and about, it’s normally rather difficult to find drinks that are neither alcoholic nor caffeinated. Ginger beer or even ginger ale is usually in short supply unless on an airplane. Most restaurants or bars will say that they “make” ginger ale for you: sprite with a splash of cola. That just plain disgusts me.

Then there are the classic cocktail bars. They are a thing unto themselves. I have found that they often actually make their own ginger brews! These brews are not for the weak of palate and pack a sharp ginger kick in the mouth. A fantastic tonic that heals all the wrongs of the world. Or at least in my opinion, it does.

It gave me respite while meeting up with the Houston Ladies of Craft Beer last Thursday evening. While still pining for a hoppy beer, I found the ginger beer at Downhouse to be quite the thing I needed.

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Cheers,
Katie

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BeerSox Beer of the Week 18 January 18, 2012

Oh, I’ve been so busy!

But just to get back on track with the January beer alternatives, I tried out this zero cal ginger root beer from Zevia. I was hoping it would be more like ginger beer than root beer, but I was wrong. The flavor is good, sweetened by stevia, and refreshing.

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Cheers!
Katie

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