Category Archives: Beer Reviews

Game of Beer – Beer Review

As most of you are well aware, last night was the premiere of season 7 of Game of Thrones. That’s pretty much a holiday in this house and we celebrated with a GoT themed beer that we bought 6 months ago.

ValarDohaeris

Name: Valar Dohaeris

Brewing Company: Brewery Ommegang

Location of Company: Cooperstown, NY

Style: Belgian Triple Ale

ABV: 9%

IBU: N/A

Rating: 3 out of 5

Description: Aged 6 months for the premiere. Super strong Belgian. Can’t tell it’s a triple.

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12th of Never Ale – Beer Review

This isn’t a Michigan beer, but good craft beer is good craft beer and LaGunitas is one of my husband’s favorite beer companies.

12thofNeverAle

Name: 12th of Never Ale

Brewing Company: LaGunitas Brewing Co.

Location of Company: Petaluma, CA

Style: Pale ale

ABV: 5.5%

IBU: 45

Rating: 3.8 out of 5

Description: Standards LaGunitas with a grapefruit smell on top. Super thin pale ale. Poundable. Everything about bitter beer people like without the ABV.

Beer Style Guide

Here is a small introduction to the world of beer styles. These are among the more popular and for any that we come across in our brew review adventures that are not included on this list, I’ll explain on that specific review.

Ale – Sweet, full-bodied, fruity in taste. Brewed using a warm fermentation process. (Brown, black, red, and cream are just a few examples of the variations of ale.)

Pale Ale – Amber-gold beer with fruity, fresh citrus aromas. Relatively low alcohol.

India Pale Ale (IPA) – Hoppy beer style within the category of pale ale. (Double, triple and black being a few variations.)

Sour – Acidic, tart or sour taste.

Stout – Dark beer using roasted malt or barley, hops, water and yeast.

Lager – Conditioned at lower temperatures than ale. Pale, golden, amber or dark.

Porter – Dark beer developed in London from well-hopped beers made from brown malt.

Pilsner – Light straw to golden in color, it is a type of pale lager.

Late Night Session – Beer Review

Okay, okay, I know. I said I’d do a beer style guide first BUT I’m too pumped from a fun night out so that will come next time.

LateNightSession

Name: Late Night Session

Brewing Company: Stony Lake Brewing Co.

Location of Company: Saline, MI

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

IBU: 38

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Description: Light, sweet nectar. Hoppy deliciousness.

Beer Reviews – New Section

That’s right. The long awaited new section of the blog is finally ready to begin posting.

I’ve mentioned once or twice or three times that craft beer is HUGE in Michigan. I swear I read somewhere recently that said we have 444 breweries in Michigan, now that I’m googling it again it’s saying 122 craft breweries. We’ll go with 122 but that was from 2012, five years later and we can probably safely round up to the 200 marker. Practically every city is sporting it’s own personal brewery. The city I live in has two and Ann Arbor right next to us has six. I should notate that I’m only counting actual breweries, not brew pubs, tap houses or taverns. As our friend from New York who is in town as we speak says, “You Michigan people take your beer seriously.”

It’s true. In fact, it is so true that no one I know even drinks anything else besides craft beer. I personally do not drink beer, carbonation hurts my tongue, I’m weird. However, as someone who doesn’t drink beer, I know far too much about craft beer. My husband loves it, my uncle brews his own, and if you bring Coors, Miller or Pabst to a party, well you’re a dick. You’ve just become the pariah of the party.

We have craft beer festivals, home brew competitions, beer guilds and beer guides.

beerguide
http://www.michiganbeerguide.com

All of that being said, my husband will be providing beer reviews. Mostly Michigan craft beers, but you know, one or two other states hit the nail on the head when it comes to beer too. Each review will be of a specific beer, and once in a while, when we actually go to the brewery itself, we’ll review our experience as well.

To gear you up for future reviews, the next post in this section will be a beginner’s guide to styles of beer. Yes you heard me right, styles. IPAs, stouts, lagers, we’ll learn the differences between them all. Not every style is for everyone, just likes genres with books.

Do you see how much I care about you dear readers? Not only do I guide you to awesome reads and awesome eats, now I’ll guide you to awesome (and warn you away from not so awesome) beers as well.

Read, eat, drink and be merry!