Newcastle Winter IPA Review

A few weeks back, Nate and I received some free beer in the mail.  Not a bad deal at all.  In fact, other brewers can take this as their cue to go ahead and send some our way.  At any rate, I like to note up front that I am reviewing a beer I received [...]

Minister of Pubs and Social Shifts

Am I a little late on reporting this one?  Probably.  For what it’s worth, I’m happy to report that Britain specifically created a cabinet position for a Minister of Pubs.  The reports I’ve seen and heard about this have been upbeat and positive.  I think it is a very cool fact that beer is that [...]

Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

Rich, delicious, classic.  These are just three words I associate with Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.  Ever since it was commissioned at the behest of Merchant du Vin, it’s had a serious foothold on the world of oatmeal stouts.  It’s odd that we’ve not reviewed it before now on the site.  It’s widely liked, and I’ve [...]

Scarecrow Golden Pale Ale & Hobgoblin English Dark

Since we drank Fiddler’s Elbow and Hobgoblin on Saturday, I thought I might pick up Scarecrow Pale Ale, too.  The trio of bottles were simply lovely together, and I personally thought that they might have been nice as Halloween beers.  Halloween or not, these English Ales are all worthy of a try (or two).  Nate [...]

Wychwood Fiddler’s Elbow Review

An unusually warm 70 degree November day in Ohio made Wychwood’s Fiddlers Elbow seemed a perfect fit for my Saturday evening.  Described as a beer that “evokes the lazy, hazy days of summer in golden meadows & ripe corn fields,” I assumed a light and fruity beer.  To some extent it was, and to some [...]

An Oaky Dokey Sunday: Three Barrel Aged Beers

My brother recently visited Pasadena and we had a chance to hang out, catch-up, and drink beer.  He had all my newest homebrew creations during the week, but we bought some beers for the Colts game on Sunday.  It was not intentional, but it ended up that we had three barrel aged beers.  We had, [...]

Ale places in England

A while back, I wrote about London beer as a bittersweet experience.  I also called that post preliminary thoughts, so I thought I’d come back to it.  To summarize the first post, I essentially stated that bitters dominate the landscape of London.  If you plan on visiting England, go to London for sure, but make [...]

Review of Newcastle Brown Ale

Guest Beer Review by Andrea, wife of the Beer Scientist Let me begin by saying that I’m nuts about nuts (clarification: I want to unequivocally declare that I am referring to food here).  Whether that’s raw, whole almonds; peanut butter; Nutella; or brown rice green tea with its nutty undertones–if it’s got that nutty quality, [...]

Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout

Imperial Stout, authentically a Russian Imperial Stout, is not Russian, but was brewed to woo the imperial court of Catherine of Russia by Thales brewery.

J W Lees Harvest Ale Matured In Sherry Casks

For sake of context and to reduce redundancy, the reader of this site should read the prior article that reviewed J W Lees Harvest Ale Matured In Calvados Casks.  You see, this beer is no different in recipe than the beer aged in Clavados casks.  Drinking two beers of same/similar recipe with only slight nuance [...]