Posts Tagged ‘beeradvocate’

anchor small beer

Monday, January 4th, 2010

small beer in the glass

lately I have been picking up as many bottles of anchor brewing’s small beer as I can handle.

  • the beer gets a crappy rating on beeradvocate, which categorizes it as an american pale ale.
  • however, this beer is definitely not an APA – it is a small beer (see bottom of article), a brew made with the second runnings of a stronger beer, following an ages-old practice that is pretty much extinct in modern brewing, craft or otherwise.
  • the beer is crisp, well-carbonated, and bitter, and is perfect for a hot day in the park, clocking in at a modest 3.3% abv.
  • it is also a great beer to drink to reflect on brewing tradition.  in taste and aroma, the graininess of the brew is more pronounced than in standard beers, and is reminiscent of sniffing an open mash tun or taking a sip of some sweet wort.
  • the homebrew geek in me loves what this beer stands for and agrees with anchor that “the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition… is something of great importance.”
  • if you see this beer around, give it a shot! it is an inexpensive history lesson and a great way to cool off.

small beer closeup

glass of small beer

small beer bottle

ichtegem’s grand cru

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

ichtegem in the glass

last week AP opened up one of her favorites, ichtegem’ grand cru from brouwerij strubbe.

  • beeradvocate classifies this beer as a flanders red ale, ,but it pours and tastes more like a flanders oud bruin (this is confirmed by one of the reviewers on beeradvocate).
  • I really dig this beer – it has a great sourness and although it may not be as complex as other oud bruins it is very drinkable.  definitely worth a pour if it’s ever available.

ichtegem's grand cru

ichtegem's grand cru

brewdog punk IPA

Friday, September 25th, 2009

punk IPA closeup

I recently cracked open a punk IPA from scottish brewery brewdog.

  • I recently read about brewdog in an issue of beeradvocate and was intrigued not only by how young the head brewer looked, but also by the wide variety of brews they were putting out and the interesting techniques they use (lots of whiskey casks – figures!).
  • they have also been in the press recently for putting out pretty some outrageous brews (atlantic IPA or tokyo anyone?).
  • punk IPA is hopped with a couple of hops I don’t see in commercial beers to often: ahtanum and nelson sauvin (a high alpha-acid new zealand hop with wine grape-like aroma).  I have been looking to get some nelson sauvin for a while, so I was interested in seeing the results it produced.
  • unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by this IPA.  I’m not sure if I’ve been brainwashed by mega hoppy west coast IPAs, or if my palate was destroyed by earlier beers of the day, but punk IPA seemed a little too light/watery to me. it was like an east coast IPA without the malt backbone.  it might be a good idea for a hot summer BBQ beer, but I’m not sure when I’m gonna pick this guy up again.

punk IPA bottle

punk IPA

mobile tap/bottle list updates

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009


I doubt I’m the only guy who walks into a beer bar in the city and wishes he had a tap/bottle list available on his cell phone.  I always manage to block traffic or invade someone’s personal space as I scan the taps/chalkboard/etc. for the right brew. Sometimes I panic and go for a safe bet, then kick myself when I see something interesting that I overlooked.

  • city beer store has the occasional email update, and dave over at healthy spirits updates his blog on a regular basis, but I think we still have a way to go in this area.
  • the thing is, the idea of a mobile tap broadcast isn’t new. check out taplister, a user-updated bar database that is accessible via SMS and twitter and is optimized for mobile access.  they even have a live video feed of a bar’s chalkboard.  only thing is, it’s available only in Portland at the moment, and I don’t think it gets updated that often (Higgins has zero beers on tap? hmmm…).  a basic rundown can be found here.
  • on top of that, there’s this affiliated program called beer signal that enables you to tell your friends where you are imbibing real-time so they can meet up.  this could be a great way to organize a city beer store session after work or to promote a happy hour.
  • I figure some beer lover in SF could easily throw together a mobile web app (and maybe an accompanying iphone app) for the city in the same vein as taplister, but with even more features.  individuals could update and view existing tap lists using their phones, and the app could even link existing taps to style descriptions or even beeradvocate ratings to allow for more informed beer selections.
  • i had also read somewhere that one or two individual bars in portland have released proprietary mobile programs where they update their beer selection.  I would definitley prefer a more universal application, but I wonder how long it will take before toronado, magnolia, or 21st amendment jump on board and start offering similar services…
  • for other somewhat interesting phone beer apps, check out here and here.