Hobbit Beer by Fish Tale Brewing Released

It’s about time that we had some decent Hobbit beer! New Line Cinema partnered with FishTale Ales of Olympia, Washington, USA to produce a line of strong beers – a Pils, a Stout, and a Belgian Tripel.

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of the first cases shipped. They should be available in the Western USA at the end of August and other parts of the US by early September.

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Gollum Precious Pils (click for my review) weighs in at 9.5% ABV and 85 IBU. It is a strong Imperial Pils, with flavors as smooth and crafty as Gollum himself. Like the ring which Gollum pursued for the rest of his life, his “precious” pils, if your quest leads you to it, could extend your life too! (at least we’d like to think so) It will, at a minimum, make your journey a little more enjoyable!

Smaug Stout is also 9.5% ABV and 65 IBU. Smaug Stout is styled after a classic Russian Imperial Stout, but with a subtle hint of Habanero chilis to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting you in your journey to The Lonely Mountain. Pronounced notes of Coffee and Chocolate balanced with Northwest Hops and a touch of heat produce an exceptional imperial stout, a worthy reward for your hard-fought journey.

Bolg Belgian Tripel at 9.5% ABV and 35 IBU. An Orc chieftain who ruled for 150 years, Bolg would drink his grog of choice and no one would tell him otherwise – a flavorful strong Belgian Tripel. Some said it refined an otherwise gruesome character.

2014 Hoppy the Woodsman is In the Barrel

I stopped by Schooner Exact Brewery in Seattle for lunch today. I got to peek into the barrel room. Hoppy Holidays was tucked away a few weeks ago in a half-dozen bourbon barrels. When it reemerges in December it will be Hoppy the Woodsman! (See my review of both beers here.)

Schooner Exact has been barrel-aging Hoppy Holidays since 2008. This year’s Woodsman is aged in bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill Distilleries, a private family-owned and operated distillery headquartered in Bardstown, Kentucky.

In 2012, Schooner Exact expanded their barrel-aging program to an Imperial Porter and a series of Sour beers. Today, I tasted their Barrel-aged Raspberry Brown. A complex, tart and refreshing beer. To make sure the Sour beer yeast do not invade Hoppy Holidays’ barrels, the Sours are stored in a separate room at the opposite end of the brewery.

Santa’s Little Helper, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Released

Santa's Little Helper BourbonPort Brewing Co. just released their Santa’s Little Helper bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Yes, released in July after barrel aging Santa’s Little Helper.

I know you’re only thinking of IPAs, blondes, lagers, and saisons…

It’s available now. And will be long gone by Christmas unless you pick up a bottle today and stash it away.

Watch the video about this release over at Port Brewing Co.

Christmas in July with Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp 12-Pack

I sent the elves to town to pick up a couple of Sierra’s Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America 12-packs. Twelve different beers, each brewed in collaboration with a different craft brewery. It’s like the 12 Days of Christmas in July!

Sierra Nevada partnered with a dozen exceptional craft breweries to create 12 different beers for one mixed 12-pack—including 10 bottles and two cans—a first in the craft beer world. These brewers will board the Beer Camp Across America tour bus later this month and hit the open road to take part in the largest craft beer celebration in history.

“A lot of creativity and hard work went into the Beer Camp Across America 12-pack, and we’re excited to finally share it with drinkers,” said Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada. “We’ll pour these beers at every festival stop with hundreds of other craft brewers who are pushing the boundaries of our industry. It’s a traveling party, and we’re going to have a great time.”

The Beer Camp Across America 12-pack features the following coveted breweries, which were selected for their innovation and reputation for brewing world-class beers. Here’s the list:

Catch Beer Mini Reviews on Facebook or Twitter

I’m taking some time off after a busy season at Christmas. I am still posting reviews. I call them Mini Reviews. Here’s one from this morning:


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10 Best Christmas Beers of 2013

There are many great Christmas beers available. Here are my 10 best Christmas beers of 2013. These are Christmas beers that have a depth and warmth and complexity that stand apart from standard excellent Christmas beers. Click on the link to see a photo and my review.

The 10 Best Christmas Beers of 2013

25 Days of Christmas Beer Reviews

I have a lot of great Christmas beer to review for you this month beginning December 1st.

This week begins 25 Days of Christmas Beer Reviews. Each day I’ll review a different Christmas beer, telling you all you need to know about it.

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Let the 25 Day of Christmas Beer Reviews begin!