Butternut IPA

[ 2 Comments ] Posted on 05.14.08 under Canned Beer, IPA

I am normally against tasting two beers in one night, but there’s gotta be exceptions to every rule. So here goes.

I picked up a mixed twelve pack of canned beer the other day. I love canned microbeer, and I get new ones almost whenever I see them. Or maybe exactly whenever I see them. But I saw one the other day, and I got it.

The brewery is Butternut. They’re from somewhere in farmland New York. They appear to be an old dairy farm, and the cans say “Farmhouse Ale” on all four of the Wheat Beer, IPA, Pale Ale, and Stout. If you try the web site, beware, it has a lot of loud noises on it.

Having already had one IPA, I figured another IPA made sense. So I tried the Snapperhead IPA. What a strange IPA.

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Video Tasting: New England Brewing Company Sea Hag IPA

[ 2 Comments ] Posted on 02.14.08 under Canned Beer, IPA, Tasting

New England Brewing Company Sea Hag IPATonight being Thursday is tasting post night. I have kept up the video tasting tradition. I find my setup and production becoming more elaborate every week. Before I know it, I’ll be renting studio space and a bunch of fancy professional equipment. Well, maybe not, but this time I added credits and transitions and I edited several chunks together. The editing was mainly out of necessity, and it’s easy to add the titles and credits, compared to editing for content. The end result is almost six minutes of review. Maybe the next thing for me to work on is brevity. After all, it is the soul of wit.

Tonight’s tasting: New England Brewing Company Sea Hag IPA.

The short version of the tasting: This IPA pours a clear copper color with a sturdy head. The aroma is piney and dirty hops, with a hint of citrus hops. The flavor is hops throughout, but not overwhelming. This is a middle-of-the-road IPA, but it isn’t weak or unenjoyable. I have a soft spot for it, since it is from Connecticut and it is packaged in a can. Even in a bottle from a different state, this would be a worthwhile beer. BeerAdvocate calls it 6.2% ABV, which is not too far from my 6% guess. As if I would ever guess 6.2%. So as far as I’m concerned, I nailed it.

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2008-02-08 News Roundup

[ Comments Off ] Posted on 02.08.08 under Canned Beer, News

Here are three stories from the week (and weeks past) that I want to highlight here today. First, Anheuser-Busch might be losing their grip on the distribution network. Then a look at different homebrewing software options. Finally, I won’t let it go, but you can look for yourself.

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Tasting – Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

[ 2 Comments ] Posted on 01.31.08 under Canned Beer, Tasting

Welcome to my first ever video tasting! I did Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale. For those not interested in videos, the short version: This beer is great! On the darker side of pale, with an assertive hops nose. The hops show up big time in bitterness and flavor, too. But at the same time, they aren’t oppressive, and are balanced by malts. Just great all around. My favorite of the three I got from Oskar Blues. Old Chub is good but a bit flabby somehow, and Gordon is awesome but wicked expensive. Read the rest of this entry…

Canned Beer Is Great!

[ 4 Comments ] Posted on 01.28.08 under Canned Beer, Stories

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale AleI can hear the groans now. Cans are for Bud Miller Coors, right? Wrong. That is not a fancy photoshop trick. That beer in the picture over there came from that can. And let me tell you, it tastes as good as it looks.

Cans can hold the best beer around. They can hold anything, and don’t negatively impact the quality of the beer in any way. Cans are environmentally-friendly. They are lighter and thus require less energy to transport the same volume of beer. Plus, you can take cans places glass bottles can’t go. Like the beach or the park or many other glass-free zones. Furthermore, cans don’t let any light in to the beer, thus making it skunk-proof. And if that’s not enough, cans have less air space in them, and so reduce beer-spoiling exposure to air. And also, cans are safer than glass. If you drop a pack of cans, they probably won’t explode into hundreds of tiny shards at your feet. The only negative I can come up with for the can is that it is harder to get a gentle pour from a can than from a bottle.

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