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New Website Covers The San Diego Beer Scene

San Diego has one of the most prolific beer scenes in the country. Now there’s a new website dedicated to the San Diego beer scene so you can keep tabs with everything that’s happening. is a website from the folks at Georgian Bay Books featuring local brewery news, educational articles and videos, reviews of beers and breweries, and interviews with local brewers. Georgian Bay Books has also produced several books about San Diego breweries and beer.

Below is short promotional video about their new website.


Oak Barrels and Beeswax - brewery shows unique way of making beer

A Colorado Springs brewery is known for their unique brewing, aging, and bottling processes. The brewery is known for its Belgian style beers and ages all of its beer in oak barrels, which the brewmaster says gives the beers a more complex flavor.

Some of their beer is bottled and shipped to local Colorado retailers. The bottles are finished in a beeswax dip which adds an extra layer of protection and an added seal. It is also stated that beeswax is a natural antiseptic which helps prevent contamination from outside elements.

Tasting Notes: Starr Hill Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter

The Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter is a complete and utter disappointment from an otherwise trustworthy and reliable Starr Hill. If you must know more, read on.

For starters, there’s very little nose to the beer. A slight hint of spice, no hint of pumpkin, and little or no smell of beer. Being a porter, I’d have some expectation of smelling the toasted grain or a hint of oats. Here, nothing.

The only high note; when aggressively poured into a glass, the rich color of the porter filled the glass and did not let any noticeable light through it, and a rich tan head formed along the top.

Going down, the beer is smooth and easy to drink, but just like the smell, the flavor is a let-down. The smell directly translates into taste. There’s only a slight taste of pumpkin spice. I can’t exactly pin if it’s a clove or nutmeg, so I’ll just call it pumpkin spice. There is no residual taste of the orange gourd and the beer itself is pretty tame.

In short, if seasonal pumpkin microbrew is what you’re looking for, there are probably better choices out there. One that I’ve recently enjoyed is the Ichabod Crandall from Devil’s Backbone Brewery.

The Duck Rabbit Milk Stout - Tasting Notes

The Duck Rabbit is a small craft brewery in Farmville, NC, which is in eastern North Carolina, about an hour drive east from Raleigh.

The Milk Stout from The Duck Rabbit definitely uses a heavily roasted grain. The dominate taste is a rich and distinct roasted flavor, but its not at all burned or scorched tasting. Meanwhile, the mouth feel is smooth and light. These beers slide right down. This is one of those stouts that will surprise those who say they don’t like dark beers.

duck-rabbit-milk-stout-in-glassInterestingly, there is a light syrupy sweetness to the beer. I’m guessing this is due to the lactose (milk sugar) that’s introduced during the brewing process.

The Milk Stout pours easily and is not overly carbonated. But, still, there’s plenty of carbonation to please the tongue. When poured steadily into my glass, a very small and lightly colored head developed. This head almost completely disappeared within 60 seconds.

I enjoyed my first Milk Stout with a bowl of slightly overly-salted popcorn, which I thought was a pretty nice complement to the dark stout. I picked up The Duck Rabbit at my local grocery store (in Roanoke, VA), and at $8.99 per sixer, I’ll probably pick up one of these again.

The Ram Opens Brew Pub In Issaquah

The Ram Restaurant & Brewery has opened a new location in Issaquah, Washington. The restaurant was open for lunch on September 30, and will continue to offer lunch and dinner service 7 days a week.

The Ram has many brew pub locations across Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington. The Issaquah location is the eleventh location in Washington.

The Virginia Beer and Wine Festival

The Virginia Beer and Wine Festival is coming to The Daleville Town Center on May 10, 2014. The event will be open from noon to 6pm and tickets are on sale at Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for all adults of drinking age. Non-drinkers and children are just $5. The last day to purchase advance tickets is May 7, 2014.

The beer and wine festival will feature over 20 Virginia Breweries (and cideries) plus seven Virginia wineries. The event will also feature several local food trucks, kids play zone, and live music.

The Daleville Town Center is located off route 220 in Daleville, VA. For more information, visit

Twitter Reactions To Report Of No New Beer Due To Government Shutdown

The government shutdown got the attention from craft beer lovers when the Associated Press released a story about no new beer licenses, recipes or beer labels (therefore no new beer) will be approved during the government shutdown.

Naturally, the reactions on twitter range from entertaining, to downright angry. Here are some of my favorites:


And lastly…

Unknown Brewing Co. To Open In Charlotte's South End

Charlotte is quickly becoming a beer town, with several craft brewery already in operation. The latest addition, Unknown Brewing Company, hopes to be up and running by October of this year. Unknown plans to have a 30 barrel brew house. The brewery is to be run by Brad Shell, who has worked in the past for Terrapin Beer Company (Georgia), and Rogue Ales (Oregon).

At the time of this post, the Unknown Brewing website does not yet have any information on what styles of beers it intends on brewing. More to come.

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