Bartender! Make it a Double Jack (sorry, that was kind of really awful) 5

Bartender! Make it a Double Jack (sorry, that was kind of really awful)
I’ve mentioned Firestone Walker a few times before, between the launch party and the beer dinner, so I reckon it’s high time that I do a proper review of one of their beers. As you may have wondered, the “Firestone” part of the name is indeed related to the Firestone tire company – co-founder Adam ...

Become a member here on Brewmaniacs 1

Become a member here on Brewmaniacs
We’re always trying different stuff on this site. Why? Well, because it’s new and we want to try different things. Plus, we figure if we wreck a bunch of stuff, we aren’t at the Google status yet, so it’s won’t affect many people. So we are trying to create more interaction with the site. The ...

Another Craft Brewer Pulls Out of Iowa 4

Another Craft Brewer Pulls Out of Iowa
Hopefully this isn’t the start of a major trend but it appears another craft brewer is pulling distribution out of Iowa. In mid-April, Left Hand Brewing stopped distributing in the Hawkeye State.  Now, according to a post on the El Bait Shop’s blog,  Flying Dog Brewing is pulling out too. In all honesty, this is ...

OT: Please Take A Moment To Reflect

OT: Please Take A Moment To Reflect
Hopefully you’ve had the chance to drink a few beers over this long holiday weekend. Maybe you even fired up the grill and had some meats cooked over flame and commiserated with friends and family. But, let’s pause and reflect on why we have this long weekend. Today is Memorial Day and I encourage your ...

Come Party at Surly Brewing June 18th

Come Party at Surly Brewing June 18th
Omar and the folks at Surly are hosting a customer appreciation at the brewery to say thanks to Surly Nation for helping change the Minnesota state liquor laws.  Fans of Surly do not need tickets to attend this event. READ MORE ON THE SURLY BLOG  

ChatReviewLette: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #16 (Juniper Black Ale)

ChatReviewLette: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #16 (Juniper Black Ale)
Our second SN Beer Camp review of the night. This time it was onto their Juniper Black Ale. ChatReviewLette style once again. Here we go… Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #16 – Juniper Black Ale SPANK: Another Beer Camp? METSFANVI: sure. how about the black one? SPANK: Although might need to cleanse the pallet.  Juniper Black ...

ChatReviewLette: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #29 (Double IPA) 7

ChatReviewLette: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #29 (Double IPA)
So MetsFanVI and I reviewed a couple SN Beer Camp brews the other night via Google Talk.  It was an experiment in itself.  Basically we just drank the beer and threw out our thoughts via chat.  And instead of taking time to write a combined review, it was decided to just throw the chat script ...

storminspank – the guy that knows everything, but nothing at the same time 7

storminspank - the guy that knows everything, but nothing at the same time
Well, it’s been 3 months since the site went live, it’s high time I publish my intro post. Here it is… storminspank isn’t my real name; it’s a moniker, stupid.  And, yes, it’s a stupid moniker.  My nickname has been “Spank/Spanky” since I was in elementary school and I like storms.  And I also drove ...

The Beer Wars Come to Wisconsin 1

The Beer Wars Come to Wisconsin
I saw a post by O’So Brewing on Facebook yesterday about some proposed changes to the beer distribution laws in Wisconsin.  But, I didn’t really have time to digest it.  But the always excellent Madison Beer Review has posted a very nice summary of what is going on. Basically MillerCoors and the state beer distributors ...

Quick & Dirty: I’m Drinking a’buncha Alaskan Beers 2

Quick & Dirty: I'm Drinking a'buncha Alaskan Beers
Alaskan Brewing came to Minnesota earlier this month, so, of course, I needed to buy up some and give them a test run.   Seeing as this is a Q&D, I won’t be getting into lot of details, just a penny for my thoughts on each brew.  Let’s do it. Yes, let’s do it. ALASKAN WHITE ...

Pliny the Elder: Game changer 18

Pliny the Elder: Game changer
It’s widely known that I’m the Gozer the Gozerian of hops. I fight for it. I wear a cape and everything. Like my sailor friend Popeye, I eat the green and sprout super powers. I’ve always held Ruination, Dreadnaught and Hopslam as the holy trinity of the hops, sort of Underdog’s pill, the Scooby snack ...

Guest Review: Milwaukee’s Best 4

It’s another guest review.  This comes from lucasentric. While it is certainly a change of pace from what we normally drink, I know lucasentric is a trained professional. I beg you to please not attempt to recreate this drinking experience at home.  Instead, thank him for taking one for the team. Miller Brewing Company’s Milwaukee’s ...