Hunter Wilde loves beer. He also loves words. I think you see where this is going. Each month, Hunter sets his sights on a different alcoholic beverage that strikes his fancy, and takes the time to tell us all what makes it so great. Hunter has a way with words, hence the name of his articles, and is always happy to share the joys of drinking with anyone who will listen, and he does so with an incredibly welcoming style. Even if you don't know what the difference between hops and brussel sprouts, Hunter will find a way to make you care about what he's writing... and drinking.
Behold the wonders of Dogfish Head’s Red & White
It's important to read what's on the label.
Everybody’s making gose
What to get when you’re expecting snow
When big companies buy small beer
Is it too late for pumpkins?
It's not pumpkin spice, and it's not Oktoberfest. Yet, it's still fall...
Oktoberfest is nearly a month away!
Beer to drink music to
And so, with a hard-won skepticism, I purchased a six-pack
What beer would Luke Cage drink?
You might just be ready for some barleywine
"I saw something you used to love"
I happen to rather like Yoo-Hoo
Beers for snow and shoveling.
Your guests will glow, and you can act like it’s cold outside
Cooler weather, rich flavors, spices, and bread
Embrace your inner basic bitch, grab a pumpkin labeled beverage, and enjoy yourself!
It's like Comic-con, except for beer
My friend and fellow beer enthusiast Noah sent me an email about a month before the Garden State Brew Fest that happened on September 26th. I’ve never been to an event like this, but, for various reasons, I anticipated needing a day of outside time and adult beverages around the end of September, so I looked into it. The tickets were more than I usually spend on anything.
It's the most wunderbar time of the year
As we move into the Fall, new beer flavors come to the fore. Unlike summer, when beers become thin and boring, the fall is when beer gets interesting. Today, we’re talking specifically about Oktoberfest beer. This bastion of early autumn is hard to miss in the liquor store. They beat you over the head with display after display of American versions, German classics, and variations on the Oktoberfest theme. Not to mention all the blue and white swag you could want.
When I think Summer, I think Iceland. Well, I do now.
This Summer, and every Summer, I am on a constant quest for interesting beers that are right for the hot weather. I try all the seasonal I can. I drink Mexican beer with lime. I try radlers, shandies, citrus beers, anything anyone tells me is a “Summer beer.” This year, a friend brought me Einstök’s Icelandic White Ale. This is not a seasonal. However, it feels like a summer beer. It’s light, highly carbonated, sweet and fruity. Yet, it doesn’t feel like a fruit beer (often the kiss of death). It’s simply refreshing and flavorful, which is somehow a difficult balance to strike.
Scottish people enjoy booze.
There, I’ve said it. Scotch ale, as a style, certainly reflects this fact. Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewing is a solid representative of this moderately heavy, malty, rich, and boozy lineage. At 8.5% ABV, it’s certainly neither a Belgian nor a truly Big Beer, but it packs a wallop, hence its name.
Summer is a notoriously thin season for fans of interesting beer
I went on a little expedition to my local store. I bought a selection of seasonal beers from breweries I know and trust. For the most part, I was immensely disappointed. There were attempts at kolsch, weak Belgian blondes, thin lagers with a hint of fruit. Boring, poorly executed, and predictable. And then I tried Great Lakes Brewing’s Chillwave Double IPA. I am no longer disappointed.
Are beer and fruit best buds, or mortal enemies?
I love beer. I love raspberries. But, in general, the two should never meet. I am not a fan of most fruit beers. To paraphrase Mr. Franklin, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is proof that God hates us and wants us to be miserable.
It’s time to do something very un-beer-blog-like.
I am going to extol the virtues of a macro beer. An under appreciated beauty of a beer called Michelob Lager. Michelob, as one would expect from a macro, is simple and inelegant. It’s also not at all strong, clocking in at 4.8% ABV. However, it is beer-flavored beer. This is God’s own session beer.
Porters and sci-fi go hand in (left) hand
March is typically the season for stouts. Truth be told, it’s the season for stout. As in one. As in Guiness. Oh, some people will bring Murphy’s to your party, and there are lots of good stouts out there (Dogfish Head Chicory Stout comes to mind), but it’s really all about Guiness. I myself have been known to tip a Guiness, or a half and half, a black and tan, or a car bomb with the best of them. But I’m not going there. Stouts are good, but porters are an undiscovered country of dark beer. I set out to map that territory.
Tis the season for crazy little people
Beer geek 101: Winter is the time for big beer. The extra alcohol will warm the cockles of your heart - and your cheeks, too. In my mind, there’s a reason Santa has rosy cheeks: he stopped in Belgium on his way to your house. And now, in January, I’m drinking my way through the holiday leftovers. So currently, while the wind whistles outside my window, I’m sipping on a Troegs Mad Elf. A three year old Mad Elf.
Hunter is many things. Husband of wife. Father of children. Bringer of justice. Writer of articles. Teacher of youth. Baker of pies. Drinker of beer. This list barely scratches the surface of awesome that is Hunter (believed to be writing under a pseudonym) and yet, so much of his life is shrouded in mystery. We know he's fought in at least 2 inter-dimensional wars, and that his friends are known to have exotic names like "Liam", but beyond that, details are scant. Still, Geekade has been fortunate enough to procure his writings (which arrive on papyrus via carrier pidgeon). He's also pretty fond of Game of Thrones.