The Imbibing Scribe: A Beer for Summer Nights

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.

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The Imbibing Scribe: Playoff Beards and Michelob Lager

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.

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The Imbibing Scribe: Porters and the Left Hand of Darkness

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.

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Bits & Brews 001: Bomb! & The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

A better kind of bomb to keep around the house

Bomb! is an absolutely stellar beer. It’s a super dark and roasty stout with a bunch of malty goodness. The aging it goes through on vanilla beans, cacao nibs, coffee, and ancho peppers gives the base beer a ton of subtleties and complexity. Every sip is something new and really quite wonderful.

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The Imbibing Scribe: Troegs Mad Elf

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.

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