Category Beer

Yeast Is A Rainbow (Really!) : The Complexity of Multiple Fermentations

Yeast is the most avoided element of brewing in America. We tend to obsess over either the hops of our various pale ales, the malts of our stouts, porters, and even our hazy IPAs. But even sours that have become so popular often simplify the phenolic profile by using a “team player” yeast, like the Chico strain, in conjunction with domesticated strains of lactobacillus and pediococcus. The idea is to get a more mechanized dump of lactic acid, which is reproducible, but not as complex in flavor and smell as a lover of lambics might want them to be. A brewery like Ommegang will always be an outlier and considered… Read more »

Pumpkin Beer + Holiday Cheer!

‘Tis the season for giving– and since we still have some single bottle pumpkin beers in stock, along with one or two different 6-packs of pumpkin perfection, we’ll be giving you 20% off of these tasty offerings through the holidays! Pumpkin beer is obviously a treat in the autumn months, but it also pairs well with many hearty winter dishes and holiday desserts. Not only does it pair well with winter meals, it’s also great IN them! If you’re sick of drinking pumpkin beer, try adding it to your next loaf of banana, or the obvious, pumpkin bread. Pumpkin stouts can also liven up a pot of beef stew or,… Read more »

Brasserie Dupont Moinette Brune

I took this bottle home at the recommendation of my boss, Aaron. He’s into much hoppier beers than I am, so I was only a little hesitant of the recommendation (he hasn’t steered me wrong so far). Typically, Saison Dupont is just a touch too bitter for me to have more than a small glass of, but I was pleasantly surprised with Moinette. Moinette is a bottle conditioned Belgian strong dark ale (there’s a mouthful for you) and, pleasantly, offers up a good amount more malt than its Saison sister. It’s brewed with four distinct styles of malt, lending the reddish-brown hue and intensely fruity aromas. Dated, candied nuts, ripe plum… Read more »

Anchorage Brewing Co. “Galaxy”

Anchorage Brewing Co. “Galaxy” White IPA brewed with Galaxy Hops, Coriander, Kumquats, and Peppercorns; Fermented and Aged in French Oak Foudres Bottle Conditioned with Brettanomyces 7% ABV 50 IBUs When somebody asks me what my favorite IPAs are, I say “what’s fresh?” Something I learned 2 or so years into drinking “the good stuff” is what makes a good IPA great, such as life, is timing. The time to drink is now. Adversely, when asked what my favorite style is, hands down I go with age-worthy funk. Anything that’s aged in wine barrels, uses wine grapes in the brew, has an addition of “wild” bacteria/yeast (brettanomyces/saccharomyces/lactobacillus) or has an addition of homebrew’s earliest souring… Read more »

Ölvisholt Brugghús “Lava” Smoked Imperial Stout

Look, I’m not gonna lie. Things have been busy lately and finding time to crank out some product reviews has been a bit difficult. So instead of waiting for some time to land in my lap, here’s a post I did in the spring of 2013 on an amazing beer we just starting carrying here at Canton Crossing. Enjoy! If you look at a calendar you’ll notice that the first day of spring arrived a few days ago. If you step outside you’d swear it was still the dead of winter. These stubbornly frigid evenings beg for a beer to warm the soul, and I believe I’ve found one that gets the job… Read more »

Green Flash Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA

I helped a little road warrior today. She was trying to ride her bike through the alleys behind our house but kept falling off every minute or so. I noticed that her handlebars were loose and kept flopping back and forth, obviously contributing to her periodic crashing. I asked her about the bike. She said it was her cousins and that they tried to fix it but couldn’t. Being that I’m a bit of a bicycle fanatic I was more than excited to offer a helping hand. I ran in the house, grabbed my trusty adjustable wrench, ran back out of the house (stubbed my toe in the process, but it was… Read more »

Jolly Pumpkin + Anchorage Brewing “Calabaza Boreal”

Oak aged & bottle conditioned ale brewed with grapefruit peel, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice & peppercorns, 7% ABV. As I was leaving work last night it kept staring at me. We had just got in the new collaboration from Jolly Pumpkin + Anchorage Brewing Company Calabaza Boreal and I knew I couldn’t go another night without seeing what the hype was about. Before the short walk home I grabbed some “wingettes” to pair with my rather tasty garlic/herb and white wine rub and walked home. Having forgot my headphones I decided to read the label a bit as I normally like to look for words of wisdom in and outside… Read more »

Poperings Hommel Ale

After a productive day of back-beaking yard work there is only one thing I really want to do: Throw some food on the grill, crack open a cold beer, kick back, relax, and admire the fruits of my labor. This past Sunday I did just that. The beer consumed after my landscaping tour de force was Poperings Hommel Ale, produced by Brouwerij Van Eecke in Belgium. Twas the perfect victory beer after conquering the overgrown foliage. After all that physical exertion I didn’t want anything too heavy, but at the same time, I didn’t want to drink something akin to bubbly yellow water either. The Poperings was just what the doctor ordered. Not too heavy, not too light…. Read more »

Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale

Do you like beer? Do you like Scotch? Then I have the perfect beer for you…  Stonecutter from New Zealand’s Renaissance Brewery is among the most interesting examples of the Scotch Ale style that I’ve yet to come across. I’ve had my fair share of Scotch ales. In fact, the first beer review I ever wrote was about a pair of Scotch ales (here).  But what sets the Stonecutter apart from the rest of ’em is its amazing balance between strength and elegance, along with a spot on characteristic of Islay Scotch whisky. Stonecutter pours a beautiful dark brown color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of caramel, sweet malt,… Read more »

Evil Twin Justin Blabaer Berliner-weiss

Justin Blabaer Evil Twin, Westbrook Brewing Company, and The Charleston Beer Exchange Blueberry Berliner-weiss 4.5% In a world full of gimmicky labels every once in a while you find quality inside. This seems to always be the case with the mysterious gypsy brewer Evil Twin (Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso). Jeppe also happens to be the brother of fellow gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergso (Mikkeller). In his latest collaboration, Evil Twin teamed up with Westbrook Brewing Company (South Carolina) and The Charleston Beer Exchange to brew a Blueberry Berliner-weiss called Justin Blabaer. A what you ask? A Berliner-weiss is a refreshing, slightly sour beer from Berlin, Germany. It is almost always served with… Read more »