Anchor Liberty Ale

Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA San Francisco’s famous LIberty Ale was first brewed on the 18th of April, 1975, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s historic ride.  It is virtually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer in one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world.  Liberty Ale…

Anchor Steam

Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA Anchor Steam brand beer is virtually handmade with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing.  The deep amber color, the thick creamy head, and the rich flavor all testify to the traditional brewing methods.  Today Anchor is one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the…

SweetWater IPA

SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta, GA This mammoth IPA is dry hopped to the gills, delivering a kick-you-in-the-teeth hop chop.  This beer is unfiltered, as with all SweetWater’s brews, to leave all the natural flavors intact. 6.3% ABV Clear amber in color with a strong citrus nose.  On the IPA spectrum, SweetWater falls on the fruity…

SweetWater 420 Pale Ale

SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta, GA 5.4% ABV Hazy golden amber in color.  Not much of a nose to it – sort of bitter and malty, but not strong.  Tastes very light for a 6.something% beer.  Very balanced between malt and hops.  We cannot detect any fruit.  Large Marge wouldn’t call this “smooth,” as in, it…

Biloxi Brewing Black Gold Foreign Extra Stout

Brewed and bottled by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Kiln, MS, for Biloxi Brewing Company, Biloxi MS Black Gold is our award-winning beer based on extra stouts historically brewed in Ireland which traditionally boasted higher alcohol and hopping rates, enabling it to keep for long sea voyages to British colonies throughout the world.  Featuring the unmistakable…

Mudbug Cafe au Lait Stout

Mudbug Brewery LLC, Thibodaux, LA Our take on a New Orleans classic.  Chocolate and black malts create a roasted note that pairs perfectly with – what else? – cold-brewed Louisiana coffee, while milk sugar adds the creamy, sweet character to this stout.  One sip of our coffee-laden stout will have you wondering why it took…

Fairhope 51 Pale Ale

Fairhope Brewing Company, Fairhope, AL 5.8% ABV Hazy gold/amber in color with a malty nose with a touch of pine.  Starts malty and ends hoppy.  Hoppiness is a bit astringent.  Fairly seamless.  Medium bodied and easy to drink.  We are glad to see that this beer is not different in the bottle as it was…

Naked Pig Pale Ale

Back Forty Beer Company, Gadsden, AL 6% ABV Hazy gold/amber in color with a clean malty nose.  The palate is just malty: reminds us of an English-style Bitter or ESB.  Simple and easy to drink. Would we have it again?  Yes Would we get a 6-pack?  No…  We prefer Honker’s from Goose Island or Great…

New Belgium Trippel

New Belgium Brewing Company, Ft. Collins, CO A Belgian yeast strain, Pilsner malt, and Nobel hops is the triple-threat this Belgian style ale struts out each time you reach for our bottle-conditioned Trippel. 8.5% ABV New Belgium captures that signature “Belgian Trippel” nose and golden color of a standard Trippel very well.  The beer is…

Westmalle Tripel

Trappist Monastery of Westmalle, Belgium 9.5% ABV Hazy light orange in color with a faint nose of maltiness and Belgian funk.  Tastes malty and Belgian-y.  A big beer, but very drinkable.  Father Jack has been known to drink it until he can barely stumble back from the Grote Markt.  A bit of fruit on the…

Courtyard Brewery

1020 Erato St, New Orleans, LA We made our second trip to the Courtyard Brewery on a Saturday.  Both visits have been rainy days which meant that lots of people were crammed into the tiny tasting room.  Seating is limited, but the bartender was nice enough to find chairs for all the latecomers.  There is…

Duvel Golden Ale

Duvel Moortgat, Puurs, Belgium 8.5% ABV Duvel is a clear, light gold color.  It has a Belgian funk nose and tastes light, but full-bodied.  It does not taste like 8.5%.  It’s smooth, but has a bite on the aftertaste that is not bitter.  It is easy to drink, but has an underlying complexity.  It is…