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Beer of the Week: Entire Butt English Porter

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Entire Butt English Porter?  We laughed too, until we read the back of the bottle.  "Historically the term used to describe a Porter blended from a variety of ales, 'Entire Butt' uses 14 different malts and 3 hops to recreate this forgotten style of Porter."  We were not laughing, however, when we got a taste of this one.  The Entire Butt English Porter by the Salopian Brewing Company...

Beer of the Week: Licher Pilsner

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Licher Pilsner Review - It's about time we sat down with a nice German Pilsner for a beer review.  In our most recent package from Beer of the Month Club, we received a bottle of Licher Pilsner by Licher Privatbrauerei.  This premium pils poured a pale-ish, light yellow into our mug with a thick, fluffy white head.  Like most pilsners, this one had the signature sweet...

Beer of the Week: Diamond Bear's Presidential IPA

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Diamond Bear's Presidential IPA arrived in our recent package from the Beer of the Month Club.  While IPA is not our favorite style, we're always eager to try new things.  This makes our monthly arrival of the beer of the month package like a mini-Christmas, filled with 12 bottles of beers we've likely never heard of.  This IPA pours a golden amber with thick, fluffy head and an aroma of...

Beer of the Week: Alley Kat Amber Ale

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StyleCrave's weekly beer reviews continue, this time featuring Alley Kat Amber Ale from Alley Kat Beer in Edmonton, Alberta.  Alley Kat's Amber was one of the four beers that arrived in our Beer of the Month Club twelve pack, the first we'll cover from that group.  This Amber poured a golden brown color with plenty of frothy head and an aroma of freshly toasted malts.  The flavor is as...

Beer of the Week: Boulder Beer's 30th Anniversary Flashback Ale

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Boulder Beer's 30th Anniversary Flashback Ale was another solid addition to one of the best Beer of the Month Club packages we've received yet.  This dark ale poured a golden brown color with plenty of thick, lacy head.  To the tongue, Flashback Ale is a healthy mix of malt and hops with the bitter after taste reminiscent of an IPA.  Both the aroma and the flavor had notes of coffee,...

Beer of the Week: Pivovar Herold Bohemian Black Lager

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It's like black gold in a bottle.  Pivovar Herold's Bohemian Black Lager is among our favorite beers from the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club we've received yet.  This  black lager pours a lovely deep amber color with a thick head and a warm chocolate aroma.  The taste follows suit, with a roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel flavor and a drinkable medium body.  With a single sip,...

Blue Moon Beer? Obama Should Have Picked Sam Adams

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Blue Moon Beer the Right Choice for the White House? - While we are a 100% politics-free publication, we've got a lot of pride in our president and our beer.  To help ease the racially-charged tensions between Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley, President Obama invited the two for a beer at the White House.  Obama served his guests the options of Blue Moon White...

Father's Day Gift Pick: Beer of the Month Club

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So what are gift are you getting for Dad this coming Father's Day?  Skip the neckties, the golf accessories and the desk toys and get the man what he really wants-- beer, copious amounts of beer.  A gift subscription to the Beer of the Month Club gets him 12 fine, microbrewed beers each month from breweries all over the world.  To see why we think this is the perfect idea...

Beer of the Week: Eisenbahn South American Pale Ale

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Eisenbahn South American Pale Ale is our last remaining bottle from Beer of the Month Club's last shipment.  We drank carefully, slowly, and saved this one for last.  We won't say this one is our clear favorite, but it's a solid pale ale with an interesting story.  Eisenbahn is located in Santa Catarina, Brazil, a Belgian-style brewery in the southern tip of the country.  Eisenbahn's SAPA,...

Beer of the Week: Fisherman's IPA

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Fisherman's IPA by Cape Ann Brewery arrived this month thanks to our friends and beer donors over at The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club.  Fisherman's IPA pours a rich, golden amber with a thin-to-medium head that leaves light lacing as it recedes.  To the nose, this pale ale has the earthy, hoppy scent you'd expect from the style, albeit a bit on the lighter side.  Fisherman's IPA has...

Beer of the Week: Teton Ale by Grand Teton Brewing Company

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After a short break, our next package from the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club arrived last week.  In it were four surprise beers (three each), including two from Grand Teton Brewing Company.  The brewery's Teton Ale is our stand-out favorite, so we thought we'd start off with a bang.  The Teton Ale poured a dark, reddish amber with nice head, giving off aromas of floral...

Beer of the Week: Colomba White Beer

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We've got a soft spot for white ales, and cherish every chance we get to taste a new one.  When Colomba Witbier arrived this month in our package from the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, we were intrigued.  One of two Corsican beers in the package, Colomba is marked as a "white ale brewed with spices" on its otherwise unappealing label.  Colomba pours a cloudy, pale color with a thick...

Beer of the Week: Harpoon Celtic Ale

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Harpoon Irish Red Ale was the most recent arrival from our friends at the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club.  It has been a while since we've had a good Irish red, so this one was certainly a welcome surprise.  "Harpoon's Hibernian Irish Style Red Ale" pours a clear amber color with a slight head.  To the nose and the tongue, flavors of caramel and sweet malt are present, with a friendly...

Beer of the Week: Angler's Pale Ale

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Angler's Pale Ale is yet another surprise discovery from our friends over at BeerMonthClub.com.  When we opened our latest arrival from the club last week, we tried this one first-- call us suckers for the classic label.  Angler's pale poured a light amber color with an aroma of floral citrus and subtle, sweet malt.  To the tongue, this beer is sweet to start with a friendly bitter finish,...

Beer of the Week: Pietra Biera Corsa

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Ever heard of a Corsican beer called Pietra Biera Corsa?  Neither had we, until it arrived in our package from The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club early this week.  Pietra is a European dark lager style beer infused with chestnut and brewed in Corsica, France.  Its color is a cloudless, light amber with off-white head and sweet scents of toffee but surprisingly none of the chestnut...

Beer of the Week: Lakefront White Beer

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Continuing our Beer of the Week column, thanks to our friends and sponsors at The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, I had a chance to enjoy a few bottles of Lakefront Brewery's Belgian-Style White Beer this week.  Long time readers of the old column on GearCrave will remember how much I love white ales, and this one is no exception.  Lakefront's White Beer pours a hazy, pale yellow with...

Beer of the Week: Jamaica Stout

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Our friends and sponsors at The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club sent us another beer to check out this week, Jamaica Stout by Desnoes & Geddes Limited.  "Proudly Brewed in Jamaica", this one is a surprising departure from the common perception of Jamaican beer.  Most casual beer drinkers are familiar with Red Stripe, a beer more popular for its bottle and branding than its below-average...

Re-Introducing: Beer of The Week + BeerMonthClub.com

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It's back, StyleCravers.  Beginners, snobs, sommeliers and casual drinkers rejoice, because StyleCrave's Beer of the Week column has officially returned.  Last year, we brought you one fine, microbrewed beer each week with an unbiased review, providing some new taste adventures for your weekends.  We're back, and we're not alone this time... We are joined by the good people at The...

Amsterdam Attractions: The New Heineken Experience

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Located in the former Heineken brewery in the heart of Amsterdam, the world’s most-recognized beer brand reopened the Heineken Experience after a year of extensive renovations. Both a museum and a pilgrimage for all beer lovers, the remodeled version is an interactive journey that lives up to the brand's name in an entertaining and contemporary way. You get to check out the whole brewing...

Brew Your Own Beer at Home With The NanoBrewMaster

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If you don't want to rely on your local shop to buy your beer, then you'd better get yourself a NanoBrewMaster. Make sure you have the malt extract, hops, yeast, water and sugar, put them in and let the machine do all the job. It will brew, ferment and chill the beer when done. It's able to brew some 15 gallons of beer at once, but the most interesting fact is that the...