Random Beer Review – Batch 19

Perusing through the craft beer section (however small it is in my local municipal liquor store), I see a beer I hadn’t heard of before. No immediate marking that I could find, the bottle and six pack say Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Style Lager. I wondered what it would have been like, the beer back then, so I…

Random Brew Review – Schell’s Chimney Sweep

  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these random beer reviews, mainly because I enjoy doing the podcasts, but I wanted to try this beer since I first heard about it. After having a few over the course of the last few days, I figured this one can’t wait for a podcast…

Random Brew Review: Durango Dark Lager

Beer Reviewed: Durango Dark Lager Brewery: Durango Brewing Company Located: Durango, CO From the third oldest microbrewery in Colorado, I gave the Durango Dark Lager a sip or two….or three. It’s an American style dark lager, which means it’s not going to be overly hopped (just 20 IBU). It is actually pretty well balanced. It…

Random Brew Review – Hefeweizen Gets Top Rating

Beer: Hefeweissbier (hefeweizen) Brewer: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan Location: Freising, Germany While recently traveling in Iowa, I stopped at a nice restaurant in Pella for supper. I perused the beer list and noticed they had a hefeweizen or Hefeweissbier from Weihenstephan. Weihenstephan is the oldest brewery in the world and is a Bavarian State Brewery. Well, it…

Random Brew Review: Samuel Smith Celebrated Oatmeal Stout

There’s something about oatmeal stouts that I tend to gravitate toward, but until I had the Samuel Smith version, I couldn’t quite figure it out. There are a lot of good oatmeal stouts and some not-so-good ones, brewed in the US. But this one comes from the British Isles and is quite possibly the best…