Beer

Chill Pils

Perhaps an extension of the craft beer trajectory would be, after the hop arms race and the exploration of more obscure styles, when brewers seek to reclaim traditional styles that have been stretched to the breaking point by the large…

Take My Breath Away

I often think of the entirety of human history as reflected in the growth of a single human being. You have the childlike curiosity and mythological wonder of the ancients, the teen angst and closed-mindedness of the middle ages, up…

Rumpkinator

Yesterday marked the official release of the 6th in Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel series, an imperial pumpkin stout aged in rum barrels. As with previous Bishop’s Barrel roll outs, #6 is sold only through bars and restaurants, and each has…

Rye Sense of Humulus

Over the years, I recall hearing groundskeepers and their ilk mentioning that “the winter rye is coming in,” referring to the seeds they had sown in the fall to maintain ground cover as less hearty grasses die off during the…

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien

Awhile back, Saint Arnold released one of its most anticipated seasonals, and the line started forming outside Spec’s Midtown as early as 6:00 am. The entire stock of Pumpkinator sold out within minutes despite the larger quantities brewed this year…

Black Friday

As the rest of the country descends into madness ready to squander the season’s goodwill on sales at Walmart the day after Thanksgiving, beer people proved once again they’re good people. While the early birds did start showing up around…

Funk Queue

I won’t weigh in with any suggestions here; if Jeff, Ron, and the folks at Jester King want to wade through reams of unsolicited advice they can head over to the forums on Beer Advocate and get their fill. Which,…

Pumpkinator 3

Rise of the Philistines Monday marked the much anticipated release of Pumpkinator, the pumpkin stout from the Saint Arnold brewery. This is the third year for Pumpkinator’s seasonal release, and the brewery has steadily increased production in order to meet…

SweetWater Brewery – Atlanta

Nicknames like Hotlanta hold sway in Georgia’s capital these days, perhaps originated by that Allman Brothers song from the 70′s, now more familiar from the likes of those trendsetting paragons of grace and civility, the real housewives. But a lesser…