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Southern Tier Pumking vs Pumking

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Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, PUMPKIN! It seems like every year the flavors of fall begin their spicy, sticky and sweet barrage on our taste buds closer and closer to beach season. Some people have called this slide into lunacy “Seasonal Creep” but we prefer to tag it with a what we feel is a more apro poe, Seasonal Sleaze.

That is right, Seasonal Sleaze. Pumpkin this and pumpkin that “season” is like a reeeeaaaalllllyyyy drawn out Shark Week where people go around telling anybody within earshot how much they loooovvvveee pumpkin. “Oh have you had the new pumpkin spiced latte at Suck a Ducks?”, no we haven’t but are sure you will fill us in. “Did you try the spicy pumpkin crusty holes from Dumpy Donuts?”, nah kid we don’t eat those but it sure looks like you enjoy them. This onslaught of spiced and iced goods lasts quite a long time and while people do seem to enjoy these “treats” we’d say it has nothing to do with pumpkin at all. In reality what do they love? They love sugar and spice and whatever tastes nice. These people do not actually love pumpkin or the flavor of pumpkins (or sharks for that matter) they love sweet, sugary shit. When they order a pumpkin beer they make sure they get a full brown rim job every time loads with spices and sugar. keep reading...

Written by A+K

October 31st, 2013 at 4:05 am

Tsunami Stout – Pelican Pub & Brewery (2012)

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BLC Says:
Pelican Pub & Brewery Tsunami Stout is a year-round offering from this coastal Oregon pub and brewery. We haven’t really seen anything from Pelican Pub & Brewery in local stores, but we were able to obtain a few of their bottles through the magic of the internet. Look for a post on that experience and more reviews from it coming soon.

This rich, black brew has a light caramel head that settles into a thin foam cap and ring around the glass, leaving abundant lacing in its wake (nautical references). The aroma is mostly made up of chocolate and espresso flavors, giving this a mocha feel. A bitter hoppiness breaks this up nicely and prevents the scent from being too sweet or one note. Tsunami Stout has a creamy quality to it with a slight hint of syrup. The smell of this stout is an accurate representation of what is to come with the taste closely following suit, with a bit more complexity. There is a smooth mouthfeel which is nicely complimented by the medium level of carbonation, giving this an almost fluffy quality. The sip starts off with a sweet, chocolate malt flavor followed by roasted coffee and finally finishing on a hoppy, bitter note. This is a stout that will please hop fans but should also hit the mark for those interested in roasted and malty qualities as well. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

He’Brew Funky Jewbelation – Shmaltz Brewing Company (2012)

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He’Brew Funky Jewbelation is beer which is contracted out by Shmaltz Brewing Company to Olde Saratoga Brewing in Saratoga Springs NY. Olde Saratoga Brewing is itself a subsidiary of another company Mendocino Brewing Company. So this melange of several beers was put together through a funky melange of several contract breweries. We have some thoughts on contract brewing and have had successful brews crafted through this method but that is a tangled web we will revisit in the future. For now we want to discuss the barrel aged, wacky beer that is Funky Jewbelation. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Saison Dupont (Vielle Provision) – Brasserie Dupont (2012)

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Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont (still labeled as Vielle Provision here in the USA) is considered the standard of this refreshing Belgian farmhouse style. Saison (season in French) originally referred to refreshing ales brewed by farmers to be consumed during the summer. These beers started out around 3% abv but modern interpretations hover closer to 5-6% range. Saison Dupont is 6.5% and most current American saisons copy the yeast used by the Dupont brewery because it ferments better at warmer temperatures. Saison Dupont is popular all over the world and we have had the pleasure of tasting it in several countries including Belgium. This review is of a 2012 bottle purchased and enjoyed locally. We had our bottle of Saison Dupont on New Year’s Eve so this was the first beer enjoyed by BLC in the 2013. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 5th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Beer Loves Company 12 Days of Christmas (in 6 Days)!

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Well, that’s it everyone. Santa came and went, the ball dropped and here we sit in 2013 with no major holidays on the horizon. Early January is really nothing to sing or carol about. It is kind of a cold, wintery, downer…or so we thought. Turns out the 12 Days of Christmas actually begin AFTER Christmas and go right through January 6 or 7 (depending on which version you follow). The Christmas carol which gave birth to this tradition was first published in England in 1780, though it is believed to have originated in France years prior (’tis the Saison anyone?). Here at BLC, we are improvising a bit and starting on January 3, one of the more uneventful days of the year. Oh, and we will be replacing the “true love gifts” (which are essentially all birds) with delicious craft beers. Two per day, to be exact. Think of it as 12 Days of Christmas with tasty liquid treats replacing the (insane) gifts of birds condensed and presented in the usual, cheerful BLC manner. So check back tomorrow for the beginning of our “Twelve Beers of Christmas (in Six Days)”. It will be a wonderful mix of seasonal and rarer brews we have been enjoying over the holidays. Here is a sneak peek at one of the brews that will be featured.
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Written by A+K

January 2nd, 2013 at 11:50 pm