Friday, November 28, 2008



Here is a post I've been meaning to write for quite some time. As I'm sure most of you know, I'm a huge beer geek. Literally. I'm seven feet, six inches tall and weigh 436 pounds. Okay, I made that up. I just really love beer. All kinds of beer. Dark beers, light beers, hoppy beers, malty beers, high-gravity beers, session beers, micro brews, macro brews. You get the picture. There is only one style of beer I currently am not a fan of: Belgian-style beers. I just don't like the coriander and orange peel flavors. Not that they are bad beers, just not suited to my palate.

I spend a large portion of my evening at home surfing Rate Beer (which is currently down and has been for a while) and Beer Advocate. When I'm not there, I like to go to such beer review blogs as The Grain Bill, run by my friend Dr. Joel, and A Beer Sort of Blog, which I find interesting because it is written by a female, which is unusual in beer blogs. Also, she's a great writer with great taste in beer.

I'm sure a lot of you are saying to yourselves "But JT, we want to know what you think about beer! We love, trust and respect you, and admire you for your rugged good looks and smooth, smooth charm!" I know, I know, and I can understand your point of view. I'm working on yet another side project for a friend of mine. He manages a great beer store and has asked me to write a beer/wine/spirits blog for him on a regular basis. More details as I have them.

Until then, peep my favorite breweries, yo.

In no particular order...

New Holland Brewing - especially Sundog, Dragon's Milk, Night Tripper, and Cabin Fever

Boulder Beer - Hazed and Infused is my favorite hot weather beer. Period. Mojo is also awesome.

Founders Brewing - the Breakfast Stout is the most amazing stout I have ever had. Ever. Of course, I have yet to get my grubby little mitts on any of their Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Red's Rye is also awesome.

Smuttynose Brewing - Their IPA is my current favorite IPA, and Old Brown Dog is an incredible American Brown Ale.

Stoudt's Brewing - Love the Fat Dog, Pils, and Scarlet Lady ESB. I plan to visit them the next time I'm in Pennsylvania.

Bear Republic Brewing - Hop Rod Rye is amazing, and the Red Rocket Ale is my favorite red ale. Pete's Tribute is another amazing American Brown Ale.

Orange Blossom Pilsner - Nice, smooth hot weather beer. Also, Tom, the owner, is a great guy.

That's all for now. Sound off in the comments section and let me know of any great beers I need to try.

JT out.

Check out Trois Pistoles, crafted by Unibrou..

my personal favorite!

~Dickie <3
It's Dickie! Dickie Doo Doo!

Thanks for stopping by, man.
Ole Thumper is a great one to sit by the fire with. I'm going to check out that Smutty Nose and get back to you.
Another Unibrou favorite is La Fin de Monde, but it is a Belgian triple, so you might not be into it, but the Canadian brewery Unibrou does the Belgian style justice.

Trumer Pils is a good one in the style of Pilsner Urquell. Brewed in Austria and Berkeley.

And of course, if you get up to the Asheville area, try one of Pisgah's many delights.
BLU - Sorry I left out Shipyard's Old Thumper. It is a great beer.

As for the Unibrou. There are two problems:

1. It's Candian.

2. It's Candian.

Pisgah = Ball Rockin' beer.
St. Bernardus Abt 12...... mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....its sexilicious...
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