Hey ‘Murica, Here’s A Burger For You


The All-American Burger FINALby Steven Doyle

Lucky Strike will be celebrating Independence Day in high fashion.  its Burger of the Month creation for the month of July is The All-American Burger – a juicy half pound all-beef burger, topped with all of your traditional cookout favorites including a grilled all-beef hot dog, lettuce, tomato, onion, relish, American cheese and homemade potato chips; served with a side of macaroni salad.  

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Comfort Beers, Part II – There Should Be an App for That!

The Dogs of Beer

I’m usually not much of a “series” guy.  A lot of my posts are stand-alone musings due in part because I don’t try to tackle anything with that much depth to it, but mainly because my brain won’t focus on any one thing long enough to pump out a four-part series.

So the other day when I asked the question about beers that craft-beer lovers had tried making their way to being a regular libation (which after a grueling internet search that I did not perform, I found that the term “comfort beer” isn’t plastered all over the internet yet, so….”, I though I was pretty much done with the topic.  But once I got home I realized that in listing some of my comfort beers, a list I admit I formed off the top of my head, I had missed an opportunity to form the list based on some…

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Beer of the Week: Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping (2014)

Head Over Beers


Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping (2014) (6.5% alcohol): This Saison/Farmhouse Ale brewed by Brasserie Dupont in Tourpes, Belgium is a classic saison that pours a murky pale honey gold with a thick white head. The complex aroma features notes of grass, yeast, malt, floral, and sweet fruit with some spicy undertones.  The overall flavor is a bit milder;  tangy wheat flavors commingle with hoppy bitterness. Some subtle fruitiness and a bit of citrus break through toward the end. The flavors and aromas came together to create a thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience. I was extremely hot and thirsty after several hours of walking and this beer did the trick! I would gladly drink Saison Dupont again!

**This beer was ordered on tap at Monks Café in Philadelphia – a must visit if you are in the city of brotherly love! Read about my experience here.

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Das Wunderkind is Da Goods



When you look at the label for the Saison Das Wunderkind from Jester King Brewing in Austin Texas you think, “Wow, that guy is in for a ride!” Little did you know that you would be in for the same ride when you drink this beer.


But20140625-135658-50218999.jpg unlike this baron of the air this slightly tart and ever so delicious tangerine Saison takes you up into the clouds with the smells of Belgium upon the nose. You almost wonder if this is what Foeders smell like all the time. And after liftoff the sip drifts you into an ecstasy that carries you off into citrus and sour clouds of supreme joy. A low level ABV helps you drift into the next sip and away you go into this belgian bliss of a beer.


Ive said it once, I ‘ll say it again, Jester king is making marvelously good beer. Want to go on an adventure crafted from the ore of the old world with new world joy? Drink Jester King.

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Farewell #CrazyCanuck as @GreatLakesBeer introduces Gordie Levesque.

The Brew Head

Great Lakes Brewery Relaunches Core Brand


– Toronto’s oldest craft brewery rebrands popular Crazy Canuck Pale Ale and introduces Gordie Levesque –

June 23, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – Some will say it’s long overdue. Some will question our decision, and some people just won’t care, but the time has come for Great Lakes Brewery, the 2013 & 2014 Canadian Brewery of the Year, to make some significant changes to our popular Crazy Canuck Pale Ale.

First introduced during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Crazy Canuck (inspired by the Canadian ski team of the 1980s) has gone on to showcase the west coast pale ale style of beer to Ontarians, winning Gold Medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards in both 2010 & 2011 and Silver Medals in 2012 & 2013. The fun spirited Canadiana design of the can, with the loon, toque and maple leaf, became a favourite can with…

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Nashville Craft Beer Week 2014

Beer in Nashville

working the taps at 12 South Taproom

I’m just back from a week in North Carolina and I’ve got a number of things to attend to that don’t involve beer (actually) as well as finishing my phirx On the Road series from the trip and getting something into my fermenters (yesterday I brewed a Sorachi Ace Saison and today an IPA) – but – today is the first day of Nashville Craft Beer Week 2014. I’d be remiss if I didn’t post at least an announcement here. We can’t have that.

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Traverse City Cherry Wheat


Maker: Atwater, Detroit, Michigan, USAAtwater Traverse City Cherry

Style: Wheat beer with brewed with cherry.

ABV: 6%

Appearance: Light auburn with a short-lived, foamy head.

Nose: Malt, sourness, fruit.

Palate: Medium bodied. Slightly sour with sweet malt and a splash of tart cherry juice.

Finish: Cherry flavor, some malt and a little hoppy bitterness.

Parting words: Not to be confused with Atwater’s Cherry Stout. This beer is also included in Atwater’s summer party twelve pack. It’s an easy drinking, lightly fruity and sour wheat beer. Nothing earth- shattering but tasty on a hot and sticky summer evening. Traverse City Cherry Wheat is recommended.

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