American Craft Beer Week – Part 7

Well we’re finally here. It’s the final day of American Craft Beer Week and this is the last in my series of posts reviewing craft beers from around the country.  It’s been a fun ride.  Here’s what you’ve missed so far:

  Part 1 – Rhinegeist Knowledge
  Part 2 – Jackie O’s Firefly Amber
  Part 3 – Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat
  Part 4 – Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace
  Part 5 – New Holland Dragon’s Milk
  Part 6 – Stone Brewing Ruination 2.0

I’ve learned a lot during this whole process.  Like how I’m old and washed up and wake up with a headache after drinking just one of these high ABV beers.  College Whitty would be disappointed in me.  I also learned that identifying the complex aromas and flavors in these beers is more difficult than I thought.  After this last one I think I’ll just stick to sports for a while.
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American Craft Beer Week – Part 6

Welcome to the 6th installment of my American Craft Beer Week series.  We’re close to the end of the journey now but we still have a couple solid beers left to take a look at.  If this is your first time joining me, you can take a look at what you’ve missed below:

  Part 1 – Rhinegeist Knowledge
  Part 2 – Jackie O’s Firefly Amber
  Part 3 – Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat
  Part 4 – Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
  Part 5 – New Holland Dragon’s Milk

I think I’m back to not knowing what the hell I’m talking about when it comes to beer tasting.  I’m pretty sure people are just making things up sometimes when they’re talking about the flavors and smells they get from their beers.  And they’re choosing things I’ve never tasted so I can’t call them out for it.  I know I like beer A better than beer B but don’t ask me to explain why.  I guess this is something you get better at with practice, but I choose just to jump right in and make light of it instead.  So without further ado…
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American Craft Beer Week – Part 5

We’re nearing the end of American Craft Beer Week, but I still have some quality beers left to talk about.  I’ve saved some of the more interesting selections for last, so be sure to stick with me through the weekend.  If you’d like to catch up on my previous posts, you can do so using the links below:

  Part 1 – Rhinegeist Knowledge
  Part 2 – Jackie O’s Firefly Amber
  Part 3 – Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat
  Part 4 – Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

Reviewing beers is surprisingly harder than you would think.  I can take a sip of a beer and know exactly what I think about it and whether or not I like it, but that’s not always something that’s easy to articulate.  I definitely have a respect for the people that actually do this for a living.  I’m also incredibly envious of them, but that’s neither here nor there.
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American Craft Beer Week – Part 4

Welcome to Day 4 of my week-long journey through the world of American craft beer.  We’re now past the halfway point and into the home stretch.  If you’ve missed any of the first 3 installments you can check them out using the links below:

  Part 1 – Rhinegeist Knowledge
  Part 2 – Jackie O’s Firefly Amber
  Part 3 – Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat

I feel like I may be getting the hang of this whole beer review thing.  If it was American Craft Brew Month instead I may have had a chance to actually get good at it.  Instead I’ll just settle for mediocrity.  And if nothing else it gave me a reason to try some quality craft beers.  
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American Craft Beer Week – Part 3

Day 3 of American Craft Beer Week is in the books and I once again have another mildly entertaining, semi-informative beer review for you.  If you’ve missed my previous ACBW posts, you can check them out here:

    Part 1
    Part 2

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I once again would like to remind everyone that I am by no means a beer expert.  I enjoy a large variety of craft beers, and I can tell you pretty definitively what I like and what I don’t like, but don’t expect an in-depth analysis talking about IBUs and “mouth feel”.  You may find yourself asking: “Whitty, if you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, why are you doing beer reviews?”  Because it’s fun for me, and if you’re being honest with yourself, it’s fun for you too.  So sit back, relax and let me take you to the next stop on our craft beer journey.
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American Craft Beer Week – Part 2

Welcome back to my week-long journey into the wonderful world of craft beers.  American Craft Beer Week is May 15th through May 21st and each night I’ll be selecting a different craft beer to review.  For the sake of journalistic integrity, I will be consuming each beer immediately prior to reviewing it.  In fact, I may have 2 or 3 just to make sure that I get it right.

I’ll preface this by saying that I am by no means a beer expert.  If you’re looking to hear about how the beer has hints of grapefruit, or what the “mouthfeel” is, you’ve come to the wrong place.   That doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to bring that type of insight, I’m just letting you know now that I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.  I can tell you what I like and I can tell you what I don’t like.   After that, you’re own your own to form your own opinions.  Now without further ado, let’s review some beers.
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