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New Beer Blog Sierra Nevada Beer Camp (2016) Stout Of The Union Robust Stout


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In this special Beer Camp blog, we are going to sample second of six beers from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp series of 2016.  It is their Stout Of The Union Robust Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts of their beers, you know the history of this West Coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this California base craft brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The aroma has a heavy chocolate to coffee notes. The taste has a smooth sweet caramel to chocolate along with a slight coffee notes. The aftertaste has a dry chocolate to a slight dried fruit notes. It is a sipping beer but I can see myself making this drinkable.

Here is a description from their website (www.beercamp.sierranevada.com):

STOUT OF THE UNION

Robust Stout

This stout hails from the land of sun, sand, and surf and proves that beach beer doesn’t have to be light colored and delicate. Stout of the Union is rich, roasty and full of deep malt flavor, creating a union of like-minded brewers together through beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: www.beercamp.sierranevada.com

Twitter:  @sierranevada

Closing, I was pretty excited to try this beer.  It is a pretty solid stout.  I like it but it is like every stout. I was hoping to get something special in a limited release beer sampler.  I cannot believe that I paid just over $30.00 for this brew.  I can paid a little less and get about the same stout.  It is worth the try but I am not going out of my way to try it again.  I recommend but I bet you feel the same way.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Pigon Hill Brewing OCP Oatmeal Cream Pie


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample a new beer and brewery, which is Pigon Hill Brewing.  It is their OCP Oatmeal Cream Pie.  There is not much of history on the web about this craft brewery.  I know they are from Muskegon, Michigan.  They are a newer craft brewery.  Let us get into stout.

It has a clear brown color with tan color head. The aroma has a slight oatmeal cookie notes. The taste has a sweet nutty malty notes with an oatmeal cookie aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable.

Here is a description from their website (www.pigeonhillbrew.com):

Pigeon Hill Brewing Taplist

O.C.P. / Oatmeal Crème Pie is the result of a challenge made by Joel Kamp’s wife: “I want a beer that tastes like an oatmeal crème pie.” Through the use of oats, marshmallow fluff, and other highly secret ingredients, O.C.P. was born. Tasting notes: Seriously, it tastes just like an oatmeal crème pie. “You down with O.C.P.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.pigeonhillbrew.com

Twitter:  @PigeonHillBrew

Closing, I have wanting to try this beer the first time I saw it on the shelf.  This is just about the only beer that I have saw from this brewery in the market.  As far as the beer, I see what they are trying to do with this beer.  I believe they did a great job on it.  It is a great beer just wish there was more in tasting part. There is nice tasting notes but I just wish there was more.  It is all in the aftertaste.  I believe like all craft breweries.  They are looking to improve this beer just like all their beers.  I am pretty excited to try it in the fall or winter season.  I recommend this beer when it is out again.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Saugatuck Brewery Blueberry Maple Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Saugatuck Brewery.  It is their new Blueberry Maple Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this craft stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The aroma has a maple to blueberry notes. The taste has a slight chocolate to blueberry notes with a maple aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.saugatuckbrewing.com):

Blueberry Maple Stout

A sweet milk stout with all the malt characteristics you love but with a bold, unique twist- this beer tastes like a glass full of blueberry pancakes smothered in maple syrup.

ABV:  6.0%
IBU:  26
Malts:  2-Row, Bonlander Munich, Carapils, Caramel 90, Black Prinz
Hops:  Goldings, Cascade
Served At:  40-45 degrees
Served In:  Pint Glass
Pairings:  Naturally, pancakes go well.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: www.saugatuckbrewing.com

Twitter:  @saugatuckbrew

In the end, I respect everything that this craft brewery.  I feel they are trying different things and improving other brews of theirs.  I will be honest.  I am not a huge fan of this brewery.  I just feel some of their everyday beers are not good or average.  Just like all craft brewery, they are trying to improve their base beers.  I love my stouts and porters.  I am willing to try newer beers.  This beer has some promise but it came out pretty average.  There are going to be craft beer drinkers that will enjoy this beer. Rochester Mills makes a better Blueberry stout.  I recommend you trying this brew in this blog at least once.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Abita Coffee Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another limited release beer from Abita.  It is their Coffee Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this southern craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant color head. The aroma has a heavy coffee notes. The taste has a coffee to bourbon notes. The aftertaste has a nice coffee notes. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.abita.com):

Coffee Stout

This dark Coffee Stout is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts and oats. Willamette hops balance the malt sweetness. After fermentation and first aging, the beer is aged again in oak bourbon barrels. Espresso Dolce beans from PJ’s Coffee® are added to the beer for a blend of flavors including coffee, malt, wood and hints of vanilla.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.abita.com

Twitter:  @theabitabeer

In the end, I am not a huge fan of this craft brewery, however, I do respect what they have been doing since their exist.  It is hard to destroy a stout.  I love my stouts and porters.  I hate drinking coffee but I love it in my beer.  This is a great beer and they did a great job.  I love the coffee beans that they picked.  This is what makes a different in coffee stout.  There is a nice balance.  I love it. I will get more.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Woodward Avenue Brewers Visit


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In this beer blog, I had a chance to visit brewpub over the holiday weekend, which was Memorial Day.  I know it does not matter.  I visited the Woodward Avenue Brewpub also known as WAB.  It is located almost on the corner of Nine Mile and Woodward.  I am going to start with the history, beer, and other things.  Let us get into the history.

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WAB opened their doors for the first time in 1997.  There is not much history that I can find on the web.  I believe they are first brewpub and brewery in the Ferndale area. Let us get into the beer.

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There is a new brewmaster in place now.  The new brewmaster came from Green Bush Brewery.  If you live in the State of Michigan, you know everything about Green Bush Brewery.  They make some pretty solid beers.  Their Blonde Lager has been around since the start of this brewery.  It is a pretty solid beer.  They did an Imperial Blodne Ale.  The Imperial Blonde has some honey in it.  I am not a fan of Blonde Ales.  I can see many craft beer drinkers drinking this beer.  The word on the street was their new IPA.  It is Detroit Maiden IPA.  It is a pretty solid IPA.  I feel this beer is a work in process.  I do not mean this in a negative light.  Every good brewery is always looking to improve.  I feel this brewmaster is still working to improve all the beer and WAB themselves is making it happen.  They made a nice dry stout on nitro.  They are a little bit ahead of most craft breweries.  This is a solid stout and I rather drink this over Guinness.  There is a nice cream ale with Raspberries.  There is a Pale Ale.  Both are pretty solid beers.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.thewabferndale.com

Twitter:  @wabferndale

Closing, this brewpub is starting to move in a good direction.  I know a few months back they loss their old brewmaster.  I was wondering who would replace him.  I have to say that I believe they picked the right guy.  He is just starting his tour but I have to say people are already talking about WAB.  I live on the west of Detroit.  If I am in the Ferndale area, I will stop in and have a few IPA’s.  The future is bright and I cannot wait to see what is up next.  I recommend this brewpub.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Tri-City Dry Dock Irish Style Dry Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer from Tri-City Brewery out of Bay City, Michigan.  It is their Dry Dock Irish Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them  to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a constant tan color head. The aroma has a sweet chocolate notes. The taste has a heavy dry coffee with hints of chocolate. The aftertaste is a dry chocolate to coffee bean finish. It is a sipping to kind of drinkable beer.

Here is there website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.tricitybrewing.com

Twitter:  No Twitter Address

Ending, this beer does not have nitro but it does not matter.  This beer has some nice tasting notes.  It is has a ton of flavor.  I try this beer against Guinness.  I just wanted to compare the two together.  Both are great beers.  I was amaze the lack of flavor in the Guinness compare to this beer.  I love both beers. Next St Patty’s Day, if I see this beer, I will drink this beer.  If not, at least, I still have Guinness.  I recommend both these beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog DuClaw Brewing Quick Start My Heart Milk Stout


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In this special beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from DuClaw Brewing.  It is their Quick Start My Heart Milk Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this east coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this milk stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head on this stout. The aroma has a chocolate cover strawberry notes. The taste has a chocolate to coffee notes with strawberry aftertaste. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website  (www.duclaw.com):

Quick Start My Heart | DuClaw Brewing Company

Our Strawberry Milk Stout is medium/full-bodied and black in color with a silky mouth feel, a moderately strong 6.8% ABV, and sweet flavors and aromas of strawberry and chocolate, accented by notes of coffee and caramel, that will “quickly” make it one of your favorites, too.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: www.duclaw.com

Twitter:  @duclawbrewing

In the end, I am do to make another trip to Ohio.  I enjoy picking up their beers when I am down there.  I just wished they would make it up to Michigan beer market.  I understand why they are not here yet.  There is a nice balance between the milk stout and strawberries.  They did a great job on this beer.  This is by far best fruit beer that I have ever had.  I love it. I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Blackrocks Mint Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew, which is a winter seasonal, from Blackrocks Brewery.  It is their Mint Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their 51K IPA, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The aroma has a heavy chocolate mint notes. The taste has a chocolate mint notes with a dry mint aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.blackrocksbrewery.com):

This is our first “Holiday” Beer, released for the 2015 holidays. Roasted sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness and a dash of mint for some extra cheer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.blackrocksbrewery.com

Twitter:  @blackrocksbrew

Ending, I love my mint in any type of beer or non beer products.  I saw this brew and I needed to pick up this beer.  The craft brewery needs to be perfect with these beers.  You do not want to have too much mint that over takes over the brew.  At the same time, you do not want have it be weak in the beer.  This is a good beer.  It has great packaging and they did a great job.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Ballast Point Brewing Commodore Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a beer from Ballast Point Brewery.  It is their Commodore Stout.  If you read my earlier beer, which is Electric Ray IPL, blog posts on their beer that they team up with Sierra Nevada, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read it to get to know this California base craft brewery.  They were brought up on Constellation Brands. The deal will be finalize at the end of 2015.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant color head. The aroma has a dry chocolate to coffee notes. The taste has a dry chocolate to coffee notes. The aftertaste finishes with a dry coffee bean finish. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.ballastpoint.com):

The Commodore came out of our search for a medium-bodied American Stout. The recipe began at our R&D pilot brewery, but quickly became a favorite of our crew. Strong flavors of roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance with light citrusy hop aromas, highlighted by a crisp, bitter finish. One sip of this gold medal-winning stout will have you ready to take command of your own fleet.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.ballastpoint.com

Twitter:  @BPbrewing

Closing, I do enjoy many of their beers.  I was pretty happy to see their beers come to Michigan beer market.  This is a really good stout. I like it. The problem with this stout is price point. It is slightly higher.  There is so many good stout being made by Michigan craft breweries.  This beer is a little different than the other Michigan craft stout.  This beer is more on the English style stout.  I will be adding it to my porter and stout line up this winter.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Hideout Brewing Blueberry Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the second beer from Hideout Brewery.  It is their Blueberry Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on Gangster IPA, you know the history of this upcoming craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read it to get to know this Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this Blueberry Stout.

It has a jet black color with a semi tan color head. The aroma has a heavy blueberry notes. The taste has a smooth blueberry notes with a blackberry aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.hideoutbrewing.com

Twitter:  @hideoutbrewing

Closing, this craft brewery takes beer to the extreme and beyond.  They are like Right Brain in some realms.  The problem with this craft brewery is everything that comes out are small batch brews.  There is nothing wrong with that.  I just wish they put out more products of same brew. They want to do some weird beers and they make mistakes.  The beers that are mistakes  are sneaking good brews.  I believe they try to do this all time.  They have a hard time remaking and not the same.  This beer is average brew.  I do not get too much of the stout notes.  It is pretty different as a stout.  I recommend this beer if you can find it.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13