Thursday, June 30, 2011


I have never heard of Butternuts Beer and Ale, but their cans caught my eye at the local liquor store. When I was there, I picked up a six-pack of Heinnieweisse and Snapperfish IPA.

Last night, Snapperfish accompanied our all-natural hotdogs (oxymoron, I know) from Evermore Farm.

The beer is a decent IPA from a tiny operation. It has a good hop nose and flavor, but not the afterbite I would expect of the style. The malt is round and chewy, like a good molasses cookie. I have a photo below.

All in all, it gets 6/10. A good attempt, and with a touch more refinement it could be great.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The End of an Era

I had to buy some due to the fact I recently learned that AB InBev intends to start brewing this in the US, for US consumption. I wanted to drink it while it retained some semblance of English honor.
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review: Beer Is Proof God Loves Us

Beer Is Proof God Loves UsBeer Is Proof God Loves Us by Charles Bamforth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed Bamforth's book, Beer is Proof God Loves Us. It's an excellent, short journey into one man's livelihood, the world's social contract, and history's keen eye on beer and brewing.

He presents this book is something part history lesson from a favorite childhood teacher, to that of an autobiography. It reads much like you are having a conversation with a friend, with who you haven't spoken too in a long time. As a matter of fact, that conversation is with Bamforth; especially if you read the endnotes as you encounter them.

The tone of this book is not to educate the masses on beer and beer production, there are scores of other books out there that accomplish that. This book is merely one man's reflection on a product that he has spent over three decades learning about, working with, educating all, and the societal impacts and impasses he's encountered with beer along the way.

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