Sunday, June 20, 2004

Excellent Brews

I may be a baptist, but that doesn't mean I cannot enjoy a good ale on occasion.
Old Rasputin - Imperial Stout
This is an excellent stout. Unlike Guinness, Old Raspy's got a slightly sweeter flavor. Still, its quite a thick beverage and at 9% alcohol, packs a wallop. Raspy's are brewed in Fort Bragg, in Northern California. Thanks to Dan and Joe for introducing me to this fine brew.

Boddington's Pub Ale
Smoothest pub ale I've had so far. Perfect with just about anything. Lighter in color and heft then other pub ales, it quenches the thirst and makes a perfect companion to italian food as I found out at Vito's!Thanks to Herb for bringing over a 4 pack one evening.

Newcastle Brown Ale
I cannot recall where I first had a Newcastle, however, it has become one of my favorite beers. Especially good with crab curry and other ethnic dishes, I often have one after work while eating dinner with my wife. Newkies have a bit more intense flavor than a Boddington's and seem a bit less refined, however, I find myself craving them.

Got a favorite? Pst a comment and I'll try it out.


  1. Well, I've been on a Newcastle kick lately myself, but a couple of others come to mind. The first, is Stone Brewery's Arrogant Bastard Ale--under the banner of their heart-warming mottos: "Fizzy Yellow Beer is for Wussies" and "You're Not Worthy." I'm not even going to try to describe it--have only had the extreme pleasure once, but am dying to try again.

    The second is the infamous (?) Polygamy Porter--Why Have Just One? It's not the greatest porter you'll ever have, but there's a certain charm to it.

  2. Anonymous10:59 AM

    Old Raspy... breakfast of champions.

    NAAN boy

  3. If you're ever in Texas, Shiner Bock is a good ale. I like New Castle too.


  4. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Leinenkugel's Red Lager is good, but it's brewed in a local brewery somewhere in wisconsin. So you may or may not be able to get your hands on it. I hear Summit's Ocktoberfest and Schell's FIrebrick are comparable, but I've not tried either.


  5. Anonymous11:18 AM

    River West is another good one. It's from a microbrewery in Milwaukee though, so unless you find yourself near there it's highly unlikely you'll be able to find it. Probably one of the best beers I've had, though admittedly that's a fairly small sample. ;-)

  6. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Burp, more posts please.


  7. Anonymous5:35 PM

    Hey sinner, guess who!

    -Long- story. I am now in Chicago fool. Holla at

    PS Michelle took off to FL without yours truly and I have found my true love in the land of Lincoln (Confederate ancestors now on rotissierie in Jackson lol)


  8. Let me add a hearty nod of approval to the Newcastle Brown. Probably my favorite beer right now. Goes really nice with something hearty, like steak. I must say, that photo of the Newcastle doesn't do it justice. It's a much richer brown in color.

    Shiner Bock is good too. Try it with bratwurst or polish sausage.

    I also light some of New Beligium's offerings. Fat Tire Ale is a standard for me, but Loft Ale is nice and refreshing.

  9. Tried Augustijn Ale a couple weeks back, very good stuff.

  10. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Highly reccomend:

    Hobgoblin Ale
    Corsendunk Brown ale(wife prefers the pale ale)
    local favorite is Red Brick Ale from the atlanta brewing co.

    Anyone in GA we will be having our quarterly beer tasting this friday, where we will be sampling 15 different imported beers(2oz each) with a history of each as well.

    Atlanta Ga