Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   Don De Dieu is perfect match for fine Italian dinner Tonight was a night of accomplishment for me. After having a pasta machine for almost a year, I finally used it. It sat on my shelf, staring at me intimidatingly for much too long. Time after time, I slinked away, making some excuse about washing my hair or not being...

Soaking Up the Suds: As Follows

  Soaking Up the Suds As Follows will be a tough brew to follow   I’m not sure if anyone notices, but there is a lot of beer in the world. Every time I go to a bottle shop, there seems to be more variety lining the shelves from an ever-increasing amount of breweries. Most of them will end up being your standard beer fare, and nothing is wrong with...

Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   What is beer? Soaking Up the Suds has tackled  many styles in its history, relating a good many alcoholic facts. There is one thing it hasn’t been brought up, however. Sure, I may have discussed the differences between top fermenting and bottom fermenting yeast. I’ve mentioned what adding “imperial” to a style...

Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   A magical brew indeed Once upon a time, there was a brewery by the name of Stone. They were located in the mythical land of California. Deep within the fields of unicorns and fairies they set forth to make magical brews. Unlike many other brews in the land, Stone’s beer was not afraid to be big and bold. It didn’t...

Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   A brew best paired with chocolate I’m a sucker for oak-aged beers. There is something about the smoky wood flavor that compliments a stout or IPA oh so well. Though the roots of the brew are apparent in its drinking, it’s almost like a whole new style when the element of barrel aging is introduced. The roasted malts...

Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   A great summer brew In the last Soaking Up the Suds, I reviewed Ommegang’s Witte. It was a white ale, which is one of the two major styles of wheat beers. Witbeers originated in Belgium and make use of the Belgian brewing traditions. They generally use Belgian style yeasts paired with spices such as coriander and...

Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   Ommegang always impresses Flavorful, soft, and hazy. No, I’m not describing myself here, though hazy is sometimes rather apt. Those three words were printed on my bottle of beer. Specifically, they describe brewery Ommegang’s Witte, a Belgian Style wheat Ale. Ommegang has time and time again impressed me. Belgian...

Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   On board with Tank 7 I think I’m developing a problem. No, I doubt it’s what you think. My problem is Farmhouse ales, also known as Saisons. I cracked one open last month for a review and I’ve been drinking them ever since. There are so many delicious beer styles in the world, it’s a shame to spend so much time...

Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   Sophie is a good choice In the last Soaking Up the Suds, I reviewed Space Monkey, a delightful brew from The Brew Works. It was a delicious Saison that left me with a desire to drink more of the style. They’re generally so crisp and refreshing while still managing to be flavorful and complex. I don’t know about you,...

Soaking Up the Suds

Soaking Up the Suds by James Crane   Praise for Space Monkey I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me praise big, dark beers. I can’t help it. I have a soft spot for them and the way they fill the dark, winter hours. Thankfully, the dark, winter hours are now done, which means it’s time for a whole new breed of beers. I’m certainly not one to...