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Even in the Wine Blog There is a Place for a Little Beer

February 16, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

While all the wine lovers agree (feel free to smack me if you disagree) that we are currently living through the wine revolution, where more and better wines are available from and in more place around the world, the same sentiment applies to the beer lovers. More and better and different beers are available to the beer aficionados throughout the world, coming from everywhere in the world. There are many liquor stores advertising the fact that they have multiple thousands of different beers in stock – no questions that the beer revolution is here.

Two weeks ago I had an opportunity to catch a glimpse of that beer revolution myself – my friend Zak had to taste a bunch of new beers for his Cost Less Wines store, and I happened to be around at the same time (lucky occasion). We tasted through a dozen of beers, one literally better than the other – and below you will find pictures and my notes. Here is also a disclaimer – while I can describe the wine in words to some degree, I can’t describe beer – at all. So below are mostly pictures, with some minimal words – but I will at least tell you whether I liked the beer or not.

Our full ine of beers for tasting

Our full line of beers for tasting

I will give you my notes to match the pictures – but no, we didn’t taste the beers in that order – sweet ginger beer at the beginning of tasting is a bit much… I also made an effort to give you links for additional information for every beer. Here we go:


Full Sail Nut Brown Ale, Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Oregon – excellent, very round, smooth.

Pandora’s Bock, Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado – beautiful color in the glass, touch of caramel on the palate.

Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Crabbie’s, Scotland – ginger candy, very soft, smooth, refreshing, pretty much a ginger ale with alcohol.


Agave Wheat, Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado – sweet, light, similar to Belgium beer, refreshing, touch nutty.

West Coast IPA™ India Pale Ale, Green Flash Brewery, San Diego, CA – (99 out of 100 points by RateBeer) hoppy, touch bitter at the end, very round.


Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, Samuel Smith Old Brewery, Tadcaster, England – there was four of us, four guys tasting this beer – you should’ve heard a simultaneous foodgasm (moan, scream, whatever) coming from all four guys! This was a pure chocolate on the nose, and liquid chocolate on the palate. I don’t know why this is called beer – this is just something else. Perfect!

Russian Imperial Stout, Otter Creek Brewing, Middlebury, Vermont – in the glass, looks like motor oil. On the palate – this is coffee, not beer! A wow beer ( if you like coffee)!


Session Premium Lager, Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Oregon – excellent beer – light, refreshing, wheat style

Session Black Lager, Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Oregon– tobacco on the nose, light, hint of coffee  and chocolate on the palate. One of the lightest lagers I ever had, excellent.


Bengali Tiger, Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn, New York – very perfumy, with orange and spices on the palate. Very elegant.

The Crisp, Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn, New York – excellent beer. A touch of citrus, light, creamy.

Sweet Action, Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn, New York – touch of sweetness, simple, orange zest, hint of anise at the finish.

3Beans, Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn, New York – Perfectly delicate coffee drink. Just wow.

That’s all I have for you for today. This was a great tasting, with many wow beers, but what is even better, there was not a single dull beer in the group, which is very impressive. Welcome to the beer revolution. Cheers!

  1. Kim
    February 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I’m learning to appreciate beer. It took me a few years to appreciate wine, so I’m guessing beer will be the same. My fiancé is a total beer snob, and half of our refrigerator is dedicated to aged beers that no one is allowed to touch. Sort of like the wine fridge, I guess… Looks like a fun tasting!

    • talkavino
      February 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Yes, this was a great tasting. I don’t drink beer too often, but every once in a while I like to have a glass. My favorite are smokebeer.

      Did you fiancé ever tried Nuclear Tactical Penguin?

      • Kim
        February 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        I don’t think he’s had it before. I just checked their website, and it says it’s a strong beer that should be sipped like whiskey, so it sounds like it’s right up his alley! We’ll be on the lookout for this for sure.

        • talkavino
          February 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          Kim, sorry, I was playing a bit of a smart ass with this one ( by the way, I had one of the quizzes with the name of this beer – quite an eye catching name) – I guess it is more of a scotch type of drink, and a very expensive one ( that small bottle might run close to the $100 ) – never had it myself and also would love to try it one day – hope someone else will be buying : )

  2. February 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Love the 3Beans…had it recently with some pizza. Just killer. Not for the weak of heart. 😉

  3. Jayne
    February 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Sam Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, OMG!

    • talkavino
      February 16, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Yep, that was the general consensus : )

  4. PSsquared
    February 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I like beers that I can’t see through. I think I may have to add Tadcaster, England, to my list of travel goals! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • talkavino
      February 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      I think you should : )

  5. February 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    What a coincidence you are posting on beers. We just got home from “The World of Beers” and it is always a very hard choice which one to pick when you go. There are literally hundreds to pick from. I have to agree with Jayne…chocolate beer…oh send it my way please!

    • talkavino
      February 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      It is so easy to be overwhelmed at a big tasting – wine tasting, beer tasting, no matter – usually, there are way too many great products to be able to settle on one… That chocolate beer was something else – however, so was the 3beans… : )

  6. February 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Beer. Blasphemy.

    • talkavino
      February 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Hmmm. FreeDictionary.com defines Blasphemy as:

      a. A contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God or a sacred entity.
      b. The act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God.
      2. An irreverent or impious act, attitude, or utterance in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct.

      So which one are you implying here?

  7. February 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Theres a huge craft beer revolution going on. Microbrews are sprouting up everywhere because it is much easier to start up than a winery. Where I live – Michigan – is considered one of the top craft beer states. So I’ve been exposed to a lot of beer lately.

    Its ofteb funner to pair food with beer more than wine. There’s a lot more variety if flavors and styles to choose from. I love Belgian beers – tripels,Flemish sours, farmhouse ales.

    • talkavino
      February 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Never really tried to pair beer with food. I usually take it just as something “in between”, so some salty nuts or salty dried fish would be my idea of “beer pairing”…. In any case, the sheer variety of beer available to the consumer is astonishing …

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