Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout Review 

Sam Adams Nitro Stout

Nitro beer in a can…what can be better? The question isn’t actually rhetorical.

Samuel Adams released three new, nitrogen-infused beers last January that are part of what they have dubbed “The Nitro Project. The brewmasters over at Sam Adams announced the project late last year after endless hours of ingredient experimentation, rigorous taste testing and hard work overall.

According to Jim Koch, founder of the Boston-based brewery, the company has been dabbling with nitro since the mid-1990s, creating more than 50 styles with more than 200 ingredients. Incidentally, only three selections made it to prime time. Continue reading “Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout Review “

Mortal Kombat X: Raiden Imperial Saison Review

mk_beerNot exactly as electrifying as the name implies, but still satisfying

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. commissioned the beer masters over at Sound Brewery in Polusbo, Washington to create three limited release, special edition brews to celebrate the commercial success of Mortal Kombat X/XL (PS4, Xbox One and PC). This is the final entry in the three-part series review.

The almighty god of thunder, Raiden–staunch protector of Earthrealm’s precious humans against the wiles of Outworld and Netherrealm’s most murderous entities. His finishing moves may be milder compared to the other fighters but they command authority no less. No wonder he is the subject of awe and reverence with an earthy beer to his name. Continue reading “Mortal Kombat X: Raiden Imperial Saison Review”

Mortal Kombat X: Sub-Zero Imperial IPA Review

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Big beer, big malt, big chill.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. commissioned the beer masters over at Sound Brewery in Polusbo, Washington to create three limited release, special edition brews to celebrate the commercial success of Mortal Kombat X/XL (PS4, Xbox One and PC). This is the second of a three-part series review.

If you were a kid in the early 1990s, you will most likely recognize the blue-garbed ninja Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat. He is, after all, only the second-most ubiquitous character in the game next to Scorpion (aside from them being bitter “mortal” enemies…pun intended). Continue reading “Mortal Kombat X: Sub-Zero Imperial IPA Review”

Mortal Kombat X: Scorpion Imperial Stout Review

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It’s exactly what you think–chocolately Hell fire in a 22-ounce bottle.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. commissioned the beer masters over at Sound Brewery in Polusbo, Washington to create three limited release, special edition brews to celebrate the commercial success of Mortal Kombat X/XL (PS4, Xbox One and PC). This is the first of a three-part series review.

Anyone born in the last 20 years is definitely familiar with this widely recognized and wildly popular video game character of the 20th century–Scorpion from the Mortal Kombat series. If you have played the game, then you know that he is as noble as he is brutal in his fighting style, and this Imperial Stout by Sound Brewery does a stellar job of capturing that essence. Continue reading “Mortal Kombat X: Scorpion Imperial Stout Review”

Brew Review: Stone Brewing Co.’s Pataskala Red X IPA

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Stone’s seasonal red IPA packs a hefty, hoppy punch that still maintains a leisurely mellow profile.

Stone has a newly added seasonal red IPA that surely strikes a sentimental chord with co-founder Greg Koch–the beer’s namesake is identical to his hometown, after all.

This particular beer was crafted last September in an effort to support the local musical and arts programs in Pataskala, Ohio. Pastakala Red X IPA made the cut on pure taste merit, and Stone released it on Feb. 1, 2016. It is currently available as a six-pack and on draft at select locations.

Enough about the background. Let’s delve into the specifics.

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The New Beer Frontier: California Brewers Look to Grey Water for Brews

The New Beer Frontier: California Brewers Look to Grey Water for Brewing

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Recycled water could be the new way for beer production to go green…wait, what?

Last October, Maverick  Brewing Company (a Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. affiliate) released a version of its own Tunnel Vision IPA made entirely from grey water, or water runoff from washing machines, sinks, showers, etc. that is treated with the same advanced filtering technology astronauts use in outer space to convert urine into drinking water. Sounds pretty gross, I know.

Don’t let your psychological inhibitions hold you fast, though. This effort is actually more rewarding than you think.

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