Weekly Brews and Reviews: Dragon’s Traps, Ginger Lagers, and White Oak IPAs

In recent articles, I have covered the realms of experimentation and variation; taking established items and turning them on their head to produce something novel.  Thanks to such methods, I was able to enjoy two beloved creations for the first time over the past week. Jai Alai IPA aged on White Oak Despite the fervent … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Dragon’s Traps, Ginger Lagers, and White Oak IPAs

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Game and Variations

A common songwriting technique is theme and variation.  Establishing a melody, and then repeating the original material in an altered form, tweaking elements to create something new.  Such elements could be the rhythm, the instrumentation, or even burying the original melody deep within another theme entirely.  It’s a fascinating tool that pops up time and … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Game and Variations

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Four Hours Driving, Three Beers for Drinking, Two Gaming Presents, and a Super Awesome Family

When I was a child, Christmas Morning meant waking up at the crack of dawn with my siblings, tearing open presents until we found a video game, and playing said game for the remainder of the day. Now that I am an adult with greater patience and other interests (read: someone who wants to sleep … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Four Hours Driving, Three Beers for Drinking, Two Gaming Presents, and a Super Awesome Family

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Kirby, Pumpkin Spice, and Flying Dog’s Nice

Winter is a dangerous time for one’s waistline.  Cold weather discourages folks from venturing outdoors to exercise, while a massive supply of holiday goodies magically appears in our cupboards.  For those of us who enjoy beer, the change in the seasons also brings out darker brews with richer flavors (and higher calorie counts).  Despite my attempts to stick … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Kirby, Pumpkin Spice, and Flying Dog’s Nice

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Finishing Abzû, Taking a Doughnut Break, and Celebrating with Rochefort 10

As a sort of resolution for 2016, I started a beer journal to document every new brew I encounter over the course of the year.  The goal of this practice is to catalog the beverages I ingest, comparing flavors to see which beers I truly enjoyed.  At the very least, this little notebook helps me … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Finishing Abzû, Taking a Doughnut Break, and Celebrating with Rochefort 10