Grampus

Grampus is one of the newest beers by Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project out of MA. This “hoppy golden double mash” beer packs quite the punch with tons of sweetness and tropical fruit notes (but don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer). Their technique for brewing Grampus is quite interesting, you can check out their blog here explaining it all.

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You can pick this beer up at one of my favorite craft beer stores, Craft Beer Cellar. Seriously, that place is a wonderland of labels and beer.

Groomer

Groomer is a Märzen brewed by the oldest microbrewery operating in Montana, Bayern Brewing . This was a simple beer but it had a great subtle roasty note to the end of each sip that made it stand out. This beer is released for the ski season so grab it while the slopes are still open!

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Special thanks to everyone who donated to my fundraiser for The Stratton Foundation!

Get Ready For Some…Charity!

Thanks to the generosity of the Alchemist Brewery in VT, I’m $250 closer to reaching my goal for raising money for The Stratton Foundation. Thank you!  I consider my board setup incomplete without my Heady Topper sticker and this wonderful donation encourages me to ride through the entire 24 hour race next weekend.

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Special thanks to everyone who donated to my fundraiser for The Stratton Foundation!

Bakke Hill Black Lager

Bakke Hill Black Lager is a Schwarzbier brewed by Fish Brewing Co. out of Olympia, WA. This beer is extremely smooth and rich but at the same time very mild. Subtle notes of chocolate and coffee from start to finish, this would be a great beer to introduce someone who is afraid of “dark” beers (and trust me, no light escapes this black hole of a beer!)

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Special thanks to everyone who donated to my fundraiser for The Stratton Foundation!

Stratton 24 Hour Race

Hello everyone! I’m mixing it up this week with my own label to kick off my fundraising page for the 2nd annual 24 Hours of Stratton event (a ski/snowboard race event in Vermont). Last year the event raised over $175,000 for the Stratton Foundation. The organization provides critical necessities such as nutrition, housing, heat, and school supplies to Vermont children. Our team, the Eddie Troopers, hopes to raise $12,000. My personal goal is to raise $3,000 of that amount. If each Tumblr follower donated just $1 I’d reach my goal by 8x! (And that makes for a lot of happy kids)

Special thanks to everyone who donated to my fundraiser for The Stratton Foundation!

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Cane And Ebel

Cane and Ebel is a “hopped up red rye ale” brewed by Two Brothers Brewing in Warrenville, IL. This beer was a sweet hoppy surprise balanced with a touch of spicy rye. What type of hops you ask? Only “the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on” according to the bottle. Yum!

Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

This delicious porter is brewed by Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, North Carolina using roasted coffee beans by Dynamite Roasting Company. I’ve always thought that porters and coffee were made to be with each other and this beer didn’t let me down one bit. I found it to be very chocolatey with a pleasant coffee flavor on the backend. 

Fun fact: As a hiker I thought it was cool to learn that this beer is named after a protected mountain top in Western North Carolina. To learn more about how the brewery works with a local non-profit to raise awareness about the importance of land and water conservation, visit their page “For the Love of Beer & Mountains.” C-ya on the trails!

Barbapapa

Barbapapa is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project in MA. According to the brewers, “Barbapapa is ‘Barbe a Papa’ as in the French name for cotton-candy: ‘Father’s Beard’. Our ‘father’ has an appropriately thick black beard adorned with mementos of Pretty Things past (and future?).” I love a label with meaning!

Omission IPA

Omission IPA is brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Oregon and has been specially crafted to remove gluten. But what’s even more important is that this beer tastes damn good. If you know anyone who has a gluten allergy or intolerance (or simply a craving for a good IPA) I highly recommend this smooth and flavorful IPA with a surprising 6.7% ABV. Plus, it’s fun to hand them the beer and watch their expression when you tell them that it is gluten free.

Christmas Ale

It isn’t a Beery Christmas unless I can score a couple bottles of Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale with the help from my friend Jess visiting family in NY. This stocking stuffer is brewed with honey, ginger, cinnamon and everything merry.

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