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Spencer Trappist Ale – The First American-made Trappist Ale

If the buzz over the past few weeks is any indication, the inaugural release of the first and only Trappist ale made in the United States is tantamount to, well, the Second Coming or something equally monumental. I succumbed to the excitement, too, in part because it is coolly hyper-local. Spencer Trappist Ale is brewed […]

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Beer Buzz – “Tumbler” Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tumbler – seasonal brown ale from Sierra Nevada I first enjoyed this ale at The Salty Pig – it was a good accompaniment to the various “salty pig parts” I savored that night. In addition, the evening was damp and rainy; the ale providing a prelude to the coming fall. I knew I would have more of “Tumbler” […]

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Beer Buzz – “Summer of Lager” Cisco Brewers

  My traditional  house beer for the summer had been Allagash “White” –  light, beautifully seasoned and spiced.  At one point, though, I was a devotee of IPAs. When the IBUs of many of these brews went around the corner, I realized  I wasn’t a ” hop head” – for me, drinking beer shouldn’t be […]

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Beer Buzz – Glissade and White Fluffy Rabbits

            During the dark winter, I’d spent time with the mad monk – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.. It was now time to embrace the light and break out my special vernal pint glass. Once upon a time and long ago, in the nascent days of the […]

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