Beer Review: Samuel Adams Double Bock

The Sam Adams Imperial Series was (for me) an unexpected delight which I discovered in the company’s brewery in Boston. It is a series of BIG beers, in both alcohol by volume and flavor. The Double Bock is exactly what it sounds like.  A malty, rich bock….doubled.

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Review: Boston Beer Co’s Samuel Adams Boston Lager

This is a solid, average beer.  Given that it arrived in an era when “decent beer” wasn’t a combination of words we ever saw in America, it’s held up well.  Not a bad lawnmower beer, but nothing to write home about, either.  Continue reading

Review: A Trifecta of Pumpkin Ales for the harvest-time!

Here in the Central Valley of California, the corn is being harvested, silage and tomato trucks infest the roads, the weather is getting cooler, and the hay bales are showing up at fruit stands all over the countryside.  It must be fall. Around A.E.’s household, the season is better known as pumpkin beer season, and what better way to celebrate it than to share the good news of some good brews I’ve sampled recently (and not-so-recently).  Here are 3 pumpkin ales that I liked and are worth sipping.  Still to come is Southern Tier’s Pumking and Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Hey you want a Coor’s Light? Uhhh….er…..not really?

I have a neighbor who is a nice guy.  He really is. His family are good people, and I like hanging out with him on occasion.  I don’t like his choice in beer. Invariably, if he’s out and about in the yard, he’ll be having a light beer of some kind, and he’ll catch sight of me.

Hey man!  You want a Coor’s Light?


Hey man!  You want a Corona?

Now, the honest answer to that question is, “Uh, no thanks.  I’ll just drink this antifreeze I have in the garage over here!”  But I can’t say that.  Usually, I say, “No, man.  Thanks.  I’m good.”  Or something of that nature in the attempt to be as inoffensive as possible.

It’s hard to break someone of crappy beer when all they want the beer for is to taste as much like nothing as possible, but still get them drunk. I’m thinking a nice, bready wheat might be the beer that tips him to the craft beer side of things, if anything will.  This Sam Adams Boston Lager I’m drinking now is certainly full of malty goodness, but I’m worried the hoppiness compared to most light lagers might put him off.

What do you think has the best chance of converting him as I evangelize?