Brewing All The Time

Apologies for the lack of posts lately!

I have been very busy, reviewing beer, brewing beer, and tasting beer, along with everything else that happens in life.

Look forward to two posts comparing Buffalo Bill’s, Smuttynose, and Dogfish Head’s pumpkin beers, and a review of Founder’s Harvest Ale.

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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


Harpoon UFO Pumpkin

After a long weekend for sports in Philadelphia, I looked forward to sitting down this evening with a beer. One of the pumpkin beers I grabbed from the Bottle Shop was Harpoon’s UFO Pumpkin.

I’m a fan of Harpoon’s other UFO (UnFiltered Offerings) beers, so I was excited to try the Pumpkin. It poured a very pretty hazy orange-amber color, and is only mildly sweet and spicy. It is very different from the very sweet Imperial Pumpking by Southern Tier. It smells a little sweeter than it tastes, but is a nice, drinkable pumpkin beer. I could definitely see having a few of these in one sitting without getting overwhelmed by pumpkin.

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Posted by on October 9, 2011 in Beer, Review


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Cape of Good Hope IPA

Let’s Go Phillies!

The MLB playoffs are here, and it seemed appropriate to watch my baseball team play game #3 while sipping on a Cape of Good Hope IPA from Yard’s Brewing.

Cape of Good Hope IPA

It is an Imperial IPA, but the hop bitterness is not overwhelming at all. It has a bunch of spicy notes to it, and also a little bit of sweet.  There is also a ton of maltiness here, which I think pairs well with the double-dry hopped.  There are a ton of flavors, and it is very unlike any other IPA I’ve tried.

I think this would be a great Imperial IPA for those wary of the crazy hoppy bitterness associated with the style.



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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Beer, Philadelphia Area, Yards


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The Rivercity Festival and 5K

This weekend I ran my first 5k!

All the beer drinking I do is lovely, but I like to hit the gym to keep fit and help work off all those delicious carbonated beverages I consume.  I’ve been training for a 5K using the Couch to 5K program – found here.  This Saturday, at the Rivercity festival, there was a fun run 5K, followed by the festival, that included a beer tent with Philadelphia Brewing Company and Brooklyn’s Six Point.

On tap, PBC had some of their flagships – Kenzinger (always a favorite!), Walt Wit, Newbold, and Joe Coffee Porter, and Six Point had their IPA, as well as Sweet Action Pale Ale.

There were many local vendors with food, crafts, and other merchandise for sale, as well as some bouncy things for the kids.  The entertainment was fantastic too!  All in all, it was a great afternoon and I can’t wait for next year!


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And Now For Something Completely Different, a Winery Tour

Thanks to Groupon, a few friends and I went in and got tickets to the VIP Educational Tasting and Tour of Sand Castle Winery, right outside of New Hope, PA.  We went up last weekend, to enjoy and learn about something other than beer.

The drive out to New Hope from Philadelphia was beautiful, and not too far for an afternoon trip.  The winery is tucked away up a hill, with a gorgeous mountain view.

When it began, we were able to taste the unfermented juice of freshly squeezed grapes.  Much sweeter than Welch’s!  It was really neat to see the almost “wine-y” taste you get from just the grapes.  Then, they sent us all into a big room, where Joseph gave a talk about the history of the winery, and about the types of grapes that they grow.

He was an excellent host, humorous and knowledgeable, and guided us all on how to properly examine, smell, and taste the 11 different wines, and also how to pair them with different flavors, such as thyme and rosemary.

After the tasting, we were able to make choices as to which, if any, bottles we would like to bring home, and then Joseph showed us thier wine cellar.  We got to see the big fermenters, and the barrels of wine conditioning.  We learned about the different types of oak that their wines age in, and the difference between using natural cork, plastic corks, or twist off wine caps.

The tour was lovely, and after we picked up our bottles of wine, we went upstairs to the art gallery.  Here there were also doors that led outside and we were able to take in the magnificent view from the top of the castle.

I couldn’t believe how much fun I had during the hour and a half tour.  I definitely can’t wait to be back.

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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized, Wine


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Southampton’s Pumpkin Ale is an amber ale that is brewed with pumpkin and traditional pumpkin pie spices in New York.

Southampton Pumpkin Ale

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.  It was a very pretty orange-ish color, smelled slightly sweet and spicy.  The first sip was very mellow, with mild sweetness and cinnamon and nutmeg coming though.  I really liked how this beer was able to bring out all the delicious pumpkin pie flavors without tasting like a pie in a glass.

It got even more delicious as it warmed up to just below room temperature.  I will definitely keep my eye out for more of this later in the season.


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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Beer


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Woodchuck Fall Cider

Rainy Friday.  Long week.

What does this call for?  A delicious cider.  Cider is one of my favorite fall time beverages.  Sweet, dry, carbonated, still – I love them all.  The other day I spied a Woodchuck Fall release at my bottle shop, and cracked it open tonight.  This may be one of my most favorite ciders, ever.

Woodchuck Fall Seasonal

It pours a beautiful amber color, with only slight carbonation.  It smells sweet, of apples, and a bit spicy.  The first sip is slightly sweet, but also slightly dry.  Hints of cinnamon, clove, maybe even allspice are all found.  It reminded me of a well seasoned apple pie.

Woodchuck Fall Pint Glass

As it warmed up, more spices came though, but I drank it to fast to get a taste at room temperature!  I sure wish I could buy a case of this one its own!


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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Cider, Uncategorized


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