Beer Review: Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Back in the day, I thought I didn’t like lagers. It probably happens to a lot of American beer geeks early on – after all, the macro lagers that dominate the brewing industry in this country are what gave North American brewing its poor reputation – one that is still clearly held by many […]

Beer Review: Coronado Black Perle

San Diego’s Coronado Brewing Company makes some tasty West Coast-style IPAs, but their Black Perle was something a little different – a schwarzbier from the other coast.   It’s evident from many online reviews of this beer that even many beer geeks don’t come across schwarzbiers terribly often, so perhaps a brief introduction to the style […]

Beer Review: Brewster’s Brewery Mata Hari

Brewster’s Brewery is a small, independent brewery in the UK, founded by Sara Barton (who is also the head brewer – or, more correctly, brewster); they are one of a growing number of woman-powered microbreweries around the world.  From their base in Grantham, Linconshire, their reputation for high-quality beers has continued to spread – it’s […]

Beer Places: ChurchKey, Washington, DC

After previous highly-successful visits to their sister restaurant, Rustico, in Alexandria, VA, we finally managed to fit in a visit to ChurchKey, which opened last year to great acclaim.   Unlike some revered beer destinations that don’t quite live up to perhaps unrealistic hype, ChurchKey exceeded all expectations.  The interior is laid-back in design, yet sleek, […]

Beer Review: 21st Amendment Back in Black

Let me start off by saying I’m a big fan of the 21st Amendment (both the brewpub and the amendment, of course); we go way back.  They’re one of my two favorite brewpubs in San Francisco (the other being Magnolia) – heck, there’s even video evidence of my past hanging out there at a F* […]

Beer Review: Tommyknocker Hop Strike!

While Ninkasi’s Spring Reign and Black Raven’s Tamerlame were both fabulous, this entry from Colorado’s Tommyknocker Brewery is now also a serious contender for my favorite new (or at least ‘new to me’) beer this year.  I won’t go through the entire BJCP checklist (aroma, appearance, etc.), I will say that it’s got a particularly […]

Welcome to (yes, another domain)

Why, you may ask, have you added yet another domain?  Why not just update your Philadelphia Beer Bars Examiner blog more often, as you used to?  The answer is twofold: first, I want to write about beer from beyond Philadelphia (even if I’ve most likely consumed it in a great Philly-area bar or restaurant), and, […]