Archive | November, 2010

Troeg’s Mad Elf

Troeg’s Mad Elf is a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue. Troeg’s Brewing, from Pennsylvania, uses a combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast, this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious Ale. The Mad Elf, a jolly and delicious beer for the Holidays.

Troeg's Mad Elf

Alcohol: 11% alcohol by volume
Hop Bitterness: 15 IBUs
Color: Ruby Red
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Chocolate
Hops: Saaz, Hallertau
Yeast: Spicy Yeast
Fruit: Pennsylvania Honey West Coast Cherries

Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado map

Colorado Beer MapThe creators of this map aren’t joshing when they claim, “A map so useful, you’ll wonder how you survived so long without one.” The gigantic map (available here) shows the way to:

– Breweries & Brewpubs
– Homebrew Shops
– Brew Your Own Beer Guide
– Beer Geek Bars
– Ski Resorts & 14ers
– Historic Taverns
– Driving Distances
– State & National Parks

And it comes with coupons.

K-9 Cruiser

Flying Dog’s K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale is the psycho in the pack. K-9 Cruiser is a dark, sweet and malty winter warmer that will captivate any adventurous craft brew drinker. A true Flying Dog original, K-9 Cruiser is the perfect brew to warm you up in those cold winter months.

K-9 Cruiser

ABV: 6.4%
Plato: 16
IBU’s: 30
Specialty Malts: 50/60L Crystal Malt, Chocolate Malt, Oats, Munich Malt
Hops: Millennium, U.S. Saaz

A book that does the tasting ‘work’

It’s creators describe 33 Bottles of Beer as a “beer sketchbook.”

At three-and-a-half by five inches it slips easily into a pocket and provides a degree of organization to note taking that sometimes starts to disappear during an evening of beer drinking. It contains, as you might have guessed by the name, 33 pages for notes.

A page is pictured on the right. You’ll notice it includes a flavor wheel that allows you to rate the intensity of certain flavors or aromas. You can even connect them to create what is known as a spider chart, particularly fun to analyze after a few beers.

Publisher BS Brewing is located in Portland, Oregon, and the book is available at some retailers in the area, selling for $4 a booklet or three for $10. For more information or to order visit

Samuel Adams shakes up Winter pack

Samuel Adams Winter Classics Variety PackBoston Beer has changed the lineup for the Samuel Adams Winter Classics Variety Pack.

The brewery added Chocolate Bock and White Ale to the package. Those beers join the Winter Lager, Old Fezziwig, Holiday Porter and Boston Lager in the 12-pack (two of each beer).

The package no longer includes Cranberry Lambic — a beer some customer love and others are happy to not see included. Cranberry Lambic remains available in 6-packs through the holidays. Production is somewhat limited, with locations listed in the beer finder at Samuel Adams website.