The Affligem Pouring Kit or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Sell Out

If you have a blog long enough, people will hit you up about all kinds of things: events, guest posts, "affordable marketing", "long term SEO options", and a whole bunch of other stuff that you will tend to ignore. However, I recently got an email that I didn't ignore. It was from Affligem, a Belgian brewery that has apparently been making beer for 950 years, though I had never heard of them. They offered to send me one of their pouring kits free-of-charge. Me being the snob that I am, I am skeptical of any brand of beer that I haven't heard of, much less one that has enough cash to send free … [Read more...]

Fantôme Saison, A Ghostly Brew

Man, you remember when saisons weren't made by tiny breweries from Vermont and made up a good chunk of everyone's best of list? It's like you had to go to Belgium to get a good saison, and this one from Fantôme was (and still is) one of the most highly rated examples of the style. I got this bottle all the way from Belgium via the glorious internet, cracked it open, and did what every good beer geek does; took diligent notes. This fella clocks in at 8% ABV. Appearance The beer is getting its sais on (get it?). It pours a lovely hazy straw color with a huge white head. The lacing was ghostly … [Read more...]

Aging Beer Like Fine Wine

Have you ever had a Bud or a Miller that was just a little bit too old? Perhaps someone left it in the garage during a party in the Spring, and you forgot all about it until well after Summer was over. You thought "Oh, what the heck" and cracked it open to see how it tastes. Uh oh. If you've done something like this, then you are probably scarred for life. The thought of aging beer may sound like a one-way ticket to Skunksville. However, you may be surprised to know beers, like wine, can actually mature for months, years, and even decades. You might even find the occasional bottle that … [Read more...]

Tröegs Mad Elf – Snobby Beer Reviews

Beer. It's a wonderful combination of barley, hops, water, and yeast. These four ingredients can produce a huge variety of styles of beer, from refreshing Lagers to chewy Imperial Stouts. There are beers for every occasion. Beer is something enjoyed by a diverse group of people. Beer is something you can make at home. It can be cheap, and it can be expensive. It can be widely available, and it can be extremely rare. If you've read this far, then you probably can agree: beer is awesome. Now that it's almost December, seasonal brews have shifted from Oktoberfests and Pumpkin Ales to Winter … [Read more...]