New Belgium Brewing – The Hemperor HPA

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado Style: IPA ABV: 7% IBUs: 55 RateBeer: 64/100  Pour: Dirty orange colour with slight head So this is made from hemp. While there’s no THC (or any of the good stuff from hemp….you know what I’m talking about) it does have a strong hemp aroma on pour. Otherwise this is just a hoppy IPA. Did you know that hops are actually related to … Continue reading New Belgium Brewing – The Hemperor HPA

Founders – Green Zebra

Brewery: Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan Style: Watermelon and Sea Salt Gose ABV: 4.6% IBUs: 10 Rate Beer: 66/100 Pour: Golden rustic yellow in colour. Small head that doesn’t retain.  I always end up disappointed by watermelon beers. They end up tasting like fake sugar and nothing like a crisp fresh watermelon in summer. The combination with sea salt helps hide that candy at first … Continue reading Founders – Green Zebra

Brooklyn Brewery – Summer Ale

Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, New York Style: Summer Ale ABV: 5% Rate Beer: 33/100 Pour: Pale yellow in colour. Head doesn’t hold well Crisp, light, fruit driven summer ale. Some Pilsner and wheat malt flavours come in at the tail end. Definitely a beer I can see getting smashed during those hot summer days in New York on a rooftop in Brooklyn looking out across … Continue reading Brooklyn Brewery – Summer Ale

Weihenstephaner collab with Sierra Nevada – Braupakt

Brewery: Weihenstephaner in Bavaria, Germany & Sierra Nevada in Chico, California USA Style: Hefe Weissbier ABV: 6% IBUs: 35 Rate Beer: 95/100 Pour: Opaque golden yellow with a big white foamy head Crisp, zesty Hefeweizen with nice wheat flavours and little bit of hop zing in the tail. Two classic breweries coming together to make a great beer in time for the Northern hemisphere summer. I … Continue reading Weihenstephaner collab with Sierra Nevada – Braupakt

Sierra Nevada – Hop Bullet

Brewery: Sierra Nevada in Chico, California USA Style: DIPA ABV: 8.0% IBUs: 60 Rate Beer: 93/100 Pour: Beautiful golden colour and strong biscuit nose  Sometimes you don’t have to go over the top with hops for DIPA. This just takes their Torpedo and increases the hop and grain bill to give a lighter colour and crisper drinking beer. I’m sure regular readers know my love for … Continue reading Sierra Nevada – Hop Bullet

San Diego, California USA

San Diego is a bit of a craft beer Mecca. With over 300 independent breweries operating out of the area, you’d be doing something very wrong to not find a beer. The city has embraced the craft beer culture. Most bars and pubs will have more craft beer taps than your big megaswill beers. There are plenty of beer festivals and events throughout the year.  … Continue reading San Diego, California USA