Amber lager by George Killian influenced by Irish roots

George Killian’s Irish Red Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO 4.9% ABV 4 out of 5 stars Categorized as an amber lager, “George Killian’s Irish Red” possesses many qualities...

‘Karma’ will transmigrate your soul to a better-tasting place

"Karma” Avery Brewing Co. Boulder, CO 5.2% ABV, 10 IBU 5 out of 5 stars I must have done something right somewhere along the line, because “Karma” from...

‘Brutella”s short life worth celebrating

“Brutella” Moose’s Tooth Brewing Co. 6% ABV, 25 IBU 4 out of 5 stars I know, I know: it’s about time I paid tribute to one of Anchorage’s...

Brew Review: HopDevil & Sam Adams’ Imperial Stout

HopDevil IPA Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown, PA 6.7% ABV 5 out of 5 stars Smells like victory. Okay, not quite. But Victory Brewing Co.’s “HopDevil” IPA begins with...

Sierra Nevada’s anniversary ale nothing to celebrate

Sierra Nevada’s “Anniversary Ale” is a celebratory brew produced each year to commemorate the brewery’s inception (29 years and counting). The brew style for “Anniversary...

Arrogant Bastard begats overbearing libation

Part of my generosity with my rating of “OAKED Arrogant Bastard” (four stars rather than three) has simply to do with the ale being...

Silver Gulch offering lacks substance

“Copper Creek Amber Ale” is not the first beer I have tried from Silver Gulch Brewing, and so far I have yet to be...

Spaten’s Munchen Dunkel on the full side

A new beer on the scene from venerated brewery Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau, “Spaten Munchen Dunkel” fulfills all the basic requirements needed for it to be categorized...

‘Liberty Ale’ tribute to Paul Revere’s ride rife with citrus flavor

By Trevor O'Hara “Liberty Ale” from Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco is aptly named. It was brewed in commemoration of Paul Revere’s famous ride....

‘Urban Wilderness’ rides the fence in flavor

By Trevor O'Hara “Urban Wilderness” is an English-style pale ale from Anchorage’s own Sleeping Lady Brewery. It is a moderate among beers. “Urban Wilderness” walks...

‘Raison D’Etre’ one more reason to enjoy beer

"Mahogany ale" is the most accurate term to classify Dogfish Head's "Raison D'Etre," both in color and in flavor. "Raison D'Etre" is a rich beer, which is not surprising as the ale is brewed with beet sugar and green raisins. (See the pun?) "Raison d'etre" means "reason for living" in French.

‘Juju Ginger’ a unique style, but lacks real flavor

Before "Juju Ginger" from Left Hand Brewing Co., I couldn't say I had heard of an ale brewed with ginger before, aside from the soft drink bearing the name. The incorporation of this spice into a beer seems to have led to an outcome unlike what I look for in a fermented beverage.

‘Keystone’ is good, but its no ‘Wise’

Keystone Ice Coors Brewing Co. Golden, CO 5.9% ABV Ah, Keystone - most of you who recognize the name do so out of a familiarity with the most publicized of the Keystone family, Keystone Light. And if I am going to personify the Keystone brand as a family (complete with three offspring, Keystone Light, Keystone and Keystone Ice) then Keystone Ice would inevitably land itself in the role of the brooding eldest.

The right brew to beat the heat

When all the facts are in, no season truly stands alone in the arena of enjoyable beer drinking. That being said, summer certainly provides a plethora of unique beer drinking possibilities. If you love the outdoors and you love to drink beer, what better time to combine your pleasures? First, choose a beer.

Flying Dog’s Snake IPA disappoints; Moosehead’s light body impresses

Beyond the artwork on the label, Snake Dog IPA is an interesting beer, if not entirely unique. In color, Snake Dog exhibits an amber tinge over a typical IPA gold. Snake Dog has a light body, not overly malted, and is starts off with a crispness that is tangible.

Crisp pre-prohibition lager with a hint of apple

Full Sail Brewing Co. refers to their Session Premium Lager as "an all-malt Continental Pilsner." Ignoring the official denotations that go along with such a claim, I would call this beer "a lager that drinks like an ale, possibly a pale," provided you drink it from a glass, of course.

Historic stout is dark & smoky but lacks a bite

Murphy's Stout is an Irish stout with a long recorded history to prove it. This beer is dark. It pours black with a white head. It gives a promising aroma and starts thick and creamy and chocolaty. But there is no bite. Moving into the swallow, Murphy's seems to thin a little (not undesirable) and there is a definite presence of hops.

Would you like pancakes with that wild blue?

Steelhead Extra Pale Ale For anyone who fi shes the draw here is obvious, but even if you have not yet seen the light, Steelhead Extra Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Co. offers plenty of merit to be worth your attention. On the pour Steelhead is quite, well, pale.

This Valentine’s Day, Impress your partner with offbeat drinks

Valentine's Day - a day for sappy songs and candle-lit dinners, roses, chocolates and pre-inscribed cards with touching sentiments of love and rapture printed specifi cally for the thousands of special people receiving them. You may also need a drink. If you are out of ideas or feel like trying or providing something new this Valentine's Day, here are a few suggestions.

Kilt-lifting goodness makes great ale

Winterhook Winter Ale Redhook Ale Brewery, Woodinvile, WA, and Portsmouth, NH 5.5% Alc, 29 IBUs 3 out of 5 stars As its name suggests, Winterhook is a winter ale from the Redhook Ale Breweries, peddlers of the famous Redhook ESB. If you are not familiar with the winter ale (or winter warmer) category, think of it as spicy and flavorful, full, and on the darker side.

One great beer and one greatly disappointing ale go under scrutiny

Alaskan ESB Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, AK 5.0% Alc, 42 IBUs 5 out of 5 stars Remember Bridgeport IPA? Well, Alaskan ESB is its first cousin by marriage. This likewise untitled beer from Alaskan Brewing Company is a little less assuming than Bridgeport IPA, but it does possess its own set of multi-faceted layers.

Pumpkin pie and Oktoberfest in a beer

Think pumpkin pie and pale ale. This ale is brewed with actual pumpkin along with the spices usually associated with the fruit in pie form. These spices are overt, making themselves apparent in the odor and flavor of the ale. The beauty here is found in a near to perfect pairing of these spices with a solid base of hops, generating a pleasing combination of bitter and sweet and something in between.

Lovers of local music will like Players House of Rock

Starting at the T-bar intersection at Fireweed and Spenard, take a left, and bypass Chilkoot Charlie's. Keep following Spenard. Pass the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, pass the Buckaroo's Club, and, yes, pass up even the Carousel Lounge. Keep your eye out for a low, poorly lit building on your right.

Labatt Blue and Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Labatt Blue 3/5 stars Simple and unpretentious, Labatt Blue is a beer that mellows with you. Advertised as a Canadian Pilsner (pilsner being a loose categorization), Labatt Blue is essentially a golden lager. With a distinct clear golden color, this beer is slightly drier and a hint fuller bodied than the average lager.