Blog Archives

Beer review: Westbrook Mexican Cake

Recently a dear friend treated us to a bottle of Westbrook Brewing’s Mexican Cake Imperial Stout, which has gained Whale status for a lot of beer nerds. A thick and sticky 10.5% ABV Imperial stout aged on cocoa nibs, vanilla

See more ›


Posted in beer, reviews

An unexpected pairing

After you’ve been doing food and beer pairings for a while, your brain makes connections at random moments. You’ll find yourself eating a cookie and thinking “Hmm, I wonder what this would be like with…” and then checking your beer

See more ›


Posted in cooking with beer

Book review: The Complete Beer Course

The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M Bernstein has an ambitious target: “Boot camp for beer geeks: from novice to expert in twelve tasting classes”. I felt a lot of scepticism at this claim. I have read many other books

See more ›


Posted in books, educational

Local craft beer quality

With “quality” applied to something as subjective as beer, you have to be very careful how you define it. Are sales enough? Some would point to the mass brands as evidence that popularity does not equal quality. What about consistency?

See more ›


Posted in educational

Oktoberfest beers

Those of you who are married probably think you had a pretty nifty wedding day. Now imagine you had a wedding reception that was still famous over 2 centuries later… that’s Oktoberfest! It all started in 1810 when Crown Prince

See more ›


Tagged with:
Posted in beer, beer history, educational, Huntsville-area brewery, reviews

Drinking locally in Scotland

It’s all well and good saying that you always drink locally when you are at home, but what about when you are away on vacation? It’s really not difficult now that there is ready access to the internet pretty much

See more ›


Posted in educational

What is “session beer”?

The subject of session beer is hotting up in the USA, so I am providing this handy guide to people on both sides of the Pond as to why “session beer” is critical to define. But before we go any

See more ›


Posted in educational

The end of the Golden Era of National Craft beer

I am laying out a bold thesis here: that we are at the end of the golden age of national craft beer brands. I’m not saying that we will never again see the likes of Anchor et al, but that

See more ›


Posted in educational

Calories in beer

With the recent announcement from the regulating authorities that brewers may, if they wish, provide calorie information, how will that affect craft breweries when consumers see the calorie count? These figures are calculated by Beersmith, and are subject to natural

See more ›


Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Birmingham-area brewery, educational, Huntsville-area brewery, Mobile-area brewery

Magic City Brewfest – a celebration of craft beer

The annual Magic City Brewfest is fast approaching, featuring more Alabama breweries than ever before – 15 at last count. Just look at all the local brews (marked with *) on the beer list! And just today, the Alabama Brewers’

See more ›


Posted in Uncategorized