Monthly Archive: October 2009

Rock Art Wins “Monster” Battle!

Late in the day on Wednesday Rock Art Brewery, makers of “The Vermonster” beer, and Hansen Beverage Company, makers of Monster energy drinks, reached an agreement that will allow Rock Art to continue to use the name “Vermonster” for its beer, so long as it stays out of the energy drink market.

#880 – Long Trail Imperial Porter

One their new “Brewmaster & Limited Edition Series”. Like many quality craft brewers these days, Long Trail has created this growing collection of “premium beer”. Currently includes their “Coffee Stout”, “Double IPA” and this “Imperial Porter”.

SKoenemann HopPress Blog is alive!

I have been fortunate enough to be selected, along with a short list of other beer bloggers, to blog for the RateBeer Web site (

Clipper City Heavy Seas – The Great Pumpkin Imperial Ale

Pours a nice “pumpkin” amber in color with a very small whitish head that fades to almost nothing… low carbonation. Aroma is slightly sweet and almost all pumpkin spice (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon,etc.) and nothing else. Flavor is a bit more complex. Some pumpkin, spices ( as noted) and a bit of harsh, unpleasant alcohol character. Slightly bitter and astringent at the end. Lingering bitterness with little else.

Downeast Maine and Coastal New Hampshire…

My wife (Candy) and I recently took some time to return to one of our favorite regions… the Greater Portland Maine and Portsmouth NH areas. The weather was not that great, so we “had”...

“Massive”… it’s the only way to describe it…

I just finished a bottle of Weyerbacher Thirteen… their 13th anniversary Imperial Stout. At 13.6% ABV… it’ll *rock* you!! Picked this up at Downeast Beverage during a brief foray to Portland, Maine last week....

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