From the HopPress: Halloween Beer

From the HopPress: Halloween Beer

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, October 30th.

Like most modern American holidays, Halloween is more than a little over-commercialized and (I am at risk here of sounding like an old fogey) it seems to have lost some of the “mystique” and fun that it had when I was much younger. The once simple act of dressing up like a ghost (my favorite) and merrily going house to house gathering “treats” has been severely tainted with the risks and the potential dangers that type of behavior now carries. Wither the innocence of days gone by…

Lamenting aside, for me there are still some significant benefits to be gained from the celebration of Halloween, even if those do not much resemble the days of my youth. I am not talking about dressing up and going out to party it up all night with friends, although that can definitely still be enjoyable. I am, instead, talking about sampling some of the Halloween “themed” beers that are available these days. I am going to steer clear of the pumpkin beers, since those are focused more on the autumn season and there is plenty in the media about those beers these days. Instead I am going to hit some of the beers that either because of their name or what they taste like could be associated with Halloween.

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From the HopPress: Halloween Beer

I have now had, “Officially”, ALL beer styles!!

Lindemans Faro Lambic Beer – Ratebeer #1086

With this beer, I have now had all of the “official” styles of beer that exist. I am so excited!!

From my Ratebeer rating…

Bottle/12oz – This is the last of the “styles” of beer on my list… I have now had *every* style of beer that exists!!!! – Pours a clear dark amber in color with a small, almost non-existent head and very little carbonation. Aroma is fruity… apples cherries, pears… barnyard funk with citrus and vinegar sourness… with plenty of the candy sugar to fill in the gaps. Finish is surprisingly sweet, given the sour style, and lingering. This might not be the “best” faro out there, but I like it!!

Onward and upward!

From the HopPress: SIPtemberfest 2010

SIPtemberfest 2010

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, October 9th.

It has been a good summer here in Vermont; plenty of sunshine and some very warm days. However as we head into October and the core of our autumn season, our thoughts and actions have slowly moved from summer-time to the fall harvest, bright foliage (complete with the hordes of out of state “leaf peepers”) and the last of the outdoor beer festivals of the year. A couple of weeks ago I attended the 2010 rendition of SIPtemberfest at the Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Vermont.

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