Harpoon El Triunfo Coffee Porter

Harpoon El Triunfo Coffee PorterHarpoon El Triunfo Coffee Porter is release number 44 in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series. The name of this coffee porter comes from the area in Chipas, Mexico where the coffee beans used in the beer were harvested.

El Triunfo pours a thick, dark brown that reminds me of cola. The two fingers of off-white head recedes relatively quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing on the glass.


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April 21, 2013

Epic Brewing Double Skull Doppelbock

Epic Brewing Double Skull DoppelbockSpring has just begun, but I’ve been on a bock and doppelbock for a while now. Rogue Dead Guy is a favorite of mine, and Brooklyn’s Silver Anniversary Lager is amazing, but I have also been trying some new beers within this style as well. On that list is a bomber of Epic Brewing Double Skull Doppelbock Lager, which my brother was kind enough to share with me. As the title suggests, this is a doppelbock, which means it’s high in alcohol (9% ABV) and big on flavor.

Double Skull is part of Epic’s Exponential Series. Beers in this series tend to be higher quality brews that are released in somewhat limited batches with the release number and date printed on the label. Sadly, I didn’t think to write down which batch this bottle is from.


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March 23, 2013

Southern Tier Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout

Southern Tier Jah-Va Imperial Coffee StoutSouthern Tier Brewing Company, located in Lakewood, New York, has built a reputation of brewing some pretty awesome beers since 2002. They have a number of popular year-round beers such as their 2X IPA, Iniquity Black Ale, and Unearthly IPA. They also feature seasonal favorites like 2X Christmas and Imperial Pumpking. This is my first bout with Southern Tier Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout, and much like my previous experiences with the brewery, this one rocks!


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March 21, 2013

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Two Hearted AleAs a life-long resident of Columbus, Ohio, graduate of THE Ohio State University and die-hard Buckeye fan, I don’t freely give compliments to “that state up North.” I must begrudgingly give credit where credit is due, though, when it comes to Bell’s Brewery. All kidding aside, Bell’s produces some of the best beer around and every beer of theirs that I have tired has been of top-notch quality. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is their IPA offering and is one of their most popular brews (for good reason).


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March 17, 2013

Biffy Clyro- Opposites

Biffy Clyro- OppositesScottish rock trio Biffy Clyro dropped their sixth studio album, and their first since 2009’s Only Revolutions, on Tuesday. Over the last decade, Biffy Clyro have perfected the formula for big rock albums, and their newest release is no exception. Opposites is  20-track, double record that is packed full of 80 minutes-worth of huge rock anthems. But does it really need to be that long?


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March 14, 2013

Best Places to Buy Craft Beer in Columbus

ColumbusOne of my favorite things about drinking craft beer is the adventure involved in trying to get my hangs on some of the more difficult to find beers. There is certainly no shortage of great places to buy craft beer in Columbus, including some chain stores, such as Giant Eagle and World Market. Those stores, however, don’t usually carry the one-off, specialty brews that true beer nerds love to drink. Therefore, finding a local bottle shop to fill your needs is essential. Below is a few of my favorite spots around the city, but this is not at all meant intended to be an exhaustive list.


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March 10, 2013

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPADogfish Head 75 Minute IPA is much more than just a mid-way point between the popular 60 and the 90 Minute IPAs. The Delaware-based brewery does a number of things differently with this limited-release beer to make it a truly special brew. Maple Syrup is added to the beer and it is bottle conditioned (which is another way of saying it is allowed to ferment in the bottle). It is also dry-hopped with cascade hops to give the aroma a little extra hop kick.


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March 8, 2013

A New Batch of Stone Enjoy By IPA Is On It’s Way

Stone Enjoy By IPAIt looks like Stone Brewing Company already has a new batch of Enjoy By IPA ready to be bottled. Their last batch was released last week with an “Enjoy By” date of 04.01.13, and it has been widely popular for good reason; it was delicious! According to Stone’s website, this latest batch is scheduled to be bottled on March 20 and will be distributed immediately follow. The newest batch will have an “Enjoy By” date of 04.20.13.


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March 8, 2013

Woman- Rhye

Rhye- WomanOccasionally a record comes along that inexplicably captures your imagination. For whatever reason, you become captivated and can’t turn it off. It may not be the greatest album you’ve ever heard, and you certainly wouldn’t call it your favorite, but, as if some mysterious force is contained within the notes, it draws you in deeper each time you listen. Woman, the debut album from Rhye, has become that album for me.


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March 6, 2013

Elevator Horny Goat

Elevator Horny GoatThe Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus is located in Downtown Columbus, OH, and is the original site of the Bott Brother’s Billiards and Gentlemen’s Saloon. The building was originally opened in the late 19th century and flourished until prohibition in the 1920’s. Today, the old saloon houses Elevator’s restaurant and bar, while their full-scale brewery is located a couple blocks away. Elevator is one of my favorite local brewers, and Horny Goat is one of their limited release offerings; a porter aged in oak whiskey barrels. This year’s batch was just released a few days ago and I quickly snatched up a 4-pack for around $10. This is my first go-around with this particular brew and I’m really excited to try it out.


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March 4, 2013