Lagunitas Brewing Company – Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale

The story behind the Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale is interesting to say the least, and one for the ages. The brewery, located in Petaluma in Sonoma County California, was holding regular tastings every Thursday night. This one particular event was advertised in a local newspaper as “420” – a number (time) synonymous with marijuana. A group of students showed up to the event and decided to smoke pot. That prompted the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board to launch an eight week “undercover investigation” of the brewery. During the investigation…

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Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

This is a very solid milk stout that is best reserved for dessert but the lack of complex flavors may turn beer connoisseurs away. So I had a few of my buddies over last night to join me in my cigar cave, what else in new right? – my wife’s favorite lecture every time I sneak outside with the boys –  and we fired up some premium stogies and put back a few tasty brews as we watched a couple NCAA tournament games. While checking our brackets and bullshitting about…

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Lagunitas Pils – Czech style Pilsener

This is a very good, tasty beer, but there are better pilseners available on today’s market After I popped the cap I took a deep breath to inhale the aromatic flavors. It had a pleasant biscuit malt background that was clearly overshadowed by a spicy, floral hop profile. It was a satisfying balance of sweetness and spice. The pour was quite stunning and apropos to the style – a pale golden color with a thick and lasting white foamy head with nice lacing, really good head retention. I placed my…

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Duclaw – Sweet Baby Jesus

A Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter that is a perfect dessert beer. First brewed in 2011, Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is a complex, robust porter. It is jet black in color with a tan head, full-bodied and creamy with a satiny smooth mouth-feel. It pours like a typical porter – smooth, dark and decadent with a gorgeous head. The smell of chocolate and peanut butter with hints of cream and oats is absolutely intoxicating. It smells incredibly delicious. It tastes just as good as it smells. It enters…

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Troegs Nugget Nectar

Tröegs Brewing in Hershey, PA is known for awesome brewskies, including Hopback, Perpetual IPA, The Scratch Series, and of course Mad Elf. The new champion among these great beers is this imperial red/amber ale that packs a solid hop punch – Nugget Nectar Imperial Red Ale – a real hopfest for those hopheads out there. It starts with the same base ingredients of their flagship HopBack Amber Ale, but Nugget Nectar intensifies the malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience. As soon as I popped the cap…

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Founders Imperial Stout

It was Friday night and I decided to invite the boys over for some beers and cigars to kick off the weekend. I supplied the stogies and my buddies brought the brews.  Founders Imperial Stout was the featured brew and I was all in. I toasted my Alec Bradley Prensado, an awesome cigar by the way, while my buddy cracked open my stout and poured her into a pint glass for me. This stout was gorgeous upon the pour. She was jet black in color, like a starless night sky…

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Six Point Resin

If you crave hops then Six Point Resin is the brew for you. It opens with a sweet malted taste then erupts with a potent burst of hops on the finish. I love the long-lasting after taste that captivates the palette. Mouth-watering scents of citrus, malts, pine, resin, caramel and apricot permeate throughout. Six Point Resin is a full-bodied bomb squeezed into a sleek and slender 12 oz. can that is oh so drinkable. Pour into a pint glass to reveal the stunning bronze tinge and dramatic frothy head or…

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Terrapin Wake ‘N’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Wow! What a beer. This coffee stout is thick, rich and black as night. This is the Ultimate gentleman’s beer that is a must have at every Ultimate Cigar Party. It is packed with real coffee flavor brewed from a select blend of coffee beans hand picked for Terrapin. This unique blend produces a robust and flavorful beer that emits a full aroma with hints of rich coffee but doesn’t overpower the senses. It feels smooth and gorgeous in the mouth with layers of smoky, creamy goodness that leaves you…

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Founder’s ALL DAY IPA – SESSION ALE

Founder’s ALL DAY IPA is a naturally brewed American craft beer with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. It is balanced for optimal aromatics and a crisp finish with hints of citrus, grapefruit specifically. The hops are not as brutish as other varieties but they pack a clean, fresh punch that makes this beer perfect for pairing with your favorite medium-bodied cigar, perhaps a fine Alec Bradley American Blend Sungrown. When gently poured into a pint glass the brew emits a golden hue that foams a gorgeous white…

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