Kyle’s Files: Great Lakes Blackout Stout

“Our robust Blackout Stout is named after the infamous ‘Blackout of 2003’ that left the northeastern United States without power for days.” Uh, why didn’t I think to open this beer two weeks ago, when an ice storm knocked out power in my area for several days? That would’ve been too appropriate. I opened a […]

Kyle’s Files: Flossmoor Station Killer Kapowski

When I wake up in the morning and the alarm gives out a warning and I think I’ll never make it on time… Apologies for the “Saved by the Bell” reference right out of the gates. My thinking was that it was bound to happen sooner or later, so might as well get it over […]

Kyle’s Files: Trappistes Rochefort 10

This is a problem I’ve experienced before. It’s actually a problem I’ve documented in the past but I guess I never actually learned from it. That problem, you ask? Ignoring beers perpetually residing on local shelves in favor of those that are harder to find, recipients of more hype or ones that are just different. […]

Cheers to new beginnings

First off, my apologies for the lack of posting. Unfortunately time is thin these days and life insists on pulling me in other directions. Such as homebrewing!! Yup. Recently a couple buddies and I set out on this adventure and are now one batch in with a second in the fermenter. The appeal to start […]

Kyle’s Files: Surly Abrasive Ale

One aspect of our craft beer culture that has always fascinated me is the way beers are distributed. One key factor of experiencing something new is having the opportunity to do so. So, more often than not, the first beers you know are the ones you see on television and on your grocery store shelves. […]

Real Women Drink Beer!

According to a 2012 Galliup poll, women between the ages of 18 and 34 now prefer beer over wine. And beer drinking groups among women are growing in number as well. Proving yet again that they are the stronger and smarter sex. Yes, come on in ladies. The beer is cold!     Craft beer […]

Hope Springs Beer Eternal – Suwanee Beer Fest

The weather in Suwanee GA last Saturday was pretty much the antithesis of what we experienced in Charleston for Brewvival. The temperature was set to perfect and the sunshine was the only thing more plentiful than the beer. And thus we begin my third review in as many years of Suwanee Beer Fest 2013. Because […]

Podcast with CFBZ

So…for some reason Kevin at College Football Zealots had me on his podcast to talk about beer and college football. It went about as you would've expected it to I guess. What can really go wrong when two guys talk about beer and a little football for good measure? That's as natural and as American […]

Podcast with 1 Beer 1 Song

I was fortunate enough to get invited behind the scenes at 1 Beer 1 Song. It was a great experience. No seriously, Tony didn't play any death metal and Russ dropped relatively few f-bombs. A good time was had by all. Right Brett? The link below should take you to their website where you can […]


I'm off to Suwanee Beer Fest and then back home to enjoy one of my favorite holidays – St. Patrick's Day!! Before I go I thought I'd offer some input into my favorite Irish stouts/ales and ask for any feedback you may have in expanding the list. Here's the Irish beers I'm working on tonight into […]

Untapped – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

If you want the short version of this review you only have to answer this one question – do you like bourbon? If so, read on because you'll like this beer. If not, well…you might still like this beer but the chances definitely go down. Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is better known as […]

Kyle’s Files: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

I think Bigfoot is blurry. That's the problem. Sierra Nevada's version of Bigfoot, on the other hand, is anything but a problem. This Bigfoot can cause blurriness, sure, but Bigfoot itself is a bold, vibrant barleywine with an aggressive hop bite when fresh. When aged? Well, that's what I'm looking to find out. For reasons […]

Terrapin’s new brew house

This is an informative, educational and a humorous look at Terrapin Brewing Co.'s new 100 barrel brewing system, via Beer Street Journal. Spike, one of the company's founders, walks us through the system and what it will mean for business, the expanded market, as well as the craft beer drinker. Setting up for a big […]

Kyle’s Files: Founders KBS

Now, this should be interesting. KBS, née Kentucky Breakfast Stout, is an absolute delight of a beer from Founders. Come to think of it, pretty much everything I've ever had from Founders has been an absolute delight. Put them right up there with Bell's in terms of "jack of all trades" breweries. Of course, both […]

Kyle’s Files: Bell’s Batch 9000

Talk about a blast from the past. I was doing a little bit of cellar reorganization when I noticed my last remaining bottle of Bell's Batch 9000. Thanks to the Bell's ultra-handy batch finder, I was reminded that Batch 9000 was packaged on January 27th, 2010. So yeah, we're looking at a bottle just over […]