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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shower Beers: Brewvival Edition

  Water, water, everywhere, And not a drop to drink. Apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge for paraphrasing, but those lines are wholly appropriate for the 2013 edition of Charleston, SC's Brewvival. With reports of over 1.5" of rain in the area prior to the festival's noon starting time, and more on the way, there truly […]

Kyle’s Files: Weyerbacher Heresy

I feel like we've all been there before. That random moment of refrigerator searching when, all of a sudden, you come across something you had no idea was in there in the first place. Often a disappointing experience ("That's how long past the expiration date?!?"), the random fridge find can be ultimately fulfilling. Consider, for […]

Kyle’s Files: Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA

I haven't made it a secret that I enjoy rye beers. I'm just drawn to them. The word "rye" immediately catches my eye when browsing store shelves or beer menus, so a lot of times those beers get a little more of my attention when I'm searching for the next brew to try. So what […]

Kyle’s Files: Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast

After a lengthy absence, I have returned. Damn you, college, for interrupting my beer reviewing. With classes officially in the books for the semester, I figured I might as well take the time to sit down with a beer. Call this a pre-finals break. I went to a local grocery store the other night in […]

The Friday Flight – Second Course

We're back for round number two. Last time, we took a look at some craft beer basics. If you've already read it, you've got an idea of what we're shooting for here. If not, there's no better time than the present. As a bit of a refresher, a flight is a collection of small samples […]

Kyle’s Files: Ommegang Hennepin

What's this? I'm drinking something appropriate for summer? With the fridge presently devoid of stouts (and thanks to Bernie covering Creme Brulee already), I felt like Ommegang Hennepin would be a perfect choice. Hennepin was actually the first saison I ever tried as well as one of my very first reviews on BeerAdvocate. Ommegang does […]

Kyle’s Files: B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher

There are a lot of Ohioans in my home state of South Carolina. Seriously. Don't believe me? Have a look, though that appears to be a primarily coastal point of view. One recent visitor from the Buckeye State I've noticed in the past few years is Akron's own Hoppin' Frog Brewery. I mean, I love […]

Kyle’s Files: Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca

How would you like to be whisked away to “a land of open fermentation, oak barrel aging, and bottle conditioning”? I decided to take the fine folks at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales up on that offer and recently explored a bottle of their Belgian Biere Blanche, Calabaza Blanca. Calabaza Blanca Brewed by: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan […]