Posts by nstender


3 years ago, a small group of intrepid beer nuts embarked on an epic failure of a mission to spread the love of pumpkin beer. This adventure had the best of intentions and was announced with clarity of purpose – enjoying all that is pumpkin. At the time, I was living in St. Louis and my brother in San Diego. I had a trip planned to visit sunny SoCal in October. Leading up to it, both of us bragged about the superiority of gourd based...

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Sierra Nevada Stout

Sierra Nevada Stout


Posted By on Sep 19, 2017

Sierra Nevada is one of those breweries that just casually kicks ass day in and day out – for going on FORTY YEARS! That is a long ass time in the relatively recent explosion of craft beer hipness happening right now. That’s also an alliteration unplanned until now. I wrote about New Shiny Beer Syndrome regarding Stone Brewing last week but I’d postulate that Sierra makes Stone look like the new kid on the block....

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Stone Ruination

Stone Ruination


Posted By on Sep 12, 2017

Perhaps its living in a part of the world that has not yet mastered the art of the West Coast IPA. Perhaps I suffer from New Shiny Beer Syndrome which causes me to pass over seemingly “old” craft brews for the latest and hype-iest beer on the shelf. In either case, Stone Ruination is not one to miss. I certainly miss the cornucopia of bitter IPAs readily available from coast to coast in the US. So knowing that Ruination is...

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BrewDog Cocoa Psycho

BrewDog Cocoa Psycho


Posted By on Aug 29, 2017

I’m a BrewDog fan. Their beer is excellent, their attitude makes me laugh and they’re opening up shop in Ohio. I’m not from the Buckeye State but I am from the United States so me likey. Of course, I now live in Switzerland which means I get to drink their beer all the time anyway. Its all very circular and strange. I particularly like the fact that they make a kick ass West Coast style IPA. Years of ruining my beer...

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Have you ever had Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing? If not, imagine a freshly toasted s’mores and that’s it. The tagline is “Leaves you wanting s’more” for a reason. High Water arguably invented the s’mores beer category which is supported by the fact of winning a Gold Medal for the brew not once, but twice at the Great American Beer Festival. I first had it many years ago on a trip to California and once it arrived in St. Louis...

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