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Specialty Beers for Fall
Treat Yourself to Something Special


Every fall we release the results of our specialty beer tasting. What is a specialty beer you ask? These are beers from more obscure categories like lambic, rauchbier (smoked beer), flavored, herbed or spiced beers, fruit beers, gluten-free, hybrid-styles, and other interesting beers that sometimes defy categorization.   more >>

Toasting Time
Here’s to Spring!


It happens once a year, the eternal Spring Equinox when flowers are budding, birds are chirping and the winter coats seem to fade back into the closet. It’s also the time to dust off the grill and stock up on new releases of Britsh and North American Ales.   more >>

S&P Beer Tip
Stouts are Black and Porters are Brown

By Jerald O’Kennard

Stouts are black and Porters are brown. While not true in every case, this rule of thumb has become a beneficial tip in our tasting room when tasting through the annual Stouts and Porters category of our World Beer Championships. These traditional English dark ale styles share so much in common flavor-wise that the degree of lightness, both of color and texture, is an important compass to use on the quest to dissect (not fuss over…) their differences.  A beer’s color is a good starting point in determining whether or not a brewer nailed a particular style and we usually find that if a beer’s color is correct, its aroma and flavor elements are more likely to be correct.   more >>