Tapped into Craft Libations and Victuals Big Bear Black Stout

  Tapped into Craft Libations and Victuals Big Bear Black Stout Spencer: Bear Republic opened in wine country, Sonoma County in 1995.  In 1996 they were named “Small Brewing Company of the Year” and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year” at the Great American Beer Festival.  The beer that put them on the map is the Racer 5(India Pale Ale) but we sampled the Big Bear Black Stout. Weighing in at 8.1% ABV this is definitely a “Big” beer! Lots of caramel and roasty flavors finish this smooth Russian Imperial Stout with the addition of Centennial and Cascade hops.
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Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Washington’s Porter from Alewerks Brewing

Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Washington’s Porter from Alewerks Brewing: Williamsburg, VA From Spencer: “Williamsburg AleWerks is located in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Chuck Haines opened up this brewery in 2006 with the vision of bringing fine craft beer to back Williamsburg.  These guys make a wide range of beers from IPA to Pumpkin to Milk Stouts.  The beer that I’m sampling right now is called the Washington Porter.  This is an English style porter being rich and malty with a nice chocolate backbone that finishes with a slight roasted malt flavor.  This is a perfect winter beer that is not too
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Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Cold Mountain Winter Ale From Spencer: From Spencer: I still get excited every year when the Cold Mountain Winter Ale is released.  The ever-changing Winter ale usually has notes of vanilla, spice, hazelnut and a sweet biscuit flavor that finishes with a slight hoppy balance.  People always talk from year to year about how last year was better than this year, but for me it always gets the winter season rolling…… City Beverage has been selling Highland beers since the mid-90s. Oscar Wong, the founder of the brewery really knows what it takes to brew good beer.  He also knows
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Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Lefthand Brewery Milk Stout

Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Lefthand Brewery Milk Stout From Spencer: It all started back in 1990 with a home brewing kit for a Christmas present. After brewing a few batches Dick Doore then moved back to Colorado and ran into his old college roommate Eric Wallace and the two decided to open a brewery. In 1993 they opened the brewery under the name, Indian Peaks Brewing Company but later found out someone was already using that name for a beer so they decide to change the name to Left Hand Brewing Company. They named the brewery after Chief
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