American Craft Beer Week is May 16-22

New Glarus's Riverside Brewery
New Glarus's Riverside Brewery

American Craft Beer Week is May 16-22, 2011.  So this week, when you have a beer, enjoy one from one of America’s craft brewers!

It’s been a heck of a year for craft brewing, and thanks for letting me spend some of that time with you.  Be sure to try some of the beer from breweries we’ve visited in the last year:

… and to some we were close to, but couldn’t get enough time to stop by …

Have a great week!  Cheers!

Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock

Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock
Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock

To finish off American Craft Beer Week 2010, I cracked open my Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock.  This was a limited edition release, and was available at the brewery, or John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

Right off the bat, I noticed it was very smooth.  Because of how smooth it was, it seemed like they had lagered (stored) it for a while.  I had it on the cool side, so there may not have been as much carbonation bite as usual, and the carbonation seemed low.

True to style, it was very malty sweet with very little bitterness and had nice balance.  It seemed lighter in body than many of the other dopplebocks I’ve had, making it very drinkable.  It was a very nice beer, and a great first high gravity beer from Millstream.

Did you get a chance to try the Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock?  What was your experience?

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Saturday of American Craft Beer Week I tried the Gonzo Imperial Porter form Flying Dog Brewing.

It smelled a lot like chocolate and had a roasted scent to it.  It was a very full and thick beer with a lot of body.  It tasted a bit like bitter chocolate, almost like a dark chocolate.  It left a nice warming sensation due to the alcohol content (~7.8% ABV), as well as a nice chocolate aftertaste.  When I tried this beer, it was a bit warmer, at 60 degrees F, and I enjoyed it from a goblet.

Have you tried the Gonzo Imperial Porter?

Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk Oatmeal Stout

Keegan Ales Mother's Milk Oatmeal Stout
Keegan Ales Mother's Milk Oatmeal Stout

Also while at Stout‘s NYC in Manhattan, I had the chance to sample Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk Oatmeal Stout.

Not only is the name a mouthful, but so was the beer.  It was nice and smooth with a bunch of body, and had a perfect roasty character to it. Because it used lactose (milk sugar), it was slightly sweet but the oats gave it a hint of bite to balance it out.

It was a nice stout, and look forward to the next time I visit the New York City area to try some more offerings from Keegan Ales.

Have you tried the Mother’s Milk Stout?

Brooklyn Brewery Brown Ale

Brooklyn Brewing Brown Ale
Brooklyn Brewing Brown Ale

On Thursday, I continued American Craft Beer Week with Brooklyn Brewery‘s Brown Ale.

It was a nice, roasty brown ale.  It didn’t have much chocolate flavor, and the roasted flavor dominated.  It was very smooth, and went down well.  Just a note – I had the ale at Stout‘s in Manhattan, and I had finished some of the pint before they turned up the lights enough to take a good photo.

Have you tried the Brooklyn Brewery’s Brown Ale?