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The Biking Brewer’s Column: 2010 Cuveé du Chateau by Brewery Van Honsebrouck (Kasteel)

Jeffrey Michael, also known as the Biking Brewer, has been exploring the World of craft brewing and everything tasty for a couple of years now. Originally from Pittsburgh, he’s been travelling in and outside the country with his bike in search of the most interesting brews. As a home brewer and certified beer judge he certainly has a few accurate words to share about the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage. This is his first post on Blind Tasting Club and I’m very excited to have him here.

This style of beer, a Belgian Quadrupel, admittedly isn’t one of my go-to drinks, as I’m a fan of mostly clean, lighter beers (usually German), but as a certified BJCP judge I need to practice with all styles, and so, I present to you this review of the 2010 Cuveé du Chateau by Kasteel. I love Kasteel’s Rouge, probably my favorite fruit beer with its heavy dose of cherry extract, so I recognize I’m biased heading into this tasting, expecting to be at a minimum pleased, which is contrary to some homebrew tasting gauntlets where I assume I’ll leave more dissatisfied than when I arrived. Expectations are a real factor in all judging scenarios, so I find it important to note. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Beer,Belgium

Besuch bei Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, Kalifornien

Aus Kalifornien kommt nicht nur potenter Wein. Nördlich von San Francisco, mitten im Weingebiet Sonoma (liegt direkt neben Napa) befindet sich ganz nebenbei die wohl berüchtigste Mikrobrauerei der USA: Russian River Brewing. In der Stadt Santa Rosa ansässig, hat sie sich in den letzten Jahren einen Namen für feinste Biere belgischer Machart, aber auch aller anderen Stilrichtungen, aufgebaut. Als Mittel zum Zweck werden nicht nur eigene Hefekulturen aufgebaut, sondern für die Reifung auch gebrauchten Weinfässer verwendet.
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Eine Brauerei im Weingebiet – hier schliesst sich also der Kreis. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Beer,USA

La Pariolina Pizza & Cucina in Rome

A one night layover in Rome and it was my first time in this city. Luckily I had a few tips in my pocket. After a short walking tour (Our Alitalia flight was 3 hours late, so we had to skip a few landmarks) we took a cab and headed to La Pariolina, a pizzeria and restaurant located in Parioli, one of the nice bourgeois parts of the city behind the Villa Borghese park. The tipp came from Winepunk Marco Zanetti, a sommelier turned “terroirist”, importing indigenous grape wines to Germany and maybe soon to your country as well. The particular thing about this Roman pizzeria is that it not only offers a nice wine list, but also a great craft beer list. Beer friends among you might know that a huge microbrew wave has been hitting Italy these last years. So here are a few impressions and I can only say that it was a great place to stop by, not only for the beer but also for good food emphasizing quality ingredients and also for its great atmosphere with not many tourists. Read the rest of this entry »

Beer Bloggers Conference in Leeds – A few beer highlights!

Attending a beer bloggers conference truly is “hard work”! Look at this 3 day schedule, pheeew! And I don’t lie when I write that every session, even the web-design one, was accompanied with exactly the one drink you’d expect at such an event. Here are a few beer highlights from events such as the “night of international beers”, the “trade show” or the “comparative beer glass tasting”. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Beer

At the European Beer Bloggers Conference (Part 1) – Visiting Leeds Brewery

Well, first of all, some of you readers might be surprised this post is about beer, after all this is supposed to be a “wine and dine” blog! But I am not a militant wine-drinker (although a quite passionate one) and generally, I like everything that tastes good, including good beer. Plus, most of wine-drinkers I know like their occasional glass of beer, be it to soothe their taste-buds. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Beer,Uncategorized

A craftbrew Tour through the Eastcoast Part 2


A few days later we resumed our road trip heading South under the most apocolyptic rains. Our goal was the famous Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, one of the precursors of the modern microbrew scene. On this picture you can see the wooden Tanks made of Paraguayan Palo Santo wood. They contain the Palo Santo Ale which has an awful wood aromatic. A shame since those tanks have cost a small fortune to build. But that’s only my palate striking here and I do like that Dogfish Head isn’t scared to experiment. Clearly a few very interesting beers have come out of this spirit. Read the rest of this entry »