The mostly absurd and antiquated alcohol laws of Oklahoma pose a few interesting challenges for local businesses, namely that the breweries in the state want something that can be sold in grocery and convenience stores, as well as growler fills at the brewery so they come up with some impressive 3.2 offerings. I stopped by the Prairie Artisan Ales […]Read more "Review: Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie-Vous Français"
COOP Ale Works has been producing some great Oklahoma beer for years now. Last week Justin and I got the chance to hang out and drink a few with JD, co-founder and owner, and discuss where the brewery has been and where it’s going. We started out by walking around the brewery which is lined with what seem like […]Read more "Barrels and Mash Field Trip: COOP Ale Works"
Yeah, so all the same stuff I already said about Four Roses in my other review…here. Except that Small Batch is a blend of four different select bourbons. Two of the bourbons are comprised of a mash of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley (the ‘B’ mash bill), while the other two bourbons […]Read more "Review: Four Roses Small Batch"
In 2011, the Discovery Channel launched a TV show called Moonshiners which chronicles the lives and crazy happenings of a group of guys making shine in the Appalachian Mountains. While it seems like a terrible idea to let a full-on camera crew film you doing illegal things, these guys managed to make their whiskey and evade the authorities while […]Read more "Review: Climax Moonshine"
One of the first “nicer” bottles of wine that my wife and I shared after we got out of school and actually had some actual disposable income was a 2004 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon. I had high hopes for this Groth Cask Finished bourbon because of that and I was not disappointed. This bottle is batch #3, […]Read more "Review: Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish"
We were lucky enough to actually go to the Willett Distillery last summer, which was June 2014. We grabbed this bottle, Johnny Drum Private Stock, and Pure Kentucky, and out of trio, the Pot Still is the only one left. Sad face. Oh, and my pot still t-shirt! Hooray for that! I definitely recommend vacations […]Read more "Review: Willett Pot Still Reserve"
I loved this one when it came out originally, it was one of the first sour beers I tried and actually liked. Now I can’t get enough. I really should call my credit card company and tell them to block Craft Beer Kings. The original batch disappeared quickly at home, and it seemed that it […]Read more "Review: Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Somewhere (Collaboration with Saint Somewhere)"
You know what they say about first impressions… I can’t really remember exactly, but I think it’s something about how first impressions are important. I found that to be a bit of a problem in my experience with Roughtail as the first beer I had by them was their 12th Round Strong Ale and I just […]Read more "Review: Roughtail IPA"
Four Roses has ten different recipes, yielding three finished products; yellow label, Small Batch, and Single Barrel, with the occasional limited edition. While most distilleries age bourbon in warehouses that are many stories high, Four Roses ages its bourbon in a one-story warehouse to ensure that each barrel is aged in a similar environment. Interesting […]Read more "Review: Four Roses Single Barrel"
Imperial stout aged in Jamaican rum barrels is music to my ears. I generally enjoy the crazy flavors that a rum barrel can impart, and I enjoy that a brewery in my home state loves to experiment with this style. I’ve sorely missed this brew since its first appearance in 750 ml bottles. Let’s dig […]Read more "Review: Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Noir"