Bourbon County Stout by Goose Island Beer Co.

Black Friday has nothing to do with shopping. It isn’t about the great deals, the long lines, and waking up at ungodly hours just to save a few bucks. It isn’t about the start to the Christmas countdown, the tryptophan sleepiness finally wearing off, and eating leftover turkey for the next two weeks. In our minds, it’s all about the release of Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island Brewing, a beer worth getting up early and taking a swing at other customers for if needs be. It’s the black pearl in the Goose Island fleet, and hunting it down on Black Friday has become a tradition well worth keeping…

Trip in the Woods by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

When’s the last time you took a trip in the woods? Or better yet, when’s the last time you ran into a narwhal? Or even better yet, when is the last time you were confused about what you were supposed to be doing in the first place? Our latest beer of the week, Sierra Nevada’s Trip in the Woods:  Barrel-aged Narwhal w/ cocoa and coconut, will seek out answers to those questions and perhaps others you’re pondering. Let’s just hope the taste of the beer is easier to sum up than its name…

Paranormal by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Our favorite time of the beer year (Fall) is always jam-packed with more pumpkin beers for us to try than we have time for.  Such was the case in 2017.  Consider this week’s beer a spillover from last month, as we squeeze in one more brew for the Heavenly Gourd Series. Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale by Flying Monkeys Brewery is something out of the ordinary, and is a suitable plus one for the harvest season that has already come and gone…

Chai Yeti by Great Divide Brewing Co.

He goes by different names, depending on what geographic region you’re talking about. The Abominable Snowman. Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Our personal favorite though is Yeti, and who would’ve thought such a formidable beast could taste so good when prepared so many different ways? We’ve tried him infused with chocolate, laced with espresso, and even aged in oak barrels. So why not try him seasoned with some chai spice?  Join us on our expedition this week to find and experience the latest Yeti by Great Divide Brewing, a quest we welcome every time…

Mushhushshu by Rhinegeist Brewery

With a name that reads something like a spilled can of alphabet soup, Mushhushshu by Rhinegeist Brewery is anything but complicated.  Coffee, vanilla, and cocoa nibs are the predominant flavors, and there’s barrel aging to boot.  And while it’s true that a dark ale is somewhat uncommon for our own personal taste buds, those done well are memorable. Join us this week to see if this one stands out in our memory, even if we can’t spell it right every time….

Yakima Fresh by Columbus Brewing Co.

Producing nearly three fourths of all the hops in the world, Yakima Valley in Washington state is thought of as Mecca in the minds of most brewers and hopheads. We picture the drinking fountains there dispersing the hoppiest beers on Earth, the restaurants serving various culinary interpretations involving pine cones, and the rivers being deep enough in hop flowers to actually swim in. And while none of this actually exists in reality, beers like Yakima Fresh by Columbus Brewing Company do. It’s because of beers like this that we get such crazy beer fantasies…

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Well, we’ve saved what we believe to be the best for last. As the Heavenly Gourd Series draws to a close, our final brew for the month is one that we deem to be as close to perfection for a pumpkin beer as one can hope to find. It’s barrel-aged, it’s loaded with pumpkin flavor, and it’s what every craft beer fanatic wishes would end up in the bottom of their Trick or Treat bag. Are we too old for trick or treating? Probably, but if you could score a treasure like this simply by knocking on a stranger’s door, something tells us you wouldn’t care either. Happy Halloween!

Dave Doesn’t Know by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Just about anything can be found lurking in a pile of leaves around this time of the year. A missing piece of candy, a broken rake, or even someone looking to scare the daylights out of an unsuspecting passerby. But what about a full beer? Like a treasure waiting to be discovered, Dave Doesn’t Know by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company found its way into a leaf pile near us, and we happily rescued it for the sake of making it our fourth installment in the Heavenly Gourd Series…

Rumpkin by Avery Brewing Co.

Our love for pumpkin beers continues this week with our third beer in the Heavenly Gourd series, and it’s a real whopper.  Enticing us with a combination of pumpkin and rum barrel-aging, this colossal brew clocks in at 35 proof (seemed more appropriate than ABV) and is guaranteed to get your palate’s attention. But can all the booziness be too much of a good thing? Join us as we sample Avery Rumpkin in an attempt to answer that question on our quest to discovering pumpkin beer perfection..

Pumking by Southern Tier Brewing Company

He-Man vs. Skeletor. G.I. Joe vs Cobra. Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan. The Autobots vs. the Decepticons. What do they all have in common, besides proving that we have fond memories of the 80’s? All of them are classic battles of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, and simply put, who’s more powerful. In our second week of the Heavenly Gourd series, we pitted Pumking against his rum-guzzling uncle to see who the true king of the pumpkin patch is…