Greg Bruce

Homebrew Review: Northern Brewer – Bacon! Smoked Red Ale

By Greg Bruce | March 26, 2014 |

Bacon doughnuts, bacon gum, bacon mints, and now… bacon beer? One of the hottest crazes to sweep the nation lately has been bacon-flavored products, and not even beer seems to be able to escape its allure. In 2011, Oregon-based Rogue Ales teamed up with Voodoo Doughnut to release its Bacon Maple Ale, but now homebrewers…

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Review: Barware of the Pretentious Beer Glass Company

By Greg Bruce | July 30, 2013 |

You are pouring your beers into glasses, right? The Pretentious Beer Glass Company is the solo effort of Matthew Cummings to bring custom, homemade glassware into your home. Each glass is carefully handcrafted on a lathe and the personal individuality manifests itself within the finished products in the form of slight variations in angles, thickness,…

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Review: GrOpener Bottle Opener

By Greg Bruce | June 26, 2013 |

Recently we received a sample of a unique new bottle opener, dubbed the GrOpener. Despite the somewhat lewd sounding name, the GrOpener is actually a portmanteau of the words ‘grab’ and ‘opener’, both of which frame a rather straightforward description of how the product works. Touted as a bottle opener that is swift and easy…

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Review: Brooklyn Brewery’s Silver Anniversary Lager & Summer Ale

By Greg Bruce | May 26, 2013 |

This year, Brooklyn Brewery is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and to commemorate the event, it is brewing up a special treat. Silver Anniversary Lager is a twist on its normal Brooklyn Lager where the brewery instead seeks to create a doppelbock-strength version of the beer, which, when combined with the added yeast for bottle-conditioning, creates…

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Mainstream Brewery Spotlight: Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser Line Reviewed

By Greg Bruce | April 17, 2013 |

Discriminating drinkers aren’t immune from the mainstream, and ultra-micro-craft brews aren’t always available when you’re looking for a six pack at your local convenience store. What then about the biggest beer of them all? Today we look at the complete lineup of Budweiser beers, which now includes six different bottlings. Thoughts follow. As the oldest…

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Review: Stone Enjoy By 4.20.13 IPA

By Greg Bruce | April 9, 2013 |

For those beer drinkers who can’t get enough hops, there’s nothing worse than opening an India Pale Ale and finding out that the bottle you just bought is several months old. Unlike some beer styles that can improve and mature with age, IPAs and other hop-forward beers are notorious for dropping off quickly because the…

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Review: Band of Brewers Third Shift Amber Lager (2013)

By Greg Bruce | March 16, 2013 |

MillerCoors is getting the creative juices flowing with a new brand straight out of the company think tank. The Band of Brewers, a collaborative group of brewers spanning across the MillerCoors network, have joined together to release to release Third Shift, an amber lager within the Märzen style. While February marks the first month that…

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The Evolution of Canned Beer: Samuel Adams Joins the Can Parade

By Greg Bruce | February 17, 2013 |

Earlier today, Samuel Adams announced that it would start distributing beer in cans. As of now, only the flagship Boston Lager and Summer Ale are slated to hit the market in time for beach excursions, but it would not be a surprise to see Samuel Adams’ other popular offerings roll off the canning line, especially…

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Review: Pilsner Urquell (And Its New Cold-Shipped Delivery)

By Greg Bruce | November 20, 2012 |

Pilsner Urquell is firing a new salvo in the battle for fresh beer. Light-struck, or “skunked” beer is a rampant problem for breweries, especially those overseas that need to ship product over a longer distance than domestic brewers. Pilsner Urquell is packaged in a distinctive green bottle, but, while attractive, it doesn’t do much to…

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Review: New Belgium Lips of Faith Spotlight – Cocoa Mole and La Folie 2012

By Greg Bruce | September 11, 2012 |

One would assume that I had learned my lesson regarding chile beers after tasting Twisted Pine’s Ghost Face Killah. One would be wrong. While Twisted Pine touted GFK as the hottest beer in the world, New Belgium instead takes a more subtle route. Although still spiced up with ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers, New Belgium…

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