Oak Aged

Oak aged barley wine
Doesn’t seem to help me win
Extreme bocce ball

Written by Captain Hops.

References: I tried the Bourbon Barrel and Cabernet Barrel aged Barley Wines from Heavy Seas side by side today. Wow. Good work Hugh! I preferred the Cabernet Barrel Aged. It went great with blue cheese stuffed peppers and a grilled tuna steak. The Bourbon Barrel aged version was quite good too, but it seemed more appropriate for desert than with the meal. Keep in mind that these babies are 10% ABV. That fact didn’t do much for my bocce ball game and my brother pretty much kicked my ass all over my back yard.

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Clipper City’s Big DIPA

Staring at the stars
Right after the Big DIPA
Knocked me on my back

Written by Captain Hops.

References: The Big DIPA is the first release from Clipper City’s Heavy Seas Mutiny Series. Basically it’s a series of big specialty beers in the 22 oz. bomber size. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.
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Ice is Dangerous to Beer

Sliding on the ice
Trying not to drop my case
of Clipper City

Written by Captain Hops.

References: Clipper City Brewing Company
Thing of the Day: The Beer Book


Have you heard the news?

Trying to sustain
A beer buzz for a lifetime
Oxford Organic

Written by Captain Hops

References: In case you haven’t heard the news yet, Clipper City Brewing went organic with it’s Oxford brand. I tried the Amber Ale and found it nice and mellow.
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The Session: Organic Beer

The Source

To make a great beer
You must start with pure water
Help protect the source

Saving the World

It didn’t take much
To help save the world a bit
I just drank a beer

Written by Captain Hops.

the Session: Organic Beer

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly beer-themed group writing project for bloggers. This month’s theme is Organic Beer and it is hosted by Chris O’Brien the Beer Activist.

I tried Wolavers Brown Ale and Samuel Smith’ Organic Ale in the spirit of this assignment. Both are certified organic by the USDA. Both were very good easy-to-drink beers with a great deal of balance and flavor. The prices were comparable to the non-organic beers of the same quality level.

I am very excited for next month when Clipper City Brewing Company releases the first beers from its newly certified Oxford Organic Ales brand. Organic is good, but Organic and Local is better.

Check out the full round up of Organic Beer posts for this Session.

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Just Announced: Session #13 Organic Beer

toasting mother earth
pure sustainable brewing
now and tomorrow

Written by Captain Hops.

References: On March 7, 2008, the Beer Activist will kick off year two of The Session by hosting number 13. Perhaps as a nod to the sustainability of this little group writing project, perhaps in reference to recent trends in the craft brew industry, or more likely as a result of his long standing passion and dedication, Chris O’Brien has chosen Organic Beer as the theme for next month’s event.

Coincidentally, Hugh Sisson, the managing partner of Clipper City Brewing, announced that his Oxford brand of beers is going organic. This has obviously been in the works for a while and I am pretty excited to see the results. Hopefully, I will be able to get a hold of these new beers before March 7 so I can profile them for The Session.
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