River Guide American Wheat Ale: 6.5 – Once again Berkshire delivers a solidly good ale for a damn good price in big bottle. The nuttiness and the wheat here are great, and if I’m honest Berkshire is one of those companies that I want to just keep making more and more beers.

Price Average: Name $5

Website: http://www.berkshirebrewingcompany.com/

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There is a certain kind of irony of saying “rare” on your bottle, despite being one of the most well-known and prolifically sold whiskies in existence. It’s kind of the beanie baby situation, except it might be preferable to take a beanie babies innards and distill that into a spirit. If that’s not a large enough spoiler before the the fold – here goes.

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Original ‘Mastodon’ Lager: 7.5 – That is simply a delicious lager. There’s complexity to it but its not an overpowering drink with flavors that make it too heavy, or difficult to drink. Quite honestly – you should try this.

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Website: http://www.mahrs.de/en/

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Oxbow Town Line Porter: 6.5 – that is a dark drink. While it certainly has gravitas and a bit if coffee to it this is a dark porter in terms of taste ans color. It’s like a coffee porter with a black ale. Sadly its not very drinkable like some black alea

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Website: http://oxbowbeer.com/

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Our first proper Mezcal review! Mezcal is something HBR has had occasionally usually at a restaurant or bar, but we’ve never actually gotten together and sat down to actually reviewing a bottle. Overall Mezcal is made the same way as tequila, and like champagne Tequila merely signifies a region in which it’s made. This region however is so prolific that it’s de-factor standard, and too a certain degree Mezcal’s are often looked down upon as an inferior product.

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Jack’s Abby Kiwi Rising: 5.0 – Damn a double IPL? I was foolish to think a Jacks Abby draft would suit me. That being said the hops are center stage and are too much. Thankfully the tropical and pepper flavor provides some complexity. I now want to try a tropical shandy with this. The problem with that though is a beer should be good on it’s own.

Price Average: Name $11 for 4-pack

Website: http://jacksabbybrewing.com/

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Harpoon Winter Warmer: 5.5 – its almost like a pumpkin ale but replace it with nutmeg and cinnamon instead, its a nice taste, and sure on a Christmas day when i had this it was right, but a novelty needs to be judged as such.

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Website: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/

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First off we typically have 750mL to the point where writing it is habit, and occasionally we get a 1L thrown in. This week (and truly the next few months) will come from Britain so expect some off the wall numbering and selections as we explore spirits that aren’t casual fare in the states. (Gotta support those worldwide readers of this global site)

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