Against the Grain Oyster Stout: 5.5 –While it’s certainly better than the other oyster stout I’ve had – I may just not be a huge fan of the brine this beer brings to the table, and while for the type I assume it must be fairly good – I do have to consider it against other stouts to a degree.

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(This was a local brew I had on tap (it may not even be bottled) while in Louisville. If you like Oysters and are in town, it’s worth a try)

Google Shop Average: Against the Grain Oyster Stout $9

Website: http://www.atgbrewery.com/

White Birch Eorna Ceol Ale: 6.5 – Another White Birch Apprentice Series that’s just fantastic (seriously if there’s are interns they better have jobs). This is classified as a ‘Scottish Style Wee Heavy Ale’ I have no idea if I’ve had something else that falls under that category, if it’s even a real category and not just something a scottish person said to try and describe it, but I want more.

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Google Shop Average: White Birch Eorna Ceol Ale $7

Website: http://www.whitebirchbrewing.com/

 

Well that was an awful vodka last week, so let’s try a rum instead this time. Now while I may have faulted Bacardi for their foray into spiced rums with Oakheart (when they should just stick to their White) – I think I may need to re-evaluate that.

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Wormtown Brewery Mass Whole Hefeweizen Ale: 6.0 – Going a bit local this week. Fairly standard Hefeweizen, but the bit of clove and banana give it a more Fall spice kind of feeling than a summer citrus type of beer. Very good for a late-summer beer.

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(from Boston.com, normally if we lack image we just take from their site, but no good pics.)

Google Shop Average: Wormtown Brewery Mass Whole Hefeweizen Ale $7

Website: http://www.wormtownbrewery.com/

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Huvila ESB: 7.0 – I’ve only had 2 other ESB’s and I prefer this one, but I’m not sure if it’s because it’s so unique that it’s better, or if it’s just atypical to ESB. Also this may be our first Finnish beer, and so far it’s gone well for that country.

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Google Shop Average: Huvila ESB $7

Website: http://malmgard.fi/

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If you’ve never heard or seen of Mr. Boston vodka – I ask that next time you go to a package store to look at the very bottom shelf, and most likely stuffed under the shelf on the floor is Mr. Boston – and it seems for good reason.

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No weekly wine this week, instead let’s talk about wine. This won’t be as expansive as last year’s due to me buying wine more often because I’ve already tried it and know I liked it (what a crazy thing wine-tastings are). But sometimes there’s a week or more where I’ve now run out of wine, and didn’t care for what was offered, and also decided to try something new.

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Field Guide Latitude Adjustment: 5.0 – This sort of taste a bit like a Hefewiezen than a brown ale, and it lacks that wild yeast characteristic that most farmhouse ales sometimes have. Overall it’s a fine beer, but not one of my favorites even among farmhouse ales.

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Google Shop Average: Field Guide Latitude Adjustment $6

Website: http://www.tapbrewingcompany.com/

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Berkshire Brewing Company Oktoberfest Lager: 4.0 – While this is certainly very drinkable in terms of a beer, it’s just not what you want from an Oktoberfest. Sure there’s a bit of the fruit and spices you love, but it’s so muted that it’s like drinking a slightly zestier, but not as good Steel Rail.

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Google Shop Average: Berkshire Brewing Company Oktoberfest Lager $5

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