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Bixby's Beer Blog

I have thought that it would be a good idea to have a blog where I capture some of the interesting beverages I have tasted. It is really too bad I did not start this about three years ago, as that is when I first embarked on my beer renaissance in a serious way. My purpose in starting this blog is mainly to capture some of the interesting beers I try. I suppose I could do this on RateBeer or BeerAdvocate, but hey, I have an account here and I am on BGG daily. I guess this will be the home for my new blog.

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The Cold War deserves a Cold Beer

Matt Robertson
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Make sure you have room in your fallout shelter for a few cases of this...




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Beer: Barrel Full of Monkeys
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
IBU:
Alcohol: 10%
Brewery: Paddock Wood Brewing Company
Website: http://www.paddockwood.com/
Rate Beer Says: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/paddock-wood-barrel-full-of-mon...

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As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, I tend to shy away from the high alcohol beers. I just do not have the palate to enjoy them. I make another exception with this take on a Russian Imperial Stout. This is very smooth and the flavour profiles are not smothered by high alcohol content. It is a marvelous hardy stout that will warm you on a cold winter's night. Paddock Wood is a relatively new brewery in our neck of the woods and they are really branching out of the established patterns of domestic swill to offer our province some great home grown beers. Keep 'em coming Paddock Wood.

Game Pairing: Twilight Struggle
A Russian Imperial Stout will be a great companion for you during the tension of the Cold War of Twilight Struggle. You need a beer that will firm your hand for those tough decisions as you seek to dominate the world. A beer that will put steel in your gaze and fire in your belly. Heck, this packs enough of a punch you could even use it as rocket fuel should you need to launch at Defcon BOOM!


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Bixby

Standard Disclaimer: I am not a beer judge, nor do I have a palate that is refined enough to tell you which type of hops were used in the making of a beer. I know very little about zymology. I am an average guy that likes to play boardgames and likes to drink beer. All you will get here is my opinion on what I like. That is all.
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Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:24 pm
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Beware, this flavour will cause you to violate your vow of silence

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I am yet again overdue in my duty to post about libations. I will rectify this forthwith...

Bow your heads in silent benediction for this divine offering:




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Beer: Chimay Blue
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
IBU:
Alcohol: 9%
Brewery: Chimay Peres Trappistes
Website: http://www.chimay.com/en/bieres-de-chimay.html?IDC=287
Rate Beer Says: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/chimay-bleue-blue--grande-reser...

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This is another example of a beer that needs to be savoured. It has very interesting flavour profiles that undergo subtle changes as the beer warms up. I typically do not enjoy the higher alcohol content beers as much, but this is really a great beer. I will be the first to admit that I had to grow into this beer. Years ago, when I first tried Chimay Blue, I enjoyed it but I did not fully appreciate it. My palate has changed and evolved this past few years and a whole array of flavours are now available to me that I once missed in my earlier days of sampling. This is not a beer I will drink often, when I do, it is a treat and I tend to nurse a bottle over a long period, enjoying the change in flavour with the change in temperature.

Game Pairing: Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas
This pairing is very easy. You need to escape your cosmopolitan life and adopt the lifestyle of a Belgian Monk. You are silently wandering around the monastery, gathering the ancient tomes that contain mystical knowledge and divine secrets, (probably the brew recipe for Chimay Blue).




Cheers,
Bixby

Standard Disclaimer: I am not a beer judge, nor do I have a palate that is refined enough to tell you which type of hops were used in the making of a beer. I know very little about zymology. I am an average guy that likes to play boardgames and likes to drink beer. All you will get here is my opinion on what I like. That is all.
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Thu May 24, 2012 4:31 pm
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Dark, Delicious, & Roasty - Favoured Beer of Toasters.

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I apologize for the tardiness of this blog entry. I have been conducting field research, aka, drinking beer and playing games.

I proudly present to you: another fine product from Montreal, Quebec...



STANDARD INFORMATION
Beer: St. Ambrois Oatmeal Stout
Style: Stout
IBU: 45
Alcohol: 5%
Brewery: McAuslan
Website: http://mcauslan.com/en/
Rate Beer Says: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/st-ambroise-oatmeal-stout/839/

MY THOUGHTS
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Through this blog, I am discovering that there are an incredible amount of good beers that I thoroughly enjoy. This is another fine specimen. This is a very dark and smooth offering. I dare say this roasty goodness is a divine pleasure to enjoy. I drink a lot of Guinness and this beer is a treat that offers a significant level of flavour above and beyond my goto Guinness. Open, savour, enjoy.

Game Pairing: Battlestar Galactica
You are a Cylon. You need to deceive your fellow players. Drink Oatmeal Stout. It is hard to conceal the deception that is plainly visible on your face. However, as your face contorts into expressions of delight and joy with each sip of your fine libation, your counterparts will leave you to your revelry and seek another target for the brig. Avoid the lynch mob. Stay out of the brig. Drink Oatmeal Stout: the favoured beer of all Cylons.


Cheers,
Bixby

Standard Disclaimer: I am not a beer judge, nor do I have a palate that is refined enough to tell you which type of hops were used in the making of a beer. I know very little about zymology. I am an average guy that likes to play boardgames and likes to drink beer. All you will get here is my opinion on what I like. That is all.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:37 pm
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"Spice Spice Baby" (Vanilla Ice was not harmed in the making of this Blog)

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There I was in my backyard, sitting around my firepit on a warm summer evening, when a friend showed up with some beer to try from Dieu Du Ciel Micro Brewery. He was very excited to show me the Peche Mortel, but frankly, I fell in love with Routes des Epices. A beer made for me...



STANDARD INFORMATION
Beer: Route des Epices
Style: Peppercorn Rye Beer
IBU:
Alcohol: 5.3%
Brewery: Dieu Du Ciel
Website: http://micro.dieuduciel.com/en/index.php
Rate Beer Says: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/dieu-du-ciel-route-des-epices/1...

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Ok. This beer is perfectly suited for me. This is a top beer for me. I like spice, I like the peppery after taste. It came at me from out in left field during a period when I was sampling lots of different beers, playing the field, looking for my true love. There it was all this time, in a 341ml bottle. I think this is a great blend of flavours with enough spice to augment the enjoyment and separate it from other beers without being overpowering. I am sure this will not be everyone's brew of choice, but man o' man, do I enjoy this beer.

Game Pairing: Safranito
Well, another easy pairing with this entry. Safranito of course. If you have not played Safranito, it is an interesting fusion of euro and dexterity game. A day at the spice market gathering your quality spices so you can make your coveted spice blends. Beer goes very well with dexterity games. Spice beer goes extremely well with dexterity games about trading spices.


Cheers,
Bixby

Standard Disclaimer: I am not a beer judge, nor do I have a palate that is refined enough to tell you which type of hops were used in the making of a beer. I know very little about zymology. I am an average guy that likes to play boardgames and likes to drink beer. All you will get here is my opinion on what I like. That is all.
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Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:57 pm
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So awesome, you could pour it on your cereal

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You got Blackberry in my Porter / You got Porter in my Blackberry...
...whaaaa? This is exquisite. Hats off to the zany wacky experimentalists of the world.



STANDARD INFORMATION
Beer: Blackberry Porter
Style: Porter
IBU: ?
Alcohol: 6.5%
Brewery: Cannery Brewing
Website: http://www.cannerybrewing.com/
Rate Beer Says: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/cannery-blackberry-porter/29775...

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This is one of my Top 5 Beers. Porter is a style that I quite enjoy and this porter delivers. The blackberry is subtle and does not overpower the beer. It is a perfect marriage. I strongly recommend giving this a try if you like porters. I am betting you will not be disappointed.

Game Pairing: Crokinole
A "Go to" beer deserves to be paired with a "go to" game: Crokinole. What a coincidence, they are both Canadian made. This can be a Great White North sanctioned blog entry. If it were not 7:23am right now, I would probably open one and play a game, but I think it is kind of early to play Crokinole.


Cheers,
Bixby

Standard Disclaimer: I am not a beer judge, nor do I have a palate that is refined enough to tell you which type of hops were used in the making of a beer. I know very little about zymology. I am an average guy that likes to play boardgames and likes to drink beer. All you will get here is my opinion on what I like. That is all.
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Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:29 pm
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Risk of Smoke Inhalation is high.

Matt Robertson
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I have heard this beer described as "Beef Jerky in a Bottle". It is actually hard for me to improve on that description. This is a very unique smoke beer and worth a try.



STANDARD INFORMATION
Beer: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
Style: Smoked
IBU: 30
Alcohol: 5.1%
Brewery: Brauerei Heller
Website: http://www.schlenkerla.de/
Rate Beer Says: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/aecht-schlenkerla-rauchbier-mar...

MY THOUGHTS
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I like dark beer. I like novelty beer. I like beef jerky. I do not like smoke.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this brew. I am always up for trying new things and I am glad I did with this beer. The smoke flavouring is really quite pleasant. If you are an adventurous beer drinker, give this a whirl. I think this is a beer that I will enjoy as a treat once in awhile.

Game Pairing: Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Ok, this is a no-brainer. After a day of fighting fires and saving helpless family pets in Flash Point: Fire Rescue, it is time to unwind with a smoked beer. Enjoy.


Cheers,
Bixby

Standard Disclaimer: I am not a beer judge, nor do I have a palate that is refined enough to tell you which type of hops were used in the making of a beer. I know very little about zymology. I am an average guy that likes to play boardgames and likes to drink beer. All you will get here is my opinion on what I like. That is all.
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Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:59 pm
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Set down your hoe and pick up your pint...

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Regina
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Another fine Ale found its way to my belly. This one is of the standard brews at a local popular brewpub.



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Beer: Sodbuster Brown Ale
Style: English Brown Ale
IBU: 20
Alcohol: 5.0%
Brewery: Bushwakker Brew Pub
Website: http://www.bushwakker.com/
Rate Beer Says:http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bushwakker-sodbuster-brown/3178...

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This is a very enjoyable brew.It is one of three beers I will always order when I go to Bushwakkers. It is hearty and sure goes well with a burger. I am glad this is available in off sale, nice to have one or two in the fridge at home.

Game Pairing: Agricola
The earthiness of a Sodbuster Brown Ale makes this a shoe in for a game of Agricola. Throw on your overalls, tighten those suspenders, clean the dirt from under your fingernails, and crack open a Sodbuster.


Cheers,
Bixby

Standard Disclaimer: I am not a beer judge, nor do I have a palate that is refined enough to tell you which type of hops were used in the making of a beer. I know very little about zymology. I am an average guy that likes to play boardgames and likes to drink beer. All you will get here is my opinion on what I like. That is all.
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Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:27 pm
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A Beer worthy of Worship. A mancave necessity...

Matt Robertson
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Regina
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It is important to establish credibility in the first entry of any blog. I have just the beer to set the tone. So much for foreplay by talking about lesser beers, let's go straight to:



STANDARD INFORMATION
Beer: Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale
Style: Brown Ale
IBU: 30
Alcohol: 5.6%
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Website: http://www.rogue.com/
Rate Beer Says:http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/rogue-voodoo-doughnut-bacon-map...

MY THOUGHTS
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I quite enjoy this beer. I tend to lean heavily to ales instead of lagers anyway. This beer has an incredible fusion of smoke, bacon, and maple. All three flavours are prevalent without being over the top. To me, this is not just a novelty beer, but a beverage that will always have a place in my heart and beer fridge.

Game Pairing: The Castles of Burgundy
As you ferret out the elegant nuances of Castles of Burgundy you can experience the various flavours in this exquisite ale. Both should be savoured.


Cheers,
Bixby

Standard Disclaimer: I am not a beer judge, nor do I have a palate that is refined enough to tell you which type of hops were used in the making of a beer. I know very little about zymology. I am an average guy that likes to play boardgames and likes to drink beer. All you will get here is my opinion on what I like. That is all.
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Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:50 pm
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