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Beer Reviews, Stouts

AleSmith Speedway Stout

Charlie’s Review of AleSmith Speedway Stout

Having been in the beer and wine business for 17 years, it’s become increasingly rare for me to get the thrill one gets from finding a special bottle of beer or wine. If I want something, I basically just grab it off the shelf and take it home with me. I know many people that will use on line ordering for that rare bottle, but nothing has replaced the high I get from stumbling across that special bottle. Especially if it’s beer! No matter where I go, I do a little research and find the small, locally owned shop and try and spend a couple of minutes there, scouring the shelves looking for something that will make me squeal like a child on Christmas morning. Of course that’s what happened when I came across a bottle of AleSmith Speedway Stout. I’d read about it for some time and literally held my breath when I saw it on a shelf in North Canton, Ohio a little over a year ago, when visiting an aunt.

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Beer Reviews, Events, Stouts

Review: Cask-conditioned Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout

firkin |ˈfərkən|
noun, chiefly historical
a small cask used chiefly for liquids, butter, or fish.
• a unit of liquid volume equal to half a kilderkin (about 11 gallons or 41 liters).
ORIGIN Middle English ferdekyn, probably from the Middle Dutchdiminutive of vierde ‘fourth’ (a firkin originally contained a quarter of a barrel).

The first Thursday of every month is Firkin Thursday at Fireworks Pizza.  Each month, this gourmet, wood-fired pizza joint in the middle of downtown Leesburg offers a different cask-conditioned craft beer. Continue Reading

Beer Reviews, Stouts

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Young's Double Chocolate StoutA few years ago I had a chocolate stout dubbed “Chocolate Doughnut Stout” from Shenandoah Brewery. And it did indeed taste just like a chocolate cake doughnut with glaze. Sweet and chocolatey…and if I remember correctly, I got  nice buzz as well. So, I’ve been on a quest for a similar, easily accessible, sweet chocolate stout. I was hopeful when I popped the top of the Young’s “Luxury” Double Chocolate Stout nitro-can. Continue Reading