Commentist Beer Barrel: Boots on the Ground – Burgeon Third Anniversary Invitational

This is a bit of a departure from your usual DFO Hate Week musings, as I wanted to bring you a brief interlude of something good. There are few things better than local independent craft beer, at least, in my mind, and the day before the Conference Championship series, I

Commentist Beer Barrel: Heineken

Heineken is an amoral mercantile outfit that appropriated the Red Star. Still, please: put down your pitchforks and torches, because I like their beer. Per Wikipedia: Heineken Lager Beer (Dutch: Heineken Pilsener)—wait. Is Heineken a Pilsener or lager? The bottle says “lager”, which settles the issue. At least for me, because I’m not

Commentist Beer Barrel: Spoilers for Beer and Television

The final season of Game of Thrones, the greatest achievement in televised violence and incest since Dexter, has proceeded, so far, at a surprisingly measured pace, considering the season's abbreviated six-episode length and the intimidating number of still-unresolved plot threads. We can safely expect that'll change tonight, with Jon, Dany,

Commentist Beer Barrel: Boots On The Ground – Horus HOOTennany

It has been about 6 months since the last time I attended a Beer Festival of some kind. That's probably a good thing, since I really don't need to shouldn't put my body through that very often. Back in December, this Festival was brought to my attention, and based on the

Adult Advent – Part 1

Pictured above is what Mrs GTD and the kids got me for an advent calendar.  It's from my favourite local brewery (Brock Street Brewery) and will probably have some beers from other local places.  I don't usually drink everyday, so there may be gaps in my consumption.  I know that

Your 4th of July Day Open Thread & Commentist Beer Barrel: Boots On The Ground – San Diego International Beer Festival 2018

Heyyyy, happy 4th of July, folks! Low Commander here to dust off the old Beer Barrel and hopefully wet your whistles for the incredible day of BBQing, blowing shit up and straight up shameless DRANKIN'. 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, (mostly because I am not a

Commentist Beer Barrel: Shred the Red

Good afternoon fellow Beer Barrelites. Once more, Low Commander is here to ramble on about some beer he tried this past week, allowing make it snow to full dedicate himself to his fantastic Oscar's previews. "But if the Oscar's were last night," you might ask, "why are you filling in

Commentist Beer Barrel: Really Deep

Greetings Commentists, lurkers, drunkards and all general riff-raff, to another edition of the Beer Barrel. Low Commander here, filling it for make it snow as he prepares for the avalanche of Oscars previews. which turned out to be perfect timing as I found something that I really wanted to share

Commentist Beer Barrel: Hops and Chocolate

I sometimes think we're not experimenting enough, as a society, with hoppy beer. Sure, it seems like someone's cultivated a new hop every month, sometimes bringing brand new flavors to the table, but most brewers seem largely content to let the hops stand on their own, rather than try to

Commentist Beer Barrel: I Told You This One Would Be Cheap

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Dr. Leonard McCoy, thrown back in time to the 1980s, tells a contemporary materials engineer that, if he accepts Montgomery Scott's detailed formula for transparent aluminum, he will be (in the words of 18th-century playwright Edward Moore) "rich beyond the dreams of avarice." There's

Commentist Beer Barrel: Portrait of a Beer

If I ever tell you there are two kinds of beer I love, I'm bullshitting you. There are a million kinds of beer I love. There's not a BJCP-certified style out there that hasn't produced at least one beer I thought was amazing, and as for off-style beers, well, I