Category: Beer Reviews

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Gir | Azadi Brewing

Going into having my first Azadi beer on our Local News show, I had no preconceived notion of what to expect from them. Upon opening and drinking Kadak, my expectations have been set. The balance between the chocolatey, roasty stout and the chai spices exceeded any notions that I had about this new brewery. It never got to be too much. So with that in mind I had to try at least one of Azadi’s other two offerings available in the market – either their Kavi golden ale or Gir IPA. I felt like some hops, so I opted for Gir, their Kesar Mango IPA. (Just checked their Instagram – Bhogate, a grapefruit gose, is also currently available.)

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Cordial Terms | Forbidden Root

Ah yes, the “holiday”-specific beer. It started out with seasonal beers, then expanded to Christmas Ales, pumpkins beers and the like. Now every event on the calendar can get its own specific release. Some really stretch to make it work (hey! Green beer!), but other holidays lend itself nicely to certain beers. Case in point – Valentine’s Day. Stouts or things with chocolate in them can naturally go with it. Forbidden Root takes this one step further by collaborating with an actual chocolatier for their Cordial Terms chocolate stout.

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Epoch | Narrative Fermentations

Last year I won a fantasy baseball league where the prizes consisted of boxes of beer. In the same box as the Private Press Beyond Forever, I also received a beer from Narrative Fermentations. I had never heard of this brewery and am always willing to try out new things, so I decided to give Epoch a go.

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Church for Brewers | Triptych Brewing

When we started the podcast in 2014, we set a goal that we quickly realized. Get some of the best double IPAs from across the county and put them on a show. That became our fourth episode, one in which we pushed the limits of how much alcohol we could drink (that includes pre- and between-beer-break-drinking). Then in late 2016/early 2017 we could not contain our excitement over getting seven local New England-style Double IPAs (and one IPA) for our Chi NEIPA show. We didn’t think we’d ever be able to pull it off. Things have now changed and I’m beyond excited to be having Triptych’s Church for Brewers, a West Coast-style Double IPA.