Tag Archives: Sierra Nevada

the unicorn of the sea

23 Nov
Dark as the water under the ice in the arctic…which is also the home of the narwhal...

I never thought of a narwhal as scary…until I saw this label

I was always fascinated by the narwhal as a kid.  What the hell was it?  Whale?  Some sort of sea unicorn?  It was both cool-looking and goofy, all at the same time.  The narwhal is actually an Arctic whale that feeds under dense ice packs.  It’s “horn” is nothing more than a tooth that grows outward from the mouth in a spiral pattern.  An imperial stout is probably a pretty good proxy for the dark waters found under ice packs, huh?  Kinda neat that a brewery decided to use this interesting creature in the development of a beer.  Sierra Nevada should get some props for the creative name.

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accidental hiatus

13 Oct
catch you here sometime

catch you here sometime

Do you ever just wonder where the hell all your time went?  I have generally kept up a good schedule here on Taphandle, but man…did the last couple of weeks get away from me, or what?  Total accident, people.  I clearly owe some posts.  Luckily there is plenty of beer to be reviewed.  Now that we’re officially into Fall in the Pacific NW, I want to get around to seasonally appropriate brews (yes, that means a Pumpkin beer will be consumed and reviewed soon). Continue reading

Dear Sunshine, please stay as long as you like

28 Apr
This beer + sunshine = happy me

This beer + sunshine = happy me

Because it means I’ll be drinking more lagers.  The Mexican kind are a personal fav, but the Summer Fest from Sierra Nevada was pretty damn good, too.  Great weekend for beer drinking.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Not quite summer yet, but a pretty decent intro this weekend.

Not quite summer yet, but a pretty decent intro this weekend.

It’s a Boy!

6 Apr

Big news from the family in the Southwest today. My little brother’s wife gave birth to their first child this evening! I am officially an uncle for the first time, and not quite sure how I feel about that…excited and slightly nervous all at the same time, I think.

Anyway, the wife and I decided to celebrate the news with a beer (how else would one celebrate in Oregon?) before dinner. While the wife squeezed a lemon into her Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen, I popped the top on a homebrew. About 8 months ago, Michael and I brewed an Imperial IPA, and I was down to my last two 22 oz bottles.

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