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I’ll send you a postcard…

Happy belated Labor Day.

While everyone else is back to work and back to school, I’m officially on vacation. (Well, I mean, working vacation, but it’s still glorious. Because it’s that good kind of work that I mentioned.) I’m sitting at Arabica in Portland (Maine) (the original one–settled in 1633, according to the infallible Wikipedia) with beautiful people with beautiful tattoos, probably within a mile of Bill Clinton, contemplating surfboard builders and California rollers.

Tomorrow morning, I’m heading west! I was thinking, this will be my first flight in almost a year, which is insane after hopping from airport to airport on a pretty much weekly basis the year before that. It’s funny the way something can become second-nature and then slip right back into novelty territory. I find myself asking questions like, “Do I need a passport to fly domestically?” “How much time should I give myself at the airport?” To be fair, I usually do need a passport and the [international] standard 1.5 hours before boarding when traveling. I know, I know, douche jar.

Anyway, after my wicked busy summer, I’m so looking forward to reuniting with the Left Coast. And having the time and energy to write more. Look for dispatches from the West and new stories soon. Right now, though, I’m going to pack up the MacBook and go sip some Allagash, straight from the source.

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The Yankee Beer List

Water, Water Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink

This is what happens when you don’t eat dinner before a Friday night at BK Brewery. Photo: Ms. Megan Whitney Moore

In my five legal (and absolutely zero illegal) years of beer swilling, I’ve had quite a few American-made concoctions. I feel it would be painful to retroactively track down each and every one of them, so I’m just going to start anew and add as I imbibe/recall. As usual, they’re in vaguely alphabetical order and the newest additions will be in bold. Enjoy…

  1. 16 Mile Brewing Company Harvest Ale
  2. 16 Mile Brewing Company Inlet India Pale Ale
  3. 21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon
  4. Abita Amber
  5. Abita Purple Haze
  6. Allagash Black
  7. Allagash White
  8. Anchor Brewing Co. Steam Ale
  9. Anchor Brewing Co. Liberty Ale
  10. Anchor Brewing Co. Summer Beer
  11. Anchor Brewing Co. Our Special Ale (Merry Christmas 2012)
  12. Atlantic Brewing Company Bar Harbor Real Ale
  13. Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

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More New Zealand Beers.

Getting myself from Auckland to New Plymouth last year was a hellish mission. Think road works and foul weather and hairpin turns and four-cylinder engines and utter lack of cell signal. On the left-hand side of the road. Under the cover of night. I’m not sure whether I mined some value from the experience, or if the return journey was so fantastic that it masked the horror I felt while making that drive alone, but I thought it wise to once again hire an automobile this year. AND decided to shake things up by flying into Wellington in Auckland’s stead, a route that turned out to be nearly as lengthy, but a lot less nerve-racking.

Anyway, down to beer business. I added a few new Kiwi beers to the list while hanging ’round New Plymouth. Unfortunately, I still haven’t made it to Mike’s Organic Brewery. (I’m determined to go next year.) I did have amazing eggs florentine at Lahar in Okato, though, so it’s all good. When I arrived back in Wellington, the beer situation got really interesting. My friend Tully (of #TullysWellington Instagram fame) sent me to beer heaven, also known as Malthouse on Courtenay Place. I walked in, grabbed a stool, and said, “I would like a New Zealand beer that I’ve never had before.” Then this happened:

Tasters

The guy behind the bar, Van, was ah-mazingly knowledgable and keen to serve up all kinds of wonderful beers of which I’d never heard. My favorite was definitely Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black. The Yeastie Boys’ name didn’t hurt their case, but their beer was pretty much the best beer I’ve had in… well, a long time. This is what they say about Pot Kettle Black:

“Pot Kettle Black is our multi-award winning ‘Black IPA’ (that some call a ‘Hoppy Porter’). The different names convey the fact that this beer is a contradiction of styles: fresh and hoppy, yet dark and rich. Most importantly it is mindbendingly delicious and a complete original.”

Check the freshly alphabetized KIWI BEER LIST here.

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The Yankee Beer List

This is what happens when you don’t eat dinner before a Friday night at BK Brewery. Photo: Ms. Megan Whitney Moore

In my five legal (and absolutely zero illegal) years of beer swilling, I’ve had quite a few American-made concoctions. I feel it would be painful to retroactively track down each and every one of them, so I’m just going to start anew and add as I imbibe/recall. As usual, they’re in vaguely alphabetical order and the newest additions will be in bold. Enjoy…

  1. 16 Mile Brewing Company Harvest Ale
  2. 16 Mile Brewing Company Inlet India Pale Ale
  3. 21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon*
  4. Abita Amber
  5. Abita Purple Haze
  6. Allagash Black
  7. Allagash White
  8. Allagash Brewery. Portland, Maine.

    Allagash Brewery. Portland, Maine.

    Allagash Saison

  9. Allagash Dubbel
  10. Allagash Tripel*
  11. Allagash Golden Brett
  12. Allagash Session Brett Ale
  13. Allagash Curieux
  14. Allagash Confluence
  15. Allagash Coolship Cerise (2014)
  16. Allagash Victor
  17. Anchor Brewing Co. Steam Ale
  18. Anchor Brewing Co. Liberty Ale
  19. Anchor Brewing Co. Summer Beer
  20. Anchor Brewing Co. Our Special Ale (Merry Christmas 2012)
  21. Atlantic Brewing Company Bar Harbor Real Ale
  22. Atlantic Brewing Company Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale*
  23. Atlantic Brewing Company New Guy IPA
  24. Atlantic Brewing Company Coal Porter
  25. Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
  26. Bar Harbor Brewing Company Thunder Hole Ale
  27. Baxter Brewing Co. Amber Road Amber Ale*
  28. Baxter Brewing Co. Phantom Punch Winter Stout*
  29. Baxter Brewing Co. Stowaway IPA
  30. Baxter Brewing Co. On The Count of 3 Imperial Hefeweizen (Anniversary Ale)
  31. Baxter Brewing Co. Tarnation California-Style
  32. Baxter Brewing Co. Pamola Xtra Pale Ale
  33. Baxter Brewing Co. Summer Swelter Ale
  34. Baxter Brewing Co. The Daughters of Poseidon Black IPA
  35. Baxter Brewing Co. Maple Pecan Porter
  36. Baxter Brewing Co. Trail Mix Ale
  37. Baxter Brewing Co. Lime XPA
  38. Baxter Brewing Co. Orange Blossom Honey Pale Ale
  39. Bear Republic Brewing Co. Racer 5 IPA
  40. Bissell Brothers Brewing Company The Substance Ale*
  41. Bissell Brothers Brewing Company Baby Genius
  42. Blue Moon Belgian White
  43. Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat
  44. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  45. Blue Point Toasted Lager
  46. Blue Point Blueberry Ale
  47. Blue Point Summer Ale
  48. Blue Point Oktoberfest
  49. Blue Point Pumpkin Ale
  50. Blue Point Oatmeal Stout
  51. Blue Point Winter Ale
  52. Boston Beer Company Tenacious Traveler Shandy
  53. Breckenridge After Rakin’ Autumn Ale
  54. Brooklyn Lager
  55. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
  56. Brooklyn Brown Ale
  57. Brooklyn Centerfold
  58. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
  59. Brooklyn Blast!
  60. Brooklyn Winter Ale
  61. Brooklyn Summer Ale
  62. Brooklyn Oktoberfest
  63. Brooklyn/Post Road Pumpkin Ale*
  64. Brooklyn Radius
  65. Brooklyn Gold Standard
  66. Brooklyn Monster
  67. Budweiser
  68. Budweiser American Ale
  69. Bud Light
  70. Carton B.D.G.
  71. Cisco Brewers Winter Shredder
  72. Cisco Brewers Indie Pale Ale
  73. Cisco Brewers Grey Lady*
  74. Coors Original
  75. Coors Light
  76. Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre
  77. Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale
  78. Dogfish Head Festina Peche
  79. Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale
  80. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
  81. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  82. DuClaw Brewing Co. Sweet Baby Jesus! Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter*
  83. Dundee India Pale Ale
  84. Earth Eagle Brewings William Wallace Scottish Gruit
  85. Earth Eagle Brewings New England Gangsta’
  86. Fat Tire Amber Ale
  87. Fat Tire Somersault
  88. Flying Fish Belgian Abbey Dubbel
  89. Flying Fish Exit 4
  90. Fort Collins Brewery Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat Ale
  91. Foundation Brewing Company Blaze Farmhouse IPA
  92. Founders Brewing Co. All Day IPA
  93. Founders Brewing Co. Porter
  94. Founders Brewing Co. Breakfast Stout
  95. Geary’s Pale Ale
  96. Geary’s Autumn Ale
  97. Geary’s Hampshire Special Ale (HSA)
  98. Geary’s Winter Ale
  99. Geary’s Hudson Red Ale
  100. Geary’s Wee Heavy Scottish Ale
  101. Geary’s / Mac’s Red Ale
  102. Geary’s Summer Ale
  103. Gneiss Brewing Co. Gneiss Weiss
  104. Goose Island Honker’s Ale
  105. Goose Island India Pale Ale
  106. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  107. Green Lakes Organic [Amber] Ale
  108. Gritty’s Best Bitter
  109. Gritty’s Halloween Ale
  110. Gritty’s Mt. Abram [Red] Ale
  111. Gritty’s Scottish Ale
  112. Gritty’s Red Claws Ale
  113. Gritty’s Vacationland Summer Ale
  114. Harpoon Ale
  115. Harpoon IPA
  116. Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
  117. Harpoon Summer Beer
  118. Harpoon Octoberfest
  119. Harpoon Chocolate Stout
  120. Harpoon The Long Thaw White IPA
  121. Harvest Moon Full Moon Pale Ale
  122. Harvest Moon Jimmy D’s Firehouse Red
  123. Harvest Moon Dark Side of the Moon Black IPA
  124. Heartland Red Rooster Ale
  125. Heartland Smiling Pumpkin Ale
  126. Josh’s Maple Brown Sugar Cranberry Xmas Ale
  127. Josh’s Vanilla Porter
  128. Kane Brewing Co. Cloud Cover
  129. Keegan Mothers Milk Stout
  130. Keegan IPA
  131. Keystone Light
  132. Kona Brewing Co. Longboard Island Lager
  133. Kona Brewing Co. Koko Brown Nut Brown Ale
  134. Kona Brewing Co. Pipeline Porter
  135. Lagunitas Brewing Company A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
  136. Left Hand Milk Stout*
  137. Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss
  138. Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
  139. Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss
  140. Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest
  141. Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark
  142. Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
  143. Lively Brewing Company HESTER
  144. Long Trail Brewing Co. Long Trail Ale
  145. Long Trail Brewing Co. Double Bag
  146. Long Trail Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale
  147. Long Trail Brewing Co. Summer Ale
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The Definitive (Maybe) KIWI Beer List

Malthouse in Wellington.

Malthouse in Wellington.

  1. Boundary Road Brewery The Chosen One
  2. Boundary Road Brewery Flying Fortress
  3. Boundary Road Brewery Jack The Sipper
  4. Dead, Twisted, and Good Black Forest Bitter
  5. Emerson’s London Porter
  6. Lion Red
  7. Mac’s Black Mac Dark Beer
  8. Mac’s Hop Rocker Pilsener
  9. Mac’s Sassy Red Best Bitter
  10. Mac’s Gold All Malt Lager
  11. Mac’s Shady Pale Pale Ale
  12. Mac’s Cascade Parade IPA
  13. Mac’s Ginger Brew
  14. Mike’s Organic Pilsner
  15. Monteith’s Pilsner
  16. Monteith’s Celtic Red
  17. Monteith’s Doppelbock Winter Ale
  18. ParrotDog Bitter Bitch
  19. Queenstown Brewers Steam Brew
  20. Speight’s Summit Lager
  21. Speight’s Gold Medal Ale
  22. Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark
  23. Speight’s Chocolate Ale
  24. Speight’s Distinction Ale
  25. Steinlager
  26. Stoke Lager
  27. Tui East India Pale Ale
  28. Tui Dark
  29. Winnie’s Ale
  30. Wild Buck
  31. Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black. (Best beer in history? Probably.)
  32. Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Tea Leaf IPA
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THE Scotland List

Beer. What else? In vaguely chronological order:

  1. Tennent’s Lager
  2. BrewDog 5 a.m. Saint
  3. Belhaven St. Andrews Ale
  4. Houston Barochan Chestnut Ale
  5. Stewart Holy Gr’Ale
  6. Williams Brothers Ceilidh Lager
  7. Tennent’s Ember
  8. Caledonian Deuchars IPA
  9. John Smith’s Extra Smooth
  10. Crabbie’s Ginger Beer
  11. Dark Island Dark Ale
  12. Latitude Highland Pilsner

See the AUSSIE list here.

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My Official (Ever Incomplete) Aussie Beer List

In vaguely alphabetical order, kind of. New brews are in bold.

  1. The Bimbo Blonde
  2. Blue Sky Cairns Gold
  3. Blue Sky Woody Ale
  4. Blue Tongue Lager
  5. Bootleg Brewery Toms Amber Ale
  6. Bootleg Brewery Raging Bull
  7. Burleigh Brewing Co. 28 70s Style Pale Ale
  8. Burleigh Brewing Co. Big Head
  9. Burleigh Brewing Co. FIGJAM IPA
  10. Burleigh Brewing Co. Hassle Hop (GABS)
  11. Burleigh Brewing Co. My Wife’s Bitter

    Burleigh's FIGJAM IPA

    Burleigh’s FIGJAM IPA

  12. Carlton Black
  13. Carlton Draught
  14. Carlton Midstrength
  15. Victoria Bitter
  16. Melbourne Bitter
  17. Pure Blonde
  18. Pure Blonde White
  19. Big Helga (Carlton)
  20. Cascade Draught
  21. Cascade Green
  22. Cheeky Monkey Travelling Monk
  23. Colonial Brewing Co. Kolsch Ale

    Colonial Brewing Co. in Margaret River, WA

    Colonial Brewing Co. in Margaret River, WA

  24. Colonial Brewing Co. Witbier
  25. Colonial Brewing Co. Pale Ale
  26. Colonial Brewing Co. India Pale Ale
  27. Colonial Brewing Co. Porter
  28. Colonial Brewing Co. Dampf
  29. Coopers Pale Ale
  30. Coopers Sparkling Ale
  31. Coopers Light
  32. Coopers Mild Ale
  33. Coopers Stout
  34. Coopers Clear
  35. Coopers Dark Ale
  36. Coopers 62 Pilsner
  37. Endeavor True Vintage Beer 2011 Reserve Amber Ale
  38. 4 Pines Brewing Pale Ale
  39. Gage Roads Brewing Co. Sleeping Giant IPA
  40. Great Northern Brewing Co. Super Crisp Lager
  41. XXXX Gold
  42. XXXX Summer Bright Lager
  43. Hahn Premium
  44. Hahn Super Dry
  45. Boag’s Draught
  46. James Boag’s Premium Lager
  47. James Boag’s Premium Light
  48. James Squire Brewhouse Highway Man Red Ale      Continue reading
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