Boozy Thoughts

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Another tasty summer beer

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 23:33
My Antonia, Dogfish Head and Birra del Borgo, Milton DE and Italy Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner ABV: 7.90% Summer beers are still alive here in North Texas despite what you may be seeing on the shelves (ie: pumpkin ales in 104F August). We’ve still got another month or so of scorching temps here on the surface of the sun,…

The Brewer's Tale - Book Review

Thursday, 06 August 2015 15:22
A History of the World According to Beer  Craft beer drinkers implicitly understand the beauty of a good brew. When you taste a great beer, you know you are tasting something crafted by another human, made with attention, creativity, and purpose. You are making a connection, one in which the brewer is central. This is a connection that cannot be made through any…

I found me some summer beers ...finally

Friday, 24 July 2015 20:47
Rodenbach Grand Cru, Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V., Belgium Style: Flanders Red Ale ABV: 6.00% So I searched last summer, with disdain in my heart, looking for beer styles that are suitable for summer drinking. I really wanted to find a thirst quenching drink for the scorching Texas heat. Try drinking a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Mega Stout with cocoa nibs and ancho…

A Roadmap... or Beermap if you will

Sunday, 03 May 2015 19:30
We at DocHopHead, hopefully, have been taking you down a journey of some of the tastiest hops and malts ever to cross the threshold of this great state. I for one transitioned from lighter fare, to Dopplebocks, to Belgian Dubbels and Quads, to Scotch Ales to Imperial Stouts and RISs, to Double IPAs and now onto the Sour Ales. There…

What to drink, what to drink?

Monday, 06 April 2015 13:13
With the Big Texas Beer Fest (BTBF) quickly approaching I sat down to evaluate my beer choices. I realized, yet again, that the landscape of craft beer in North Texas is much different now than it was even one year ago. And the BTBF reflects that. I went last year with DocHopHead photographer, Julio Cedillo, and had a great time.…

A Full-Bodied History Lesson

Monday, 08 December 2014 18:00
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three years, you know that the North Texas beer scene is bursting at the seams with great new breweries and pubs. Author Brian Brown, along with co-author Paul Hightower, recently released a comprehensive and easy to read history of brewing in the area called "North Texas Beer." DocHopHead has a…

Let's Get Funky

Saturday, 04 October 2014 19:00
Sixty-One, Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton DE Style: American IPA ABV: 6.50% So you’re looking for something different, even a little funky? There’s a whole slew of brews out there that fit that category. The style, “American Wild Ale,” is punctuated by the descriptor, “funk.” The style even has a showing in the BeerAdvocate top 25… twice. Now, if you haven’t…

I still don't like summer beers... but maybe

Sunday, 14 September 2014 19:00
Summer’s almost over, but I’ve been on a mission to find some summer beers that are worth drinking. Like I mentioned before, I’m not a summer beer guy. But I’m a huge Dogfish Head guy. They could bottle pond scum, put a cool label on it and I would probably drink it. Ok, well maybe not pond scum, but perhaps…

What's a Trappist?

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 19:00
What is a Trappist, you ask? And why should you care? Well, you don’t necessarily have to care, but if you like beer, you’d be remiss in not trying some (or all) of the Trappist Ales. A Trappist actually refers to a monk of a particular religious order. They originated in the monastery of La Trappe, France, hence the name.…

I don't like summer beers... but I want to

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:00
I don’t like summer beers. They’re too thin and crisp (not in a good way) and they all taste the same. One of the things that defines a “summer beer” is that it is generally served cold (39-45F). That makes it refreshing for the summer heat. I get that. But cold temperatures for beers also tend to mask their underlying…

Aging Beer

Sunday, 15 June 2014 19:00
I sat down with contributing writer Eddie Brown last night and pulled out a bottle of a Trappist Quadrupel, La Trappe. We were celebrating completing our first gastropub article on The Bearded Lady. I figured, this called for something special. Turns out, most of the stuff in my cellar is all waiting for a special occasion. I’m running out of…

I Brought the Best Beers Back

Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:00
I visited Breckenridge, CO this week with the family and did a little beer homework before I left. If I happened along a beer store I wanted to know what to look for and what to ask for (translation: when I went to a beer store). On my list was Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Firestone Walker, Russian River and Alesmith.…

If you like that (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), try this #4

Monday, 09 June 2014 19:00
I was having lunch with Doc Hop Head at our favorite gastropub, The Bearded Lady, recently when our conversation turned, naturally, to beer. We were thinking of popular beers that bridge the world to lesser known robust craft beers. One could consider these the gatekeepers to the world of craft beer. One prime example we came up with was “that…

If you like that (Shiner Bock), try this #3

Friday, 02 May 2014 19:00
You like Shiner Bock, right? Of course you do. You live in Texas (presumably, if you're reading this blog, since the blog is about the best beers in North Texas). It's the state beer, or one would think so given it's ubiquitous nature. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking Shiner Bock. It holds a special place in my…

If you like that (Wheat beer), try this #2

Sunday, 20 April 2014 19:00
Another set of the craft beer drinkers at the tip of the iceberg are the wheat beer drinkers. Wheat beer, sometimes known as hefeweizen or witbier, can be a mildly complex and satisfying brew. But if you like that style, there are are some other styles that will likely also appeal to you. Wheat beer is, for lack of a…

If you like that (Fat Tire), try this #1

Friday, 18 April 2014 19:00
This is the first in a series of articles, "If you like that, try this".  I asked a few colleagues who are just getting into craft beer what their favorites were. One responded with Fat Tire and the other with Newcastle Brown Ale. Fat Tire is an American amber/red ale and Newcastle is an English brown ale. They are both…

Yeast bottle conditioning

Friday, 18 April 2014 19:00
If you've ever purchased a Belgian quad in a 750ml bottle and poured to empty you will usually find sediment pouring out at the end. Is my beer spoiled, you ask? What is that crap? No, it's not spoiled, it's simply yeast bottle conditioned, and that crap at the end is the yeast. Why in the name of the beer…

Pouring beer

Friday, 18 April 2014 19:00
I know how to pour a beer. This article is for idiots. Or what about just drinking that bad boy out of the bottle or dumping it into a pint glass? Done and done. Well slow down there speedy. First off, if you drink from the bottle you miss out on two characteristics of the beer that are worth enjoying.…

When in Rome... Drink Local

Thursday, 10 April 2014 19:00
Photography by Julio César Cedillo What is funny is that after you've had all the best beers in the area you tend to abandon them. I remember from a few years ago I had taken a trip to San Diego. Julio (DocHopHead photographer) and I stumbled upon the Lost Abbey Brewery. We were totally blown away by the quality of…

Bring the best beers back

Monday, 07 April 2014 19:00
Ok, so there is a much better selection of beers in the north Texas area now than there was even 2 years ago. We now have Oskar Blues, Founders and Goose Island, just to name a few. But what about the rest? When I travel, and I mean travel anywhere, I do my beer research. I want to find what's…