Mad Capper Reviews: Dirtoir Black Lager

While the style of this week’s beer arguably originated some 3,000 years ago during the Iron Age in northern Bavaria, Germany, Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager is a variation on a variation, making it a very modern interpretation of a classic German schwarzbier (“black beer”). Rogue’s history started in 1988 with a brewery and 60-seat […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Big Daddy IPA

A couple of shady mobsters form the stylish design of this week’s beer, Speakeasy Ales and Lagers’ Big Daddy IPA. With an ABV of 6.5% and 60 IBUs, this India pale ale promises to be a hefty hop showcase. Founded in 1997 and stationed in San Francisco, Speakeasy Ales and Lagers offers a lineup of prohibition […]

This Bud’s Not For Me

Last year Americans bought more craft beer than they did Budweiser. In the 1970s there were only forty-four breweries in the United States, but now there are over three thousand. The market for “macro” lager is on the decline and the companies that make it are looking at craft beer as a way to turn […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Left Hand Oktoberfest

This week’s beer is the Left Hand Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Märzen Lager. Somewhat uncharacteristic in its darker color (21 SRM) and higher alcohol content (6.6%), this modern take on a traditional German beer packs a pretty good punch while showcasing the style’s characteristically clean, malty sweetness. Although Märzen beers came into existence sometime during the […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Scrimshaw Pilsner

This week’s beer is North Coast’s Scrimshaw German Pilsner. With 22 IBUs (international bittering units)―three points lower than the typical low end for the style―and an ABV of 4.7%, Scrimshaw is a featherweight compared to the previous two full-bodied brews. Nevertheless, there is a time and a place for light beers, and their delicate nature […]

Buying Craft Beer in Japan

The difficulties of finding good craft beer in Japan is a topic I have often returned to on this blog. While the limits of the Japanese distribution system are a problem, there are ways to get your hands on the good stuff. It may take some extra money and a little dedication, but good craft […]

Great Divide: A Mile High Tour

I love brewery tours. Any time you get a glimpse behind the scenes there is potential to learn some pretty interesting things. While the basics of brewing are the same around the world, each brewery brings a unique spin to the process. I tried to visit Great Divide’s brewery/ taproom in downtown Denver some years […]

The United States of IPA

   Colorado has long been a craft beer haven, but over the past couple of years people have really gone craft crazy. And not just in the Centennial State. All over the country there are tons of interesting new brews from the traditional pillars of the craft scene along with plenty of upstarts with something […]