BrewDog 3: BrewDoggier

I have a soft spot for BrewDog, those punky craft brewers from Scotland. I was thrilled when they started exporting their beers throughout Japan as in my small city Punk IPA was just about the best thing going. I’ve written about them twice before, a general overview when the first started exporting and a followup […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Wells Bombardier

This week’s feature is Wells Bombardier, an English pale ale bearing the title of a cannon-operating artilleryman in the British Army. The Charles Wells Family Brewery was originally founded in 1876 but exists today as the product of a 2006 merger with Young and Co.’s Brewery. Young’s Brewery was founded in 1831 upon the purchase […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

This week I’d like to take a look at another relatively uncommon ingredient used in brewing beer. Our feature this week is Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, produced by the oldest brewery in the county of Yorkshire in northern England. Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery was founded in 1758 in the small market town of Tadcaster, and […]

Mad Capper Reviews: India Pale Weizen

This week’s beer is particularly exciting, as it is the result of a collaboration between two of my favorite breweries—BrewDog and Weihenstephaner. The beer is BrewDog’s India Pale Weizen, a fusion of a hoppy pale ale and a spicy, fruity wheat ale. Judging from its specs, it looks as though the wheat side will only […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Old Engine Oil: Engineer’s Reserve

Another malt-heavy brew from Scotland, Harviestoun Brewery’s Old Engine Oil: Engineer’s Reserve is the subject of this week’s review. An offshoot of Harviestoun’s 6.0% ABV Old Engine Oil, Engineer’s Reserve boasts a ramped-up ABV of 9.0% in response to feedback from U.S. consumers. Stylistically, Engineer’s Reserve falls under the category of porter, though its higher […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Skull Splitter

Please welcome Josh the Mad Capper to the Beer Sensei Blog. Starting today he will be penning a beer review column every Friday. Check back weekly for his recommendations on your weekend libations. Today I have the pleasure of introducing Orkney Brewery’s menacingly named Skull Splitter Scotch ale. Taking its name from the 10th-century Viking […]