Author Archives: Jack Curtin

Victory Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA

The celebratory anniversary beers from Victory just keep coming, and who would argue with that? This 5.5% IPA probably has a tad too much strength for the purists but I would not quarrel with anyone who call it a session … Continue reading

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Widmer Bros. Hopside Down IPL

Beers do keep showing up hereabouts and that is most assuredly a desirable state of affairs. Sometimes I know they are coming; other times they arrive as a pleasant surprise. The latter was the case this week with the delivery … Continue reading

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My favorite beer book of 2015.

The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Beer Revolution Jonathan Hennessy & Mike Smith, authors; Aaron McConnell, art Ten Speed Press, Trade Paperback, $18.99, 2015 Comics began to emerge as something more than “just for kids” right … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The In-Between Year – 2007

Doing some research today on a preview story for The New Brewer to appear prior to the Craft Brewers Conference here next May (deadline not as long as it seems; story will appear in March/April issue and is due next … Continue reading

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My new best friends at Ninkasi made sure I will be a welcome guest this day of thanks. And therefore thanks to them.

These arrived on my doorstep in a big, big box yesterday afternoon (accompanied by, I should note, a smaller box carrying two 12oz bottles of Widmer Brothers Brrr, a seasonal red ale, which I enjoyed with dinner last night). The … Continue reading

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Something I did not know.

This blog has made a healthy living off of making fun of Victory-lovin’, corner bar stool sittin’, ever promotin’, email spammin’ Richard Ruch over the past decade or more, but today it’s all hat tips and high praise as his … Continue reading

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Victory opens its Parkesburg pub and you should open a Victory Java Cask Coffee Stout as soon as the opportunity arises.

I wrote on Facebook last week about my visit to the new Victory brewery in Parkesburg for a press event just prior to the official opening of the pub there… Spent most of the day at the press event marking … Continue reading

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Riddle me a riddle, riddler please.

What rough beast, its hour come round at last again, Slouches towards Bethlehem Philadelphia to be born re-born? There is a secret blowing in the wind and one day soon everything new will be old again. The past is always … Continue reading

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One long ago day at Monk’s.

I just posted a quite good story about Russian River’s Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo on the Facebook page of The Beer Yard. You can go read it there or go to it directly here. In so doing, I was reminded … Continue reading

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Victory times two for me. Plus news.

a couple of small boxes from the fine folks at Victory Brewing Co. arrived on my doorstep yesterday, each containing one of these two beers. You will recognize the highly regarded Headwaters Pale Ale, if not the can. And Vital … Continue reading

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