Avery Brewing – Tweak

Beer Name: Batch No. 1 TWEAK (Formerly known as Meph Addict and Coffeestopholes)
Brewery: Avery Brewing Co.
Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout
Availability: Rotating – 12oz Bottles
17.81% ABV, 107 IBUs

Glassware: Snifter

Tweak is Avery Mephistopheles Imperial Stout, with Avery adding 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.’s Organic Isabelle Espresso to every barrel of beer . The brewery aged this beer for four months in bourbon barrels.

Appearance: Pours like 10,000 miles past due for an oil change 0W 20. The beer has a grappling hook and will not let go of the sides of the glass. Holds on for dear life. Like tears that won’t stop.
Aroma: Oak and Bourbon leaps out like Bruce Lee with a vengeance. Beautiful aromas of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Playing joyfully on the playground with an already Imperial Stout.
Taste: Boozy, real boozy, but what did you expect from 17.81%? Yet, smooth. Doesn’t make sense right? Oh well, you don’t have to take my word for it.
Mouth feel: Coating and luxurious. Sin in a glass. Bourbon flavors exploding with all the characters you’d expect from a rich imperial stout. Deep roastinees, strong malt flavors, cloying (welcoming if you know what to expect). Homerun
Overall Impression: When I first met this Avery Tweak, I can remember that damn thing like yesterday. The way she drank reminded me of a brown stallion horse with skates on, you know. Smooth like a hot comb on nappy ass hair. Her aroma had me almost paralyzed, smelling like a glass of malt with extra bourbon. Sheen beaming like four carats, just blinding a drinker. Felt like I drank a whole case of Heady, my heart was beating so fast. Never knowing this moment would bring another love into this world. Funny how stuff comes together sometimes, you dig?

Okay, so the inspiration for all that was from Outkast (SpottieOttieDopalisciousAngel…look it up), but it is more than appropriate. WORTH THE PRICE!



Friday Night Hangout – Double IPA

Craft Beer Nation - Friday Night Hangout - Ep. 153 -DIPA

Craft Beer Nation – Friday Night Hangout – Ep. 153 -DIPA

Friday, April 10, 2015 we wrap up our Pale Ale journey with Episode 153 and the Double India Pale Ale. This is also become known as the Imperial IPA as some breweries package theirs as Triple IPAs.

We were going to break Double and Triple out into their own Episodes but since Triple IPA isn’t really a recognized style (that and the availability of the few marketed that way isn’t widespread enough for our Panel to all get their hands on) we’re combining them for this episode.

While the IPA may be the rock star of the Craft Beer world, for hop heads it is the DIPA that really reigns supreme. The IPA today is more like the Pale Ale of yesteryear. If we are in the mood for Hops. We are in the mood for HOPS!

Pack them in there. We want the nose to send us off to some tropical paradise. We want the citrus and mango and pineapples to rampage across our palate.

But that doesn’t mean we want only hops. A big Imperial IPA needs to have a robust Malt backbone to balance it out. A DIPA that’s only Hops quickly fades into an unbalanced mess. A proper Malt presence really is key to a great beer.


In the world of the DIPA or Imperial IPA there is The Big Three:

Russian River – Pliny the Elder
Alchemist – Heady Topper
Bell’s – Hopslam

Whenever talk makes it way around to the DIPA these are the three beers most often spoken of. Personally I’ve only ever had Hopslam out of the three so I can’t speak for whether or not they are all deserving of this accolade.

Note: Anyone interested in sending me some Pliney or Heady to see if they are worth the hype, feel free to let me know.

I’ve had Hopslam twice. The 2014 Hopslam was my first taste. I could see why this beer had the hype surrounding it but was underwhelmed. And then I had the 2015 Hopslam and it blew me away. I’m guessing last year must have been an off year because the 2015 is phenomenal.

Now, that said, I have a DIPA and an Imperial IPA marketed as a Triple that I would both rank above Hopslam, but this is personal preference on my part.

Sixpoint Resin – IIPA

Sixpoint - Resin - DIPA

Sixpoint – Resin – DIPA


Sixpoint Hi-Res – IIIPA

Sixpoint - Hi-Res - IIIPA

Sixpoint – Hi-Res – IIIPA


I will drink these two beers over Hopslam any day. Where Hopslam gets its unique spin on the Imperial IPA with its addition of honey, Resin and Hi-Res are all about that big piney, resin. That bitter citrus. But both have a strong malt backbone that keeps either from going over the cliff.

Side By Side

Sixpoint Hi-Res and Bells Hopslam

Sixpoint Hi-Res and Bells Hopslam

I recently did a side by side comparison with Hi-Res and Hopslam and they were strikingly similar.  Hi-Res wins out for me with its far more enjoyable finish.  Hopslam leaves my palate with an odd aftertaste whereas Hi-Res leaves it clean and wanting more.

Noteable Double / Imperal IPAs

Lagunitas – Lagunitas Sucks
Dogfish Head – 90 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head – 120 Minute IPA
Surly – Abrasive
Firestone Walker – Double Jack IPA

There are way too many great DIPAs to list here. Your mission: go and seek them out. If you like Hops but haven’t made the deep dive into these waters yet now is the time to go for it.

Join us Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10:00PM Eastern for our live Hangout On Air, hosted on our Google+ Event Page and on our Ep. 153 YouTube Page. Drop us a note here or G+ or YouTube letting us know your thoughts on the DIPA.

We want to hear from you.

You can watch the replay here:

#FNHBeer style: DIPA

Related Articles:

Friday Night Hangout – Pale Ale
Friday Night Hangout – India Pale Ale




Breckenridge Brewery Unveils New BRECK IPA on Pints and Quarts

On Episode 38 of the Craft Beer Nation Pints and Quarts Breckenridge Brewery unveiled the artwork for (and were drinking) their new IPA:


Here’s a clip from the Pints and Quarts episode.  You can find other snippets from our shows on our new “Sips and Clips” Playlist which will highlight moments/reviews from our weekly Friday Night Hangout and Pints and Quarts shows.

Screen capture from Craft Beer Nation Pints and Quarts Ep. 038

Screen capture from Craft Beer Nation Pints and Quarts Ep. 038




Friday Night Hangout – India Pale Ale

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Friday, April 3, 2015 will be Craft Beer Nation Friday Night Hangout Episode 152 – IPA.

INDIA PALE ALE is perhaps the most well known style of craft beer.  Or at least it is the one with the most name recognition.  From the dedicated craft beer drinker to the macro beer drinker wondering what this “craft” beer thing is all about, to the hipsters who don’t really know a lot about craft beer but order it because that’s what they feel they should be doing, the IPA is probably the most selected style.

Especially here in America.  The American Pale Ale dominates the craft beer market.  If you brew beer you had better brew an IPA because that is going to be a big seller, if, of course, you brew a good one.

There’s many a history lesson out there about the India Pale Ale.   Born out of the old colonial British Empire this style has morphed into what it is today.  The IPA is another great example of American ingenuity and desire to put our stamp on something that’s been around as long as we have as a nation.

Today, the IPA falls into two main camps:  English IPA and American IPA

English IPA

The English IPA is characterized by a more balanced presence between Hop and Malt and is often little lower in ABV% than the American IPA.  While the hoppy bitterness is there, the caramel malts are right there with it.

English IPA examples:
Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Brewing Co.
Brooklyn East IPABrooklyn Brewery
Harpoon IPAHarpoon Brewery

American IPA

In contrast the American IPA is a big bold beast of a beer.  These are bitter beers with a strong floral or citrus hop character.  The west coast IPA in particular is known for it’s grapefruit and other citrus elements.

American IPA examples:
Lagunitas IPALagunitas Brewing
Sculpin IPABallast Point Brewing
Jai Alai IPACigar City Brewing
Stone IPAStone Brewing
60 Minute IPADogfish Head Brewing


Join us Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:00PM Eastern for our live Hangout On Air, hosted on our Google+ Event Page and on our YouTube Page.  Drop us a note here or G+ or YouTube letting us know your thoughts on the IPA.  Do you have a favorite?  Do you hate the style and think it is way over blown?  Has the market just become way over-saturated with IPAs?

We want to hear from you.

You can watch the replay here:

#FNHBeer style: IPA

Editors note: This is for the Single IPA.  Upcoming Episodes 153 and 154 will feature the Double IPA and the Triple IPA



Homebrewing – Is It Cost Effective?

Here in the United States, standing in front of all the six packs of your favorite craft beer, you may wonder if spending anywhere from 8 to 12 dollars per six pack of bottled beer is worth the money. If you are feeling the pinch in your wallet but you just don’t want to give up your favorite libations, it may be time to consider brewing your OWN beer. But is it worth it financially in the end?

Lets compare. To simplify the process I’ll make a few assumptions. 1. I will assume you already have the equipment. 2. I will be assuming you are using a kit for extract brewing. These kits can cost anywhere from $25.00 to $60.00. Northern Brewer for instance has an American Wheat Beer extract kit that is about $27.00.  So for $27.00 you get the grain, the extract, the yeast, and the priming sugar necessary to make five gallons of beer.

A six pack of craft beer is approximately $8.00 here in Oregon. That’s 6 – 12oz bottles.

With 640oz in 5 gallons, you get about 54 -12oz bottles in five gallons of homebrew. That’s about 9 six packs of beer.

If you were to go to the store to pick up 9 six packs of beer, at $8.00 per six pack you’d pay a whopping $72.00.  That’s not counting any bottle deposit that your state might have.

Now, owing to spillage, evaporation, etc. I usually get about 48 bottles out of a whole 5 gallons of homebrew. That’s still 8 six packs of beer and at the store you’d pay $64.00 for those six packs. Even if you paid a top class price of $60.00 for a single five gallon brewing kit, you’d be coming out ahead. You can do these comparisons for your own area. Simply compare the cost of brewing a kit that you can get to the cost of purchasing the same amount of beer.

Your real cost is your initial investment in the equipment itself. After that comes the cost of your time. It takes a few hours for me to brew an extract batch of beer and get it into the fermenter. Not too bad. If you do anything other than extract brewing, you might spend a little less on a kit, but a little more in time brewing that batch. The real work involved is cleaning. Everything must be very clean to brew your beer and that means fermenting bucket, and everything that touches your beer after it is cooled off from the boil. Every bottle needs to be thoroughly washed and sanitized before being filled after your beer is fermented. This can be very tedious and you may come to the conclusion that either this is just not for you, or you need a simpler way to store your beer! Luckily there is kegging and various equipment for kegging that may make the process quite a bit simpler for you.

There are various sites on the internet that can provide you with the basic equipment to start brewing. Northern Brewer, Austin Homebrewing Supply, Adventures in Homebrewing, Midwest Supplies, Craft A Brew, Label Peelers, Brewer’s Best, and even the one you may see in your local Bed Bath & Beyond, “Mr Beer”.  Also, don’t count out your local brewing supply store. Not only can you get quality advice on a moments notice from people who have experience, but if you pick up your equipment from them, you don’t pay shipping.

Each site is a little different from the next and have different prices, but no matter which site you choose, you could very easily get going from this:

to this

and be happy not to have to pinch your wallet every time you reach for a glass.



Friday Night Hangout – Pale Ale

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On Friday, March 27, 2015 Craft Beer Nation will be celebrating Friday Night Hangout Episode 151 with the Pale Ale and a slightly revamped FNH 2.0 formula. For the most part the show will be what it has been: drinking and discussing a different style of Craft Beer each week. However, we’ve decided to concentrate a bit more on providing useful and interesting content and less shenanigans.

Going forward throughout the week we will be posting about that week’s FNH style leading up to our show on Friday evenings. We also want to hear from you. We want you to share your thoughts, pics, reviews on each week’s FNH beer style.

We’re also very interested in hearing your feedback. What do you like or dislike about the show?  Without us hearing from you we don’t know if we are delivering content you find interesting and useful.  And if you have any suggestions for a segment please let us know.  Also, very soon we will be giving you the chance to choose an upcoming FNH craft beer style. Bottom line: we want to know what you like or dislike about each week’s style. We want you to be involved and have your comments shared.

So, we’ve had a blast finishing up 150 episodes and now we look forward to many more.

Reminder: This week’s #FNHbeer is PALE ALE.  So share with us your thoughts on the style.



Put the Hops in the Beer


Photo by Sheila Dee and Evo Terra – ShEvo from shevo.wtf


Most of us have to go to the “import” section of the bottle shop to get the more worldly beers, but instead, Evo Terra and Sheila Dee went to the beers.

Of course I’m sure that’s not the only reason this couple traveled to Europe, and will be going to Asia and Australia. There are probably museums, and natural landmarks, and what not, but I choose to focus on priorities. Beer is one of the highest priorities a human can value.

When I first emailed Evo in early February (when I was supposed to write this article), he wasn’t sure what to expect from Danish beers. He mentioned not being a fan of their well-known Carlsburg. However, my choice to be lazy strategically delay the publication of this post paid off. ShEvo found success in Copenhagen!

Per this February blog post, the duo “rounded out the list of ‘must drink at’ craft beer places” in the Danish capital. They went to Fermentoren and Lord Nelson, and in Evo’s estimation, they were both “quite excellent.” Evo gave a bonus point to Fermentoren for giving them a free bottle of beer—a Hip Hops Beats You – IPA from Ghost Brewing.

Lord Nelson’s website describes itself as “a small bar located in the heart of Copenhagen [specializing] in draught Danish microbrewery beers and ciders.” Once 3D beer printing is perfected, I’ll be able to give you more than my impressions of the pictures. Currently all I can really say is that the cider farmhouse looks pretty, and that I don’t know what pork scratchings are.

Sheila also had praise for the Danish’s beer making ability, saying they produced “a mighty fine beer.” Not Carlsburg, and more than just Mikkeller and To Øl. Specifically, she and Evo referred to Ølsnedkaren, where they were finally happy to pay 10 bucks for a beer. The website text is all in Danish, but the pictures show a nice place with people enjoying themselves. Of course, so do Bud commercials, so I guess we’ll have to take ShEvo’s word on it.

Despite illness, Evo managed to drag himself out into the Belgian craft beer world and get himself a Trappist Westvleteren 1 (Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren.) Maybe it was cold medicine, but his take on it is that it’s either the best beer in the world or the best Belgian beer.

The next stop was England. They weren’t thrilled with the beer selection in general, but Sheila called the beer at Brew Dog “flavorful.” Evo was ecstatic to have hoppy beer again, as you can see from their video.

I’d asked Evo (you know, back when I was supposed to have published this) if what they say about the English is true…that they drink their beer warm. Back then he’d said that no one drinks warm beer, unless it’s a “Hot Scotchy.” I don’t know what that is. I’m not worldly like that. Evo had said that pilsners and lagers were typically served cold, so maybe I won’t have to bring my own mini fridge if I ever go back.

English pubbery definitely seemed like a mixed bag of goodness and alrightness.  Sheila’s impression of the pub The Brewery Tap was “decent.”  ShEvo had good things to say about The Bull’s Head in Mobberly, calling it a “lovely pub.” Sheila found an excellent beer selection at A Bar Called Pi (along with the pies, of course.) Generally, they noted that while they love “craft beer,” the “real ale” of England had yet to grab them.

Watch them during an 11-hour drinking stint at a pub (The Builders Arms) that looks like it came straight out of one those British murder mysteries I like. I looked, but I didn’t see Inspectors Lewis, Morse, Barnaby or Foyle.

All in all, since beginning their adventure, they’ve had 90 new beers. Notice in their latest podcast that Sheila didn’t say 90 good beers. Still, that’s a few notches on the ole’ Untappd belt!

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Friday Night Hangout Milestone and the Barleywine


On Friday, March 20, 2015 Craft Beer Nation will reach Episode 150 of the Friday Night Hangout. We’ve celebrating with BARLEYWINE a big favorite of many of us here at Craft Beer Nation. A version of the Strong Ale, Barleywine has been around for a few hundred years. And it is another English style beer that America has taken and loaded up with hops giving us today’s divided Barleywine experience.

The English Barleywine is a big malty beer, often with a raisin or grassy note to it, and a warm alcohol burn.

The American Barleywine is a big Strong Ale loaded with hops. Some American Barleywines can border on the Triple IPA realm in terms of their hoppy profile.

Either way, a Barleywine is a beer you sit back and take a while to work your way though. It’s most definitely a “sipper” beer and not a quick toss one back style at all.

Here’s to the Barleywine. We look forward to enjoying our fair share on Episode 150 of our Friday Night Hangout over on Google+ and YouTube

Feel free to drop us a line over at either location or comment here with your favorite of the style. Cheers!



Beauty In The Glass

Craft Beer drinkers love looking at beer just about as much as drinking it. We come home from a “beer haul” and – before putting all of our finds away to get cold for immediate consumption or to cellar away for a few years – we proudly lay all the bottles out on our counter top and snap a few photos to share on our favorite social media websites.

And sometimes, while in the midst of drinking we snap a few shots that capture the light shining through the beer, capturing that perfect glance of how gorgeous that beer looks, like snapping that perfect sunset. Or we get lucky and capture lacing at its finest. Social Media has, as a byproduct, turned us all into amateur photographers.

Have you visited our Craft Beer Nation Community on Google Plus? It’s a great place to peruse and share great craft beer pics.

Come visit!



Oatis Stout Stew

Cooking with beer is often a choice beer drinkers who also cook consider at one point or another. The choice of beer as well as the balance of beer to other ingredients is very important. A stew is one of the easiest ways to start putting beer into your food. It is relatively easy to put together and cooks slowly, providing you an opportunity to “fix it and forget it” for awhile. The smell of stewing meat and vegetables will fill up the rooms in your home providing a welcome appetizing aroma.

When you cook a soup or stew with beer, remember to balance the beer with broth. If you use only beer, you may wind up with a very bitter tasting stew. At least one quarter of the liquid should be broth.

This pork stew uses Ninkasi’s Oatis Oatmeal Stout for a thick texture and smooth, almost nutty flavor.

Cooking: You can cook this recipe two ways. If you want to use your oven, pre-heat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to use a pot that can be used in an oven and use pot holders to remove the pot. OR brown the pork and onions together in a pot on the stovetop before transferring to the slow cooker. Make sure to use a setting that will allow you to cook the stew for at least 4 hours. A low setting for 8 hours is also very good.

  • 2 pounds cheap pork cut into chunks
  • One handful of flour
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1- 12 oz bottle of Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout
  • 1 1/2  to 2 cups of broth (Beef is best)
  • 3 or 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  1. Toss the chunks of pork in flour until they are covered.
  2. Brown the chunks of pork in the bottom of a stewpot that can go into an oven. Oil or shortening is best to avoid burning.
  3. After browning the meat, add the onion and cook together for a minute or two
  4. Turn off the heat add the butternut squash
  5. Add the bottle of beer and the broth. Make sure the liquid comes up to the level of the meat and vegetables. If there isn’t enough liquid, add more broth.
  6. Add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, and garlic.
  7. Mix gently and put a lid on the pot.
  8. Put into the oven and let it cook for at least 4 hours.
  9. Remove and taste test the pork. It should be tender and easy to chew.
  10. If you like your stew thicker, you can mix a few tablespoons of cold water to a tablespoon of cornstarch, stir well with a fork and add to the hot stew.
  11. Serve with warm bread toasted with cheese as the perfect accompaniment.