Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #58 ‘Raiders Of The Lost Hops’

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Website

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. on Twitter

In a cross between Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket contest and a school-yard game of pick up, Sierra Nevada Brewing hosts a beer camp a couple of times a year and a very lucky few get chosen to participate.  With hundreds of avid home brewers submitting and less than 40 selected nation-wide, the fact that two friends from right here in Pensacola got to go is pretty remarkable.

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

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Rogue Breweries Website

Rogue Breweries on Twitter

Often times in beer speak an item may carry a name that has nothing to do with what’s inside the glass. Thus is the case with the brown ale category, particularly nut brown ale. However, as everything old is new again and brewers look to innovative methods and additions to set their product apart from the herd, there’s more and more truth in advertising these days.

Brasserie de Rochefort “8” (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy)

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Trappistes Rochefort Website
Trappistes Rochefort Facebook (apparently, Monks don’t use Twitter)

February has returned and that means carnival season. The overall gist of Mardi Gras is to get your indulgences out of the way before the Lenten fast. In recent decades this has come to mimic the bacchanalian wine parties of ancient Roman times; lots of it and bring me more.