I’ve been super busy IRL, but I’ve also created something in the interwebs world. My friends and I have started a podcast.

It is called Fuck This Knit

We talk about knitting while drinking beer. We swear a lot. And we have opinions. I’m not going to go too much into the content because you just have to listen.  Its only three episodes, but we have plans for more.  We post them on the second Tuesday of the month.

Go.  Check it out.

Beer Review: Blackberry Barleywine

Blackberry Barley Wine from New Belgium Brewing Company

Alex and I decided we wanted to fill our growler and howler with beers from Great Flood.  We checked out their Beer Menu and I was immediately drawn to the Barley Wine.  New Belgium’s website describes this beer:

The darker the berry, the sweeter the barley wine—that’s what we thought when brewing the first barley wine in New Belgium history. Blackberry Barley Wine channels the elegant spirit of a classic English barley wine, but with a kiss of blackberry to elevate the sip beyond convention.

It is 10% ABV with 50 IBUs and is classified as a Barley Wine

Amber’s Review (4/5):

I drank this beer a while ago, but don’t remember enough about it to talk about the beer without feeling like I’m not giving it full thought.  I’ll try to get better about review beers in a more timely fashion.


Panther from Rhinegeist Brewery

Just the look of this beer makes me drool. Hope its still available by the time I can drink again.

Alex Gustafson

I’ve been in porter & stout mode since August. I imagine the cravings I was going through is what some folks experience from lack of pumpkin beers (though I can only assume.) Whenever I saw a porter or stout available, I snagged it. We’re finally approaching that time of year when even grocery stores have plenty of heavy, malty options.

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Rhinegeist is a Cincinnati-based brewery that I’ve come to appreciate consistently. I still haven’t tried all their cans, but as I see new ones I usually grab a sixer. This is the first I’ve seen of their Panther Robust Porter and I purchased it with no hesitation.

Robust is an excellent word for it. The flavors are a mingled variety of earthiness and has a rich mouthfeel. Richer even than the West Sixth Christmas Ale, though it’s only half the alcohol by volume. It’s heavy, in a good way. You…

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Beer Review: Abita Root Beer

Root Beer by Abita

From the Abita website:

Abita Root Beer is made with a hot mix process using spring water, herbs, vanilla and yucca (which creates foam). Unlike most soft drink manufacturers, Abita sweetens its root beer with pure Louisiana cane sugar. The resulting taste is reminiscent of soft drinks made in the 1940s and 1950s, before bottlers turned to corn sugar and fructose.

It is non-alcoholic.

abita root beer craft sodaAmber’s review (3.75/5):

It was Alex’s birthday last week.  Lots of places give you free stuff when its your birthday.  Old Chicago is one of those places.  They give you a free medium pizza that you can redeem at some point during the week of your birthday.  Yesterday was the last day for Alex, so we trekked out to the east end and had ourselves some pizza and (root) beer.

I knew that going to Old Chicago meant that I’d be drinking my water staring longingly at Alex’s beer.  But hey, free pizza!  It had been a long while since we had last been to OC, and the menu had changed a lot.  I noticed that they offered a larger selection of non-alcoholic beverages which peaked my interest.  I asked the server which root beers were available.  In the back of my mind I was expecting the normal A&W or Barq’s.  The waiter listed off at least 4 different types of root beer, including an orange root beer and an alcoholic one.

I chose the Abita root beer, and I believe that was a good choice.  Sweet with a little bit of a bite.  It was tasty from the first sip to the last.  I can imagine that this root beer would be a perfect fit for a root beer float or turned into a caramel for a drizzle.  Very much a dessert type of root beer in my mind.  But worth it.

Alex had two beers:

Halfway home by Country Boy

Damascene Apricot Sour by Tin Man