Browsing for Beer- June 2009

I apologize if some of these beers are old news, but I was laid off a month ago and had to put my beer shopping on hold. Even worse, my beer budget was nixed. Conflict resolution is my specialty, so I looked for change underneath the couch cushions and took my change jar to coinstar. $28.57 is what I ended up with in my pocket. Not bad eh? So what are the somewhat new beers on the shelves?

Frugal MacDoogal (Liquor Store side):

Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel
(in single 12 ounce bottles)
Stone Old Guardian ( Barleywine seasonal 2009 release)

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA (six packs)

St Feuillien Brune
(a very nice Abbey Dubbel)
Left Hand Widdershins
(Barley Wine)
Left Hand Chainsaw
(American Strong Ale, double version of Sawtooth)
Left Hand Goosinator
Terrapin Rye Squared (2009 seasonal- new batch)

Kulmbacher Eisbock!!!!!!!! (world class beer here, and one of Michael Jackson's favorites)
Terrapin Side Project "Monk's Revenge" (limited release Belgian IPA)
Shiner 100 Commemorator (Doppelbock)

Midtown Wine and Spirits:
Terrapin Side Project "Monk's Revenge" (limited release Belgian IPA)

Boulevard Two Jokers
(a double wit, bottle condition corked 750)
Stone Russian Imperial Stout (2009 release)

Shiner 100 Commemorator (Doppelbock)

Specialty Beer Stores:

Brooklyn Brown Ale, Summer Ale, and Lager

Kona Wailua Wheat, Longboard Lager, Firerock Pale Ale (distributed by Budweiser FYI)

New Belgium Skinny Dip

Terrapin SunRay Wheat (now in six packs)

If you have not been to Trader Joe's, I recommend you swing by. It's a unique food shopping experience. They are the only store in town where I have seen Stone Smoked Porter, which is an excellent beer and not too heavy on the smoke. It pairs great with food off the grill. They also have two house beers contract brewed by Firestone Walker, Mission St. Pale Ale and Mission St. IPA. I have tried the IPA, and it's not bad for the price.

I also heard that Flying Saucer is now serving beers from Jolly Pumpkin. I have not confirmed this, but it I sure hope it's true. They are a great artisan brewery out of Dexter, MI specializing in Belgian and barrel-aged beers.

Now it's back to job hunting. It's brutal! If any of you know a company looking for an account manager (retail services, QA, sign or merchandising programs, etc.), let me know. I also do landscape design on a freelance basis can provide a link to my website. Send me an email if interested ( So what did I buy? Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Kulmbacher Eisbock, and Terrapin Rye Squared. It went over the $28.57, but my wife owed me a six pack for running and errand. Sadly, one of the Kulmbacher bottles suffered an early demise on my garage floor. Be careful with their flimsy packaging!




William said...

I know this post is older, but I went and bought the Eisbock based on your recommendation. My first beer of this style and I'm extremely happy. Already jumps to one of my favorite beers. Can't wait to try more of this style.

smitty said...

Frugal McDoogal has the Aventinus Eisbock, which is tasty as well. Thanks for reading!

William said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I will have to check that out.

Ear and Beer said...

Just checked Frugal McDougal last week and they were out of the Kulmbacher Eisbock. Was excited to try it based on your recommendation. May try the Aventinus though. Never had this style. Just wanted to let anyone know in case they tried to find it. Also, heard that Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. is coming up here soon. It's a pretty young Mississippi Brewery, but it has some pretty cool beers. Not sure when it's coming though.

Smitty said...

I went by last night and Kulmbacher Eisbock is back on the shelves, along with the Victory high gravity stuff.