Beer Wednesday – Duckpin Pale Ale

•January 14, 2015 • 3 Comments

Happy Beer Wednesday!

As I’ve been drinking and blogging about beer, there have been some amazing brews that I’ve been lucky enough to tell you about. Unfortunately, some vegan beers have been less than amazing, and this week’s vegan brew falls into that category. The beer is Union Craft Brewing’s Duckpin Pale Ale.


At just 5.5% ABV, it was almost a session ale, and I had the same complaint with it that I have with most of the session ales: it was kind of one-note.

The head faded quickly, and while it was light both in mouth-feel and in flavor, there was almost no malt, the the hops were just a little citrus, with a little too much bitterness. There just wasn’t much to this vegan beer.

Because it didn’t impress me, I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed in this particular Baltimore beer. That having been said, it’s certainly drinkable, and I could see myself drinking a few too many of these Baltimore beers on a hot summer day, so I’m not unhappy to give this vegan beer a 3/6 on my six-pack scale.

six pack, three beers, beer, 3/6,Are you a fan? Have I missed the mark on this one? Let me know in the comments below.

Beer Wednesday – Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre

•January 7, 2015 • 2 Comments

Happy Beer Wednesday!

This week I’m thrilled to review another Dogfish Head beer. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a vegan beer by this Delaware brewery, and I’ve got a few bottles of their brown ale brewed with raisins; Raison d’Etre, or their “reason for being.”

imageFirst, you’ve got to know that I don’t always love brown ales. I tend to find them too malty, too sweet, and not hoppy enough by half. This brown ale stayed true to form, as it was a little too sweet for me, and the balance always seems just a tad off.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty, and at 8% ABV, it packs quite a punch, but I probably couldn’t drink more than one or two of them.

This vegan beer by Dogfish Head is a pretty good example of a brown ale, but I just can’t get into it. Because of that, and not really any other reason, I’m giving this beer a 3/6 on my 6-pack scale.

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Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments.

Maybe my favorite thing: Reading

•January 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

As some of you may or may not know, possibly my favorite thing to do i the world is read. I stumbled across this reading challenge last week, while trying to figure out what kind of New Year’s Resolution I wanted to pretend to not ignore, and thought that thsi would be right up my alley.

See, I never have enough time to read during the school year, but this seems to be something that I can stick to. 26 books in 52 weeks is only 2 books per month, and to be honest, I can put away a book in 2 or 3 days over the summer, so I figured, “Why not?”

It jus so happens that the Blonde got me Mike Piazza’s autobiography, Long Shot, for Christmas, so now I feel morally obligated to read it, and so far (I’m only 85 pages in as I write this) it’s awesome. I also hit up Barnes and Noble to spend some of the sweet, sweet Christmas gift cards I got, and so I picked up two books there. I feel like I’m well on my way to hitting this up.

Regardless, I’ll keep track on here as I read, ideally writing a review (like my Baseball Book Reviews) and I’ll keep the list updated.

I’ll read some vegan-specific books, and I’ll read some teaching books, and you can be sure that I’ll read some easy books too, like The Hobbit, but never fear, I’ll do my very best to keep this up. Feel free to rag on me if I slack, but I’ll do my level-best not to!

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Beer Wednesday – Flying Dog Bloodline

•December 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Happy Beer Wednesday! I’m in total denial about the onslaught of winter, so I’m sticking to warm-weather beers lately, and I wad pretty happy to stumble across this Flying Dog vegan beer, Bloodline ale brewed with blood oranges.


How are you keeping warm as the weather turns? Denial? Whiskey? Dogs? Let me know what your cold weather vice is in the comments.

Stop eating that library paste!

•December 1, 2014 • 4 Comments

As you may or may not be aware, I drink a fair bit of beer. I catalogue many of my beers each Wednesday here on my Beer Wednesday posts, but I only blog about those beers that I have pictures for and that I can be reasonably sure are vegan, thanks to and the Vgan app on my phone.

Recently, while visiting my mother, I was drinking a decent little German hefe weizen called Franziskaner. If you are a fan of weissbeirs, you probably already have had this beer, and if not, now you have!

While checking whether or not this was a vegan beer, (I was 99.9% sure it was, since I’m familiar with the German beer purity laws) I found the explanation on the Vgan app where the brewer explained that they use no animal products either im the brewing process or in the clarifying process, thereby making the beer vegan.

Thats when I first discovered it!

The good folks over at Franziskaner did admit to using a caesin-based glue!

Yeah! Seriously! Not only are we using caesin in far too many things that we call “food,” but apparently it is a super common ingredient in label glue!



Caesin, along with being really stretchy and good on pizza, (don’t judge me) makes a glue that will stick to cold, hot, or wet glass and plastic.

Now, I get that companies want their labels to stick, seriously, I do. I mean, I want to know which beer I’m drinking too so that I don’t accidentally start to swig some terrible macro-brew instead of an awesome craft beer, but really? I mean, really?

A while ago I visited the Dogfish Head brewery and had a similar disappointing experience when they made quite clear that they give their spent grain to local farms to feed to cows. . . the same cows that Dogfish then buys as beef for their restaurant.


I love Dogfish Head’s beers. Maybe a bit too much, but I had to wonder, if they’re contributing to animals being turned into food, can I really call them vegan or vegan-friendly? The same question now makes me wonder about labeling. If caesin-based glus are the norm, can I assume that every beer that has a paper label is no longer vegan-friendly? Is that a line I need to draw?

(Side note, Stone Brewing Company makes great beer and uses painted-on labels)


I think that there isn’t enough of a market for caesin-based glues that if the other uses for dairy went away that there would still be enough caesin in production to make it worthwhile as a glue. So I probably won’t stop drinking beers and wines with paper labels, but maybe when given the option, I’ll lean towards painted labels instead of paper ones.

What about you? Did you know about the common use of caesin as a glue? Does that change how you define “vegan-friendly” at all?

Beer Wednesday – Festina Pesche

•November 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Happy Beer Wednesday, and happy Thanksgiving!

Since I’m in complete denial about it being the end of November and the miserable weather in the northeast, I’d like to present a beer that I think tastes a ton like summer, Dogfish Head’s Festina Pesche.


Now, while I’ve said a million times that I don’t like fruit in my beer (and I’m constantly amending that for one more beer) Festina Pesche is a peach ale that looks, smells, and tastes a lot like summer.

This vegan beer is light and fresh, with a really bright effervescence. The mouth feel reminds me of champagne, and even though it is a peach ale, there really isn’t much fruit flavor, just a little in the nose, but even that is more cleansing than fruity.

The head disappears quickly, as one might expect, but it really is a tasty vegan beer. I’m quite happy to give toys beer a 4/6 on my six-pack scale.


Are you in denial about winter coming? How are you dealing with having a white Thanksgiving?


•November 24, 2014 • 2 Comments

Well, this is a fairly short post, mostly because the event I’m blogging about was over the summer, and to be perfectly honest, I seem to have forgotten a lot of the event.

First, a short intro to MASHOut. The event, the Mid Atlantic States Home-brewer Campout, is an annual event where home-brewers from the areaget together for a long weekend and drink in the woods.

Picture a bunch of 30,40, and 50 year olds, mostly men, in the weis with more beer than they can drink in the and a half days. That’s the crux of the event.

It was beautiful on the Organarchy hop farm, and I even remember a lot of it. However, I drank a LOT. About a half day into the weekend, I started taking pictures of all the beers I drank, and as I drank more, the pictures, like my vision, started to get a little blurry. Don’t judge me. . .

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