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Left Hand Brewing – Smoke Jumper (draft) – 5 out of 7 smokestacks

Found this on tap. I remember having this in a 22oz bomber a few years back, and I liked it enough to have picked up a few more since then. One bottle happens to be in my bunker right now. … Continue reading

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Yellow Springs Brewery – Smokin’ Handsome – 5.8 out of 7

This beer smells like bacon, which is a good sign. In response to my order, the bartender at 101 Beer Kitchen of Columbus, OH said, “Are you sure? It’s REALLY smoky.” I replied that I could handle it given that … Continue reading

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The Blind Pig – Smoked Lager – 3.9 smokestacks out of 7

Not to be confused with the Smoked Rye Lager that The Blind Pig made about 6 months ago, this beer, Smoked Lager, came out just behind the rye in it’s overall score. With a 3.9 smokestack rating (out of 7) … Continue reading

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2nd Story Brewing – Old City is Burning – 5.8 smokestacks out of 7

Smells like smoke. Old City is Burning has a nice medium malty character that distinguishes itself early on in the tasting of this one. This beer really distinguishes itself as a true rauchbier, which is at the heart of what … Continue reading

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Earthen Ales – Ale of the Earth – 3 smokestacks (out of 7)

No ghost writers here. Mike Lorr, friend of the ministry and honorary minister gets all the glory for drinking, evaluating, and writing about this one. All the way up in Traverse City, Michigan, a place called Earthen Ales offers up … Continue reading

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Harmony Brewing Company – Black Squirrel Smoked Porter – 5.5 smokestacks

Erected inside an old sausage factory, the aromas of Harmony might remind you of an old pub in Germany. But, as you may have guessed, Harmony is one of the many places that have opened recently. Established in Grand Rapids, … Continue reading

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Sixpoint Brewery – The Brunt – 2.5 out of 7 smokestacks

Quick story about Six Point, apparently we have some connection to each other. A friend of the Ministry from NYC mentioned a Madison, Wisconsin, connection to us in reference to Sixpoint’s founder/s, while we were in Houston, TX. Time will … Continue reading

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The Blind Pig Brewery- Smoked Rye Lager – 4.2 smokestacks (out of 7)

Had to go on-site for this review. The Blind Pig brewery of Champaign, Illinois, made another smoked beer and I slipped in there to review it. And they delivered another positive experience no matter how you look at it. Smoked … Continue reading

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Big Thorn Farm – Smoked Lager – 2 out of 7

Watery. The kind of water without carbonation, you know, water. This beer smelled okay at first, but those hopes were quickly dashed by the taste. I thought that the keg was getting low and would have perhaps kicked myself for … Continue reading

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HammerHeart Brewing Co. – Von Winterherz Verhasst (Oak Smoked Wheat Hefeweizen) – 4.5 out of 7 smokestacks

SmokeBeerMinistry will visit HammerHeart soon… soon after winter. SBM stumbled across Von Winterherz Verhasst at HopCat in Lexington, KY and the real takeaway is HammerHeart has their eye on the prize. Seemingly half of everything HammerHeart makes is smoked, if … Continue reading

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Green Jack Brew – Red Herring Smoked Ale (draft) – 4 out of 7

Red Herring beer by Green Jack Brew has been revived to little acclaim. Found at Sergio’s of Louisville, KY USA, this beer came off as a mildly smoky mildly sour beer. It was good smoke though. Nice campfire notes with solid … Continue reading

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Moody Tongue – Applewood Gold (draft) – 2.5 smokestacks out of 7

Not much to say about Moody Tongue’s Applewood Gold smoked beer. It scored ones and twos across the board. It was really set up for a win having just stumbled across it at a cool BBQ joint in Louisville, KY. … Continue reading

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The Bling Pig Brewery – Rauchweizen – 5 out of 7

Gotta keep this one brief… Tastes like a wheat beer with smoke down in there somewhere. You will not miss the wheat, it’s a big wheaty beer, which is just fine, pretty sweet. Rauchweizen really reminds me of Crop Circle … Continue reading

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Stone – 6th Anniversary Porter (Draft) – 3.5 out of 7

Stone 6th Anniversary Porter tastes a good bit like all their other smoke beers. A little less smoky (4.5 smokestacks of smokepower taste) and more hoppy. It tastes acidic, which makes sense, this recipe is one of their old recipes … Continue reading

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The Blind Pig – Smoked Vienna Lager – 5.8 out of 7 smokestacks

This works! Smells just right and with only 23% beechwood smoked malts. Oftentimes brewers use copious amounts of smoked malts and manage to muddle the flavor up so much that its hard to tell if you are even drinking beer. … Continue reading

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FATE – Gratzer Ale – 2 out of 7

Not much to report about on this one (unless you want to hear about vanity in Boulder, CO brew pubs… It was like a fashion magazine in there). This beer was light on every front. Without a touch of smoke, … Continue reading

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Backpocket – Iowa’s Swabain Hall – 4 out of 7

El Bait Shop gets the nod on this day. Note to brewers: Try not to let your beer get upstaged by the bar. Actually, El Bait Shop isn’t all that unusual considering how many beer halls there are out there nowadays, … Continue reading

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West O Beer – Smoked Red (Draft) – 2 out of 7

The good news is that West O has this same beer in bottle format which is still to be reviewed. Hopefully the score will come out a bit higher from the bottle, but as far as the draft I had … Continue reading

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Triptych – Smoke Me Out (draft) – 3 out of 7

This one earns a 3 out of 7 smokestacks. A little below a middle of the road kind of smokebeer, and an elusive one at that. I’ve only seen this once, at Big Grove Tavern, where it was for a … Continue reading

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Karben4 – Night Call: Smoked Porter (draft) – 3 Smokestacks out of 7

The brewer Karben4 does a pretty okay job in the brewers description. Phrases like “subtle smoke” point out that The Ministry is going to rate the smokepower taste a 1 out of 7 Smokestacks, and “creates new fans of dark … Continue reading

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Cedar Creek – Scruffy’s Smoked Alt (draft) 4 out of 7.

So I’m doing an off the cuff post with my phone again, only this time I’m in a hurry. I’m at a Whole Foods in Houston where Cedar Creek Scruffy’s Smoked Alt is on tap for $5 pint. My wife … Continue reading

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Against The Grain – Smoke Mac Fannybaw (draft) – 2 out of 7

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse is this pretty cool brewery at Louisville Slugger Field, the minor league baseball stadium, which is apparently head and shoulders above the old place that used to be there. A fairly standard menu with a … Continue reading

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Victory Brewing – Scarlet Fire Rauchbier – 6 out of 7

It’s always a pleasant surprise to see a smokebeer that isn’t the color of used motor oil. Scarlet Fire Rauchbier was a seasonally translucent autumn red color. $6 for a full pint at Petrol Station Houston was some relief after … Continue reading

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Clown Shoes – Vampire Slayer DRAFT – 4 out of 7 –

So, I’m not doing the thing with the religious terminology anymore, it was stupid. Last night I had a Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes. It was $8 for a snifter at Petrol Station in Houston, TX. Vampire Slayer is the beer … Continue reading

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BrewDog – Paradox Smokehead (draft) – 3 out of 7 Smokestacks

Our first reconciliation was conducted last night with a snifter of BrewDog Paradox Smokehead, which was found on tap at The Flying Saucer in Houston, TX, December 3, The Year of Our Lord 2012. Meticulous notes were taken to preserve … Continue reading

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