#SippyTimeBeer Review – Brew Kettle, Stone and Widmer

Brew Kettle Summer Soulstice

The Brew Kettle Taproom & SmokehouseSummer Soulstice – With summer coming to an end, I should probably clear a couple of extra summer beers off my list. This one is from Strongsville OH (which is near Cleveland) and I have reviewed one of their beers now, Lake BeErie, which was not good. I’m pretty sure I tried another one but can’t find a picture or written proof of it. You’ll have to take my word for it here though that this one was the best of the three. It’s a Belgian Wheat Ale with coriander and orange & lemon peel. I don’t feel like any of the three had a prominent taste but is was a great beer. Light, crisp and refreshing. Sit out in the sun this weekend and sip one of these beers.

Stone Brewing CompanyRuination IPA – This beer is a variation on their IPA. They just put in a bit more malt and a lot more hops. That is usually my time to get right on out of the joint. I don’t enjoy chewing on hops but this one didn’t seem as heavy handed. Maybe they added just the right amount of malt to even things out on my palate. Unlike the previous beer, you shouldn’t have any problems getting a hold of this beer from southern California.

Widmer Citra Summer Blonde

Widmer Brothers BrewingCitra Blonde Summer Brew – We’re staying on the West Coast but heading north to Portland OR. We’re also hanging around on the summer beat with this Blonde. They don’t clarify what citrus they use which doesn’t help to pick out the flavors but it’s pretty easy in a summer ale. They usually use orange or some variation, lemon or lime. I didn’t detect any hints like that. It was a crisp and refreshing beer though. It’s only one of two seasonal beers they produce. Again, it’s much easier to get ahold of this beer in other parts of the country, but it might be out of season. If you’re lucky, you might find it in the discount six pack area so they can bring in all of those pumpkin beers I’ll soon be reviewing. – Kevin

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Abita Brew Kettle Founders

Abita Brewing CompanySatsuma Harvest Wit – I learned what a satsuma is this weekend.  It’s the name for a tangerine since it was originally from the Satsuma province of Japan. The good folks from Abita Springs, LA got a hold of them for a very refreshing beer. I’m not one for summer shandies because I think they get heavy handed in the fruit department. This beer left just enough orange flavor on my palate. It was a nice change after drinking a rye beer, which I won’t review today. Abita makes good products so go out there and hunt this one down.

The Brew KettleLake BeErie – This beer is from Strongsville, OH which is west of my old stomping grounds at Kent. As far as I can tell, the distribution is just in Ohio and specifically for their Taproom and Brewhouse. This beer has confirmed something that I’ve been thinking since starting these reviews, I’m not a big pilsner fan. They’re just there. It’s hard to describe something that goes in and out almost as smoothly as water. I’m not the biggest fan of “cute” names especially when you look at the map and still see a solid 30-45 minute drive from Strongsville to Lake Erie. For a pilsner, I’d pick this one over the Victory Prima Pils though.

Founders Brewing CompanyPorter – It’s billed as dark, rich and sexy. I can agree on the first two parts. The last part might happen if you have enough of them at the bar and you strap on your beer goggles. This porter is dark and rich enough to drink like a stout. They say there’s chocolate and caramel (also called crystal) malt. I didn’t taste much of the chocolate but I did taste the toffee flavor which to me is more like a coffee flavor. Here’s TheFullPint review. They’re out of Grand Rapids, MI and have a find it search for their products in your area. There isn’t anything too fancy to this porter and that makes it just right to drink, hopefully in your area. -Kevin

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