BEER CLINIC

BEER CLINIC :: The Elusive Gose – How Far Would You Run to Catch a Gose?

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 07.29.2015

Gose (rhymes with “Rosa”) is a very old beer style that is starting to generate interest among craft brewers, if only because it is so challenging to brew. Summer is the best time to drink these unusual beers, but gose’s can be hard to find, and some can be downright unpleasant to drink. In order […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Church Brew Works

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 05.27.2015

It was late March, early springtime, the time of year when many religions celebrate the start of a new year. It was the time for Easter and Passover. I had to face it –it was time to go to Church. I’m referring here to a church-based brewery that I haven’t visited in a long time: […]

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BEER CLINIC :: An Abita Beer Tasting

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 04.20.2015

I was thrilled to receive a gift of Abita beer last week. Abita Brewing Company is in Louisiana, just north of New Orleans, and their beer is consistently good, so I was looking forward to trying these. Most beer lovers are familiar with Purple Haze, Abita’s well-known and beloved raspberry wheat beer, but their other beers […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Winter Thoughts of Warmer Weather – Beers of the Islands

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 03.04.2015

How to open a successful brewery: Quit your job in the States and move to paradise… live on a boat for a few months to save rent… bus tables to earn some cash… teach yourself how to brew beer…create a unique beer with an island character…invest your money in a brewery to make this unique […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Best Picture Nominees, Academy Awards 2015

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 01.28.2015

It’s that time of year again–time for the 2015 Motion Picture Academy Awards, the Oscars! And it’s time for the second annual YBN beer and Oscar pairing, wherein I match Best Picture nominees with an appropriate craft beer to drink, and provide a link to the trailer, for your viewing enjoyment. Enjoy the beer with […]

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BEER CLINIC :: An Unusual Beer From The Sea – Cooper’s Low Tide Oyster Stout

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 01.18.2015

We stopped for a late meal at a local restaurant, Cooper’s, in Pittston, PA, a favorite spot for fresh seafood and, when in season, oysters. Readers familiar with the long-running TV show, The Office, may be familiar with its sister restaurant in Scranton, PA, which is the bar where the office crowd frequently met after […]

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THE BEER CLINIC :: Holiday Warning! Beware The Mad Elf!

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 12.10.2014

When you hear “Hershey” you may think “chocolate” but I think “beer.” Tröegs beer, that is. I found myself in Hershey PA a couple of months ago for a meeting, and as soon as I had a chance I made a beeline for Tröegs Brewery, conveniently within a mile or two of Hershey Park. I […]

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BEER CLINIC :: At The Hop [Harvest]

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 10.28.2014

Hops, hops, and more hops! It is a dream come true for a hophead like me. I was thrilled to participate in the hop harvest in Leelanau Co, Michigan this fall. Picture me on a lovely autumn morning, sitting in a tractor, harvesting hops, and later sharing a draft of delicious, locally brewed Michigan IPA. Here […]

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BEER CLINIC SPECIAL :: Why the Doctor Gives His Patients Schlitz Beer

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 10.03.2014

From the Good Doctor Westbrook…

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BEER CLINIC :: A Fruit Basket of Beer

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 09.30.2014

Part 1: Fresh from the market Summer has come to an end, and it is time to enjoy the bounty of the land. Farmers’ Markets are in full swing, homegrown tomatoes are everywhere, and local apples are appearing in the supermarket. The season is beginning for Octoberfest and pumpkin beers, but first let’s take the […]

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