BEER CLINIC

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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BEER CLINIC :: The Land Where Beer Began Pt 2

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 09.10.2014

Craft Beer, Hops, and the Beautiful Blue Danube Craft beer in Germany? Craft beer in Austria? Why, I ask, would anyone bother, since the beer is already so good? In the US, the craft beer industry grew up as a grass roots movement, a reaction to the predominance of lower quality beer offered by large […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Old Friends and New Beers, from Local to Global

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 08.30.2014

This summer we visited two of our old friends in the Midwest: Constant Springs, in Goshen, IN, and The Map Room, in Chicago. Back when I lived full time in the Midwest, we were regulars at both of these bars; now, as tourists we visited with high expectations–and we were not disappointed. Constant Spring hasn’t changed much since we left […]

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