Great Titles for Beers
I just saw two beers with the best titles:
- Lenny Bruce R.I.P.A from Hebrew; looks like a double ipa
- Brother Tholonious belgian style from North Coast Brewing
curious to know if anyone tried these yet. any thoughts?
That Brother Thelonius is intense. I went to and wrote about the 'unveling' of that beer in Santa Monica last April for a jazz magazine. Ended up with many bottles. It is very rich - huge flavor, and very strong. I typically do not like sweetness at all in my Belgian beers and prefer white stuff like Blanche de chambly. But Brother Thelonius is incredibly delicious and very well-crafted, even using the mild sweetness it has to keep my tongue on its toes. I think it's very good, and much more drinkable than alot of trappist beers.
Some favorite names that always amuse me:
Old Horizontal... drink this and you'll be horizontal
Old Rasputin... stout fit for a raving madman
Dreadnaught... have no fear
Behemoth... this MASSIVE brew
Here in Eugene Oregon we have Ninkasi Brewing, a new micro brewery featuring brewmaster Jamie Floyd. His signature Total Domination IPA is over the top. Sorry currently only availabe on draft.
I have had the Lenny Bruce R.I.P.A. (the R is for Rye, as I recall) and it was very good. I was a little skeptical of the He'brew beers at first...I figured that they probably thought that since they had a good marketing gimmick they didn't need to worry about the quality of the beer...but it's very good.
The most amusing name for a beer I have seen recently is "Kentucky Breakfast". It's a double stout, 10% abv, which was one of the highest-rated beers of all on beeradvocate.com. I believe the brewery is in Michigan. It was described there as having the color and consistency of used motor oil.
At the GABF in September I tried Old Leghumper Porter by Thirsty Dog Brewing from Centerville, Ohio.
Good porter, but...
best. name. ever.
Brother Thelonious is a great beed with a great name.
have you also seen the ad? love it too:
"A Monk's Dream. Straight. No Chaser."
There’s a small brewpub near me call General Lafayette. The brewer can give his brews some peculiar names including:
1) Over The Hop IPA
2) All Fuggled Up Amber
3) Dunkel Sam
4) I’ll Be Bock
5) Alt! Who Goes There?
The Belgian beer Delirium Tremens has always made me chuckle when I see it in the store. At 8.5%, it can live up to its name the next day if you spend a full evening taking it down.
'Dead Guy Ale' from Rouge - and totally unrelated, the hot sauce called 'asbirnin' that comes in a little asprin bottle...
I like TEA (can't remember who makes it but very appropriate for my family) and 'old tom' which has a cat winking on the bottle.
Though the biggest laugh was when I turned up an old boyfriend's flat with a few bottles of 'duff'. I kid you not. It actually wasn't bad, a dark beer rather than a stout, still makes me smile. D'oh!
Ale Mary, Full of Taste - Limited Edition by Rock Bottom Brewery for the Pope's visit to Denver several years ago...
Full Sail's "Wreck the Halls" Christmas brew
Lagunitas "Hairy Eyeball Ale"
Terrapin's "Wake-n-Bake" Coffee-Oatmeal Imperial Stout
I have a can of Schmidt beer from thirty years ago that features a bear overlooking a strip mine on the label.
Speaking of funny beer names, if you wanna create one, this Random Beer Name generator is pure genius.
Here are some of my faves it came up with:
Satan's Cranky Shitszu Russian Imperial Stout
Insane Ewok Porter
Yellow Retarded Bastard Oud Bruin
Grunting Gloworm Bière de Garde
Sizzling Forbidden Donut Wee Heavy
Brown Full Moon Pale Ale
Santa's Gnarly Beige Lemur Oud Bruin
L. Ron Hubbard's Stinky Mantaray Brown Ale
Fat Mothra Altbier
The Moose Formerly Known As Mikhail Baryshnikov's El Dente Tripel
Sneaky Sheep Stout
Surly Furious is a great name for that particularly hoppy amalgam that comes out of Brooklyn Park, MN...
The Hebrew Lenny Bruce RIPA is delicious. It has a nice full flavor, and the aging process in a whiskey barrel adds a great, uncommon flavor in the background. If you like full-flavored beers, it is a must.