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Nov 5, 2006 04:53 AM

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. When will a Minneapolis brewhouse come out with Harmon's Killer Brew?

      1. 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

        1. 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.

          1. 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 I believe the brewery is in Michigan. It was described there as having the color and consistency of used motor oil.

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            1. re: jkent

              The He'brew tag lines always make me chuckle- Messiah Bold "the beer you've been waiting for" etc.

              The one time I made it to Chicago for the Real Ale Festival, before it folded, we had Flossmoor Station's "Train Wreck of Flavor," which was literally that, and quite good.