TWIB – Dead Presidents, Wedding Drinks and Delicious Beer

This Week in Beer (TWIB) is a feature where I’ll highlight some craft beers I had during this past week mixed with some related (and unrelated) thoughts. Yes, it’s a play on the name of the show This Week in Baseball which I grew up on and loved.

It is wedding season. Still. I attended my second wedding in less than a month (Here’s a recap of the first wedding). This time I went north to Philadelphia. Traveling, especially out of state, gives you a chance to really branch out when it comes to beer choices.

I wandered the streets of Philly and ended up where?

What do I love most about weddings? People from all around gather to celebrate the love of a common family member or friend. Meaning that if you don’t know someone attending the wedding, you have a better chance of getting along with him or her than a random person. I met another bridemaid’s significant other and hit it off with him. We had the whole day to ourselves while our ladies were doing whatever bridemaids do the day of the wedding so we hit the streets of Philly in search of cheesesteaks and beer. Continue reading

April Dirty Thirty Day 6 – Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter

Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter - Taken by MItch Witte

Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter – Taken by Mitch Witte

Today has been a little crazy. Went out to four wineries for a friend’s birthday and am just getting to today’s review which is…

Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter

Critical Information:

  • 6.0% ABV
  • Year-round

My Experience:


Poured from bottle into mug. Off-white head that lasted for a few moments. Very minimal carbonation. It is a deep brown-black color that’s completely opaque.


It has a very chocolatey with some maltiness aroma. I also get the vanilla coming through a lot too.


Wow, it’s just like the name of the beer – vanilla and java are the dominate flavors. I don’t really get much else. No hops, minimal maltiness, lots of, you know it, vanilla and coffee flavors.


It has a thick, dense texture that barely lasts more than a minute.


I’m thinking s’mores  from Cosi. This is definitely a dessert beer.


It reminds me of Butternuts Moo Thunder Stout. It has a good taste to it but it’s not very beer-y.

Score: 5/10

Sorry for keeping it so brief tonight. Lots of conflicts happening at the moment — been to multiple wineries, sitting on a friend’s computer, being bugged to hurry up, etc. Thanks for being a part of the April Dirty Thirty project. Keep the tweets and comments coming, you’re doing outstanding! Remember to use #AprilDirty30. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this beer, what you had tonight, what you’ve tried recently, anything.

Try something new. Share it with the world. Grow your palate and beer knowledge.

April Dirty Thirty Schedule 4/2-4/6

Here is what’s on tap this week for the April Dirty Thirty:

Tuesday 4/2Heavy Seas Powder Monkey Pale Ale

Wednesday 4/3RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown

Thursday 4/4Yards IPA

Friday 4/5Legend Maibock

Saturday 4/6Atwater Vanilla Java Porter

Hope you can participate. Try these out if you can. If not, try something new. Review it. Talk about it. Grow your beer knowledge!

My Big Debut – Beer Club #1

Hosting Beer Club

Hosting beer club at the Buffalo Wing Factory – Photo taken by Mitch Witte

Last Friday, February 22nd, was my big debut as a craft beer professional. Well, almost professional. Getting paid in beer is close enough. My buddy got me a gig hosting a craft beer tasting at a local restaurant, the Buffalo Wing Factory. I represented five beers all from different breweries.

  1. Lost Rhino Rhino Chasers Bohemian Pilsner
  2. Williamsburg Alewerks Washington’s Porter
  3. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
  4. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
  5. Butternuts Moo Thunder Stout

The Rhino Chasers Bohemian Pilsner by Lost Rhino in Ashburn, Virginia was our first beer. I explained a bit about the history of the Pilsner and cold-fermented lagers. This was paired with an avocado salad with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, sweet onions and lime juice. Continue reading