Category Archives: Beer Of The Week

Pumpkin Spice Porter Brew

pumpkin spice porterI just finished my pumpkin spice porter beer.  Last night I opened it and it had an the most intoxicating smell.  The smell has a stronger pumpkin smell with the traditional hint of cinnamon.  The taste is even better.  It almost makes you want to get your ugg boots and your yoga pants on.  This is the perfect beer of the fall season.  The only downside is that I only brewed a 5 gallon batch!

As I have always said, if you can cook a box of rice you can brew a batch of beer.  The steps are simple and you will be able to brew your own by watching my YouTube video where I walk through the steps that I took to brew my batch of Pumpkin Spice Porter.

Thank you to Hop Goblin for making this process possible!  Visit their website and purchase your own ingredient kit.


The Pumpkin Spice Porter Brew video

Yes, this video is pretty long, however it takes your through EVERYTHING you need to know about brewing this beer.  No steps are removed and all explanations are spelled out for you.  While you are watching the video you can pick up your Pumpkin Spice Porter 5 Gallon Extract Kit from  Hurry up though, you need to act fast because it is a seasonal item.

Do you need a more “broken down” view of the brew process?

I took the time to make sure that I made different videos from different parts of the brew process.  Brewing is really easy and a lot of fun to do.  If you are looking for a new hobby or skill, you have found a very rewarding one.  Follow these really easy steps and you can have your own batch of beer.

The beer brewed with this past process was a Red Ale.  This is one of the simpler kinds of beer to brew.  Great for the fall or spring.


Craft Beer Of The Week – ShotGun Betty Hefeweizen Ale

I am starting a craft beer of the week review.  Every week I am going to try a different beer every week.  This can be a review of a different beer even though it is from the same brewery.  The reason why… The same brew masters can come up with different chemistry and create different works of art.

lonerider ShotGun Betty Hefeweizen AleThis week I had ShotGun Betty Hefenweizen Ale from Lonerider Brewery.  Their website can be found at and their notes about ShotGun Betty can be found here.

Here is what I thought.  Personally I am not a huge fan of canned beers.  I do feel like there is a small “off” taste that the can gives the beer and glass really does a lot to preserve the taste of the beer.  I also feel like the can looses its temperature faster than glass so the beer needs to be drank faster.  Not really sure of the science that could go along with this, just something that I think about.

The Nose

When I popped the top of the can I did get a great pressure release with a nose that smelled of hops, nuts, and a hint of fruit.  The smell is not overpowering like some beers that you can smell from another room.  The nose lasts throughout the entire beer and not trail off during the middle.

The Pour

Most will agree that the pour sets the taste of the beer.  Think of it this way, if you pour and have a small head you will have a lower carbonation beer with a higher alcohol content leading to a heaver beer or one that would be enjoyed in the autumn or winter.  The larger the head will give you a higher carbonation taste with a lower alcohol content leading to a lighter beer or one that would be enjoyed in the spring or summer.  This pour gave a medium head which lead to a beer that made me feel like it was going to be great in the spring.

The Taste

ShotGun Betty has a mixture of tastes.  When you start out you get a rush of complex flavor ranging of malt and hops but not what you would expect from a normal beer.  The taste that sets this beer separate from all other beers is the dry finish.  One one the more exotic beer tastes that I have experienced.  Usually the description of “dry finish” is reserved for dry wines but somehow they have incorporated this aspect into their beer.  Being that it is a Hefenweizen brew it’s sugars are derived from wheat and barley.  You can definitely tell the difference between this Hefenweizen ale and other ales.

The Look

The look of this Hefenweizen Ale is one that is to be desired.  I have always been drawn to the unfiltered beers.  To anyone that brews beer, there is a decision that has to be made.  To filter or not to filter.  You can see in the above picture that this beer has a slight cloud to it.  To some this may be off putting, but to me this means that the taste is more robust.

What is my overall feel of ShotGun Betty?

Overall, I really do like this unique beer and would pass around to my friends or guests on a spring day.  It is light enough to not be a meal by itself but heavy enough to still give you that pause in between the sips.  If you ever have the opportunity to try this beer out, I would encourage you to indulge.

If you have a beer that you would like me to review and post to all of the Skilled Gentlemen Podcast social media outlets and main website, please email me at  The review will be posted to all forms of social media and a detailed review will be posted consisting of the pour, the smell, the look, and an overall feel.

“May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future”, Cheers!