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Duclaw Venom going on hiatus

December 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I had a brief discussion with Jim Wager from Duclaw last night. I was asking about about my perception that Venom’s taste has change over the years. Jim reassured me that the receipt has remained exactly the same. It could be other things like the brewery move or my tastes that have changed the taste slightly. He also mentioned that Venom is going on a hiatus due to the availability and cost of the hops there are using. Instead they are coming up with a replacement IPA using different hops. Thye have also just finished brewing a batch of my favorite Duclaw beer Naked Fish.

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  • 1 Thai // May 3, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    With respect to DuClaw’s outstanding family of beers, and Jim’s skill as a brewmaster, the simple fact is that the IPA that DuClaw has selected to ‘replace’ their superb Venom is simply not in the same class as the original. DuClaw claims they simply cannot get the hops, if so, fine. However, if the issue is cost, DuClaw should consider simply passing it on. Venom is an outstanding Ale, and many of its fans would gladly pay ‘extra’ for this high-quality ale (#8 on’s American Pale Ale “best by category”). IMHO DuClaw Venom is one of the finest crafts, period.