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May 17, 2009

Cerveza Mexicali Review 5.17.09

A worthy beverage: A Brewski 4.0 Rating.

Cerveza Mexicali Pilsener Beer

The Brewski Report’s Cerveza Mexicali Review.
File Date: May 17, 2009

File Name:  ‘The Two Year Room’
The Beer: Mexicali Cerveza
Type: Pilsener (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving: Clear, long neck bottle
Stats: 4.6% ABV 
Brewer: Cerveceria Mexicali, S. A. de C.V.
Web Site: http://mexicalibeer.com/
Brewer Specs: Cerveceria Mexicali, S. A. de C.V., was founded in 1923 by Mr Miguel Gonzalez and Mr Heraclio Ochoa.  Shortly after a German beer maker and chemist was employed to develop a brew which would make Mexicali famous.  A formula for Cerveza Mexicali was created, basing its production on the highest levels of quality control.  The experience of the brewers allowed its products to be distinguished by their flavour and precise alcohol concentration.  The Mexicali plant was the first industrial brewery in Baja California.  Production grew from 7000 barrels in its first year to over 72,000 in 1960. During that time Cerveza Mexicali was the largest selling beer brand in ALL of Baja California. Sadly after the death of founder Don Miguel the factory was closed and Mexicali faded from the market place.  Until in 2000 when the brand was revived and production recommenced.  The beer is the original formula that beat out Corona and Pacifico as “The” Great Mexican beer.
Brewer Brand Hype: Our original Formula.  This brew is bright, deep golden yellow in color.  The aroma is of sweet malt, lightly floral and hoppy.  The flavor reflects it’s hops bitterness, slightly sweet and just a perfect balance of two row barley malt, Chinook, Mt. Hood and Peerless hops that culminate to a very clean and semi-dry finish.

The Brewski Review:  About two years ago I taped off the den in my 4-square house in the hops of completing an expedient remodel on the room.  Six foot of plaster and lathe were pulled down so I could run low volt wiring (speakers, security, computer and phone) and finish off the room with board and batten.  The inspiration was an ‘Arts and Crafts’ – Mission style look.  Of course, along the way, I needed to insulate the walls, install new windows, reroute HVAC ducts, refinish the floors, prime, paint, blah, blah, blah.  Well, two years later, I can officially say that I haven’t made very good headway.  The job has been at a standstill since my run-in with the local city ‘Architectural Review Board’, which oversees exterior structural and landscape appearance changes for the historical section of our town.  The city and myself were at odds over a detached storage structure on my property – an old barn that was converted to a garage years prior.  Basically, I needed to tear down the old structure and replace it quickly to conform to their timeline.  So, I did what I needed to do which, in this project, inhaled more time and finances than I had anticipated.  Needless to say, the interior projects fell by the wayside.  But, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The exterior projects are winding down so I should be able to concentrate on getting the room reassembled.  The first order of business was to get a ceiling medallion installed and get the crown molding preped for installation.  It may not be much but it’s a large step in the right direction..  Mexicali Cerveza proved to be a decent beverage for me to re-ignite this project.  I’ve read where one reviewer griped about Mexicali Cerveza using ‘fillers’.  I guess he’s a purist of some sort or, just maybe, (whispering) a beer snob. Frankly, who cares if it’s brewed with a little corn or rice?  If it tastes good drink it.  All I can say is that I enjoyed the beer and I’ll drink it again when I have the opportunity.

Drinkability:   Yes.  I thought it was a worthy beverage.
Appearance: Light, golden yellow color. 
The Buds: Mild beer with minimal aftertaste
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5

May 10, 2009

Red Stripe Beer Review 5.10.09

The Brewski Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 caps

TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5

The Brewski Report’s Review on the Desnoes & Geddes Flagship Brand Red Stripe Beer.
File Date:  May 10, 2009

File Name:   ‘A Mother’s Day Feast’
The Beer:  Red Stripe
Type:  Lager (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving: Short, stubby brown bottle
Stats:  4.70% ABV
Brewer: Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Web Site: www.redstripebeer.com
Brewer Info:  The first Red Stripe was brewed in the Surrey Brewery in 1928 as an ale style beer that was too heavy to suit local preferences. The current lager formulation was first produced in 1938 from a recipe developed by Paul H. Cotter (the son of founder E. P. Cotter) and Bill Martindale. The modern brewery was opened at Hunt’s Bay in 1958.

Brewer Brand Hype:  Red Stripe’s superior taste is created with the finest quality Hops from the Yakima Valley in the USA, choice European Malt, water from the Liguanea alluvium aquifer, superbly brewed with care.  It’s moderate in body, bitterness, hop aroma and flavor, has a low butterscotch flavor, full bodied and has a smooth post palate sensation.

The Brewski Review:  Being that it was Mother’s Day, I thought it would be nice to cook dinner.  The notion that my wife actually asked me before this thought entered my mind probably had some minor bearing on the final outcome.  But, nonetheless, I took on the project.  First things first, so off to the store we go: filet mignon, mustard based potato salad, asparagus, mushrooms, onion and mozzarella ball and tomato salad.  To me, this is a guy can-do dinner because the only stovetop cooking was to sauté the mushrooms and onions. Cut ‘em up and toss ‘em in butter.  Move ‘em around every now and then and pretty soon their done.  Walla!  I was originally going to grill them but my wife wanted them caramelized, not burnt.  So I acquiesced.  The filets and asparagus go on the man-grill.  I also considered corn on the cob but it was a little early in the season for sweet corn in our neck of the woods.  I also decided to invite my parents.  Its rate that we invite my parents over (although, it even rarer that I cook).  It’s not that they live too far away.  Heck, they just live maybe ¾ mile down the road.  Maybe it’s our frantic kid schedule that drives our dinner routine.  Or, maybe it’s because the house is in a perpetual state of ‘remodel’ – clutter stacked up everywhere.  I know it shouldn’t matter but I take pride in keeping a neat and organized mess.  Perhaps the winds of change are upon us: I purchased a large salmon filet not too long ago and that may just be the reason to get them back over for another meal.  I’ll try grilling that as well.  A little butter for flavor (I’m on a low salt diet) and, of course, a beer by my side while I try to figure out if the fish is cooked on the inside.  As today, I think that time would be worthy of a Red Stripe as well.

Drinkability:  Ya mon.  I be drinking this beer again.
Appearance:  Golden color.  Pours with a nice head.
The Buds:  Sweet tasting mild beer.  
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.
If I ever find myself in Jamaica, I’ll try a bottle on the beach.

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