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June 20, 2009

Negra Modelo Review 6.20.09

TBR Reviews Grupo Modelo's Munich Dunkel Lager AKA Negra Modelo.

TBR Reviews Grupo Modelo's Munich Dunkel Lager AKA Negra Modelo.

The Brewski Report Calls Out Negra Modelo and the Frustration with Crack.
File Date: June 20, 2009

File Name: Repairing the Walls of Shame
The Beer: Negra Modelo
Type: Munich Dunkel Lager
Serving: Short, dark bottle
Stats: 5.4% abv, 0 grams of fat, 170 calories per 12-oz bottle
Brewer: Grupo Modelo
Brewer Specs:  First brewed in Mexico by Austrian immigrants. It was first sold on draft in 1926, but was first produced in 1925. Negra Modelo comes in an unusually shaped, wide brown bottle with a trademark Gold Label. Grupo Modelo has marketshare of 56% in Mexico. Until the 60’s Grupo Modelo used red poppy flowers in its advertising, where almost any image it used had poppy flowers somewhere in the image.

Chocolaty Goodness? You be the judge.

Chocolaty Goodness? You be the judge.

Brewer Hype:  Negra Modelo redefines the way consumers think of a dark beer because in taste and color it is a very drinkable beer. Negra Modelo appeals to import beer drinkers who are looking for something new and different. Consumers who drink craft beers also love Negra Modelo as it offers more flavor, more complexity and a little “mystery.” To achieve its unique taste, Negra Modelo uses a greater quantity of malt, the finest hops, a special yeast and the purest water. It is a delicious, creamy, full-flavored dark brew with a pleasant malt aroma and dry hop flavor that has a smooth mellow taste.

The Brewski Review: In a quest to rejuvenate my house I find myself torn between doing the best job I can and the time I have to commit. Take the den for instance. It’s currently the room de jour for my efforts. The plaster walls have cracks, some larger than others. The larger cracks were addressed by cleaning out the crevice, filling with plaster and top coating with a light joint compound for easy sanding. The smaller hairline cracks and other surface imperfections are numerous, distracting and annoying. I could paint over the hairline cracks but the plaster surface, as a whole, is riddled with imperfections. This is where I’m torn – spend time to skim coat the entire wall for a reasonably attractive surface or let it go ‘as-is’ and chalk it up as ‘original’ to the house. What I’d ultimately like to do is tear it all down and hang rock but that won’t happen given my finances and available time. Your right, it’s not life or death. But it’s a mentally perplexing dilemma that frustrates me to no end. My advice to you? Tear it all out and do it right – before you move into the house. You want some more of this mind blowing wisdom? Never eat a handful of M&M’s before you review a beer. I did that the other day. I usually need a quick snack when I get home from work and it was handy. Did it subjectively slant my taste? I don’t think so. This beer had enough chocolate taste to hold it’s own. It poured with a tight, nicely formed head but it didn’t linger very long.  It wasn’t very bitter and it went down smooth. Overall it’s a good beer but I think I’d be inclined to try another Munich Dunkel Lager before cracking open a Negra Modelo.

Drinkability: Yes.
Appearance: Nice, tight head on top of a dark beer.
The Buds: As far as my limited exposure to Munich Dunkels go, I thought it was a decent beverage.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

June 18, 2009

Pictures of Cerveza Tecate Beer Ads 6/18/09

A controversial marketing campaign.

Tecate's controversial marketing campaign.


A delicious looking web ad.

A Cerveza Tecate web ad that makes my mouth water.


I wonder how many of these banners are hung on dorm walls?

I wonder how many of these banners are hung on dorm walls?

Cerveza Tecate Beer Review 6.18.09

A Brewski 4.25 Rating

Cerveza Tecate Beer Review and a Toast to My Daughter.

The Brewski Report’s Cerveza Tecate Beer Review.
File Date: June 18, 2009

File Name:  ‘The Little Nymph in My Life’
The Beer:  Cerveza Tecate
Type:  Pale Lager (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving:  Dark, Long Neck Bottle
Stats:  ABV 4.49%
Brewer: Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery (Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma)
Web Site:
Brewer Information:  It started in 1944 when Alberto Aldrete took over an old brick building that had been producing vegetable oil since it was built in 1929. Aldrete was operating a small malt factory in Tecate and had been brewing a beer as a sideline for over a year. He named his new brew after the town and it became the first maquiladora in Baja California.  In 1954 the brewery was sold to Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, a major brewer in Monterrey, Mexico that had been producing Bohemia and Carta Blanca beers. Today, the Cuauhtemoc brewery also produces Superior, Sol and Dos Equis along with the others in several different locations.  Today only Tecate and Carta Blanca are produced in the Tecate Brewery. Carta Blanca is a lighter pilsner beer, and most Baja beerdrinkers feel it doesn’t have the full rich flavor of Tecate.  The Tecate Beer that is exported is of a slightly lesser alcohol content, but that doesn’t make it any less popular north of the border. Tecate has the highest canned beverage sales of any import to the U.S.  The custom of squeezing a lime into Mexican beer began with Tecate beer.  The original brewmaster was of Scottish descent (last name Lorimer), who brought the idea from Great Britain where sailors would be given limes with their daily ration of grog to stave off scurvy (this is where the expression “limey” came from).

The Familiar Red Can

The Familiar Red Can

Brewer Brand Hype:  Launched in 1954 with great success, this medium lager has made as much of an impact with its innovative packaging as it has with its balanced taste. Tecate broke ground as the first canned beer in Mexico. Since then, a string of similar packaging revolutions—from a non-removable tab to a 12-pack to thematic allegories on its containers—has extended the brand’s influence throughout Mexico and beyond. Quality is always a top priority, as gold medals from competitions in Geneva, Paris, and Madrid attest.  (..thematic allegories…….?  Oh so sexy.)

The Brewski Review:  My lovely daughter received a hand-me-down Halloween costume from her Aunt (and reluctant cousin) this Saturday past.  It’s a sparkly little nymph outfit with wings and some wispy featherlike material around the waist.  For my daughter it was just too hard to resist.  She asked my wife to put it on her so she could go outside and run around.  Unfortunately, I was grueling away at my day job so I didn’t have the special pleasure to partake in her exuberance.  But, it filled my heart with joy knowing what happiness it must have bought her to be outside running and jumping around in this little get-up with nothing more than a pair of sandals and shouting ‘I fly!’ as she reaches up to the sky.  I was told the passerbys were quite humored with her nymph-like cavorting as well.  So, my beautiful 2 1/2 year old brings a little extra bit of joy to the world on this rather ordinary day.  I celebrated by cracking open a bottle of Tecate.  Actually, I was quite surprised by this beer.  I was expecting something a little heavier but this proved to be quite a good beverage to down on either a hot, sweaty day or with a nice relaxing meal.  My container of choice was a bottle but many others abide by the Cerveza Tecate in a can.  Perhaps the red can beckons back to the party days form many college graduates (or, drop-outs if you will) as this beer is both good and affordable.  I thought it had a nice crisp taste with very little bitterness.  Overall, a good beer.  Worthy enough to toast my daughter: for being the charmer that she is, her politeness, her humor,  her wonderful sense of adventure and her fierce sense of independence.  To you, GeeGee!

Drinkability:  Surprisingly good.  Definitely
Appearance:  Dark golden yellow.  Nice foamy white head.
The Buds:  Very little bitterness and aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

June 11, 2009

Carib Lager Beer Review 6.11.09

TBR takes on the Modern and Fashionable Carib Lager

TBR takes on the Modern and Fashionable Carib Lager

The Brewski Report’s Review on Trinidad and Tobago’s Modern and Fashionable Carib Lager.
File Date: 6.11.09

File Name:  It’s All In The Punch List
The Beer:  Carib
Type:  Lager (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving: Long Neck Clear Bottle
Stats:  5.20% ABV
Brewer:  Carib Brewery Limited
Brewer Info:  Carib Lager is the authentic, original, unique and defining icon of being young, modern and fashionable in Trinidad and Tobago. Launched on May 16th , 1950, this full bodied, clear and refreshing lager with 5.2% ABV is the flagship brand of Carib Brewery and the preferred brew of Trinidad and Tobago. Carib Lager is deeply rooted in the way of life of the Caribbean people, the environment, and the distinctive and refreshing culture associated with the region – its Carnivals, music and sporting events.  The brand is fashionable and youthful and very today, just like the people it represents, a people with vision for and of the future.  Carib’s vision is to become the most sought after Caribbean beer in the international market place.

Carib Lager Beer Logo

Carib Lager Caribbean Beer Logo

Brewer Brand Hype: Carib is a lager of European origin. It is a pale golden straw colour with a rich head formation. It is slightly aromatic, with a neutral balance between malt and hops, sweet and bitter. Medium-bodied mouth-feel leads directly to a semi-dry finish with only a hint of bitterness. No accented hop or malt character. Refreshing drinkability for a parched and thirsty palate. Diacetyl should not be perceived. Carib is brewed using sugar as an adjunct. The “clean label” policy applies i.e., no additives that have to be declared. (For all the beer geeks: Original Gravity 11.6 – 11.9°P; Alcohol by Volume: 5.1-5.4%;  Bitterness (BU) 14-16; Colour 5.5 – 7.5 EBC; Calorific value 120kcal/275ml.)

The Brewski Review:  I pulled out a Carib the other day thinking it would take me far away from my home horror to some breezy tropical location.  Kind of like the old Calgon commercials: ‘Calgon, take me away.’  Well, Carib didn’t take me anywhere other than where I was, standing outside my house, staring at my financial waterloo.  The previous owner didn’t do my any fiscal favors, that’s for sure.  He actually created more work while trying to remodel the house than all the damage the FBI, DEA Local and State police did when they raided the place to confiscate all his pot plants.  His previous attempts at remodeling were unusual.  See the kitchenbathroom and dining room ceiling.   Perhaps, had he not been so abrubtly sent to ‘The Big House’ he may have had the chance to complete a project.  Any project.  But, then again, maybe not.  It appears he loved remodeling but considered the punch list detail too much of a hassle to bother.  I’m not wired that way.  And, I am by no means passing judgement on skill, taste or dedication (or, at least, not in this post).  Part of the issue lies within the guy standing here drinking this uneventful beer.  I have high standards.  As Adrian Monk would say: ‘It’s a gift…. and a curse.’ 

It's a gift...and a curse.

Could this man be as obsessed as I am?

I lament over rather unnoticeable issues such as dried horizontal brush strokes on a rail that crosses the stile strokes perpendicular.  Others wouldn’t notice it, but I do.  On the other hand, when I do complete a project, like enlarging the closet opening and installing French Doors, I feel pretty great.  I’m a list person so crossing off my task list is a big deal.  And, I don’t cheat.  It’s not crossed off until every little facet of the project is complete.  Like this beer for example.  I can cross it off my list of ‘beers I’d drink again’ quite handily.  It looks good an pours with a nice head but it just didn’t do anything for me.  I think a Bud or Miller Lite will fare better in my overall taste review than this brew.

Drinkability:  ‘Refreshing drinkability for a parched and thirsty palate.’?  Given the option I’d drink ice water.
Appearance:  Brewer Hype on color and head formation is on spot.
The Buds:  Uneventful. 
TBR Cap Rating: 2.75 out of 5.

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