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November 28, 2009

Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 11.28.09

We Review Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer

We Review Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer

The Brewski Report Reviews Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer and Decorating the Christmas Tree.
File Date: 11.28.09

File Name: My Christmas Decorating Timeline Gets Shortened.
The Beer:  Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale 
Serving: Bottle
Stats:  5.00% ABV
Brewer:  Brooklyn Brewery
Country of Origin:  NY, USA
Brewer Info:  Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.  Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. Later, they acquired a former matzo ball factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery. Although the brewery is looking to expand its brewing capacity in the City, at present most of the production, including all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, are brewed by contract in the upstate New York city of Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing.

bb-neonBrewer Brand Hype:  Available from August through November.  Early American Colonialists seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious.

Label: In the 18th Century, colonial Americans brewed wonderful and interesting ales by using local ingredients. Barley was the principal ingredient but pumpkins were also used.  Pumpkins were favored by brewers for their rich, spicy flavors which melded perfectly with the malted barley.  Post Road brings you a delicious rendition of this traditional American classic.

The Brewski Review:  Two days after Thanksgiving and I still don’t have any decorations up.  I told my wife that if I didn’t get them up today they weren’t getting up.  There are too many projects around the house to spend a week decorating for Christmas. Yes.  It’s my favorite time of year but let’s face it, who has the time to go all out?  Lottery winners and stay at home mothers?  Or, maybe the guys who have nothing to do at home because it’s too cold to golf?  Please.  One fortunate circumstance that’s helped me reduce decorating time are my two young kids.  The upside: 95% of the tree ornaments don’t come out of the box.  We only try to put up unbreakables at this stage.  The downside: I figure, since the house will kill me before the kids know better than to pull them down and break ’em, I won’t live to see us put my childhood ornaments on the tree.  Maybe my kids will enjoy them after I’m gone.  Riiiight.  By the time they’ll appreciate such simple things, they’ll have their own kids.  So, in order to get something done today I was racing around like a trucker jacked up on caffine and chocolate milk.  The outside decorating was finished and the tree was up (with the help from my wife).  As a reward I skipped the fridge in the kitchen (which has a few English Ales tucked in the back) and headed out to the fridge in the garage for a nice seasonal Pumpkin Ale.  Post Road is what I pulled out amongst the group.  As with the other Pumpkin Ales I’ve tried, it was rather good.  The spice flavor is enjoyable to my taste buds.  Although I didn’t think this was a fabulous brew, it was good none-the-less.  It’s hard for me to rate a beer very low since, well, I like beer.  Some types more than others.  When I rate a beer excessively low figure that I probably puked or got very ill.

Drinkability:  Decent beverage.  Would drink it again.
Appearance:  Pale to medium amber in color.
The Buds:  As noted, I enjoy the spicy flavor of Pumpkin Ale.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

November 27, 2009

Spaten Beer Archival Photos 11.27.09

Early Spaten Supply Chain Solutions (Photo courtesy of SpatenUSA)

Early Spaten Supply Chain Solutions (Photo courtesy of SpatenUSA)

Santa Maria, La Nina or La Pinta?  Perhaps Spaten was one of the sponsors for Christopher Columbus' jaunt to the 'Orient'.

Santa Maria, La Nina or La Pinta? Perhaps Spaten was one of the sponsors for Christopher Columbus' jaunt to the 'Orient'. (Photo courtesy of SpatenUSA.)

TBR Reviews Otter Creek’s Oktoberfest Autumn Ale Beer 11.27.09

TBR Takes On Another Seasonal Beer With Otter Creek's Oktoberfest Autumn Ale.

TBR Takes On Another Seasonal Beer With Otter Creek's Oktoberfest Autumn Ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Otter Creek’s Oktoberfest Autumn Ale.
File Date: 11.27.09

 File Name:  When a Creek Really Isn’t a Creak.
The Beer: Oktoberfest Autumn Ale
Type:  American Amber/Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats:  4.80% ABV
Brewer:  Otter Creek Brewing
Country of Origin: VT, USA
Brewer Info: Located in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont, we shipped our first keg of Copper Ale in March of 1991. Four years later, after quickly outgrowing our original site, we moved into a new state-of-the-art brewery just down the street. In 1998, we began producing Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales in partnership with Panorama Brewing Company. Both brands have flourished as beer drinkers throughout the northeast have enjoyed craft ales, and as the focus on sustainable farming and living has blossomed. In May of 2002, the Wolaver family purchased Otter Creek Brewing. Otter Creek remains a family owned Vermont company and produces all Otter Creek and Wolaver’s brands for distribution throughout the country. We brew and bottle all of our beers in small batches to ensure freshness and consistent quality. We use natural Vermont water, the best domestic malt and hops available, and our own top-fermenting yeast. All Wolaver’s beers are made with no less than 98% certified organic ingredients. Our brewery and our Wolaver’s brands are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers. Otter Creek ales enjoy a complexity of flavor, natural carbonation, and a creamy texture that is favored by beer enthusiasts at pubs and restaurants throughout the United States.

untitledBrewer Brand Hype:  Oktoberfest is our version of the perennial favorite Bavarian Autumn beer. Oktoberfest’s deep golden hue helps bring to mind the old country and its time honored traditions. Brewed with Hallertau and Tettnang hops to balance its clean, malty sweetness, it’s the perfect brew for a crisp Autumn day. Available from August to November.

Label: Otter Creek Brewing has been brewing the finest quality, small batch, craft brewed ales at our brewery in Middlebury, Vermont since 1991.  Oktoberfest: Brewed with Hallertauer and Tettnang hops to balance it’s clean malty sweetness this is the perfect beer for a crisp autumn day.  The deep golden hue matches the fall foliage here in Vermont, in our version of this perennial favorite Bavarian Autumn Beer.  Our products contain no preservatives, are not pasteurized and, like all fresh foods, will chnage over time.  We print the date we bottled on for your information.

The Brewski Review:  It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I have so much to do.  The highest priority task is to bring the Christmas decorations down from the attic.  This year I’ve resolved myself to the idea that it’s a waste of my time to store holiday decorations in the attic.  Up two flights.  Down two flights.  This year will be different.  Everything is going down into the basement.  One flight seems a whole lot more appealing than two flights.  Anyway, I get about halfway completed and it’s time for my son to go down for a nap.  He’s a light sleeper so I have to halt my project.  Too much noise trudging up and down the old, creaky stairs.  (In a normal house it wouldn’t be such a big deal but on my sqeaky steps you could wake the dead.  Forgetabout an alarm system.  If an intruder enters our house I would have enough time from the first sqeak to: get dressed, shave, brush my teeth, pull out my Louisville Slugger and patiently wait at the top of the stairs.)  So, I sit down and take a break.  Otter Creak – oh, make that Creek, seemed to be the best way to settle back into the couch.  Since I didn’t really get a chance to break a sweat with the decorations it was nice to have this beverage warm me up.  Our drafty old house is rather chilly so this beer served two purposes: to warm me up inside while simultaneously enjoying a little libation.  I thought this beverage was okay.  It rather reminded me of an Oktoberfest beer – even though it’s an ale.    

Drinkability:  Nice Malty taste.   
Appearance:  Medium Amber in color.  Nice foamy head.
The Buds:  Decent.  More of an aftertaste than I’d prefer. 
TBR Cap Rating: 3.50 out of 5.

November 8, 2009

New Holland Brewing’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale Beer 11.08.09

New Holland Brewing's Seasonal Ichabod Ale

New Holland Brewing's Seasonal Ichabod Ale

TBR Reviews New Holland’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale Beer
File Date: 11.8.09

File Name: Fall Is For Seasonal Beer and Fireside Drinking.
The Beer:  Ichabod Ale
Type:  Pumpkin Ale
Serving:  Bottle
Stats:  5.5% ABV
Brewer:  New Holland Brewing Co.
Country of Origin:  MI, USA
Brewer Info:  Established in 1996, NHBC has grown from a scrappy two-man start-up to a thriving regional microbrewery, recognized for its creativity and artistry. All of our beer is brewed in Holland, Michigan at one of our two locations. We brew, cellar and package the main brands for distribution at our production facility on the north-side of Holland. In response to our considerable growth, we opened the new brewery in October of 2006, replacing the original headquarters.  We also brew beer and distill spirits in our pub. The pub is a great place for us to explore new ideas, meet our customers in a comfortable setting and provide a place of community for all who visit. The beers made here are typically special brews that rarely see their way outside of the friendly confines of our pub.

ich_webovalBrewer Brand Hype:  Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert!

Label:  Ichabod.  Ale Brewed With Pumpkin.  Delicious beer delivered with painstaking consistency, that’s our philosophy.  We’ll give you a while to drink it in.

The Brewski Review:  Yes.  Fall is for seasonal beer and fireside drinking.  Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to have a nice outdoor fire all season.  If it wasn’t windy, we had someplace to be.  And, if we didn’t have someplace to be, we were probably home sick.  The last four weeks have been a challenge.  My son and daughter had the swine flu and my wife and I both had sinus infections.  Needless to say, I wasn’t in the slightest condition to give any objective beer reviews.  But, the Brewski is back in the saddle.  This time around I went to the fridge for Ichabod Ale.  It’s a rather pricey Pumpkin Ale that I thought would hit the spot.  It was tasty.  The overall subtle spice flavors were, let’s say average.  There are plenty more to try so I’ll keep at it until I find the perfect Pumpkin Ale beer for Mr. Brewski.  

Drinkability: Nice spicy flavor.  Goes down smooth. 
Appearance:  Pale to Medium Amber in color.  No head retention.
The Buds:  Decent beverage.  Could have a more bold spice taste to it. 
TBR Cap Rating:  4.0 out of 5.

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