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April 17, 2010

Coopers Brewery’s Best Extra Stout Review 4.17.10

A Head That Would Support A Roo With A Six Pack In The Pouch.

A Head That Would Support A Roo With A Six Pack In The Pouch.

The Brewski Report Reviews Coopers Best Extra Stout And The End Of The World
File Date: 4.17.10

File Name: When Not Creating Mayhem, What Beer Do The Four Horsemen Drink?
The Beer: Best Extra Stout
Type: Foreign/Export Stout
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.3% ABV
Brewer: Coopers Brewery Limited
Web Site:
Country of Origin: Australia
Brewer Info: The Coopers story began in a newly established colony, with a brilliant accident. After turning his hand to a number of trades, Thomas Cooper discovered his talent as a brewer by accident; when he created his first batch of beer as a tonic for his ailing wife Ann. 1862 – In the beginning South Australia was only 26 years old and, although there were a number of well-established breweries, most settlers preferred to drink imported beer from the mother country rather than colonial beer. Thomas Cooper saw the opportunity to create a beer that was free from the ‘peculiar flavour’ of colonial ales – he would introduce an all-natural beer from the very best ingredients. 1897 – Handing over the reins when Thomas Cooper died in 1897, his sons – John, Christopher, Samuel and Stanley –assumed control of the family business. In the late 1960s, through concerns about the long-term survival of naturally conditioned ales, Coopers invested heavily in lager production. And under Managing Director Bill Cooper, interstate and overseas sales of ales and stout grew through the 1980s, to represent 50% of beer production by 1990. Despite many changes, successive Cooper generations have never lost sight of Thomas Cooper’s vision of providing value and quality. Coopers Brewery products are now marketed nationally and internationally in a concerted way, ensuring the Coopers brand is well known beyond its South Australian home. Today, Coopers is Australia’s sole remaining family-owned brewery of stature, so it’s still an every day occurrence to meet a Cooper at the Brewery.

tbr-coopers-label-insert1Brewer Brand Hype: It reigns every winter. When to Drink: On cold, wintry days in front of a roaring fire with hearty food and heardy mates.  Who Should Drink: Not a beer for the fainthearted, but there are more ways than one to enjoy a grand stout. The Ritual: Gently lay it down and rotate only once before opening.
Label: No Additives.  No Preservatives.  Coopers Ales and Stout are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on teh base of the bottle.  This sediment is completely natural and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle.

The Brewski Review: I’ve been hearing more about the Icelandic volcano and the resulting ash plume in the news lately.  Starting Wednesday, April 14th, the ash plume, which was hurled up 7 miles into the atmosphere, is being caused by liquid magma being instantly cooled by the melting ice cap.  The volcanic ash consists of tiny particles of glass and pulverized rock.  Obviously, this is unhealthy to breath.  Combined with the moisture in your lungs, it would make a nice cement concoction that would eventually shut down your respiratory system.  It has the same affect on a jet engine: the ash builds up inside the jet turbines and clogs the airflow, thus seizing up the unit.  All this points out just how frail our civilized infrastructure really is.  Think about it: what if the grand daddy of them all blows – the Yellowstone Caldera? It’s said the resulting eruption could be 2,500 times greater than Mt. St. Helens. Should the stratospheric odds actually come to realization, it would be best if everyone had their affairs in order.  Forget about interrupted air traffic, War, Famine, Pestilence and Death will most certainly follow.  What to do at this point?  Pull up a lawn chair and watch the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride down your street.  And what a better way to do this than to be drinking a tasty beer.  A light, crisp American Adjunct Lager just wouldn’t cut it.  You’ll need something a little more capable. Coopers Best Extra Stout would fill that need.  Of course, you may feel the need to ingest massive quantities to help ease the transition from ‘civilized world’ to the ‘end of the world’.  Drink up.

Drinkability: Good. Although, I would try other Stouts before Coopers again.
Appearance: Black. Thick, muddy colored head.
The Buds: Hearty.  Roasty bitterness would sum it up.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

In my youth, I screenprinted an image of Albrecht Durer's Four Horsemen on a tee shirt.  I was and AD fan.

In my youth, I screenprinted an image of Albrecht Durer's Four Horsemen on a tee shirt. I was and AD fan.

April 2, 2010

Tennent’s of Scotland Lager Review 4.2.2010

Tennent's In The Green Bottle

Tennent's In The Green Bottle

The Brewski Report Reviews Tennent’s of Scotland Lager And The U.S. Economy.
File Date: 4.2.2010

File Name: Toasting The U.S. Economy With A Scottish Beer
The Beer: Tennents of Scotland
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% AB
Brewer: Tennent Caledonian Brewery
Web Site:
Country of Origin: UK (Scotland)
Brewer Info: By far the oldest Brewery in Scotland is Tennent Caledonian, which has been involved in the brewing business since 1556. Its flagship brand, Tennents Lager, has been brewed at the Wellpark Brewery in central Glasgow since 1885, making it the UK’s original lager. Other notable Tennents firsts include: first draught lager in 1924, first canned lager in 1935 and first keg lager in 1963 – there’s that famous Scottish innovation again! Wellpark Brewery was originally known as the Drygate Brewery. It was founded as H&R Tennent in 1740 at Drygate Bridge, near Glasgow Cathedral, by Hugh and Robert Tennent, although brewing had been taking place on the site since 1556, making it the oldest continuous commercial concern in Glasgow. Hugh Tennent’s sons, John and Robert, continued the family business, trading as J&R Tennent from 1769. The business expanded in the 1790s when the Tennent family purchased the neighbouring brewery of William McLehose, and renamed the 5-acre (20,000 m2) site Wellpark Brewery.

tbr-tennents-logo-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Born in 1885, Tennent’s was the first lager to be brewed in Scotland, and has remained the market leader and one of Scotland’s favorite beers since then. Tennent’s Lager, has a distinctive, crisp and satisfying flavor with a fresh, bright appearance. Made entirely from natural ingredients, including the finest Scottish barley & the purest Highland water, Tennent’s beers are part of Scottish history and at the very heart of Scottish culture. Tennent’s is a distinctive well-balanced beer with sweet, malty flavors and a tangy hoppiness which give the beer a crisp, refreshing character. Tennent’s is best enjoyed with grilled meats and fish, feta cheese and Caesar salad.
Label: Tennent’s lager has been brewed since 1885 and is the Scots’ favourite beer.

The Brewski Review: I’m doing my part to help the economy.  Are you?  Our local appliance retailer was touting the ‘Cash for Appliances’ program which is the smaller version fo the widely infamous ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program for automobiles that has propelled the U.S. economy into the stratosphere.  Since I missed out on the taxpayer subsidized car purchase program I wanted to get on board this train quickly. So, I decided to tell my wife it was time to turn in the Avacado Green range.  Although supportive, she didn’t understand why: the dial timer and two of the four electric burners still worked.  What would she do without the large burner that leans to one side, she sniffled.  All the food conveniently rolls to the right.  And, she added, the inconsistent oven temperature helps keep her culinary skills finely sharpened. Okay.  Now do I really need the sarcasm?  Anyhow, we were quite disappointed to learn that the program didn’t apply to ranges.  ‘Only Energy Star appliances.’ said the retail salesguy – fridges, freezers, washers and maybe dryers (I don’t recall for sure since my eyes glazed over and my attitude went from ‘great’ to ‘screwed’ in about a nanosecond.).  We did end up purchasing both a range and overhead microwave (we couldn’t have a microwave that didn’t match the new stove).  And maybe, since I’m not responsible for my own actions, a couple years down the road when I claim bankruptcy because I’m in over my head on my appliance loan, I can complain about how some unscrupulous salesperson put me in a range that was well beyond my mean.  Then I can just sit back and wait for the government handouts. The reason I bring all this up is because I was drinking Tennent’s of Scotland while I was trying to install the overhead microwave.  I thought it was a nice, crisp ‘Euro Pale Lager’ that went down quite nicely.  A good summertime beverage worthy of six pack status.   

Drinkability: Yes.  Would drink it again. 
Appearance: Light golden color with big head
The Buds: Crisp and light.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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