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June 27, 2010

Goose Island’s Summertime German Style Kölsch Beer 6.27.10

Sum, Sum, Summertime. Summertime. Summertime.

Sum, Sum, Summertime. Summertime. Summertime.

The Brewski Report Reviews Goose Island’s Summertime German Style Kölsch
File Date: 6.27.10

 File Name: A Cold And Crisp Summertime Is Headed Your Way
The Beer: Summertime
Type: German Style Kölsch
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Goose Island Beer Company
Web Site: http://www.gooseisland.com/
Country of Origin: IL, USA

The Company Mascot

The Company Mascot

Brewer Info: In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that. The key to building interest in craft beer, Hall decided, was to allow consumers to watch the brewing process – while providing them with the then-novel experience of enjoying a wide variety of distinctive beers that had been produced on-site. Hall wanted to not only cater to his customers’ tastes, but to challenge them as well. Goose Island’s brewers set to work crafting a diverse selection of unique beers – and on Friday, May 13, 1988 the Goose Island Brewpub was born. It turned out that John was right; Chicagoans palates evolved rapidly once Goose Island’s Brewpub opened its doors and introduced the city to distinctive craft beer. By 1995, the brewpub had become so popular that John Hall and his son Greg, who had by then become Goose Island’s brewmaster, decided to open a larger brewery and bottling plant to keep up with demand. Finding still more room for growth, in 1999 the father-son team opened a second Goose Island Brewpub just a stone’s throw away from historic Wrigley Field.

tbr-summertime-duo1Brewer Brand Hype: The color of sunshine, with a light fruity aroma and a hint of fruity acidity, Goose Island Summertime is the perfect summer session ale. A Kölsch beer brewed in the traditional German fashion, you’ll find yourself enjoying and savoring each sip of summertime as much as you do those hot summer days and cool summer nights.
Label: Serve Summertime in a Kölsch Glass.

The Brewski Review: This was a very good beer.  Light and refreshing. Kölsch is said to have medium hop bitternes but this didn’t jump out at me. I thought it was rather mild and crisp. My wife liked it so much she asked me to pick up a six pack for her. The name is a derivitation of the city name Cologne (Germany) and only brewers within the city producing under certain guidelines were allowed to use the name Kölsch. In America though, it was used rather liberally to reflect any pale beer that’s just barely withing reach of being a lager. Considered a seasonal beer best consumed in the summertime – hence the name, Summertime. So get out and enjoy everything that Summertime has to offer.

Drinkability: Did end up drinking another before I finished this review.
Appearance: Clear, pale golden color.
The Buds: Very tasty. Crisp and refreshing. Mild.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5

‘Summertime Summertime’
By The Jamies

It’s summertime summertime sum sum summertime
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Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime summertime…

Well shut them books and throw ’em away
And say goodbye to dull school days
Look alive and change your ways
It’s summertime…

Well no more studying history
And no more reading geography
And no more dull geometry
Because it’s summertime

(Chorus)
It’s time to head straight for them hills
It’s time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free-for-all

Well are you comin’ or are you stayin
You saw it first and I won’t complain
Hurry up before I change
It’s summertime

Well I’m so happy that I could flip
Oh how I’d love to take a trip
I’m sorry teacher but zip your lip
Because it’s summertime

(Chorus)
Well we’ll go swimmin’ every day
No time to work just time to play
If your folks complain just say,
“It’s summertime”

And every night we’ll have a dance
Cause what’s a vacation without romance
Oh man this jive gets me in a trance
Because it’s summertime

(Chorus)
It’s summertime
It’s summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime

It’s summertime

June 20, 2010

Dogfish Head’s Aprihop IPA Beer Review 6.20.10

Plenty O' Fish Head On This Beer

Plenty O' Fish Head On This Beer

The Brewski Report on Dogfish Head’s Aprihop India Pale Ale.
File Date: 6.20.10

File Name: Dogfish Brings Their B Game
The Beer: India Pale Ale 
Type: American IPA
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.0% ABV
Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Web Site: http://www.dogfish.com
Country of Origin: DE, USA
Brewer Info: The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when we opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the first state’s first brewpub opened in the resort beach community of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The plan was to bring original beer, original food, and original music to the area. With the popularity of the pub growing, it was quickly apparent that the 12–gallon brewery would not keep up with demand. We built a new brewery and underwent a thirty-fold expansion of the brew house! We outgrew our distributing brewery in a couple years and in the summer of 2002; we moved our entire production brewery up the road to Milton, Delaware into a 100,000 square foot converted cannery. Around the same time (just to keep thing interesting), we built a distillery on the second floor of our Rehoboth Beach brewpub, so we could make vodka, rum and gin.

Brewer Brand Hype: Aprihop is our fruit beer for hopheads! It is antbr-aprihop-logo1 American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Cystal malts massively hopped in in the continuous fashion. The flavor is complimented by the addition of Apricots. After fermentation the beer is dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Amarillo hops. The beer is hoppy in the aroma with the apricots playing a supporting complimentary role. The flavor is rich with late hop flavors and it’s bitterness is tempered by just the right amount of malt sweetness and fruity undertones from the apricots. This is one of our most popular seasonal beers and we’ve been brewing it each spring for quite a while now. We release the beer each March and you should find it on the shelves through May.
Label: A Serious India Pale Ale Brewed With Real Apricots.

The Brewski Review: I thought this would be a winner when I pulled it off the shelf. I like apricot jam so why not beer? Would the flavor blow me away? As the beer rolled across my tongue I sensed a little sweetness and a faint apricot taste but nothing that rang my bells. Overall this was a decent IPA but when it billed itself as a ‘serious India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots’ it elevated the game. On this one I don’t think Dogfish Head Brewery bought their skillsets to the court. As noted, it’s a decent beverage but I don’t see the ‘Apricot’ adding much. It reminds me of Abita’s Strawberry beer – It’s probably in the beer, but the taste isn’t coming across like you would expect – you know, since it’s advertised. That is, at least not for my buds.  Maybe you’ll have different feedback. So, I most certainly won’t discourage you from at least trying it if you like apricots.

Drinkability: Will try some other IPA before drinking Aprihop again.
Appearance: Medium amber in color.
The Buds: Slight presence of apricot flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

June 19, 2010

Carlow Brewing’s O’Hara’s Irish Stout 6.19.10

Carlow Brewing's O'hara's Irish Stout

Carlow Brewing's O'hara's Irish Stout

The Brewski Report Reviews Carlow Brewing’s O’Hara’s Irish Stout
File Date: 6.19.20

 

File Name: Reviewing Beer Would Be The Ultimate Full Time Job.
The Beer: O’Hara’s Irish Stout
Type: Irish Dry Stout
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.3% ABV
Brewer: Carlow Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.carlowbrewing.com
Country of Origin: Ireland
Brewer Info: Carlow Brewing Company is an independent Irish Brewery founded by the O’Hara family in 1996, building on a keen interest in the craft of brewing and a desire to revive a tradition once common in every town and village in Ireland but lost since the end of the 1800’s. Brewing since 1998, Carlow Brewing Company has revived the Irish brewing culture and works to blend this heritage with modern production standards to produce distinctive quality products that consumers will really enjoy. The brewery is situated in the historical hop and malt growing region of Ireland, the “Barrow Valley” region, evident by the many malt houses dotted throughout the county landscape.  Brewery founder, Seamus O’Hara, aimed to revive not only that culture but the qualities found in Irish beers from that era and beyond. As Seamus puts it “At Carlow Brewing Company we have gone back to basics and brew our beers as they used to be brewed – with natural ingredients and no artificial additives. We believe this leads to a superior quality product, with robust body, taste, flavour and aroma. Compare these characteristics with any of the mainstream brands and you will taste the difference.”  This is particularly evident by the many accolades and awards bestowed on our brews and in particular our O’HARA’S Irish Stout.

Brewer Brand Hype: O’Hara’s Celtic Stout. Brewed at Carlow Brewing Company in southern Ireland since 1998 and carrying the family name of the brewery founders, O’Hara’s is a full bodied and luxuriously smooth Irish Stout. Brewed at 4.3% ABV the combination of traditional stout hops, with an extra pinch of roast barley, delivers an award-winning stout true to the Irish tradition. O’Hara’s Irish Stout has a deep black color with a reddish hue when held to the light. It pours with a thick creamy head that is almost tan in color. On the nose the drinker experiences a rich and complex coffee aroma with light liquorice notes. This Stout has a robust roast flavor with a full bodied and smooth mouth feel. The roast flavors lead to a dry espresso like finish. Because of a generous addition of Fuggles hops the finish leads to a tart bitterness which mingles with the roast espresso flavors on the tongue.
Label: Imported from Ireland. A full bodied and luxuriously smooth stout with a discernible roast bite.

The Brewski Review: I’m glad the economy has made moderate improvements over the last few months. Well?  Hasn’t it? That’s what the current administration is touting. Is it sustainable? Probably not. Housing is in the toilet, gasoline prices are increasing, there is still minimal job creation and taxes are expected to start climbing next year (yippee!). It’s the issue of minimal job creation is the reason why I write this blog. See, I’ve updated my resume and would love to find another organization to work with. What I see though isn’t very promising. There are a few smattering of jobs available but the descriptions are long on responsibilities and short on pay. I won’t bog this blog down in the nitty-gritty details of why I want to move (one reason, on the bottom of my ‘reasons I need a new job list’ is the stratospheric rise in my required travel time – which is no surprise to anyone who reads my reviews) but I will say that I actually started to look before the economy tanked. It wasn’t great then and it’s even worse now. So, I continue to hang in there and and hope for the best. I’m sure many other Americans are in the same situation. I can’t offer as much HOPE to them as Obama has promised, but I can encourage others to start drinking some of these tastey beers I’ve been reviewing. Like this Irish Dry Stout. and smooth without too much bitterness. Minimal aftertaste.  Nice roasty malt flavor. Somewhat sweet on taste and the head dissipated rather quickly but good nonetheless. Just don’t try to drink your problems away America. Hang in there!

Jessica Says To Hang In There America

Jessica Says To Hang In There America

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink it again.
Appearance: Dark Chocolate in color. Nice foamy brown head.
The Buds: Smooth and Creamy.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

June 13, 2010

Harpoon’s Celtic Ale Beer Review 6.13.10

Harpoon's Celtic Ale

Harpoon's Celtic Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Harpoon Brewery’s Celtic Ale and BP’s Quandry.
File Date: 6.13.2010

File Name: Gulf Oil Spill is a Double Edge Harpoon.
The Beer: Celtic Ale 
Type: Irish Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4%
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Web Site: www.harpoonbrewery.com
Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info:  Harpoon Founders Dan Kenary &  Rich Doyle started the Harpoon Brewery in 1986 because—like today—we loved beer and wanted more good choices.  While traveling in Europe after college, we drank many wonderfully diverse, fresh, local beers.  We also saw firsthand how important local breweries were to their communities.  After our travels, we asked each other, “why not bring great beer and that sense of community to New England?”  That was the genesis of the Harpoon Brewery. Twenty years later we still revel in making great beer and sharing that joy with our friends and neighbors.  The success that we have had running Harpoon is due entirely to the wonderful employees who brew, package, warehouse, sell, deliver, and market our beer and you, the people who drink Harpoon.  We hope that our sense of gratitude is reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding our beer and breweries.
 
tbr-harpoon-logo1Brewer Brand Hype: Harpoon Celtic Ale is an Irish red ale.  In its first year of production, it was available only on tap in the Greater Boston area.  This was Harpoon’s salute to and the celebration of St Patrick.  The following year it became Harpoon’s official spring seasonal beer. Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color.  The flavor is malty and complex.  Celtic Ale has a moderate hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium bodied, smooth, rich beer.  Try serving Celtic Ale with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors. The overall character is a complex maltiness with a deep amber color.
Label: This Irish-style red ale honors the proud Celtic brewing tradition: the perfect companion for all St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Slainte!

The Brewski Review: I thought this beer was rather good.  Slightly hoppy with a nice malty flavor. There was a slight aftertaste but it was rather subtle so it wasn’t a turn-off to me.  Kind of like what’s happening in the gulf right now.  Yes.  The oil spill is terrible and it will have an effect on the ecosystem and people’s livelihoods for years to come. But drilling is not without it’s risks.  The greenies certainly don’t want drilling on land or right off shore, so there aren’t many other places to get this type of energy. It’s the price we pay for pursuing petroleum products to sustain our way of life. The president and all the greenies are kidding themselves if they think solar or wind will replace oil and coal.  The cost difference is enormous. If people are not concerned about job losses now to emerging growth countries (what cave are these people living in?) there will be plenty more to come.  Think about it, the companies who try to manufacture their goods with more expensive green energy will price their goods right out of the marketplace.  Countries like Mexico, China, India, etc, who would still be using coal and petrol products will have a huge competitive advantage in the market (aside from the inexpensive labor they already have).  Green energy is expensive and not very portable.  It’s pretty tough to take wind energy with you other than having to rely upon a battery for storage.  Gas?  Fill up the can baby.  Let’s go.   People shouldn’t be boycotting BP.  They should be seeking out BP on every corner to fill up their SUV so they can keep drilling, discovering new reserves, providing fuel and products the world over, and, of course, to help clean up the mess. So there you have it.  My two cents worth on the oil spill.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Nice Head. Light amber in color.
The Buds: Hearty taste.  Good cool weather beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

Scoop it out of the ocean and use it around the house.

Scoop it out of the ocean and use it around the house.

June 5, 2010

Warsteiner’s Premium Verum Beer Review 6.5.10

tbr-warsteinerThe Brewski Report Reviews Warsteiner’s Premium Verum & Language Lessons
File Date: 6.5.10

File Name: Mr. Manuel Pink Flunks Spanish In The Back Row
The Beer: Warsteiner Premium Verum
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.8% ABV
Brewer: Warsteiner Brauerei
Web Site: http://www.warsteiner.com/
Country of Origin: Germany
tbr-warsteiner-prodBrewer Info:  The Cramer family began making brewing history in 1753, when the agriculturist Antonius Cramer first had to pay a beer tax of one reichstaler and 19 florins for his self-brewed and marketed beer. His son Johannes Vitus followed in his footsteps and continued serving self-brewed beer in his residence in the heart of Warstein. His business profited from its central location. But in 1802 a devastating fire reduced the town of Warstein to rubble – the house of the Cramers also fell victim to the flames. The family rebuilt their house both as guest lodging and home brewery, and when St. Pancratius Church was built, it became the center of town. This original house of the Warsteiner Brewery, the Domschänke, is still standing today in the historic center of the city of Warstein. Management of the Warsteiner Brewery was and is still passed on from one generation to the next – it has remained in family hands since 1753. The sons of Johannes Vitus, Albert und August, took over control of the brewery in 1823. They also pushed to operate the Warsteiner Brewery in a more professional manner. Albert and August acquired knowledge of the latest advances in chemistry and brewing technology at the brewer school in Worms and put it to work in expanding the brewery. Today, more than 250 years after the brewery was founded, the tranquil town of Warstein in the heart of the Sauerland region is the home of a great beer that people drink all over the world.  The tradition continues: Since 2006, Catharina Cramer, the youngest daughter of brewery owner Albert Cramer, has assumed responsibility on the management board of the Warsteiner Group.

tbr-warsteiner-lineBrewer Brand Hype: A world class international pilsener, WARSTEINER Premium Verum is a slightly pale German-style pilsener with a clean crisp, refreshing import taste.  WARSTEINER is brewed with fresh Arnsberger Forest spring water sourced at the brewery in Warstein, Germany, naturally soft water that helps to create the smooth taste and thick, creamy head. WARSTEINER truely is THE PREMIUM GERMAN BEER.  Pilsener style – brewed according to German Purity Law of 1516 with no chemicals, additives or preservatives.  Brewed exclusively with German hop varieties….featuring Noble Hallertau hops and 100% tow-row German barley malt.
Label: Eine Konigin Unter Den Bieren. (Gebhard E. – need your help on this one….)

The Brewski Review: Definitely a German pilsener.  It’s crisp and refreshing but just a little heartier than American pilsners.  It was tasty.  I pulled this one out of the cooler at the high school graduation party we attended. The Count von und zu and host of the party noted that he loved it. His brother had turned him on to it and when he went to puchase some they had some outrageous rebate program: buy a 12 pack for $15 and get $5 back. Like about every other American, what’s better than good beer and money back in your pocket (aside from your Federal tax refund check arriving in the mail)? Not much in my book. Even my German translator Gebhard would agree to that.  I met Gebhard when I was a poor stockbroker. He would sit in his bullpen next to mine and talk to his parents in a flawless German dialect. Both his parents were university teachers and all their family spoke around the house was German. What not a better way to learn a language than have it spoken around the house?  Anyway, I took Spanish in high school. I remember a few key words but not enough to string a sentence together.  My classroom name was Manuel. Another Tom (who sat in the front row of the class) was awarded his translated name – Tomas. Arrg! I never did like the name Manuel. You may have well just called me Mr. Pink.

Drinkability: Good. Would drink it again if I pulled it from someone else’s cooler.
Appearance: Drank it from the bottle.
The Buds: Tasty beverage. A heartier version of an American pilsener.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.tbr-warsteinber-brewery

TBR’s Miller Chill Beer Review 6.5.2010

tbr-miller-chill-bottleThe Brewski Report Reviews Miller Brewing’s Miller Chill
File Date: 6.5.2010

File Name: Chill: A Graduation to Mediocrity
The Beer: Miller Chill
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle (clear)
Stats: 4.1% ABV
Brewer: Miller Brewing Company (MillerCoors/SAB Miller)
Web Site: http://www.millercoors.com
Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: MillerCoors grew from the dreams of two German entrepreneurs who came to America in the mid-19th century. Miller Brewing Company began when a determined young brewer, Frederick J. Miller, brought his passion for beer to the United States. Miller settled in Milwaukee, where in 1855 he bought the Plank Road Brewery and made his first delicious beer, using yeast that he had carried with him all the way from Europe. Coors Brewing Company tapped its first barrel in 1873, when Adolph Coors opened The Golden Brewery in Colorado. Coors was born in Prussia and apprenticed at a brewery in his teens. With characteristic spirit, he stowed away on a ship to get to America and bring his brewing dream to life. Both companies had the good luck to be formed from the visions of remarkable businessmen who also happened to be remarkable human beings. Both had the good fortune to have family members carry on the work and legacy of founders. Both enterprises survived Prohibition and two world wars, when brewing materials were scarce and hundreds of other brewers failed to survive. Our founding companies built their success barrel by barrel. At MillerCoors, we now begin our own history. We have two wonderful traditions. And now, our talents, energies and ingenuity come together to form one promising company. 

chill-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Launched in 2007, Miller Chill is a refreshing light beer brewed with a hint of lime and a pinch of salt inspired by a classic Mexican recipe, the chelada. With Miller Chill, we are giving American beer drinkers a unique twist on refreshment that can be enjoyed with friends and family during many different occasions throughout the year. Miller Chill was so well received by consumers that it alone accounted for more volume than the next 14 biggest new beer brands of 2007 combined.
Label: 100 Calories. Light Beer with Natural Flavors.

The Brewski Review: High school graduation season is upon us.  Time for parties with free food and booze.  Well, not free in the complete sense of the word.  There is the seemingly mandatory obligation for a ‘cash’ donation to the party’s guest of honor.  I put up a weak effort in a conversation with my wife by saying that a gift wasn’t necessary. It probably wasn’t, but we gave a card with a few bills stuffed inside anyhow.  In the current social paradigm it seems like an obligatory requirement to give cash at about every social gathering we’re invited too.  Funny thing…I don’t recall getting cash gifts from relatives once I passed the age of five – my wonderful parents and grandparents aside. At the party we ate Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches, fried chicken, fruit and pasta salads and an assortment of veggies and dips all for a few bucks. And, of course, there was beer. When I first arrived at the party I noticed the cooler stocked with Miller Chill.  I’ve been wanting to taste this since I tried the Bud Lime a couple weeks back.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.  There was difinitely a citrus taste, but it was minimal. I could barely taste the lime.  To me, it was just another American Adjunct Lager in a clear bottle (I think the green Miller Chill bottles looked better). Bud Lime wins out on this taste comparison.  All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon. Although, not free, the food and drinks were about on par with taking the family out to dinner.

Drinkability: Not a fan. Needs more lime flavor.
Appearance: Straw colored in the bottle.
The Buds: Light and crisp. Minimal lime flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Everyone's Friend.

Everyone's Friend.

June 1, 2010

Anheuser-Busch’s American Ale Beer Review 6.1.10

American Ale in all it's glory.

American Ale in all it's glory.

The Brewski Report Reviews Anheuser-Busch’s American Ale
File Date: 6.1.10

File Name: Would you like some beer with that smoke?
The Beer: American Ale
Type: American Amber/Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.3% ABV
Brewer: Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Web Site: www.anheuser-busch.com
Country of Origin: MO, USA
Brewer Info: Anheuser-Busch traces its origins back to the Bavarian brewery, which was established in 1852. Eberhard Anheuser acquired the Bavarian brewery in 1860 and renamed it E. Anheuser & Co. In 1864, his son-in-law, Adolphus Busch, joined the company that would later become Anheuser-Busch. While the company’s early years were demanding, Adolphus Busch proved up to the challenge. His keen vision, bold initiative, marketing savvy and passionate commitment to quality were his legacy to those who followed, and the high standards he established have been adhered to by each succeeding generation. Today, Anheuser-Busch produces the two best-selling beers in the world, Budweiser and Bud Light, and operates 12 breweries in the United States.

tbr-amer-ale-logo1Brewer Brand Hype: American-style amber ale. Budweiser American Ale has a robust taste that’s full-bodied, but not too heavy or too bitter. Carefully brewed with the highest quality American ingredients, this rich, amber-colored, all- malt ale delivers a satisfying bold taste with a bright hoppy finish. It’s an ale that’s distinctly American in character. Initial citrus and slight green hop aromas in the nose from the Cascade dry hop are balanced by caramel and slight toasted malt flavor and aromas. Balanced and full-bodied but not overpowering, with a savory finish. Brewed with caramel malted barley for a beautiful, rich amber color and sweet malt character and dry-hopped with Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest for a noticeably citrus aroma, Budweiser American Ale achieves the perfect balance of rounded malt and hop flavor. 
Label: Budweiser American Ale defines a new style of ale – The American Ale – created by Anheuser-Busch brewmasters to deliver robust ale taste that’s full-bodied, but not too heavy nor too bitter. Carefully brewed with barley from America’s Heartland and Cascade Hops from the Pacifc Northwest, this rich, ambered-colored ale has robust flavor and a distinctive, hoppy finish.

The Brewski Review: I thought I’d try out a new restaurant today while out on the road.  It was tucked back off the main road with a red awning that said Sports.  Beer.  Food. and a few other key words to catch a guys attention.  We walked in, a coworker and myself, and were quite surprised by how few people were inside and how much cigarette smoke clogged the air.  (A Smoke-ateria I like to call it.) These patrons, about 8 old dudes in their 60’s and 70’s must have been huffing and puffing like they were all going on the wagon the next day.  I think the bargirls must be smokers as well since no one made an effort to turn on the ventilation system.  Let it be known, I’m no fan of smokers. I don’t judge people who smoke but at the same time, I don’t want to smell it just because you like to do it.  Needless to say, we down a quick beer and hit the road. We glanced at the menu but, frankly, I don’t think I would have been able to enjoy eating anything. The worst part is, from just my short time inside my clothes reaked.  Arrrg!  Anyway, the beer I downed was a Budweiser American Ale. If I was a beer snob and tried to detect all the suble aromas I would be hard pressed considering the environment. Good thing I’m not one of those guys.  I liked this brew.  Rather hoppy but it wasn’t too bitter and had minimal aftertaste. Decent beverage for an industrial brewer. Winter would be a good time to enjoy this beverage. Although it wasn’t heavy it was nonetheless a richer, fuller brew.

Drinkability: Would drink it again – maybe in the fall or winter.
Appearance: No glass this time around.
The Buds: Good. Hoppy tasting with mild bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

Isn't this a great logo? Anheuser-Busch has never skimped on Marketing their brands.

Isn't this a great logo? Anheuser-Busch has never skimped on Marketing their brands.

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