THE BREWSKI REPORT Tommy Brewski: My Beer. My Life.

January 29, 2011

Belhaven Brewery’s Scottish Ale Beer Review 1.29.2011

Belhaven Brewery's Scottish Ale

Belhaven Brewery's Scottish Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Belhaven’s Scottish Ale
File Date: 1.29.2011

File Name: Free will to drink whatever you want.
The Beer: Scottish Ale
Type: Scottish Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Belhaven Brewery Co. Ltd. (Greene King)
Web Site: www.belhaven.co.uk
State/Country of Origin: UK (Scotland)
Brewer Info: While 1719 may be the earliest documented evidence of the Belhaven Brewery, there may well have been beer production on the site pre-16th century as the wells and certain cellar vaults are known to date from around the time of the Reformation. Monks (noted for brewing skills) settled in the area from the 12th century. Luckily they had access to both fine water and top quality local barley. John Johnstone took ownership of the site in 1719 and it’s widely accepted that under his ownership the brewery started brewing for commercial sale. Commercial rail made it to Dunbar in 1846 both opening Belhaven up to a wider audience but conversely exposing the brewery to competition from further afield. At this time, Dudgeons diversified the business to focus on the maltings side (while still producing beer but in smaller quantities). It is thought that this diversification enabled Dudgeons to survive the widespread changes affecting other smaller Scottish breweries whose numbers dwindled as a result of closure or amalgamation. Through both world wars, Dudgeon continued malting and brewing for the military with a notable key customer – Belhaven Beers. By the 1970s, the malting side of the business that had seen the company survive two world wars, was feeling the strain of competition from modern automated plants. In 1972, family ownership came to an end as the business was sold. But this end was just the beginning of a twenty-year vibrant and significant period of growth for Belhaven. 1993 and a Management buy-out led by Stuart Ross enabled the management team to further expand and develop the business resulting in a successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. Most recently (2005), Belhaven was bought by Greene King. 

tbr-scot-ale-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Malty and hoppy, we at Belhaven love the classic Scottish Ale and we’ve been brewing it longer than any of the other beers we produce. Delivering a sweet, smooth and creamy finish, Scottish Ale has a stunning ruby colour in the glass. Magic.
Label: The Belhaven Brewery is one of Scotland’s oldest surviving breweries, dating back to 1719. Belhaven Scottish Ale is a fully rounded ale, a complex mix of malt and hop producing Belhaven’s easily recognised malted and nutty flavour. The Belhaven Brewery Company, Dunbar, Scotland.

The Brewski Review: I read an article the other day about free will. The article was loosly implying that we don’t have free will if, for example, we eat that delicious looking chocolate covered Bavarian cream filled straight. But, you have free will if you don’t eat it. Huh? People have free will to do whatever they want; whether it’s to commit a crime (which, to some, is eating a donut) or performing a good deed for someone in need. (Sweets, by the way, are my kryptonite.) Basically, people make daily, conscious decisions about how to manage their life: from what words to assemble into a sentence to how one reacts in any given situation. Some decisions may not jive with your moral compass but that doesn’t make it any less free will than if the final outcome did line up with your perception of what’s right. If the negative internal consequences were that great, you wouldn’t have made the decision you made. Obviously, you were willing to absorb the risk for the perceived reward. Sometimes you make the right call, sometimes you don’t. Take this beer for example. I think I made the right call. I liked the smooth creaminess of it. Sure there was a nice, roasted malty taste but it just seemed to go down so well. I exercised some pretty darn good free will on this one. Why don’t you do the same?

Drinkability: Would surely drink again.
Appearance: Medium ruby brown w/ muddy color head.
The Buds: Nice smooth, malty taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 rating out of 5.

Everyone's Favorite Scot.

Everyone's Favorite Scot.

January 17, 2011

Paulaner Beer Girls Servin’ it up.

The Brewski Report
File Date: 1.17.11
Pualaner Beer Girls:
The next best part of drinking a beer is having it served to you.

Drink too many of these at the game you may not make it home.

I'm not sure which is more eye appealing: the long, tall curvy figures or the Paulaner Beer Girls.

Order up! Pualaner Beer Girls in da haus!

Order up! Pualaner Beer Girls in da haus!

No Lightweights need apply.

No Lightweights need apply. Paulaner Beer Girls exercise all year 'round to serve multiple uber mugs at a time.

January 16, 2011

Pualaner’s Salvator Double Bock Beer Review 1.16.11

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock (or, Dopplebock for all the beer snobs who probably wouldn't be reading this blog.)

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock (or, Dopplebock for all the beer snobs who probably wouldn't be reading this blog.)

The Brewski Report Reviews Paulaner’s Salvator Double Bock
File Date: 1.16.2011

File Name: Sometimes The Best Action Is No Action
The Beer: Salvator Double Bock
Type: Dopplebock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.9% ABV
Brewer: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Web Site: www.paulaner.com
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The oldest document of the Paulaner Brewery Munich dates back to 1634. Life is hard for our monks in the Munich monestary Neudeck ob der Au; they are extremely poor and have to work very hard. To help them cope they began to brew Salvator. Since 1780 the Paulaner monks have been officially allowed to serve beer without restrictions. The Neudeck ob der Au is dissolved in 1799. In 1815 the first beer huts on the Wies’n appear. Five years earlier a major horse racing event was held here. This was the birth of the world’s biggest fair. in 1837 Bavaria’s King Ludwig I declares Paulaner a luxury article. The name Salvator is protected by the imperial patent office in Berlin in 1896. Through the 1920’s Paulaner expands by acquiring other breweries. In 1986 Paulaner brews the worlds first non-alcoholic wheat beer which is now called Hefe-Weitbier Alkoholfrei. The worlds deepest underground cellar is built by Paulaner in 1989. In 2001 a joint venture with Dutch brewers Heineken N.V. is established.

tbr-paulaner-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Paulaner Salvator is the founding father of all Bavarian stouts, and the orinator of all “-ator” beers. With an alcohol content of 7.9%, it is not only the strongest beer brewed by the Paulaner Brewery, but also has the most tradition: Paulaner Salvator has been brewed from 100% Munich malt to a handed-down recipe for 375 years. Today, it is the highest-selling “double bock” beer in Germany. Paulaner Salvator is dark, full-bodied and strong, and wonderfully malty in flavour and aroma – a perfectly balanced, round, quaffable stout specialty. Paulaner Salvator is freshly brewed every year for the stout season and is only available between December and April (as a general rule). Based on the principle of, “Liquids don’t break a fast”, this double bock beer remains the traditional drink for Lent to this day.
Label: Each one of my Paulaner biers is brewed slowly, all-naturally, as they have been for over 360 years. Brewed and bottled by Paulaner, Munich, Germany.

The Brewski Review: My project list hasn’t seen the light of day recently. I don’t mind but it does eat at me. Winter seems to slow me down with all the cold temps and show shoveling chores. I had a tenant move out of my duplex this past December leaving me a unit in desperate need of some serious TLC. But, I figure it was easier for me to shut off the heat, drain the water lines and pour antifreeze down the j-traps than to go over there and work. (And, spend money to keep the place somewhat heated.) This strategy will push back all my house projects but I’ll live with that decision. In the Spring I’ll re-list the property in the hopes of shedding myself of the re-mod responsibility before it becomes a dire necessity. I need to re-focus efforts on my house. The duplex has been an unwanted distraction of late. So I’ll take it easy for a couple of months. Maybe drink some beer. This Paulaner beverage turned out to be somewhat good. Very tasty beverage. Creamy with a rich malt flavor. Minimal bitterness. Excellent choice for the cool days of winter. Curl up by the fire and crack one open.

Drinkability: Definitely. 
Appearance: Carmel color, minimal head.
The Buds: Very smooth and malty.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 Rating out of 5.

It's hard to be around 360 years and not know how to throw a party. Kickin' it German style.

It's hard to be around 360 years and not know how to throw a party. Kickin' it German style.

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