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February 13, 2011

TBR Reviews Spoetzl’s Shiner Hefeweizen 2.13.2011

Maximum head attainment on the pour. Shameful waste.

Maximum head attainment on the pour. Shameful waste.

The Brewski Report Reviews Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Hefeweizen and My Selfish Ways
File Date: 2.13.2011

File Name: The Giving Only Goes So Far.
The Beer: Shiner Hefeweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
State/Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best – handcrafting the finest beer.

tbr-hefe-drft-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Hefeweizen (Hef-ay-vite-zen) recalls the classic beers of Bavaria as a true unfiltered wheat brew. This beer captures old-world Munich Malt, wheat grist used in a scant 1% of all brews worldwide, orange and lemon zest in a frothy classic example of bottle-conditioned beer. Adding clover honey and yeast just before it’s bottled touches off a unique, secondary fermentation process inside every keg and bottle before its final release from the brewery. Follow these step-by-step directions to POUR YOURSELF AN OUT-OF-BOTTLE EXPERIENCE:
– POUR half of the bottle into a glass.
– ROUSE the yeast by swirling the bottle and pouring what’s left into the glass.
– ENJOY this unfiltered brew with a generous wedge of lemon.
Label:  Handcrafted in Shiner, TX since 1909. The ‘Little Brewery’ has been the source of every drop of Shiner Brew. Distinctive flavors brighten every sip of this wheat ale as it’s brewed with a hint of clover, honey and orange and lemon peels. Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner. Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. This refreshing delight is bottle conditioned with added yeast. That means our Hefeweizen keeps brewing until you open it. This unfiltered ale has a cloudy appearance and a silky smooth flavor. To properly enjoy, 1. pour half the bottle into a glass, 2. swirl the remainder of the bottle to mix up the yeast 3. pour that into the glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon. Prosit!

The Brewski Review: Very good. Poured with an overabundance of head which dissapated quickly. Very mild and creamy tasting even without the lemon. I’m sure the wedge of lemon would have enhanced the flavor that much more. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Liked it so much I purchased a six pack and took it to a BYOB family party. Of course, I didn’t share any of it. I kept it all to myself.

Drinkability: Bought a six pack if that says anything.
Appearance: Cloudy golden w/ maximum head.
The Buds: Smooth and buttery.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

Is it?

Is it?

Shiner, TX in the 1930's. For the curious.

Shiner, TX in the 1930's. For the curious.

February 6, 2011

A Review of Southern Tier’s Old Man Winter Ale Beer and the Egyptian Protests 2.6.2011

Old Man Winter can be an unfriendly curmudgeon.

Old Man Winter can be an unfriendly curmudgeon.

The Brewski Report Reviews Southern Tier’s Old Man Winter Ale
File Date: 2.6.2011


File Name:
Egypt on the Quasar
The Beer: Old Man Winter Ale
Type: Old Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.7% ABV
Brewer: Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.southerntierbrewing.com
State/Country of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, New York, has been in operation since 2002. Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen (“Skip”) Yahn started the brewery with the vision of bringing small batch brewing back to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2002 Skip and Phin purchased the defunct Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. All the equipment was removed, brought back to Lakewood and set up at its new home located within the Stoneman Business Park. The Brewery began distributing regionally in February 2003. By 2005 sales covered the majority of New York State and the eastern half of Pennsylvania. In the beginning their two flagship brands were Pilsner and Mild Ale and they also brewed IPA. As it turned out the flagships were a flop and the IPA was a huge success! They next launched a line of seasonal beers which gained great success. Since the beginning, Southern Tier has experienced steady growth and after multiple expansions to keep up with demand a new building was built in 2009. The building was designed with the express purpose of brewing innovative, high quality beer for an expanding customer base.

tbr-old-man-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Old Man Winter – a liquid winter wonderland. With the onset of winter, the brewer’s mind turns to providing warmth. For our winter seasonal, we offer a rich and complex amalgam of hops and barley that will put the feeling back in your toes and lift your spirits above the snow. OMW throws a deep and inviting hue with a thickness that clings to the glass and the warmth of an open flame. Because of its high alcohol content, Old Man is a heady brew that encourages sipping and pondering its essential richness. Drink it fresh now, or cellar a few bottles to see how this old man becomes wiser with age.
Label: Brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Co. Lakewood, NY.

The Brewski Review: What about the turmoil in Egypt? I totally respect the passion and courage the Egyptians have exemplified in an effort to change the course of political winds. Since they didn’t wait around of some other country (i.e. U.S.) to come and fight their battle they get extra bonus points. But, maybe what they’re truly clamoring for is a really good beer. I was at the local pay-and-sip liquor store the other day to find an Egyptian beer which I could review. Low and behold, I could find none! No wonder their up in arms! I’d be angry too if I couldn’t get a brown bag afternoon delight from the corner carryout and get drunk on my front porch sitting on my van seat. The Egyptian government has had their thumb on the populous for years. Slim to no industry, few jobs, limited prospects, bleak future, no bloated government health care plan and no TARP! What else is there to do? Dang it! March downtown and protest! Of course, they do brew beer in Egypt. My local store just didn’t carry any. It makes for a good story though. Southern Tier’s Old Man Winter Ale may be just the beer for you to drink while watching the saga unfold on the Quasar. It was good but a little high on the hoppy bitterness scale for Tommy.

Drinkability: Would try other Old Ales before revisiting.
Appearance: Dark ruby brown w/ quick disolve head.
The Buds: Hoppy bitterness is high.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Did it cross your mind why the protestor signs are written in English? It's not their native tongue.

Did it cross your mind why the protestor signs are written in English? It's not their native tongue.

Many countries show an obvious distain for the western world. Yet they love to cater to the western news media. Or, are the news media putting the signs in the hands of the protestors? Hmmmm. Makes you wonder.

Many countries show an obvious distain for the western world. Yet they love to cater to the western news media. Or, are the news media putting the signs in the hands of the protestors? Hmmmm. Makes you wonder.

The local Cairo Office Max must have had a run on red markers.

The local Cairo Office Max must have had a run on red markers.

February 2, 2011

Great Divide Brewing’s Hibernation Ale Beer Review 2.2.2011

The Rich Goodness of Hibernation Ale

The Rich Goodness of Hibernation Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Great Divide’s Hibernation Ale
File Date: 2.2.2011

File Name: Blizzard of ’11 Is A Yawner
The Beer: Hibernation Ale
Type: Old Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.7% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.greatdivide.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-hiber-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Hibernation Ale has been our celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty, warming character.  8.7% ABV. October thru January.
Label: Same as above with: Suggested Food Pairings: Aged, hard Dutch cows milk cheese, roasted chicken, grilled vegetables.

The Brewski Review: The ‘old’ in Old Ale refers to beers that in times past, could have been left to age in wood containers of varying types for periods up to a year. Due to this the beer can pick up slight acid flavors. I didn’t detect that here, just plenty of roasted malt favors and a little on the bitter side for me. Overall, very good. With the high ABV content I drank it before dinner in the hopes that I could lay on the couch and pass out with a full stomach. But, I don’t think I needed the beer to fall asleep fast. We had a winter storm blow through last night that stretched across the nation. 100 million people were supposed to be affected by this. We didn’t get it as bad as they forecasted but they still shut down our plant giving me the day off (we’ll have to work Saturday to make up the lost production). Isn’t winter great? So many resources are consumed by pushing frozen water around. Time, money and physical energy, which, buy the way, is why I’m so wiped out. I even have a mondo-size snowblower to help move the snow around. If I ever build a new house I’d love to install heated sidewalks and a driveway. Then, I wouldn’t have any more excuses to not sit in front of the TV and drink beer.

The frozen liquid winter wonderland in my little slice of heaven.

The frozen liquid winter wonderland in my little slice of heaven.

Drinkability: Good. But not a fan.
Appearance: Rich ruby brown in color.
The Buds: Hearty indeed. Very hoppy/malty.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

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