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April 20, 2011

Avery Brewing Co.’s IPA Review 4.20.2011

Avery Brewing Co.'s India Pale Ale

Avery Brewing Co.'s India Pale Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Avery’s India Pale Ale
File Date: 4.20.2011

File Name: Same ‘o, Same ‘o thing.
The Beer: India Pale Ale
Type: American IPA
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.5% ABV
Brewer: Avery Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.averybrewing.com
Country/State of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: Since 1993 our brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles or categories. Our products are thoroughly American at heart: blending Old World tradition and expertise with ingenuity, creativity and boldness. We are dedicated to making beer from the inside out: we brew what we like to drink – with utter disregard for what the market demands – and search out fans with equally eccentric palates (We learned long ago that expressing your true self is much more fulfilling that giving in to outside pressures. Don’t you agree?) If you think your taste buds can keep up with our brews, we invite you to check out our entire lineup of more than twenty different beers. Peace to all and follow your dreams! The Avery Brewing Crew.

tbr-averyipa2Brewer Brand Hype: In the 1700s one crafty brewer discovered that a healthy dose of hops and an increase alcohol content preserved his ales during the long voyage to India (as depicted in our label) to quench the thirst of British troops. Today, we tip our hat to that historic innovation by brewing Colorado’s hoppiest pale ale. Avery IPA demands to be poured into your favorite glass to truly appreciate the citrusy, floral bouquet and the rich, malty finish.
Label: Our IPA demands to be poured into your favorite glass to truly appreciate the citrusy, floral bouquet and the rich, malty, yet dry finish.

The Brewski Review: Super hoppy IPA worth a try if your into this sort of thing. I don’t really care for the bitterness so I may tend to down-rate my review based upon my negative preference for mucho bitterness. That isn’t to say this isn’t a good beer. I’m sure there may be quite a following for this brand. I’m just not one of them.

Drinkability: Probably not.
Appearance: Deeper golden color.
The Buds: Whoa! Hop city.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

April 17, 2011

Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA Review 4.17.2011

Bear Republic's Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Bear Republic's Racer 5 India Pale Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing
File Date: 4.17.2011

File Name: An IPA like any other IPA
The Beer: Racer 5 India Pale Ale
Type: India Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7% ABV
Brewer: Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.bearrepublic.com
State/Country of Origin: CA, USA
Brewer Info: Bear Republic Brewing Company (Bear Republic) was founded by third and fourth generation Sonoma County residents. From the humble beginning of home brewing to the demanding process of commercial brewing, came the realization that to produce the distinctive flavors and aroma we found appealing required the founding of our own Brew Pub. Through this process owners Richard R Norgrove, and wife Sandy, Richard G Norgrove, (Brew Master) and wife Tami, developed the style and mark of Bear Republic’s award winning, hand-crafted lagers and ales. Located in historic Healdsburg, California, where hop kilns from another era are still visible, our products are brewed and aged using the traditional “art” of the masters. Bear Republic’s family business is unique, from the mother who greets you at the door, to the son who brews the ales, the father who pulls tap and the daughter-in-law who keeps the books. The Norgroves invite you inside for healthy food and drink for the enjoyment of the whole family. Our goal is to create and cultivate a Brew Pub and Restaurant that the locals can call their own and that makes visitors feel at home. We work hard at fostering a sense of loyalty and tradition from eras gone by.

tbr-racer52Brewer Brand Hype: This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. There’s a trophy in every glass.
Label: Racer 5 is an aggressive styled India Pale Ale. Handmade from a brewery whose motto is “Bigger is Better.” This golden, well hopped, bottle-conditioned ale demands your attention. Try the next generation of I.P.A. Racer 5…Go..Go..  Keep cold, respect life, don’t D + D, real ale is alive, yeast is good, serve at 45 – 50 F.

The Brewski Review: Nothing outstanding about this IPA as compared to some of the others I’ve tasted. Hoppy bitterness abounds for this type of brew so you’d be well to expect it. I’m not a big fan of the bitterness but you may be. It’s a decent beer so grab one and taste it up.

Drinkability: Good. Would drink again.
Appearance: Tight foamy head. Cloudy deep golden color.
The Buds: Hoppy and bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

April 13, 2011

Goose Island’s India Pale Ale Beer Review 4.13.2011

Goose Island Beer Co.'s IPA

Goose Island Beer Co.'s IPA

The Brewski Report Reviews Goose Island’s IPA
File Date: 4.13.11

File Name: Industrial Brewer Pegged to Purchase Goose Island?
The Beer: Goose Island IPA
Type: English India Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.9% ABV
Brewer: Goose Island Beer Company
Web Site: www.gooseisland.com
State/Country of Origin: IL, USA
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-giipa2Brewer Brand Hype: Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.
Label: Recognized as among the world’s finest, Goose Island’s India Pale Ale has a spicy hop aromoa and an inviting fruity flavor. This exceptional beer is one you will not soon forget. Serve India Pale Ale in a tulip glass.

The Brewski Review: Spoiler Alert! I just read someplace where Bud/InBev is going to purchase Goose Island for somthing north of $35M.  If you were looking for a brewery to purchase your a day late and probably a dollar or two short. The purchaser classifies Goose Island as a boutique brewery. I’ve never had any of their more exotic brews but I look forward to trying them out – as long as they don’t change with the purchase by a large industrial brewer. The IPA was good. It was hoppy and bitter. Nothing deviating too far from the standard IPA classic taste. The fruity flavor didn’t jump out at me but there was some mild sweetness to it. Again, a good beer. Give one a try if your into hops.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Dark golden color.
The Buds: Hoppy and bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

This is pretty cool. If I could purchase a set of tiles I'd install this in my future kitchen makeover. My wife might not like it but I think my kids would.

This is pretty cool. If I could purchase a set of tiles I'd install this in my future kitchen makeover. My wife might not like it but I think my kids would.

April 8, 2011

Brau Union’s Gosser Pale Lager Review 4.8.2011

Brau Union's Gosser Euro Pale Lager

Brau Union's Gosser Euro Pale Lager

The Brewski Report Reviews Gosser Pale Lager
File Date: 4.8.2011

File Name: Another high ranker by type.
The Beer: Gosser
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Brauerei Goss (Brau Union)
Web Site: www.goesser.com
State/Country of Origin: Austria
Brewer Info: Around the year 1000, Countess Adula donated a convent on a piece of farmland on both banks on the, in which – according to ancient tradition – the nuns brewed beer. In 1459 a Pierbrewer by the name of Lenhartt Newmaister appears in a document. The Göss convent was the cultural and economic centre of the area until its abolition in 1782. In 1860 the tradition of brewing beer in the buildings of the convent was revived when beer brewer and entrepreneur Max Kober purchased parts of the convent and reactivated the convents brewery. This is a significant year for Gösser and it still appears in the label today. With the founding of a public limited company in 1893 Max Kober laid the foundation for the development of one Austrias most important breweries. With the developement of the pasteurising process and the use of crown corks in the 1920’s, Gösser also began its conquest of markets outside Austria. While the two world wars meant a fall in production and setbacks for Gösser Brewery the reconstruction of the brewery was a clear sign of the power of Gösser. During the gala dinner for the signing of the Austrian treaty in 1955 Gösser Spezial was served. Reinforced by this impressive symbol, Gössers journey of success has continued until today. The Göss Brewery, the birthplace of Austria’s best beer, is today one of the most modern breweries in the country.

tbr-gosser2Brewer Brand Hype: Gösser. Good. Better. Gösser. Austria’s finest beer. Purest water from our own carefully protected Alpine springs, the finest ingredients and a beer brewing culture refined over many centuries have made Gösser the best beer in Austria. With every sip of Gösser you are enjoying the finest quality, the purest that nature can offer plus a superb and living beer tradition – altogether a unique taste experience!
Label: Austria’s Finest Beer

The Brewski Review: Good beer. That’s about sums it up. For a Euro pale lager it had minimal hop bitterness and was refreshingly mild tasting. It tasted more like an American Adjunct lager but with richer flavor. This would rank as one of my favorite Euro Pale Lagers to date. Nevertheless, I’ll press on to try others to see if this one holds the torch in the end. Caps off, bottoms up!

Drinkability: Would definitely drink again.
Appearance: Minimal head. Light golden color.
The Buds: Minimal hop bitterness. Smooth.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 Caps out of 5.

Gosser Print Ad

Gosser Print Ad

Quite a few fanatics follow the Gosser BMW car that races in a European circuit.

Quite a few fanatics follow the Gosser BMW car that races in a European circuit.

April 3, 2011

Xingu Black Beer Review 4.3.2011

Pure Drinking Enjoyment In The Xingu Black Beer.

Pure Drinking Enjoyment In The Xingu Black Beer.

The Brewski Report Files One for Xingu Black Beer
File Date: 4.3.2011

File Name: Highest Ranking Beer To Date
The Beer: Xingu Black Beer
Type: Schwarzbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
Web Site: http://xingubeer.com/site/
State/Country of Origin: Brazil
Brewer Info: On a hot summer day in 1987, a blond and slightly balding man with penetrating blue eyes walked into my office, accompanied by his young wife, a dark haired woman with a broad and frank smile. They were Alan Eames, writer, specialized in beer history and anthropology, and his wife Anne Latchis, of Greek descent, owner of a traditional hotel in the mountains of Vermont, in the United States. They had just been in an expedition into the Amazon rainforest, having come to Brazil in an adventurous trip in search of a lost beer. The trip had been motivated by an article Alan had written about the origins of beers in the world. In his research, he had found written records dating from 1557 about a black beer produced in the Amazon rainforest with corn and manioc and fermented naturally. Alan wished to create a beer that honored and preserved this ancient brew. This was the birth of Xingu, a pioneer in the segment of Specialty Premium beers that now enjoys worldwide prestige.

tbr-xingu22Brewer Brand Hype: Pronounced “shin-goo”. Xingu Black Beer is named after the Xingu River, in the Amazon Rainforest. Inspired on old recipes of Indian beer, Xingu Black Beer is a two-time winner of Beverage Testing Institute’s Gold Medal as the best dark laber in the world. This exceptional beer is a great success in Brazil and the USA, and consumers are now having a chance to drink it in Australia and England. Xingu Black Beer has a following that ranges from beer critics to fans and consumers alike. It’s secret lies in being a beer with a distinguished and delicious taste while at the same time being very easy to drink. From its creation, Xingu Black Beer has been associated with several initiatives for the protection of the Amazon Rainforest, and it is now proud to be supporting the Y Ikatu Xingu organization.
Label: Xingu Black Beer.

The Brewski Review: This ranks as one of my favorite beers. It’s a very smooth and mild tasting beer. I was very impressed with the overall light feeling – definitely not the heavy and bitter as I associate with many other dark beers with roasted malts and heavy hop bitterness. I highly suggest you purchase this beer if available in  your area and give it a try. I’m sure you’ll be satisfied and impressed. I give it one of my highest scores yet.

Drinkability: I’ll definitely be buying a six pack.
Appearance: Black in color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Oh so smooth and delicious.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 caps out of 5.

Xingu Advertisement

Xingu Advertisement

Xingu Beer Girl. (Looks like she could gain a few pounds.)

Xingu Beer Girl. (Looks like she could gain a few pounds.)

Not quite sure I understand this marketing schtick.

Not quite sure I understand this marketing schtick.

Or this one ad. A pair of black boots with condensation on them? Make me want to drink Xingu Black beer.

Or this ad. A pair of black boots with condensation? Makes me want to drink Xingu Black beer.

My daughter getting in on the action. Future model?

My daughter getting in on the action. Future model?

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