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

August 21, 2011

Keo’s Premium Beer and A Lament For Better Times 8.21.2011

Keo Premium Beer Straight From Cyprus

Keo Premium Beer Straight From Cyprus

The Brewski Report Reviews Keo Premium Beer and A Lament For Better Times.
File Date: 8.21.2011

File Name: Are Cyprus’ Politicians Any Better Than The American Variety?
The Beer: Keo Premium Beer
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Keo Limited
Web Site: http://www.keogroup.com/
State/Country of Origin: Cyprus
Brewer Info: KEO is a public limited company formed in 1927 with its shares quoted and trading in the Cyprus Stock Exchange. It is a member of the Hellenic Mining Group whose varied interests in mining, cement production, consumer goods and banking make it the largest industrial group in Cyprus. The KEO Brewery was the first to be built in Cyprus. Production of KEO Beer -a Pilsner type Lager Beer- started early in 1951. The original brewery had a small production capacity of about 300,000 gallons annually. In order to meet the ever-increasing demand, the company has carried out substantial extensions to the plant and the equipment now used being the most up-to-date machinery in the brewing industry. The brewery is currently capable of producing over 30,000 hectoliters of beer monthly.

tbr-keo-insertBrewer Brand Hype: KEO is an exceptional lager type beer, brewed from the finest malt and the choicest hops, long matured, bottled fresh and unpasteurised, to retain its natural flavour, aroma and freshness.
Label: Gold medal for excellence Brewing International Awards. Brewed on the island of Cyprus.

The Brewski Review: American Adjunct Lagers always seem to taste the same. This one may have had a little more flavor but it isn’t anything to write home about. Definitely not worth paying a premium in price over a domestic brand. I guess the only cache would be to brag about drinking beer from Cyprus.  Whoop-de-do. What would impress me would be drinking this beer IN Cyprus. Then it would have some unique appeal. But, to drink it in a broken down town in a financially busted state isn’t anything to get excited about. It should actually propel me be purchase the cheapest beer I can find and drink in mass quantities to relieve myself from the thought of all the crooked, power hungry and dishonest elected officials we have and how they’re wrecking it for the rest of us. I think if I wasn’t underwater on my mortgage I’d move somewhere else.  This lament, I’m sure, isn’t shared by myself alone. 

Drinkability: Ah, probably.
Appearance: Very light golden color.
The Buds: Average adjunct lager.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 caps out of 5.

Educational Tidbit: In case you didn't know where all the wars, oil, men with speedos and Cyprus are, please review the map above.

Educational Tidbit: In case you didn't know where all the wars, oil, men with speedos and Cyprus are, please review the map above.

I'd pull up a beach chair here and drink a native KEO Premium Beer.

I'd pull up a beach chair here and drink a native KEO Premium Beer.

August 14, 2011

Celebrator Double Bock Beer and Cooking BBQ Pork Ribs 8.14.2011

Celebrator - the beer with the white goat around the neck.

Celebrator – the beer with the white goat around the neck.

The Brewski Report Reviews Celebrator’s Doppelbock and Marinating BBQ Pork Ribs
File Date: 8.14.2011

File Name: Beer Used As A BBQ Ribs Marinade?
The Beer: Celebrator Doppelbock
Type: Doppelbock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.7% ABV
Brewer: Privatbrauerei Franz InselKammer KG/ Brauerei Aying
Web Site: http://en.ayinger-bier.de/?pid=263
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: In 1876 the father of the Ayinger Brewery, Johann Liebhard, took over the agricultural and forestry estate “Zum Pfleger” with tavern and butcher’s shop, which had been family property since circa 1810. His wife Maria, a postmaster’s daughter from Markt Schwaben, was, as were all women of the brewing generations, the central pillar of support in the running of the business. In the economic high spirits of the 1870’s following Germany’s victory over France, Johann Liebhard applied his acute business acumen in deciding to found his own brewery. This was not so unusual at the time, which is why there were some 6,000 breweries in Bavaria alone in the 1880’s. Of these, approximately 650 are still in operation today.

tbr-pork-cutsBrewer Brand Hype: A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous platinum medallions..
Label: Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer.

The Brewski Review: Dark and mysterious. Actually better than I had anticipated (C’mon…who doesn’t anticipate the taste of a beer before cracking it open?). I expected it to be creamier than it was but that didn’t detract from it’s flavor. Since I was eating UTX’s Honey Wheat Braided Twists with this (which, by the way, are pretty tasty themselves) I can’t give you the snobby breakdown on a nano-flavor level. It was more substantial, heavy and sweet than most beers I usually drink and that was the appeal. I was going to drink this with dinner tonight – BBQ ribs – but couldn’t wait. It was also coincidental that, when listening to the car radio the other day, that if you really want tender ribs, you should marinate them in a dark beer overnight. They say the acid in the malts break down the fat in the meat. Of course, I didn’t want to waste this beer as a marinade so I’ll have to wait until we purchase our next slab. Sounds rather delicious doesn’t it? If anyone has tried this please let me know. I’m curious to know what beer and BBQ sauce you used and how they turned out.

Drinkability: Would drink this again.
Appearance: Super dark with maximum head.
The Buds: Good. Heavy and full of flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 caps.

Don't these look simply delicious? I can't bear to watch the food network like my wife. It makes me hungry.

Don’t these look simply delicious? I can’t bear to watch the food network like my wife. It makes me hungry.

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