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October 20, 2011

Hex Ourtoberfest And The Lazy People Review 10.20.2011

Hex Ourtoberfest: strange name for a strange brew.

Hex Ourtoberfest: strange name for a strange brew.

TBR Reviews Hex Ourtoberfest Ale and the Lazy Movement
File Date: 10.20.2011

File Name: Overabundance of Lazy People
The Beer: Hex Ourtoberfest
Type: German Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Co./North American Breweries
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: VT, USA
Brewer Info: North American Breweries, one of the largest and fastest growing American-owned beer companies in the United States, owns and operates four U.S. breweries and six retail locations in New York, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington.  The company was formed in 2009 and is headquartered in Rochester, NY – which is also home to the Genesee Brewery. Since 1878, the Genesee Brewery has brewed and sold the historic line of Genesee beers. Today that brewery also makes Dundee Ales and Lagers, the Original Honey Brown Lager, Seagram’s Escapes and many other beers under contract from other companies.  We brew one of the company’s most popular craft beer brands – Magic Hat – from our Vermont brewery.  Our west coast brewing teams handcraft the award-winning Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s craft beers.  NAB also owns and markets strong import brands including its flagship beer Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light, which maintain strong market share among the Great Lakes region and beyond.

tbr-hex-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smokey finish.
Label: The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create unique beers to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

The Brewski Review: Wasn’t particularly fond of this beverage that’s why I gave it the rating I did. It wasn’t a terrible brew I just didn’t care for it. Didn’t connect with it. It’s hard to describe considering that I prefer malty beverages more so than the uber-hoppy styles we see so much of these days with the overabundance of IPA’s. Just like the overabundance of lazy people in this country. I don’t connect with them either. Take a look at the Occupy ‘movement’ – if you want to call it that. To me it’s a non-cohesive collection of individuals who can’t agree on anything other than they want to be catered to. A group of underachievers who grew up in a time when the liberals in this country made sure every child was told they did a ‘good job’ even though they failed miserably. No hurt feelings. A time when everyone in the class, from the A student to the F student, received a trophy for doing a swell job at learning. Now, here they are adults, upset that they aren’t being mollycoddled like yesteryear. No one telling them what a great job their doing. No one given them what they desire. Not able to put forth a good days effort to EARN what you get.  Why do you think the Libs love this movement? It plays right into their cradle to grave government assistance agenda. If they were any smarter, the occupy movement would understand that the best organization to protest would be the Federal Government for squashing the private sector and eliminating all the jobs. But that’s too heady for them to understand.

Drinkability: Probably not.
Appearance: Deep golden bordering on amber
The Buds: Malty as promised.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

The OWS 'movement' is a tragedy in itself. It certainly doesn't represent the 99% of Americans.

The OWS 'movement' is a tragedy in itself. It certainly doesn't represent the 99% of Americans.

October 8, 2011

Dogfish Head’s Pumpkin Ale Pass Muster? 10.08.2011

Dogfish Head's try at my seasonal favorite - pumpkin ale.

Dogfish Head's try at my seasonal favorite - pumpkin ale.

Dogfish Head’s Pumpkin Ale Just Won’t Cut It For This Frustrated American
File Date: 10.8.2011

File Name: The struggles of being underwater.
The Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.0% ABV
Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Web Site:
State/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.

tbr-dh-pumpkin-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. This is the perfect beer to warm-up with, as the season cools. Punkin Ale is named after a locally-famous and seriously off-centered event here in southern Delaware – Punkin Chunkin (check out some of these Discovery Channel videos of Punkin Chunkin, you gotta see it to believe it!). In fact, Punkin Ale made it’s debut as it claimed First Prize in the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe Conest – yes, that was a full 6 months before we even opened our doors for business. Punkin Chunkin has grown in size and scale with pumpkins now being hurled more than 4,000 feet through the air! If you come down to see if for yourself – come by and visit us. Since then, we’ve brewed Punkin Ale each and every fall. It is released right around September first each year. When you find it, grab some extra because it’s usually gone by Thanksgiving.
Label: A full bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown suger, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg.

The Brewski Review: I’m not ranking this pumpkin ale high on my list of favorite pumpkin ales. It has a gorgeous copper color and pours with a sumptuous head but it doesn’t have that pumpkin pie flavor I’m looking for. Others may not care for the pumpkin pie flavor but, to me, that’s what these beers are all about. This one just didn’t do it for me. The allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg weren’t as bold as I would have liked them to be. But then, of course, there are many things that aren’t as good as I’d want them to be. Take, for example, my finances: I don’t have nearly as much as I’d like. In reality, it’s less than ‘nearly as much’ and closer to ‘I drive a 15 year old car and can’t afford to upgrade because I’m under water on my mortgage’. But wait, it’s even worse than that! This taxpayer could save thousands if we refinanced our house, which we can’t do, because as you may have guessed, we’re under water on our mortgage! So, like so many of you out there, we struggle to get buy each and every day. Drinking an occasional beer is just a small reward that keeps me hanging on – day in and day out. And, by golly, if I want pumpkin pie flavor, dang it, I won’t settle for anything less!

Drinkability: Probably not. Would seek out another pumpkin ale.
Appearance: Visually appealing.
The Buds: Not very pumpkin pie-ish.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

October 5, 2011

Feel Like A Hipster Drinking Brazil’s Palma Louca Pilsener 10.5.11

Drink in the hipster vibes by downing this brew.

Drink in the hipster vibes by downing this brew.

TBR Reviews Brazil’s Hipster Palma Louca Pilsener
File Date: 10.5.2011

File Name: The Hip Beer for Young and Talented Brazilians.
The Beer: Palma Louca
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Cervejaria Kaiser (Heineken)
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Brazil
Brewer Info: Minimal brewer history.

tbr-palma-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Palma Louca is a very refreshing and light beer, brewed by Heineken Brazil with the finest imported malts and hops. It is a beer for the Brazilian style of fun, to be enjoyed by friends on the beach, or at hot nightclubs and lively restaurants.
Palma Louca wants to tell the world about Brazil’s fascinating culture and the love for life and pleasure that Brazilians share. Its website, written by young and talented journalists, shows you the good stuff Brazil has to offer. A high quality brew, produced in the typical Brazilian style of refreshing lagers with full flavor and character. Bottled by Heineken, one of the world’s largest brewing groups, that produces other famous brands such as Heineken, Amstel, Sol, Dos XX, Xingu Black Beer and others.
Label: Escape to Palma Louca. Wild Palm. Cerveja – Pilsen – Beer

The Brewski Review: Palma Louca positions itself as the hipster in the crowd; i.e. ‘written by young and talented journalists’ that play up the culture and life in Brazil. I certainly don’t knock the pride they exhibit for their native land but I think they do their best to use the beer as a means to market ply their journalistic endeavors and showcase the young, urban lifestyle. It’s difficult to find anything worth reading about the beer. The Palma Louca website sheds little light on the brewer itself. Cervejaria Kaiser’s web site doesn’t even mention any information regarding the brewer’s history or Palma Louca beer iteself, but does reference it’s parent company Heineken. Not that all this matters. If you like the beer and want to be a hipster like the image Palma Louce mirrors, then by all means drink up. It’s actually an average beer: a decent summertime thirst quencher that’ll go down cold on a nice hot Brazilian day. I just prefer to learn a little more about the history of the brewery and the beer itself rather than an image an advertising company is pushing.

Drinkability: Would drink again.
Appearance: Straw golden color.
The Buds: Nicely balanced pilsener taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

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