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February 11, 2012

Chang Beer Review 2.11.2012

Thailand's Chang Beer

Thailand's Chang Beer

The Brewski Report Files One for Chang Beer
File Date: 2.11.12

The Beer: Chang Beer
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.4% ABV
Brewer: Cosmos Brewing Co. Ltd
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Thailand
Brewer Info: Chang translates as elephant, an animal renowned for its superior strength and mental capacity. Elephants played a major role in Thailand’s history, taking warriors into battle against invaders as well as being used in royal or religious ceremonies. In particular a white elephant was a venerable creature worthy of use by royalty and all those of noble birth. The two white elephants on the Chang beer logo symbolise happiness, harmony and prosperity and the name Chang itself means elephant in Thai. Chang beer is a combination of Thailand’s plentiful resources creating an authentic Thai beer with international quality and a clear uniqueness. Great care and attention was given to creating the right blend of ingredients that would complement an array of spicy foods. Quick to become one of the leading South-East Asian brands, Chang uses deep well-water to achieve its perfect composition. The deep well water used to brew Chang beer is so pure it is bottled and sold in Thailand as mineral water.

tbr-chang-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Revive exotic passions and rediscover Thai True Balance in your life with Chang Thai Beer. Our genuinely imported, premium Thai beer is synonymous with Thai culture and pride. Chang beer has a sparkling gold appearance and a smooth, crisp taste and is made from the finest quality malt, hops and deep well-water.
Label: Premium Quality.

The Brewski Review: There was a nice balance to Chang. Not too hoppy or malty. It was cold and crisp at the pour and didn’t produce much head. What head did form dissipated rather quickly. I was taken aback at first because the beverage was not clear as I expected but somewhat cloudy in appearance. Nonetheless, it rolled back off my tongue pretty easily. The flavor was sort of shy of tasty – i.e. there wasn’t much. It wasn’t bad, just a little on the bland side. I could see this going down really quickly on a hot summer day. I happened to have been eating sushi when I drank this and the combination was a nice match.

Drinkability: Perhaps.
Appearance: A cloudy light golden color.
The Buds: Cold, crisp and a little bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 Caps out of 5.

Rather modest attire for 'beer girls' marketing the brand.

Rather modest attire for 'beer girls' marketing the brand.

February 8, 2012

Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsener 2.8.2012

It's the beer with the camel on it.

It's the beer with the camel on it.

TBR Reports: Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsner
File Date: 2.8.2012

The Beer: Nomad Pilsner
Type: Czech Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site:
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-nomad-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Nomad is our spin on the classic Bohemian Pilsner style. The journey starts with German malts and Saaz hops that offer a lively floral nose and crispness, while a full 5 weeks of lagering time ensures that Nomad is eminently balanced. This Nomad may wander, but it’s got some serious roots.
Label: Same as ‘Brewer Brand Hype’ noted above with: Suggested Food Pairings – pan seared trout, grilled pork tenderloin with rosemary, Avalanche Cheese Co. Robiolo (Colorado), crispy Brussels sprouts, salted caramel ice cream.

The Brewski Review: As with other pilsners, this one is golden yellow, clear and crisp. It has a light feel to it in your mouth and it’s noted as well balanced but, to me, it’s seems more hoppy than ’eminently balanced’. It poured with minimal head that dissipated rather quickly. I like the label also. The red, yellow and black really pop to your attention. Also, my son loves animals so seeing the camel reminds me of him.

Drinkability: Sure, on a nice hot day.
Appearance: Clear, golden yellow.
The Buds: On the hoppy side of balanced.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

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