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October 27, 2012

Salzburger Stiegl Radler Review 10.27.2012

Lemon flavored summertime splendor.

Lemon flavored summertime splendor.

TBR Reports on Salzburger Stiegl Radler
File Date: 10.27.2012

File Name: Carving Pumpkins with a Summertime Shandy
The Beer: Stiegl Radler (Lemon Shandy)
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 2.5% ABV
Brewer: Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Austria
Brewer Info: We have been brewing beer here at our own brewery in Salzburg since 1492, always using the best spring water from the local Untersberg mountain. As the largest privately owned brewery in Austria, we have succeeded as an independent and self-sufficient family business. We wish to continue to produce Austria’s favourite beer, which is why we are dedicated to consistent quality and in turn to the art of brewing at the highest level!

tbr-lemon-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A popular shandy beer in three wonderfully refreshing flavours. Stiegl Radler is half Stiegl Goldbräu and half high quality soda with all-natural flavours. Low in calories and with a low alcohol content they make ideal thirst quenchers.
Label: Salzburger Stiegl Radler. Beer with Lemon Soda Malt Beverage Specialty. Austria’s Largest Private Brewing Company.

The Brewski Review: I think my wife and I may have found out new summer beverage. Right when I opened this one up the aroma of lemons came over me and I knew it would be good. And when I took my first sip….it was love at first gulp. I just had to tell my wife about it and she agreed. ‘I could drink this.’ she said (meaning, as a regular summertime beverage). So, its a real winner in our household. It’s nice and light, very well balanced with just the right amount of lemon. The soda adds a little bubbly to it and makes it taste like a lemon wine cooler. I’m sure beer purists would gasp at that thought but there’s room in this IPA world for a nice, light beverage in everyone’s fridge. And, as I get older, I want to drink what tastes good; not what OTHERS think is a good beer. Now, it’s only 54 degrees outside today and I just came in from carving a couple pumpkins with my kids. This beer was good today and I’ll bet it would be fantastic on a warm spring day or hotter than bille-blue-balls summertime afternoon. Try it today. I think you’ll like what you taste. Oh yeah, they also make raspberry and grapefruit flavor. Neither of which were at the store but it’ll be my mission to track these down next summer.

Drinkability: Oh yeah! Will be buying this again.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Excellent. Nice and light with a little lemon zing.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5 caps

Raspberry, Lemon and Grapefruit Radler Girls.

Raspberry, Lemon and Grapefruit Radler Girls.

October 22, 2012

Tommyknocker’s Pumpkin Harvest Ale Review 10.22.2012

Looks and tastes like molasses.

Looks and tastes like molasses.

TBR Reports on Tommyknocker’s Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest
File Date: 10.22.2012

File Name: The Toe Knows
The Beer: Pumpkin Harvest Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer.

tbr-tk-pumpk-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A hearty brown ale brewed to celebrate the fall harvest season. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle. Think outside the patch! Pumpkin Harvest Ale is available August through October.
Label: Colorado Mountain Tommyknocker Beer. Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale. A festive seasonal ale with pumpkin and a touch of molasses and spice. Ale brewed with pumpkin, molasses and spices. Tommyknockers slipped into the mining camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800’s with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm’s way and to the gold they sought.

The Brewski Review: I’m writhing in pain I’ll have you know. I broke a toe over the weekend and it’s a killer to get around. I’m sure the pain will eventually subside but it’s in full force now. It actually hurt less when it happened vs. this point in time – nearly two days later. How did it happen? My wife and I went to a school fundraiser for my daughter’s catholic elementary school (For anyone thinking about sending their child to a catholic school, keep in mind that the up-front tuition is only a fraction of the cost. You also need to consider the fundraisers, volunteer activities and donations which may add up to the full cost of the tuition itself.) I (er, excuse me, WE) had a few beers (the choice was somewhat less than optimal) but I wasn’t drunk. We came home, put the kids to bed and drifted off ourselves. Of course, in the middle of the night nature started to beckon. I walked to the bathroom and stepped on some evil, pointy, molded plastic toy that felt like someone was jambing bamboo sticks in the arch of my foot. Of course, this threw off my groggy stride and I kicked ANOTHER toy sitting off to the side. Ouch-i-mamma! Snap, crackle and pop. There goes the toe. It wasn’t too bad that night so I just naturally thought it was no big deal. Come morning, I changed my mind on the prognosis. Broken toe would have been my indian name. Anyway, I thought this beer would help me out. I was expecting a nice pumpkin beer but was surprised by this molasses concoction. It had a nice appearance, poured with no head and was tasty but wasn’t what I was expecting. Too much on the molasses. Light on the pumpkin pie flavor. Good nonetheless. It went down smooth and worth the time.

Drinkability: Definitely.
Appearance: Nice, dark molasses color.
The Buds: Big molasses flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps

October 14, 2012

Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.14.2012

Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale Beer with Maximum Head

Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale Beer with Maximum Head

TBR Reports on Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale
File Date: 10.14.2012

File Name: A Fall Barn Door Folly
The Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Rivertown Brewing Co.
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: OH, USA
Brewer Info: Welcome to the Rivertown Brewing Company. We specialize in brewing traditional Handcrafted Lagers and Ales, using only the finest and freshest ingredients available. Be sure to visit us at the brewery in our all new Tap Room! (Wasn’t much info in the way of brewery origin.)

tbr-rt-pumpkin-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Our Pumpkin Ale is a spice infused ale, using dark sugars, real pumpkin, and fresh ground spices. This is how we do pumpkin pie! Best served at 55ºF in a wide pub glass.
Label: Rivertown Brewing Co. Ale brewed with pumpkin, molasses and cinnamon with spices added. Hand crafted in small batches.

The Brewski Review: It was a strange fall day….warm and humid with isolated rain showers. I was working out in the garage after the wife took the kids to her sister’s house. It’s hard to believe but I was sweating out there trying to hang a barn door track inside my garage for the tool room. The door is approx. 11 feet long and just a smidge over 7′. It was a bear to get it together by myself. To install the 22′ of barn door track, I pulled out a new laser level I purchased 3 years ago and never had the opportunity to use. (That’s a pretty slick tool once you get it set up.) Finally, I just had to call it quits. Time to go inside and pay bills. (First, I had to watch  the last couple episodes of Breaking Bad on my DVR. (Loved it!) Then, I pulled out a nice fall pumpkin beer. This go ’round was Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale. It had a nice aroma at the pour and a nice full head. The taste was rather spicy with a hint of molasses. It was a nice flavor but it didn’t remind me of a pumpkin pie. Overall though, it was tasty and worthy of a nice fall afternoon fire outside.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Nice amber color.
The Buds: Spicy flavors abound.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps.

October 12, 2012

Sea Dog’s Wild Blueberry Beer Review 10.12.2012

Sea Dogs entry into the seasonal fruit beer category.

Sea Dogs entry into the seasonal fruit beer category.

TBR Reports on Sea Dog’s Wild Blueberry
File Date: 10.12.2012

File Name: Work found to be toxic to your health.
The Beer: Wild Blueberry
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.6% ABV
Brewer: Sea Dog Brewing
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: ME, USA
Brewer Info: Being authentic is important to us. Our beers are brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British top-fermenting Ringwood yeast. Our English brewing style results in brews with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish. Founded in 1993, Sea Dog is Maine owned and Maine brewed. Our crew brews a full line of award-winning handcrafted ales that capture the spirit of Maine’s sea-faring history.

tbr-sd-blueberry-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Our unique contribution to the fruit ale category features the nutty quench of wheat ale combined with the delightful aromatics and subtle fruit flavor contributed by Maine wild blueberries.
Label: Sea Dog Wild Blueberry. Beer with natural flavor added.

The Brewski Review: It was a rough day at work. My head hurts from the front of my skull, over the top and down the back. I purchased a couple extra lottery tickets today hoping to ease my pain. We’ll see if it works. So, I decided to come home and crack open a beer. Beings that my recent beer run pushed a few to the back, I had to dig deep for this one. It’s a holdover from my summer brews – Sea Dog’s Wild Blueberry. The first thing I noticed was the overwhelming blueberry smell. The taste wasn’t a disappointment either. There was no gimmicky color changes just a nice aroma and a very pleasant and mild blueberry taste. The brewer did this one up right in my book. Definitely worth a try. No need to have a bad day at work to drain one of these down your throat; just a desire for a nice spring or summertime brewski.

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Nice golden appearance
The Buds: Nice aroma. Slight taste of Blueberry.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 out of 5 caps.

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