July 16, 2009
May 10, 2009
The Brewski Report’s Review on the Desnoes & Geddes Flagship Brand Red Stripe Beer.
File Date: May 10, 2009
File Name: ‘A Mother’s Day Feast’
The Beer: Red Stripe
Type: Lager (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving: Short, stubby brown bottle
Stats: 4.70% ABV
Brewer: Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Web Site: www.redstripebeer.com
Brewer Info: The first Red Stripe was brewed in the Surrey Brewery in 1928 as an ale style beer that was too heavy to suit local preferences. The current lager formulation was first produced in 1938 from a recipe developed by Paul H. Cotter (the son of founder E. P. Cotter) and Bill Martindale. The modern brewery was opened at Hunt’s Bay in 1958.
Brewer Brand Hype: Red Stripe’s superior taste is created with the finest quality Hops from the Yakima Valley in the USA, choice European Malt, water from the Liguanea alluvium aquifer, superbly brewed with care. It’s moderate in body, bitterness, hop aroma and flavor, has a low butterscotch flavor, full bodied and has a smooth post palate sensation.
The Brewski Review: Being that it was Mother’s Day, I thought it would be nice to cook dinner. The notion that my wife actually asked me before this thought entered my mind probably had some minor bearing on the final outcome. But, nonetheless, I took on the project. First things first, so off to the store we go: filet mignon, mustard based potato salad, asparagus, mushrooms, onion and mozzarella ball and tomato salad. To me, this is a guy can-do dinner because the only stovetop cooking was to sauté the mushrooms and onions. Cut ‘em up and toss ‘em in butter. Move ‘em around every now and then and pretty soon their done. Walla! I was originally going to grill them but my wife wanted them caramelized, not burnt. So I acquiesced. The filets and asparagus go on the man-grill. I also considered corn on the cob but it was a little early in the season for sweet corn in our neck of the woods. I also decided to invite my parents. Its rate that we invite my parents over (although, it even rarer that I cook). It’s not that they live too far away. Heck, they just live maybe ¾ mile down the road. Maybe it’s our frantic kid schedule that drives our dinner routine. Or, maybe it’s because the house is in a perpetual state of ‘remodel’ – clutter stacked up everywhere. I know it shouldn’t matter but I take pride in keeping a neat and organized mess. Perhaps the winds of change are upon us: I purchased a large salmon filet not too long ago and that may just be the reason to get them back over for another meal. I’ll try grilling that as well. A little butter for flavor (I’m on a low salt diet) and, of course, a beer by my side while I try to figure out if the fish is cooked on the inside. As today, I think that time would be worthy of a Red Stripe as well.
Drinkability: Ya mon. I be drinking this beer again.
Appearance: Golden color. Pours with a nice head.
The Buds: Sweet tasting mild beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.
If I ever find myself in Jamaica, I’ll try a bottle on the beach.