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December 4, 2010

Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas Beer Review 12.4.2010

12 Thirsty Dogs Would Be Panting Quite A Bit.

12 Thirsty Dogs Would Be Panting Quite A Bit.

The Brewski Report Files One For Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas
File Date: 12.4.10

File Name: Woodworking Is Theraputic
The Beer: 12 Dogs Of Christmas
Type: Winter Warmer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.3% ABV
Brewer: Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: OH, USA
Brewer Info: Here at the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, full flavor, delicate balance, texture and aroma combine to make beer an infinitely complex and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Each of our beers is meticulously hand crafted in small batches using the finest ingredients. High quality malted barley is the source of the beer’s sweetness and body. Select American and European hops are used to balance the malt sweetness, and at times to add special flavors and aromas to the beer. Our carefully selected ingredients, along with our specially designed recipes and brewing processes, give Thirsty Dog beers unique flavor profiles that are hard to find in today’s mass-market “one size fits all” society. Our craft brewed beers are far more diverse in range and character than the small spectrum of mass-market beers offered to the American public by the large national breweries. Enjoy the diversity and unleash the flavor today. Welcome to Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, and welcome to great beer!

tbr-thirsty-dog-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Spiced for the holidays with honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and Santa’s secret recipe.
Label: This beer’s name sums up the idea of bringing the best together to celebrate.  It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  We feel it’s the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

The Brewski Review:  The pace of the work around my house has slowed considerably. When I concoct a project in my I do myself no favors by limiting my time. What I need to do is take my planned timeline and multiply it by five so I’ll be closer to a realistic completion date. Case in point: my wife and I went shopping for the kids at the verable toy institution Toys-r-Us a few days ago. I noticed a wooden train set assembled on a little wooden table. What a great idea. A simple little table. I figured it would take longer to map out the cuts on a 1/2 pc of plywood than to assemble the table. Wrong. The project took me about a month to complete. Between work and the family, I don’t have the time to complete these project so I don’t know why I sign up for them. Yet, I still get pulled by my wife about not spending enough time with the family or considering them before my projects. She says I do things I ‘want’ to do like work on the house, cars or our rental property while she does things she ‘has’ to do like take care of the kids and cook. I drop my head in defeat. I always hope I win the lottery because I see no way out of this quandry. Until then, I keep plugging along…..all without the help of a therapist. Remarkable isn’t it? Maybe I should drink more often. This beer would be a good place to start. Says Ale brewed with honey and spices.  It didn’t appear to add much to the taste because I didn’t think it was all that fantastic.  Maybe if I were to have drank it outside in the bittery cold it would warm me up and taste better?  Perhaps, but why would I want to do that? Oh yeah, the table? See pics of how it turned out. Finished it on New Years Eve Day. (Obviously, this article is back-dated.)

Drinkability: Average winter warmer.  Wouldn’t drink it again.
Appearance: Generous head at pour.  Dissipates quickly.
The Buds: Honey & Spice flavor didn’t stand out.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The completed project. The whole set up on top of the table was destroyed about 5 minutes after my son came in the room and had seen that it was set up. He likes to walk through and detroy anything your doing or setting up.

The completed project. The whole set up on top of the table was destroyed about 5 minutes after my son came in the room. He likes to walk through and detroy anything your doing or working on. As a parent your supposed to nurture your child's strong points. Aside from encouraging him to be a demolitions expert, I'm at a loss.

November 28, 2010

Harpoon Brewery’s Winter Warmer Beer Review 11.28.2010

Harpoon Brewery's Winter Warmer

Harpoon Brewery's Winter Warmer

The Brewski Report Reviews Harpoon’s Winter Warmer Spiced Ale
File Date: 11.28.2010

File Name: Christmas Crowd Pleaser
The Beer: Winter Warmer
Type: Spiced Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.9% ABV
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info: Harpoon Founders Dan Kenary &  Rich Doyle started the Harpoon Brewery in 1986 because—like today—we loved beer and wanted more good choices.  While traveling in Europe after college, we drank many wonderfully diverse, fresh, local beers.  We also saw firsthand how important local breweries were to their communities.  After our travels, we asked each other, “why not bring great beer and that sense of community to New England?”  That was the genesis of the Harpoon Brewery. Twenty years later we still revel in making great beer and sharing that joy with our friends and neighbors.  The success that we have had running Harpoon is due entirely to the wonderful employees who brew, package, warehouse, sell, deliver, and market our beer and you, the people who drink Harpoon.  We hope that our sense of gratitude is reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding our beer and breweries.

tbr-winter-warmer-tap-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Winter Warmer was Harpoon’s first seasonal beer.  It was designed to be enjoyed during the holiday season.
When you bring a glass of this dark copper ale to your lips to take your first sip you will notice the aroma of cinnamon.  There is no aromatic hop added that might overpower the distinct spice scent.  The medium body of this beer is formed from caramel and pale malts.  These create enough body to support the spices without making the beer excessively rich.  Bittering hops are added to counter the sweetness of the malt and spice.  The finish of the beer is a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg.  The combination of these two spices results in a balanced, pumpkin-pie flavor.
Label: Brewed since 1988, the flavor of Cinnamon and nutmeg in Harpoon Winter Warmer make this full-bodied, rich ale a classic holiday treat. Enjoy!

The Brewski Review: Ever watch ‘A Christmas Story’? I’m sure many won’t argue that it’s a true classic. What’s so endearing about this film is it’s period. It harkens back to a time when life was more simple. The only source of information was the nightly news and the local paper. You could eat whatever you wanted without fear of getting cancer. People took ownership of their actions and didn’t sue at the drop of a hat. Holiday shopping wasn’t so commercialized and over-hyped. There was no ‘Doorbuster Deals’ to trample people over. Kids played with Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and dolls. No expensive electronics. People enjoyed each other since they weren’t so detracted by cell phones and MP3 players. Life was slower than it is now: muscle your way to work and put in 10 or 11 hours, race home and shuttle the kids to their far-flung sports and hobbies, eat dinner on the run, come home, do laundry, go to bed, get up and repeat the process all over again. I know it won’t happen but American needs to revert back to these simple times. Then we could unravel our complicated lives and enjoy a nice cold one. This Winter Warmer is a nice choice: good taste with a nice seasonal flavoring. I’ve had better spice beers and will probably have even better in the future but this is worthy of drinking again.  Enjoy the Holidays! Maybe a few of these beers will help tame the stress that goes along with all the crowd fighting you’ll be doing.

tbr-harpoon-cap-bannerDrinkability: Sure. Good Beer.
Appearance: Amber color with a high head.
The Buds: Nice seasonal flavor but not too overpowering.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

A timeless Holiday Classic. If you've never seen it, do so.

A timeless Holiday Classic. If you've never seen it, do so.

November 25, 2010

Fort Collins Brewery’s Retro Read Ale Beer Review 11.25.10

Fill up the little red wagon full of Retro Red please.

Fill up the little red wagon full of Retro Red please.

The Brewski Report Reviews Fort Collins’ Retro Red Ale
File Date: 11.25.2010

File Name: Hun, Would You Please Pull The Tree Out Of The Closet?
The Beer: Retro Red 
Type: American Amber/Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Fort Collins Brewery
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: No relevant information about the brewery is noted.

tbr-retro-red-labelBrewer Brand Hype: This banchee of a red ale is a looker and a taster. English crystal malts create a toasty, nutty flavor and medium body as Tettnang hops produce an assertive yet balanced hop presence. Retro Red is a treat for you taste-buds as well as your eyes.
Label: A Classic Red Ale. This banchee of a red ale is a looker and a taster. Take time to enjoy the confident hop character, rich malt profile and glowing ruby color. This red ale is a treat for your taste-buds as well as  your eyes.

The Brewski Review: Hearty beverage. Dark ruby brown in color. Not much head at the pour. Nice malt flavor. Popped one open while pulling out the X-Mas tree on Thanksgiving day. Which, by the way, is not as much fun for me as it is for others I’m sure. I once saw a home showcased on a home improvement TV series that had a double door closet reserved just for the owners Christmas Tree. What at great idea I thought – if you have the room to spare. Decorate the tree once then just move it in and out of the closet once a year. Where’s the fun in that? Just think of all the extra beers you could be drinking if your spouse wasn’t nagging you about setting up the holiday decorations. Sure, you’d have a few outdoor lights to hang but there’s beer for that as well. I’m all about saving time and energy. Someday maybe I’ll have that double door Christmas Tree closet. A man can dream can’t he?

Drinkability: Sure. Would drink again.
Appearance: Dark ruby brown color.
The Buds: Nice hearty malt flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 caps.

November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from The Brewski Report

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File Date: 11.24.2010

We certainly hope you and yours have a splendid Thanksgiving Holiday this year. Eat and drink with family and friends. That’s what it’s all about.

Tommy Brewski & Family


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