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October 30, 2010

Matt Brewing’s Saranac Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.30.2010

Matt Brewing's Saranac Pumpkin Ale.

Matt Brewing's Saranac Pumpkin Ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Matt Brewing’s Saranac Pumpkin Ale
File Date: 10.30.10

File Name: A Well Prepared Military Is A Wise Investment.
The Beer: Saranac Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: The Matt Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.saranac.com
Country/State of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: The Matt Brewing Company was founded in 1888 by German-born immigrant Francis Xavier Matt, or F.X. as he liked to be called. After Prohibition, F.X., then 74, was joined by his sons Walter and Frank. Walter Matt, who served as company president until 1980, is credited with increasing sales and many building renovations, including the model brewhouse and Tour Center. Today, under the leadership of the third and fourth generations of the Matt family, the brewery still crafts beer to the exacting standards set forth over a century ago. True to their German brewing heritage, the Matt Brewery Company has earned its reputation as one of the country’s most respected brewers of specialty beers. In each bottle of Saranac, you’ll find a commitment to quality and patient attention to detail that is the signature of the Matt Brewing Company.

tbr-saranac-pa-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Saranac Pumpkin Ale is brewed with Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves, Ginger and Vanilla. Look for a full-body and amber color. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this special brew!
Label: Ale brewed with pumpkin, spices and other natural flavors. In celebration of the fall harvest. Here’s an Autumn favorite that’s as enjoyable as pumpkin pie. This hearty ale is brewed with Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves and Vanilla. Look for a full body and amber color. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this special brew.

The Brewski Review: Normally, I try to keep my blog bipartisan in nature. I feel no need to interject my political views in my posts because that’s not what people want to read about. They’re here for the beer! To those half dozen, or so, readers of my humble web site I emphatically state: ‘Here I stand on the precipice of my core, unwritten values and I’m blindly stepping off into the abyss.’ Well….not really. I’ll quote a classic line: ‘It’s more of a guideline than a rule.’ (Bill Murray – ‘Ghostbusters’). That said I’ll make it known that I’m a creature of conservativeness. If you haven’t picked up on the clues in any of my other posts I can only surmise that your here to check out the beer girls. (See gratuituous picture of beer girl below.) My problem is that I’m in full favor of a modern, well equiped and ready military but I disagree that this same tool should be used the world over as a universal police force. If we need to take care of an issue – which there are times – we should get in, create maximum havoc, achieve the objective and get OUT. There are too many poor, uneducated, sick and needy people in the U.S. to spend billions every year on military jaunts and propping up weak countries for fear that they’ll collapse into a terrorist state. Our Government leaders are also too quick to send plane-loads of cash to dictators and other maligned countries to gain their favor. Let’s spend some of that cash at home and let the rest of the world step up and help out. We need to fix the problems at home before we try to fix everyone else’s issues. I’m not really thinking these thoughts as I drink this beer because that would just leave a bad taste in my mouth. Considering this is a pumpkin ale – one of my favorite – I’ll just relax and enjoy the beverage with a clear mind. I’ve said it before….I’ve become a fan of Pumpkin Ale’s. This is no exception. The spices and the higher ABV content is nice on a chilly fall day.  Saranac Pumpkin Ale is good. It had a nice dark color and a large foamy head at the pour. It seemed sweet at the start but that appeared to fade away the more I drank. Overall, a decent beverage.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Medium Brown. Nice foamy head.
The Buds: Liked it as many of the other Pumpkin Ales.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

As promised.... gratuitous picture of a beer girl.

As promised.... gratuitous picture of a beer girl.

October 4, 2010

Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.4.10

Blue Moon's Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale Seasonal Beer.

Blue Moon's Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale Seasonal Beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Blue Moon’s Harvest Moon and
File Date: 10.4.2010

File Name: My Time Of Year
The Beer: Harvest Moon
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.7% ABV
Brewer: Blue Moon Brewery/Coors Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com
Country/State of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: We started Blue Moon and began brewing our first beers back in 1995 at the Sandlot in Denver, Colorado.  The goal was to create uniquely-flavored, highly-drinkable, handcrafted beers.  (And, of course, have a little fun along the way.)  Well, it didn’t take long to strike gold.  One of our first creations, Belgian White, made an immediate splash at the World Beer Championships 3 years in a row.  More than a decade later, word has started getting around.  But otherwise, not much has changed.  Still just a bunch of friends having making great beer.  What’s not to love about that?

tbr-harvest-moon-label-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Amber colored ale brewed with a bounty of fall flavors like vine-ripened pumpkin, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Together with a touch of wheat Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale has a smooth, slightly spiced finish.
Label: This amber-colored, naturally flavored ale is brewed for the autumn & combines the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin & spices with traditional crystal malt. With its clove, nutmeg and allspice flavors, this amber-colored ale is perfect for fall’s crisp, clear days. Serve this hearty brew with all of your autumn meals.

The Brewski Review: I’m blown away by how fast the year is moving. It’s been a tough year on my family and me. With all the sojourns I’ve been going on (which, by the way, are starting to thin out these last month or so) there is much catching up to do. Since it’s fall I’ve turned my immediate focus on the yard and getting the house ready for an ‘Ice Station Zebra’ type winter. Again I find myself wrapping a select group of trees with deer netting, building a larger wood crib and filling it up, raking leaves, covering my A/C condenser and putting the kids’ toys away. These are just a few of the tasks on my list. Believe me, there are several more. Perhaps one of my most favorite autumn pastimes though is building a fire and drinking some nice, tasty seasonal beer. Blue Moons Pumpkin Ale was a good beer but there didn’t seem to be as much spice as I’d like in my Pumpkin Ale.  It definitely has it’s place on the shelf but I’d have to say that I’ll by trying other Pumpkin Ales before I crack open one of these again.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable.  Will try others before having this again.
Appearance: Amber colored with large head.
The Buds: Spicy and crisp.  Low bitterness. 
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Fall Harvest Moon Up Close And Personal.

Fall Harvest Moon Up Close And Personal.

September 1, 2010

The Flag Of Australia.

File Date: 9.1.2010

This reporter has to wonder if this is the flag they fly over the Commonwealth in Canberra?

This Would Make For A Nice State Flag Wouldn't It?

This Would Make For A Nice State Flag Wouldn't It?

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