THE BREWSKI REPORT Tommy Brewski: My Beer. My Life.

October 20, 2011

Hex Ourtoberfest And The Lazy People Review 10.20.2011

Hex Ourtoberfest: strange name for a strange brew.

Hex Ourtoberfest: strange name for a strange brew.

TBR Reviews Hex Ourtoberfest Ale and the Lazy Movement
File Date: 10.20.2011

File Name: Overabundance of Lazy People
The Beer: Hex Ourtoberfest
Type: German Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Co./North American Breweries
Web Site: www.magichat.net/
State/Country of Origin: VT, USA
Brewer Info: North American Breweries, one of the largest and fastest growing American-owned beer companies in the United States, owns and operates four U.S. breweries and six retail locations in New York, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington.  The company was formed in 2009 and is headquartered in Rochester, NY – which is also home to the Genesee Brewery. Since 1878, the Genesee Brewery has brewed and sold the historic line of Genesee beers. Today that brewery also makes Dundee Ales and Lagers, the Original Honey Brown Lager, Seagram’s Escapes and many other beers under contract from other companies.  We brew one of the company’s most popular craft beer brands – Magic Hat – from our Vermont brewery.  Our west coast brewing teams handcraft the award-winning Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s craft beers.  NAB also owns and markets strong import brands including its flagship beer Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light, which maintain strong market share among the Great Lakes region and beyond.

tbr-hex-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smokey finish.
Label: The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create unique beers to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

The Brewski Review: Wasn’t particularly fond of this beverage that’s why I gave it the rating I did. It wasn’t a terrible brew I just didn’t care for it. Didn’t connect with it. It’s hard to describe considering that I prefer malty beverages more so than the uber-hoppy styles we see so much of these days with the overabundance of IPA’s. Just like the overabundance of lazy people in this country. I don’t connect with them either. Take a look at the Occupy ‘movement’ – if you want to call it that. To me it’s a non-cohesive collection of individuals who can’t agree on anything other than they want to be catered to. A group of underachievers who grew up in a time when the liberals in this country made sure every child was told they did a ‘good job’ even though they failed miserably. No hurt feelings. A time when everyone in the class, from the A student to the F student, received a trophy for doing a swell job at learning. Now, here they are adults, upset that they aren’t being mollycoddled like yesteryear. No one telling them what a great job their doing. No one given them what they desire. Not able to put forth a good days effort to EARN what you get.  Why do you think the Libs love this movement? It plays right into their cradle to grave government assistance agenda. If they were any smarter, the occupy movement would understand that the best organization to protest would be the Federal Government for squashing the private sector and eliminating all the jobs. But that’s too heady for them to understand.

Drinkability: Probably not.
Appearance: Deep golden bordering on amber
The Buds: Malty as promised.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

The OWS 'movement' is a tragedy in itself. It certainly doesn't represent the 99% of Americans.

The OWS 'movement' is a tragedy in itself. It certainly doesn't represent the 99% of Americans.

August 21, 2011

Keo’s Premium Beer and A Lament For Better Times 8.21.2011

Keo Premium Beer Straight From Cyprus

Keo Premium Beer Straight From Cyprus

The Brewski Report Reviews Keo Premium Beer and A Lament For Better Times.
File Date: 8.21.2011

File Name: Are Cyprus’ Politicians Any Better Than The American Variety?
The Beer: Keo Premium Beer
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Keo Limited
Web Site: http://www.keogroup.com/
State/Country of Origin: Cyprus
Brewer Info: KEO is a public limited company formed in 1927 with its shares quoted and trading in the Cyprus Stock Exchange. It is a member of the Hellenic Mining Group whose varied interests in mining, cement production, consumer goods and banking make it the largest industrial group in Cyprus. The KEO Brewery was the first to be built in Cyprus. Production of KEO Beer -a Pilsner type Lager Beer- started early in 1951. The original brewery had a small production capacity of about 300,000 gallons annually. In order to meet the ever-increasing demand, the company has carried out substantial extensions to the plant and the equipment now used being the most up-to-date machinery in the brewing industry. The brewery is currently capable of producing over 30,000 hectoliters of beer monthly.

tbr-keo-insertBrewer Brand Hype: KEO is an exceptional lager type beer, brewed from the finest malt and the choicest hops, long matured, bottled fresh and unpasteurised, to retain its natural flavour, aroma and freshness.
Label: Gold medal for excellence Brewing International Awards. Brewed on the island of Cyprus.

The Brewski Review: American Adjunct Lagers always seem to taste the same. This one may have had a little more flavor but it isn’t anything to write home about. Definitely not worth paying a premium in price over a domestic brand. I guess the only cache would be to brag about drinking beer from Cyprus.  Whoop-de-do. What would impress me would be drinking this beer IN Cyprus. Then it would have some unique appeal. But, to drink it in a broken down town in a financially busted state isn’t anything to get excited about. It should actually propel me be purchase the cheapest beer I can find and drink in mass quantities to relieve myself from the thought of all the crooked, power hungry and dishonest elected officials we have and how they’re wrecking it for the rest of us. I think if I wasn’t underwater on my mortgage I’d move somewhere else.  This lament, I’m sure, isn’t shared by myself alone. 

Drinkability: Ah, probably.
Appearance: Very light golden color.
The Buds: Average adjunct lager.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 caps out of 5.

Educational Tidbit: In case you didn't know where all the wars, oil, men with speedos and Cyprus are, please review the map above.

Educational Tidbit: In case you didn't know where all the wars, oil, men with speedos and Cyprus are, please review the map above.

I'd pull up a beach chair here and drink a native KEO Premium Beer.

I'd pull up a beach chair here and drink a native KEO Premium Beer.

June 6, 2011

EAB’s Tusker Finest Quality Lager 6.6.11

The Tusker label is the highlight of the beer.

The Tusker label is the highlight of the beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Tusker Finest Quality Lager
File Date: 6.6.2011

File Name: A majestic animal for a unmajestic taste sensation.
The Beer: Tusker Finest Quality Lager
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: East African Breweries Limited
Web Site: http://www.eabl.com/
State/Country of Origin: Kenya
Brewer Info: East African Breweries Ltd is East Africa’s leading branded alcohol beverage business and has an outstanding collection of beer and spirits brands. With breweries, distilleries, support industries and a distribution network across the region, the group’s diversity is an important factor in delivering the highest quality brands to East African consumers and long-term value to East African investors. EABL has an annual turnover of Kshs 35 Billion and it has the largest share of the beer industry in the region. The group employs more than 1,000 people across East Africa. EABL has been awarded the accolade of the “Most Respected Company in East Africa”, five years in a row (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004) and more recently as 2nd runners up in a survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Nation Media Group.

tbr-tusker-logoBrewer Brand Hype: George Hurst, a co-founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, was killed by an elephant during a hunting expedition in 1923. In memory of his tragic death, this famous lager beer that he had helped create was renamed ‘Tusker’. Tusker is brewed from 100% African ingredients that are all locally sourced. The barley is from the Savannah and the Maasai Mara. The spring water is from the Aberdare Mountains. All the yeast is developed locally. The cornstarch is sourced from a local kenyan company. Every grain of sugar is delivered from West Kenya. This means that you feel closely connected to the origins and roots of Tusker. The taste of African spirit can inspire you going forwards, by re-connecting you with your roots. As the old proverb goes, ‘to know where you are going, you must first know where you have come from’. Tusker drinkers see the traditions, beliefs and cultures of their roots as the springboard for inspiration. They are full of optimism; focused on looking forwards, not backwards. Today’s triumphs are born of and inspired by where we have come from – Tusker. Refresh Your Roots.
Label: Tusker Lager has been brewed in East Africa since 1922. Named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the breweries founders. Tusker claims that special heritage of being one of the first beers in East Africa. Over the years, this unique lager has become a part of East Africa’s rich tradition. Tusker is brewed with high quality malt, made from equitorial barley grown at the base of Mt. Kenya, choicest hops and water that spings from the renowned Aberdare mountain ranges. Tusker’s famous crisp, refreshing taste and finest quality has continuously earned Gold Medals in the prestigious International Monde Selection Awards.

The Brewski Review: I had to pull this beer off the shelf. I was shopping with my two year old son and he loves elephants (and dinosaurs – alot) so I wanted to show him the label. That was the end of it. He wouldn’t put the bottle down so I had to buy it. Of course, I was hesitant to let him continue holding it or I’d have to do a taste review by licking the beer off the grocery store floor. When I pulled it out of the fridge, and if you were in my immediate presence, you would have noticed my undeniable taste reaction to this beverage. It was utterly and remarkably blah. True, it was an American Adjunct Lager, but still…..  You could even say that…..gasp….Coors Light is a decent tasting beer compared to this. Again….I was blown away but how untasteful (made that one up) this beer was.

Drinkability: No.
Appearance: Ultra pale golden color.
The Buds: Rather bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 2.75 out of 5 caps.

Interesting Print Ad. I'm sure the Birthers are saying - 'Yup. He sure is.'

Interesting Print Ad. I'm sure the Birthers are saying - 'Yup. He sure is.'

Don't like the beer but like the marketing. Nice, simple eye catching sign.

Don't like the beer but like the marketing. Nice, simple eye catching sign.

Another print ad for Tusker. Clean and Simple.

Another print ad for Tusker. Clean and Simple.

Somebody has some free time on their hands.

Somebody has some free time on their hands.

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