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

January 10, 2015

Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen 1.10.2015

Pink Grapefruit Lovers Rejoice!

Pink Grapefruit Lovers Rejoice!

TBR Reports on Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen Mix
File Date: 1.10.15

File Name: Life Goes On Brick By Brick
The Beer: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen
Type: Hefeweizen Mix
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 2.5% ABV
Brewer: Radeberger Gruppe KG
Web Site: www.radeberger-gruppe.com/en/home
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The Radeberger Gruppe is a market leader in the German beer market. The group is part of the Dr. August Oetker KG family business in Bielefeld and a strategic business arm of the Oetker-Gruppe. The Radeberger Gruppe sees itself as a keeper of the German beer culture. With a clear commitment to regional heritage and to the values and traditions of its brands, the brewery group fosters the diversity of German beers and beverages and actively develops the German beer and beverage market with its innovative business model. The Radeberger Gruppe operates in many regions across Germany with 14 brewery locations as well as a mineral-water spring in Selters an der Lahn and its innovative brand Bionade in Ostheim vor der Rhön. With its unique brand portfolio, the Radeberger Gruppe clearly reflects this regional positioning: whether it’s crisp Radeberger Pilsner from Saxony, Frisian Jever from Friesland, Sion Kölsch from Cologne, Schlösser Alt from Düsseldorf, Berliner Kindl from the capital Berlin, Hessian Binding Römer Pils from Frankfurt, Tucher from Franconia, or Altenmünster Brauer Bier from Bavaria – this is German beer culture. This is the German beer market.


Schoff-TBR-2.2Brewer Brand Hype:
Schöfferhofer – sparklingly smooth! Schöfferhofer Weizen was the first wheat beer in Germany to be brewed outside Bavaria. For many years, it has proved to be one of the most successful German wheat beer brands, which include numerous award-winning and innovative variations in flavour. The most striking feature of Schöfferhofer Weizen is its fruity character with a slight citrus note. This, combined with a pleasant hint of clove, makes Schöfferhofer an enjoyable, sparklingly smooth beverage. Compared with the more filling wheat beers from the Bavarian region, Schöfferhofer is characterised by its ‘sleek’, elegant character and its resultant palatability. Schöfferhofer is known as “the champagne among wheat beers”.

Label: Schofferhofer Grapefruit is the unique combination of sparkling smooth
Schofferhofer Hefeweizen with grapefruit flavoring.A refreshing well-rounded taste with
tangy character and hints of sweetness is pleasing to the palate. Tastes best ice-cold and
right from the bottle. 50% of Schofferhofer unfiltered Hefeweizen blended with 50% grapefruit
drink. The natural ingredients may form a sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

The Brewski Review: This is one fantastic beer if your like grapefruit. The aroma and taste is to die for. The appearance is most definitely cloudy with a pale golden color. The head was minimal on the pour. It is a sweet beer so hop enthusiasts will want to beg off this one. I can imagine that the best time to drink one of these is probably not when it’s 3 degrees outside with a wind chill of 20 below. I purchased it on a nice warm spring day with every intent on cracking open the cap while chilling in my yet-to-be-built patio. Never happened. Life got in the way as it always does. Kids are getting older, I’m still working way too many hours for my personal preference (Positive 2015 will be the year I switch companies) and my project list is as long as it has ever been. I did knock off a couple big projects the last two months – installed a power vent water heater and tore down the chimney to the roof that serviced the old unit. With these project done, I can turn my attention to the interior of the house: tear down the chimney to the foundation and finish the master bedroom (the chimney brick was plastered over and was part of the wall in the room – thus, in order to finish the bedroom walls the chimney needed to go). I do plan on finishing the house sometime before doomsday – whenever that will be. This will make my wife and kids very happy.

Drinkability: Most definitely.
Appearance: Cloudy golden color.
The Buds: Excellent grapefruit flavor and aroma.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 caps out of 5.

The huge advertising conglomerates tell us that the chicks dig Grapefruit beer.

The huge advertising conglomerates tell us that the chicks dig grapefruit beer.

June 29, 2014

Brewski’s Review of Stiegl’s Grapefruit Radler 6.29.2014

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TBR Reports on Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
File Date: June 29, 2014

File Name: Steamy Sunday Afternoon
The Beer: Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 2.5% ABV
Brewer: Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Web Site: www.stiegl.at
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!

Brewer Brand Hype: The grapefruit juice gives this cyclist a natural haze and herbduftige note. This leads to a juicy, fruity taste with a refreshing finish.
Label: Grapefruit Salzburger Stiegl Radler. Beer with fruit soda. Malt beverage speciality. 40% Stiegl-Goldbrau and 60% fruit soda from purely natural ingredients for an outstanding malt beverage speciality. Cloudy appearance.

The Brewski Review: Unfortunately, my mental and bodily dispostion to avoid the steamy 86 degree weather prompts me to be indoors to drink beer and write this review. And, I’ll say that this is the perfect beer to have on a sultry day even if you chose to kick back in the air conditioned luxury of the abode. The kids are screaming in the family room, my wife is cooking dinner and the dog is laying next to me stinking like she needs a bath and it’s still a good day to be inside even though this beer would make an equally snappy choice while grilling outside or having fun by the pool. The beverage pours a cloudy pale yellow and wiffs of a strong grapefruit aroma. At first taste, it’ll have you unless you some sort of hoppy IPA purist. It’s carbonated, light, crisp and all the flavor of a breakfast bowl of grapefruit. This grapefruit radler, with it’s tasty sister companion lemon radler, make me want to try the strawberry verion soon. If you would like to try something different stop by the beer aisle on your next trip to the store and pick up a few. I  think you’ll be very satisfied.

Drinkability: Will buy again.
Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow.
The Buds: Sweet grapefruit with carbonated zest.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

The health benefits of grapefruit.

The health benefits of grapefruit. So, this mean drinking grapefruit radler is actually good for you.

February 1, 2014

Brauerei Heller-Trum Schlenkerla Rauchbier Review 2.1.2014

Smoke like you've never tasted.

Smoke like you've never tasted.

TBR Reports on Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
File Date: 2.1.14

File Name: Smoke taste that burn your house down.
The Beer: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
Type: Rauchbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Brauerei Heller-Trum/Schlenkerla
Web Site: www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Bamberg and Smokebeer (the Germans call it “Rauchbier”) belong together, a
liaison which was not without consequences. The greatest of which is the Schlenkerla: the
most productive, most visited and most traditional Smokebeer source in Bamberg. It originates
in the middle of the old town, directly underneath the mighty cathedral, from a half-timbered
house on which the geraniums effusively glow in the summer. Anyone who did not come here and
try the strong, unmistakable taste of Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer (in German: Aecht
Schlenkerla Rauchbier) cannot claim to have been to Bamberg.

Brewer Brand Hype: Smokebeer from Schlenkerla is a dark, aromatic, bottom fermented beer
with 13.5 percent original extract, which is equivalent to an alcohol content of 5.1
percent. No doubt: there are stronger beers, but nevertheless, one should not underestimate
… it can make you “schlenker” quite a bit. Its smoky flavor is being achieved by
exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs at the Schlenkerla-maltings.
After mixing it with premium-class hops in the brew, it matures in 700 year old cellars, deep down in
the hills of Bamberg, into a mellow, magnificent-tasting beer, best drunk directly in “Schlenkerla”.
An Original amongst the beers, even amongst the Bavarian beers. You can drink it in the “Alte Lokal”
at white-scrubbed wooden tables – covering them with a tablecloth would be a sin – underneath an old
timbered ceiling, even darker than the beer. You can drink it in the “Klause”, a former monastery,
built in 1310, or you can drink it in the inner court next to a 500-liter wooden-keg. All this is
the Schlenkerla.
The connoisseur drinks it slowly with relish, but steadily and purposefully. He knows, that the
second “Seidla” (half-liter) tastes better than the first, and the third even better than the second.
He drinks during the morning pint and during the afternoon break. He drinks it in the evenings,
drinks it alone and with company, especially with company, as “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” makes
one talkative and exuberant. It brings together the local with the stranger, as it is common in
Franconia to share your table with others.
Even if the brew tastes somewhat strange at the first swallow, do not stop, because soon you will
realize that your thirst will not decrease and your pleasure will visibly increase.
Label: Aecht Original Schlenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category,
has been brewed for centuries in the baroque town of Bamberg in Franconia (Bavaria/Germany). Following
the most ancient malting traditions, all it’s select barley malts are kilned over a fire of beech wood
logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. Brewed in classic copper vessels and matured for months in historic
cellars, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is a truly unique smoky beer experience.

The Brewski Review: There are very few things that blow me away. The smoke flavor in this beer is one
of them. It was the big elephant sitting on each taste bud in my mouth and it was fantastic. This is not
a beer to chug but one to sip and enjoy. It comes in a full pint bottle so you get a litte more than
the standard 12 oz. bottle. I could imagine sitting around a fire and drinking this beer or sitting in
the Schlenkerla with my wife and friends on my unfunded, pie in the sky, world beer tasting tour. This
beverage pours with minimal head and a rich, deep amber color. I offered my wife a swig but she declined
in favor of a strawberry margarita she just made to compliment taco night at the Tommy household.

Drinkability: Will definitely drink again.
Appearance: No head deep amber color.
The Buds: Excellent smokey flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Local smokebeer delivery vehicle.

Local smokebeer delivery vehicle.

As I've said, smoke like you've never tasted before.

As I've said, smoke like you've never tasted before.

January 6, 2013

Spoetzl’s Prickly Pear Beer Review 1.6.2013

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

TBR Reports on Shiner’s Prickly Pear
File Date: 1.6.2013

File Name: The India Fig Opuntia Like You Never Knew
The Beer: Prickly Pear
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: N/A
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
State/Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best – handcrafting the finest beer.

tbr-prickly-pear-insertBrewer Brand Hype: (This is a limited run craft beer from Spoetzl Brewery. There is no mention of it on their web site.)
Label: Drink one down. End your drought. Beer brewed  with Prickly Pear fruit and with natural flavor added.  Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew No. 3. A little something special from the little brewery in Shiner. This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew’s signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery’s landscape that’s a hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique ~ qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit.

The Brewski Review: Beautiful light, citrus tasting lager from Shiner. It pours with a nice, deep copper color and with ample head that dissipates rather quickly. It has a wonderful citrus, almost sweet flavor to it with minimal hoppy bitterness. I told my wife to try it and she takes about 5 rather large gulps. ‘I’d drink that one.’ she says. Since I only recieved two of these in a Shiner/Spoetzl sampler 12 pack I better take the other bottle out and hide it in the garage. I’ll have to try and track down a few more of these before they are extinct. Excellent taste. And, if you don’t know what a Prickly Pear is, here is a quick educational rundown: Born of the Opuntia cacti or, Indian Fig Opuntia (O. ficus-indica) to be precise, and most often used in culinary applications. There are others but this is the primary genus. Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes that are armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures. Dangerous to pick, so stick to drinking the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Deep coppercolor with ample head
The Buds: Light, sweet taste
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Indian Fig Opuntia with golades

Indian Fig Opuntia cacti cladodes or better known at prickly pear fruit.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

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: www.stiegl.at
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.

August 26, 2012

Sea Dog’s Raspberry Wheat Ale Review 8.26.12

Full on raspberry flavor with this beverage.

Full on raspberry flavor with this beverage.

TBR Reports On Sea Dog Raspberry
File Date: 8.26.2012

File Name: A Delicious Brew to Welcome Me Back Home
The Beer: Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Pugsley Brewing LLC/Sea Dog Brewing Co.
Web Site: http://seadogbrewing.com/
State/Country of Origin: Maine, 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-rspbry-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale is a dry, crisp refreshing ale with the added essence of raspberries.
Label: Beer with natural flavor added.

The Brewski Review: Oh yea! This is it. Real raspberry flavor. As I said before, If your going to advertise Raspberry as an ingredient in your brew, it darn sure better taste like raspberry is in there. This ale does not disappoint. It poured with a minimal head but you could smell the raspberry aroma as it was poured. The first sip was oh good. I was hoping to have a beer earlier in the day but I started to polyurethane some trim boards for my garage and I didn’t want to put the brush and roller down (My professional painter 2 cents worth…roll the coating on first. Then brush it out with the grain. It looks better. Trim and doors look terrible with a roller finish.) I decided to go with a natural pine wood finish to enhance the ‘barn’ style appearance of my garage. I’m excited about getting a start on my home projects. One of two of my readers have probably wondered where I’ve been the past year and a half. Well, I’ve spend every weekend and some weekdays doing a rehab on my duplex. I’ve been unable to sell it the past 2 years I figured I’d bite the bullet and remodel the entire upper unit. New flooring throughout, new kitchen and new bathroom. Cleaned and painted the basement walls and did a whole bunch of curb appeal projects. Apparently it worked. I lost a bunch of money but I take consolation knowing I’m probably not the only one in this market. I’m just happy to be done with it. Now, it’s 100% home project time…starting with the garage completion. Everything dominoes….Garage needs done so I can empty the basement. Basement needs emptied so I can complete rewiring the electrical in the house. And so on. There are other things on the horizon I’ll share with you later.  But for now, enjoy a summer beer with Sea Dog Raspberry.

Drinkability: Yes. One of my top fruit beers to date.
Appearance: Deep golden color.
The Buds: Crisp, cold and plenty ‘o fruit flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5 caps.

July 22, 2011

Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse and the Sediment Swirl 7.22.2011

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is worthy of the swirl.

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is worthy of the swirl.

The Brewski Report Reviews Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Wheat Beer and the Sediment Swirl.
File Date: 7.22.2011

 File Name: Train your wrist for the sediment swirl.
The Beer: Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse
Type: Hefeweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: Hacker-Pschorr Brau Gmbh
Web Site: http://www.hacker-pschorr.de/
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Hacker-Pschorr – In the tradition of new ideas and old virtues. “On our centuries-old beer tradition we are proud. For us it is a piece of home, a precious commodity that must nurture and preserve it.” One of the great traditional Munich breweries is the Hacker-Pschorr brewery. Since the 15th Century the name “hacker” for pure enjoyment of beer, for the original, the living and lovable in Bavaria. 1417 is already a “Preustatt at Hagkagasse” in Munich is mentioned exactly where you ausschenkt still in the “Old House Hacker” Hacker-Pschorr beers. Almost a hundred years later, on 23 April 1516 Duke Wilhelm adopts IV the Bavarian purity law, and until now the Hacker-Pschorr beers are brewed in strict accordance with this bid. Centuries-old brewing tradition, a great family – Joseph Pschorr the only brewer whose bust in the Hall of Fame is available – to earth and reliability, but is Hacker-Pschorr. “The sky of Bavaria,” promises the loop above the logo. What is it for a true Bavarian heaven? The incomparable landscape, cherished traditions, even in modern times have on hand, the belief in the genuine love of life and of course a honest brewed fresh beer. The beer is of course at a brewery in the foreground, but confidence means for the home and involvement. As a regional brand in southern Bavaria presents itself Hacker-Pschorr, Munich and Upper Bavaria in the country, as the local partner associations – whether sporting or cultural. Here is also the home of typical and unspoilt inns, where you can enjoy a hearty snack Hacker-Pschorr beers. Whether full-bodied and spicy or tangy – fresh and tasty – the Hacker-Pschorr beers have to offer something for every taste exquisite qualities. Each beer has its own “character” and we are proud that it was the traditional brand Hacker-Pschorr Munich brewery as their first specialty in the swing top bottle offers. (Ever use Dictionary.com’s translator? The chopped up version you just read it about as good as it gets.)

tbr-hp-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Genuine old Bavarian wheat beer unfiltered, from 2 / 3 wheat and 1 / 3 barley malt, tangy, refreshing taste typical of top-fermented. When the first taste of beer? True – in the late morning accompanied by a Hacker-Pschorr Weisse unfiltered yeast lees with the typical taste excellent white sausages with sweet mustard and crispy pretzel. Fruity, fine bubbles and refreshing, it can be a well-kept white but also occasionally finds difficult to resist. Serving suggestion: For hearty Bavarian specialties a treat, but also to light dishes such as chicken or fish.
Label: Traditional Wheat

The Brewski Review: Very tastey wheat beer. I think I found a wheat beer that’s a tad bit better than the Hoegaarden Weisse. The flavors pop so much better in your mouth. It super creamy and ultra cloudy like a good wheat beer. As with all wheat beers, remember the swirl the last remaining few ounces of beer in the bottle to loosen the setiment at the bottom. I’m sure you’ll want to drink up as much of this savory liquid that I did.

Drinkability: Excellent. Would definitely drink again.
Appearance: Light amber w/ mucho head.
The Buds: Flavor pop.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5 caps.

Weisse Squad....Vice Squad....get it? I believe the 'cops' should have been in more skimpy attire. This isn't selling the brand to me.

Weisse Squad....Vice Squad....get it? I believe the 'cops' should have been in more skimpy attire. This isn't selling the brand to me.

There is a heaven, and it's located in Germany.

There is a heaven, and it's located in Germany.

May 11, 2011

TBR Reviews Stiegl’s Premium Goldbrau 5.11.2011

Take the red steps to flavor: Stigl Goldbrau

Take the red steps to flavor: Stigl Goldbrau

The Brewski Report Reviews Stiegl’s Premium Goldbrau Lager
File Date: 5.11.2011

File Name: Think Mr. Schwarzenegger drinks Austrian beer?
The Beer: Goldbrau Premium Lager
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Web Site: www.stiegl.at
State/Country of Origin: Austria
Brewer Info: The path to success leads up ‘The Red Staircase’.The private Salzburg brewery combines tradition and innovation, forming a concept for success that makes Stiegl the strongest beer brand in Austria. The “beer with the red staircase” is an unmistakable symbol in Austria for “the art of brewing at the highest level.” Since 1998, Austria’s leading private brewery has consistently borne the conspicuous and unique brand logo. This means that the symbol of the Stiegl brewery can now be found everywhere, in circulars, TV ads, promotions, on glasses, advertising materials, and even on the furnishings in our house restaurants and shops. Stiegl is the largest private brewery in Austria, and is counted among the most successful companies in the country. The secret of this success: Top quality raw materials and production process, Europe’s most modern brewing technologies, innovative variety of products, motivated employees, commitment to tradition, economic sustainability, down to earth quality and the flexible decision-making structures of a family business.

tbr-red-step-labelBrewer Brand Hype: An elegant, refined beer with a pleasant hop bitterness. Lighter kiln-dried malt gives Stiegl Pilsner a light golden colour. With a marvellous bouquet of the finest Saaz hops, a characteristic bitterness and liveliness, it’s a favourite of beer connoisseurs who love a delicate hop note and fine, aromatic flavour.
Label: Since 1492. Imported Goldbrau Premium Lager Beer. Brewed and bottled by the Stiegl Brewery Salzburg, Austria. Brewed from malts, hops, yeast, mountain spring water according to the “Purity Laws of 1516”.

The Brewski Review: This ranks as one of my favorite beers. The taste was clean, crisp and enjoyable with just the perfect balance with the malt and hops. Not bitter but full of delicious flavor. I highly recommend you give this one a try. I’ll be buying a six pack in the not too distant near future. I’m inclined to say that when my kids are older, and I’m still alive, I’ll be dragging my wife to Austria to travel the country and find all the breweries including Stiegl. So far, Austria brewed beers are winning my battle to find the best tasting beers. I envy all those Austrians…hey, wasn’t Arnold Schwarzenegger from Austria? I wonder what he considers his favorite Austrian beer?

Drinkability: Most definitely.
Appearance: Clear, pale golden yellow.
The Buds: Gotta love the purity law.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 caps out of 5.

I like the ad - green against the rich red.

I like the ad - green against the rich red.

Stiegl beer girls servin' it up. Can you handle it?

Stiegl beer girls servin' it up. Can you handle it?

I'm just a chick drinking beer in a field. Paaaartaaay!

I'm just a chick drinking beer in a field. Paaaartaaay!

April 3, 2011

Xingu Black Beer Review 4.3.2011

Pure Drinking Enjoyment In The Xingu Black Beer.

Pure Drinking Enjoyment In The Xingu Black Beer.

The Brewski Report Files One for Xingu Black Beer
File Date: 4.3.2011

File Name: Highest Ranking Beer To Date
The Beer: Xingu Black Beer
Type: Schwarzbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
Web Site: http://xingubeer.com/site/
State/Country of Origin: Brazil
Brewer Info: On a hot summer day in 1987, a blond and slightly balding man with penetrating blue eyes walked into my office, accompanied by his young wife, a dark haired woman with a broad and frank smile. They were Alan Eames, writer, specialized in beer history and anthropology, and his wife Anne Latchis, of Greek descent, owner of a traditional hotel in the mountains of Vermont, in the United States. They had just been in an expedition into the Amazon rainforest, having come to Brazil in an adventurous trip in search of a lost beer. The trip had been motivated by an article Alan had written about the origins of beers in the world. In his research, he had found written records dating from 1557 about a black beer produced in the Amazon rainforest with corn and manioc and fermented naturally. Alan wished to create a beer that honored and preserved this ancient brew. This was the birth of Xingu, a pioneer in the segment of Specialty Premium beers that now enjoys worldwide prestige.

tbr-xingu22Brewer Brand Hype: Pronounced “shin-goo”. Xingu Black Beer is named after the Xingu River, in the Amazon Rainforest. Inspired on old recipes of Indian beer, Xingu Black Beer is a two-time winner of Beverage Testing Institute’s Gold Medal as the best dark laber in the world. This exceptional beer is a great success in Brazil and the USA, and consumers are now having a chance to drink it in Australia and England. Xingu Black Beer has a following that ranges from beer critics to fans and consumers alike. It’s secret lies in being a beer with a distinguished and delicious taste while at the same time being very easy to drink. From its creation, Xingu Black Beer has been associated with several initiatives for the protection of the Amazon Rainforest, and it is now proud to be supporting the Y Ikatu Xingu organization.
Label: Xingu Black Beer.

The Brewski Review: This ranks as one of my favorite beers. It’s a very smooth and mild tasting beer. I was very impressed with the overall light feeling – definitely not the heavy and bitter as I associate with many other dark beers with roasted malts and heavy hop bitterness. I highly suggest you purchase this beer if available in  your area and give it a try. I’m sure you’ll be satisfied and impressed. I give it one of my highest scores yet.

Drinkability: I’ll definitely be buying a six pack.
Appearance: Black in color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Oh so smooth and delicious.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 caps out of 5.

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Xingu Beer Girl. (Looks like she could gain a few pounds.)

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Not quite sure I understand this marketing schtick.

Not quite sure I understand this marketing schtick.

Or this one ad. A pair of black boots with condensation on them? Make me want to drink Xingu Black beer.

Or this ad. A pair of black boots with condensation? Makes me want to drink Xingu Black beer.

My daughter getting in on the action. Future model?

My daughter getting in on the action. Future model?

March 30, 2010

Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Bock Beer Review 3.30.2010

Shinger Bock On Tap Is Delicious.

Shinger Bock On Tap Is Delicious.

The Brewski Report Reviews Shiner Bock And A Ford Explorer Electrical Problem.
File Date: 3.30.2010

File Name: Man Drives 145,000 Miles To Find A Great Bock Beer.
The Beer: Shiner Bock
Type: Bock
Serving: Draft
Stats: 4.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best – handcrafting the finest beer.

tbr-shiner-bock-label-insert1Brewer Brand Hype: Bock reflects the tradition of genuine Bavarian beers as a brew only a craftsman like Kosmos Spoetzl, trained in the “Old Country,” could bring to life. With its deep amber color, distinctive rich flavor and full body, Shiner Bock demonstrates the care of a handcrafted brewing process to bring forth a mellow taste free of the bitter aftertaste found in many micro, specialty and imported beers. Just think of it as Shiner smooth.
Label: Pulled straight from the keg.

The Brewski Review: My Ford Explorer has about 145,000 miles on the odom.  Some say ‘it’s just getting broken in’.  I say: ‘Let’s switch cars’.  ‘I’ll let you revel in the luxury of driving a car with the kinks already worked out.’  ‘And, I’ll suffer while I drive your new car.’  At this stage, it’s not a monthly payment so much as the nickle and dime repairs.  The other day the Exploder died on me.  I had taken the day off to get some work done around the house and my car quits.  (If there’s a silver lining to this story,  it’s that I didn’t get stranded at work.)  Click. Click. Click went the starter.  Battery right?  Yeah.  Later that evening my wife asked if I fixed the car.  Like a flash of lightening, it hit me: did I really fix it?  ‘I’m going to Auto Zone.’ I yelled upstairs to my wife who was struggling with two ornery kids.  The retail guy checks the system and says the alternator is fine.  I have an electrical short.  Arrg! The car sits for a week while I decide what to do.  I’m paralyzed with inaction.  I fix things myself because I don’t trust others and I like to save money.  (Yes.  I know I have issues.)  I call the dealer. ‘Well, we’ll start you out at $100 and work till we find it.’  Reading between the lines I replied, ‘So, you have a $100/hr service charge.  Correct?’  Silence for a moment then, ‘Uh. Yes.’  Apparently, he never had anyone call him out on his car-mechanic double-talk, super-secret covert pricing lingo.  Since I didn’t really consider this a viable option, I received names of other friend mechanics but decided to wait until Saturday to give it a good once over.  Good thing I did.  Aside from not seeing a wiring issue that would classify as a ‘short’, I removed the + battery cable while the vehicle was running (Remember? I installed a new battery) to see if it would continue with just the alternator.  It didn’t.  Hmmmm.   That’s not right.  I drove back to Auto Zone to have another retailguy check the system.  This one tells me it’s my alternator.  I believe it this time and drive home with a new part in hand.  Problem solved.  New battery and alternator: $225.00.  Getting erroneous decision making info from a retailguy, losing 1/2 vacation day and wasting a week thinking about it?  Priceless as it is finding a fantastic Bock beer!  Absolutley delicious!  I’d highly recommend Spoetzl’s Shiner Bock beer to everyone.  I won’t verbosely expound on it, but it was gooooood.

Drinkability: Two thumbs up on this one.
Appearance: Amber Brown in color.  No head by the time it made it to my table.
The Buds: Very mild and crisp.  Minimal aftertaste as noted by the brewer.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

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