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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.

February 8, 2012

Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsener 2.8.2012

It's the beer with the camel on it.

It's the beer with the camel on it.

TBR Reports: Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsner
File Date: 2.8.2012

The Beer: Nomad Pilsner
Type: Czech Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.greatdivide.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-nomad-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Nomad is our spin on the classic Bohemian Pilsner style. The journey starts with German malts and Saaz hops that offer a lively floral nose and crispness, while a full 5 weeks of lagering time ensures that Nomad is eminently balanced. This Nomad may wander, but it’s got some serious roots.
Label: Same as ‘Brewer Brand Hype’ noted above with: Suggested Food Pairings – pan seared trout, grilled pork tenderloin with rosemary, Avalanche Cheese Co. Robiolo (Colorado), crispy Brussels sprouts, salted caramel ice cream.

The Brewski Review: As with other pilsners, this one is golden yellow, clear and crisp. It has a light feel to it in your mouth and it’s noted as well balanced but, to me, it’s seems more hoppy than ’eminently balanced’. It poured with minimal head that dissipated rather quickly. I like the label also. The red, yellow and black really pop to your attention. Also, my son loves animals so seeing the camel reminds me of him.

Drinkability: Sure, on a nice hot day.
Appearance: Clear, golden yellow.
The Buds: On the hoppy side of balanced.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

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.

June 5, 2011

Baltika No.7 Export Lager Review 6.5.2011

Not sure why the photo turned all funky light yellow like the color of the beer.

Not sure why the photo turned all funky light yellow like the color of the beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Russia’s Baltika 7 Export Lager
File Date: 6.5.2011

File Name: Tommy mulls his unwise decision to blog.
The Beer: Baltika №7 Export Lager
Type: Dortmunder/Export Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4%
Brewer: Pivzavod Baltika/Baltic Beverage Holdings (Carlsberg Group)
Web Site: http://eng.baltika.ru/
State/Country of Origin: Russia
Brewer Info: The Baltika factory in St Petersburg was constructed in accordance with a design prepared by the Gipropishcheprom-2 Institute. It was planned as one of the breweries within Lenpivo, the Leningrad Association of the Beer Brewing and Nonalcoholic Beverages Industry. Construction of the new factory began in 1978. The state enterprise Baltika Brewery was formed in 1990 right after completion of the construction work. The first shipment of just 27,000 litres of beer was brought to market in November, 1990. The Baltika brand did not yet exist. Instead the plant produced beer under the widespread trademarks of the time: Zhigulevskoye, Rizhskoye, Admiralteiskoye and Prazdnichnoye. In1992 the enterprise embarked on privatisation. During this process the Company was reorganised into an Open Joint-Stock Company. The shareholders of Baltika at the time were 28 legal entities and more than 2,000 private individuals. At about this time, the idea arose to create a proprietary “Baltika” brand. From the very beginning, Baltika beer was exclusively conceived as a beer of the very highest European quality brewed according to classical technology. In order to fulfill this task, the factory management developed its first investment programme for the reconstruction and development of the enterprise.

Check out the pull top cap.

Check out the pull top cap.

Brewer Brand Hype:
The launch of the Baltika №7 Export brand was timed to the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg in 1994. Since then the Baltika №7 has steadily been the market leader at the top of the premium segment. The Baltika №7 beer is made from selective malt and rare hops and is distinguished for its special softness and fullness. The “Seven” consumers are open to communication; they value everything that is aimed at development and know that they are capable of achieving more in life. And the Baltika №7 enables them to feel progressive, striving for the best and for new achievements.
Label: Brewed in Russia

The Brewski Review: I pulled this beer off the shelf and didn’t even know it was Russian. Not that it would have made me change my mind about purchasing it; I’m an equal opportunity beer drinker. Give me a beer and I’ll try it at least once. I’m always eager to try a different beer in the hopes that I’ll eventually find a good, solid, core group of favorites. I grew up on ‘Bud Light’ but have learned that it’s worth trying something new. I think my wife appreciates my experimentation. I’ve turned her on to some new flavors. Is it worth it to write a post about each one? I could just as easily develope an Excel spreadsheet to track them all. So, I’m still mulling that one over in my head. With limited time and resources it’s definitely not a wise choice. But, at the very least, if I can turn someone one to a new type or brand (without being a total beer snob in the process) I’ve made someone happy. Take this beer here? It was pretty good. It was rather mild, favorful and wasn’t too bitter. It went down more like an American Adjunct Lager but with more substance and taste. Give one a try. It could be a winner for you.

Drinkability: Very much so. Could drink a six.
Appearance: Good. Light
The Buds: Tasty. Good flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

Is it me, or is the Baltika beer girl ...um..... not so easy on the eye?

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

The new Baltika beer girl in training.

The new Baltika beer girl in training.

May 1, 2011

TBR Reviews Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale 5.1.2011

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale
File Date: 5.1.2011

 File Name: My wife love me. She bought home a six pack.
The Beer: Cascade Pale Ale
Type: American Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Stevens Point Brewery
Web Site: www.pointbeer.com
State/Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: Steven’s Point Brewery HistoryThe Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150 years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality beer, just as the brewery’s founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857. This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be Wisconsin-owned and independently operated. We take great pride in our history. And, we continue to work hard, as our founders did, to continue to provide our customers today with quality award-winning beer

tbr-stevensptlogoBrewer Brand Hype: Point Cascade Pale Ale is handcrafted combining special top-fermenting yeast and a dry hopping process to create this truly classic American Pale Ale. The intriguing character is derived from generous quantities of the choicest Yakima Valley Cascade hops and the finest crystal, 2-row pale, and Munich malts. The result is a delicious American Pale Ale with a signature fragrant hop bouquet and soft malt palate.
Label: Hand Crafted. Point Well Made.

The Brewski Review: Did I tell mention that my wife picked up a six pack of IPA for me a few weeks ago. She hunted and pecked until she thought she found the perfect set. Little did she know she stuffed an American Pale Ale in with the IPA’s. Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale is that APA. I can say that I liked it a little better than the IPA’s I’ve been downing lately. This one has the hoppy bitterness but not as much as there seems to be with an IPA. For that reason, I could drink a six pack of this brand. It was cold and crisp and went down fast. Try some Stevens Point APA yourself and let me know what you think.

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink again.
Appearance: Light golden color. Quick dissolving head.
The Buds: Good. Hoppy but not as bitter as an IPA.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

Vintage Stevens Point beer advertisement.

Vintage Stevens Point beer advertisement.

February 13, 2011

TBR Reviews Spoetzl’s Shiner Hefeweizen 2.13.2011

Maximum head attainment on the pour. Shameful waste.

Maximum head attainment on the pour. Shameful waste.

The Brewski Report Reviews Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Hefeweizen and My Selfish Ways
File Date: 2.13.2011

File Name: The Giving Only Goes So Far.
The Beer: Shiner Hefeweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
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-hefe-drft-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Hefeweizen (Hef-ay-vite-zen) recalls the classic beers of Bavaria as a true unfiltered wheat brew. This beer captures old-world Munich Malt, wheat grist used in a scant 1% of all brews worldwide, orange and lemon zest in a frothy classic example of bottle-conditioned beer. Adding clover honey and yeast just before it’s bottled touches off a unique, secondary fermentation process inside every keg and bottle before its final release from the brewery. Follow these step-by-step directions to POUR YOURSELF AN OUT-OF-BOTTLE EXPERIENCE:
– POUR half of the bottle into a glass.
– ROUSE the yeast by swirling the bottle and pouring what’s left into the glass.
– ENJOY this unfiltered brew with a generous wedge of lemon.
Label:  Handcrafted in Shiner, TX since 1909. The ‘Little Brewery’ has been the source of every drop of Shiner Brew. Distinctive flavors brighten every sip of this wheat ale as it’s brewed with a hint of clover, honey and orange and lemon peels. Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner. Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. This refreshing delight is bottle conditioned with added yeast. That means our Hefeweizen keeps brewing until you open it. This unfiltered ale has a cloudy appearance and a silky smooth flavor. To properly enjoy, 1. pour half the bottle into a glass, 2. swirl the remainder of the bottle to mix up the yeast 3. pour that into the glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon. Prosit!

The Brewski Review: Very good. Poured with an overabundance of head which dissapated quickly. Very mild and creamy tasting even without the lemon. I’m sure the wedge of lemon would have enhanced the flavor that much more. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Liked it so much I purchased a six pack and took it to a BYOB family party. Of course, I didn’t share any of it. I kept it all to myself.

Drinkability: Bought a six pack if that says anything.
Appearance: Cloudy golden w/ maximum head.
The Buds: Smooth and buttery.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

Is it?

Is it?

Shiner, TX in the 1930's. For the curious.

Shiner, TX in the 1930's. For the curious.

November 12, 2010

Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Holiday Cheer Beer Review 11.12.2010

What do Holiday Cheer and Zombies have in common? Absolutely nothing.

What do Holiday Cheer and Zombies have in common? Absolutely nothing.

The Brewski Report Reviews Shiner Holiday Cheer Dunkelweizen
File Date: 11.12.2010

File Name: Zombie Survival 101
The Beer: Shiner Holiday Cheer 
Type: Dunkelweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% 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-cheer-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Happy Holidays from the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, TX. We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Kräusening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying. May your days be merry and bright and your Shiner be cold. Prosit!
Label: ‘Tis the season for cheer.  Happy Holidays from the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, TX.  We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans.  The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat.  And Krausening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying.  May your day be merry and bright and you Shiner be cold. Prosit!

The Brewski Review:  I generally don’t watch too much TV. When I’m with the kids it’s usually an animated show or DVD. In a rare moment when the kids aren’t around you can find me scanning the channels for a good movie. If one isn’t showing at that particular point in time I’ll list the movies I’ve captured on our DVR (a great invention by the way). This is also good for the very few series that I’ve actually liked to watch but are aired after my 10pm curfew. One more to add to the list is ‘The Walking Dead’. I love a good zombie movie. Who doesn’t? The idea of having to live amongst the ‘unliving’ is appealing in a survivalistic sort of way. Where would you go? What would you do? It’s all about strategy. Someone should start a Zombie Survival Course at the university educational level. There are so many variables: are they fast or slow zombies? Will they come out in the light or are they dark dwellers? Is the head shot really the universal method of incompacitation? How bad do they smell? There are so many questions that need answered. AND, I’d bet you’d get to watch some killer zombie flicks. And, when your at home doing your zombie ‘homework’ you should crack open one of these beers: Shiner’s Holiday Cheer. This beer was my first Dundelweizen.  To be up front, I hope they all don’t taste this way.  I thought this beer lacked flavor.  It didn’t jump out at me like, ‘Man, I have to have this again.’  I thought Shiner Bock was fabulous so I’m not down on the brewery. Maybe I’ll try another next holiday season.

Drinkability: Beer with Peaches and Pecans? 
Appearance: Dark amber in color.  Big head.
The Buds:  Didn’t hold out much flavor. 
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Classic Zombie Business Attire.

Classic Zombie Business Attire.

The Uber Killers - Nazi Zombie Dead Squad.

The Uber Killers - Nazi Zombie Dead Squad.

There's even stripper zombies in case you were not aware.

There's even stripper zombies in case you were not aware.

Also quite unknow to many, zombies follow a strict nutritional diet.

Also quite unknow to many, zombies follow a strict nutritional diet.

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.

June 13, 2010

Harpoon’s Celtic Ale Beer Review 6.13.10

Harpoon's Celtic Ale

Harpoon's Celtic Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Harpoon Brewery’s Celtic Ale and BP’s Quandry.
File Date: 6.13.2010

File Name: Gulf Oil Spill is a Double Edge Harpoon.
The Beer: Celtic Ale 
Type: Irish Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4%
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Web Site: www.harpoonbrewery.com
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-harpoon-logo1Brewer Brand Hype: Harpoon Celtic Ale is an Irish red ale.  In its first year of production, it was available only on tap in the Greater Boston area.  This was Harpoon’s salute to and the celebration of St Patrick.  The following year it became Harpoon’s official spring seasonal beer. Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color.  The flavor is malty and complex.  Celtic Ale has a moderate hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium bodied, smooth, rich beer.  Try serving Celtic Ale with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors. The overall character is a complex maltiness with a deep amber color.
Label: This Irish-style red ale honors the proud Celtic brewing tradition: the perfect companion for all St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Slainte!

The Brewski Review: I thought this beer was rather good.  Slightly hoppy with a nice malty flavor. There was a slight aftertaste but it was rather subtle so it wasn’t a turn-off to me.  Kind of like what’s happening in the gulf right now.  Yes.  The oil spill is terrible and it will have an effect on the ecosystem and people’s livelihoods for years to come. But drilling is not without it’s risks.  The greenies certainly don’t want drilling on land or right off shore, so there aren’t many other places to get this type of energy. It’s the price we pay for pursuing petroleum products to sustain our way of life. The president and all the greenies are kidding themselves if they think solar or wind will replace oil and coal.  The cost difference is enormous. If people are not concerned about job losses now to emerging growth countries (what cave are these people living in?) there will be plenty more to come.  Think about it, the companies who try to manufacture their goods with more expensive green energy will price their goods right out of the marketplace.  Countries like Mexico, China, India, etc, who would still be using coal and petrol products will have a huge competitive advantage in the market (aside from the inexpensive labor they already have).  Green energy is expensive and not very portable.  It’s pretty tough to take wind energy with you other than having to rely upon a battery for storage.  Gas?  Fill up the can baby.  Let’s go.   People shouldn’t be boycotting BP.  They should be seeking out BP on every corner to fill up their SUV so they can keep drilling, discovering new reserves, providing fuel and products the world over, and, of course, to help clean up the mess. So there you have it.  My two cents worth on the oil spill.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Nice Head. Light amber in color.
The Buds: Hearty taste.  Good cool weather beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

Scoop it out of the ocean and use it around the house.

Scoop it out of the ocean and use it around the house.

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