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November 2, 2012

Mexico’s Bohemia Beer Review 11.25.2012

Mexico's Cerveza Bohemia

Mexico's Cerveza Bohemia

TBR Reports on Mexico’s Cerveza Bohemia
File Date:  11.25.2012

File Name: Preparing for Dec. 21st
The Beer: Cerveza Bohemia
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.3% ABV
Brewer: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V (Heineken)
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Mexico
Brewer Info: It started in 1944 when Alberto Aldrete took over an old brick building that had been producing vegetable oil since it was built in 1929. Aldrete was operating a small malt factory in Tecate and had been brewing a beer as a sideline for over a year. He named his new brew after the town and it became the first maquiladora in Baja California.  In 1954 the brewery was sold to Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, a major brewer in Monterrey, Mexico that had been producing Bohemia and Carta Blanca beers. Today, the Cuauhtemoc brewery also produces Superior, Sol and Dos Equis along with the others in several different locations.  Today only Tecate and Carta Blanca are produced in the Tecate Brewery. Carta Blanca is a lighter pilsner beer, and most Baja beerdrinkers feel it doesn’t have the full rich flavor of Tecate.  The Tecate Beer that is exported is of a slightly lesser alcohol content, but that doesn’t make it any less popular north of the border. Tecate has the highest canned beverage sales of any import to the U.S.  The custom of squeezing a lime into Mexican beer began with Tecate beer.  The original brewmaster was of Scottish descent (last name Lorimer), who brought the idea from Great Britain where sailors would be given limes with their daily ration of grog to stave off scurvy (this is where the expression “limey” came from).

tbr-bohemia-logoBrewer Brand Hype: His personality is known for its rich aroma and a rich, full flavor, the result of a craft in which they operate only ingredients of the highest quality. Bohemia, considered one of the finest beers from Mexico, promotes the culture of marriage and the importance of beer in the world of gastronomy. Thanks to its rich ingredients, Bohemia is the perfect beer to pair any dish, highlighting the flavors of foods like beer. Bohemia was founded in 1905 with the purpose of being the finest beer in the Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc then. Using the finest European hops from the famous region of Bohemia in the Czech Republic, our brewmaster keeps the recipe for this elegant golden beer, which has transcended and achieved significant recognition.
Label: Imported Beer. Cerveza Bohemia. Est. 1905.

The Brewski Review: Pulling out the Christmas tree and hanging lights is the normal thing to do after Thanksgiving isn’t it? Well, working in the basement getting ready to get ready also counts. My wife and kids were upstairs while I was in the basement getting my workbench organization crazies on. My wife comes downstairs, looks at me and just shakes her head. My natural response is ‘What?’. I guess tooling up during the holiday season is frowned upon in my wife’s viewpoint. Heck, December 21st is nearly upon us. Isn’t that supposed to be the end of the world as we know it? When the world starts to fall apart, I need to know where to get my McGyver equipment. I may need to build an ark out of duck tape, cardboard and 8 penny cc nails. Anyway, I thought a beer would be nice so I pulled this one out of the fridge. It poured with minimal head that dissipated quickly and left a disturbing looking coagulation of foam on the top. The color was a very light golden color that looked almost like an American Adjunct Lager. It went down without coming back up so that was a plus. Overall, it had a decent flavor that held it’s own.

Drinkability: Would not purchase again.
Appearance: Very light – almost clear – in color.
The Buds: Little hoppy bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 caps out of 5

September 29, 2012

Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale Beer Review 9.29.2012

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

TBR Reports On Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale
File Date: 9.29.2012

File Name: The Green Raccoon Strikes Again.
The Beer: Blueberry Ale
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: ME, USA
Brewer Info: The Atlantic Brewing Company began brewing in 1991, on the eve of the microbrewing revolution. We have steadily grown over the years by having a strong commitment to tradition, quality and service. As a result, we have become the number one beer of the Bar Harbor region. Our new facility was built on the site of an old farm a few miles from downtown Bar Harbor. It was designed to create a more visitor-friendly environment similar to country wineries and breweries found throughout Europe. Our beers are now available in select areas throughout the eastern US.

tbr-bh-blubryale-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.
Label: Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC., America’s Original Blueberry Ale. Brewed & Bottled in Maine.

The Brewski Review: I’m a picky individual. I’m at the lumber yard today sorting through the entire bin of boards looking for the cheapest, least bowed, warped, checked, split, cupped and knotty pieces to complete a garage project – an interior barn door to close off my tool area. My kids are getting a little older and I fret that I’ll one day my mower will find a rusty wrench in the springtime left behind from a summer day play period. This project reminds me of a time when I was a kid. My older brother and me had gotten into my dad’s tool crib in the basement of our house one day and wondered what would happen if we drove a nail into a can of green spray paint. Of course, I wanted to find out and since I wasn’t the one holding the hammer or the nail, I was all for it. When he punctured the can, a rush of green paint blasted him in the face. Good thing he wore glasses. When he took them off he looked like a green raccoon. It was hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. Ah, good times. Anyway, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a decent beer but I really wouldn’t classify it as a blueberry ale. I noticed a twinge of sweetness, but far from a blueberry taste. It was mild and well balanced but overall it’s not a beer I’d purchase again if I wanted to taste blueberry. Aside from that, it’s a beer worth tasting.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Light amber in color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Mild taste but not much blueberry flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps.

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:
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.

August 21, 2010

Coors Light Beer Review 8.21.10

The condensation on the bottle looks more flavorful than the contents.

The condensation on the bottle looks more flavorful than the contents.

The Brewski Report Reviews Coors Brewing’s Light Lager.
File Date: 8.21.10

File Name: Wife Discriminates: Makes Husband Do The Heavy Lifting.
The Beer: Coors Light
Type: Light Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Coors Brewing Co. / MillerCoors
Web Site:
Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: Adolph Coors Company was founded in 1873. Our principal subsidiary is Coors Brewing Company, the nation’s third-largest brewer. Throughout our history, Coors has provided consumers with high-quality malt-beverage products using the finest ingredients available. Coors Light is the the largest selling beer in the country. Coors maintains a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity in employment, promotion and purchasing. The company’s policy is to “recruit, hire, train and promote into all job levels employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, covered-veterans status, sexual orientation or national origin.”  The Coors Golden brewery is the world’s larges on a single site. Free brewery tours are offered daily, except Sundays and holidays.

Inside this room, all of my dreams become realities, and some of my realities become dreams. - Willy Wonka

Inside this room, all of my dreams become realities, and some of my realities become dreams. - Willy Wonka (I'm sure for some that is.)

Brewer Brand Hype: Coors Light, the World’s Most Refreshing Beer, is the fourth best-selling beer in the U.S. Introduced in 1978, Coors Light has been a favorite in delivering the ultimate in cold refreshment for more than 25 years. Coors Light’s unique frost-brewing process locks in a taste as cold as the Rockies. The simple, silver-toned can caught people’s attention and the brew was nicknamed the “Silver Bullet” as sales climbed. Recent Coors Light innovations include the Cold Activated Bottle, Super Cold Draft, the Vented Wide Mouth Can with Frost Brew Liner and a Cold Activated Can.
Label: Nothing worth noting.

The Brewski Review: I was moving junk from my basement to the garage attic today in an effort to make more room in the basement for more junk.  Circular isn’t it? We’re not big consumers which is a good thing. My wife and I don’t think we have much stuff but we tend not to throw much away. While performing this mundane task several times from our air conditioned house to a garage attic that was well over 100 degrees, I thought it was high time I pull open the fridge and treat myself to a cold beverage. Juice boxes. No. Water. No. Coors Light. Okay, I’ll try one. And, might I say, what a dissapointment it was. There wasn’t much ‘beer’ flavor but if you wanted to drink a lot of beer, this choice may rank up at the top. Very watery. Very blah. I can only think that Coors Brewery has been distracted lately and their attention has been turned away from brewing beer. Take a look at the ‘Brewer Info’ above: why would a company integrate their equal opportunity employment policy into their marketing strategy? PR issues? Do they have a discrimination lawsuits on the docket or what? Hopefully this was just a poor pick of venues to eagerly promote their HR policy. My feeling is that Coors should remove the wording. I wouldn’t think this is advancing Coors Light’s marketshare. But, I could be all wrong on this one. Perhaps Coors drinkers are very litigious individuals. 

Drinkability: A guest left some at my house. It was free. Wouldn’t buy any myself.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Minimal taste. Watery. Session beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 2.5 caps out of 5.

Perhaps Atticus Finch is on the case.....

Perhaps Atticus Finch is on the case.....

November 27, 2009

TBR Reviews Otter Creek’s Oktoberfest Autumn Ale Beer 11.27.09

TBR Takes On Another Seasonal Beer With Otter Creek's Oktoberfest Autumn Ale.

TBR Takes On Another Seasonal Beer With Otter Creek's Oktoberfest Autumn Ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Otter Creek’s Oktoberfest Autumn Ale.
File Date: 11.27.09

 File Name:  When a Creek Really Isn’t a Creak.
The Beer: Oktoberfest Autumn Ale
Type:  American Amber/Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats:  4.80% ABV
Brewer:  Otter Creek Brewing
Country of Origin: VT, USA
Brewer Info: Located in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont, we shipped our first keg of Copper Ale in March of 1991. Four years later, after quickly outgrowing our original site, we moved into a new state-of-the-art brewery just down the street. In 1998, we began producing Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales in partnership with Panorama Brewing Company. Both brands have flourished as beer drinkers throughout the northeast have enjoyed craft ales, and as the focus on sustainable farming and living has blossomed. In May of 2002, the Wolaver family purchased Otter Creek Brewing. Otter Creek remains a family owned Vermont company and produces all Otter Creek and Wolaver’s brands for distribution throughout the country. We brew and bottle all of our beers in small batches to ensure freshness and consistent quality. We use natural Vermont water, the best domestic malt and hops available, and our own top-fermenting yeast. All Wolaver’s beers are made with no less than 98% certified organic ingredients. Our brewery and our Wolaver’s brands are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers. Otter Creek ales enjoy a complexity of flavor, natural carbonation, and a creamy texture that is favored by beer enthusiasts at pubs and restaurants throughout the United States.

untitledBrewer Brand Hype:  Oktoberfest is our version of the perennial favorite Bavarian Autumn beer. Oktoberfest’s deep golden hue helps bring to mind the old country and its time honored traditions. Brewed with Hallertau and Tettnang hops to balance its clean, malty sweetness, it’s the perfect brew for a crisp Autumn day. Available from August to November.

Label: Otter Creek Brewing has been brewing the finest quality, small batch, craft brewed ales at our brewery in Middlebury, Vermont since 1991.  Oktoberfest: Brewed with Hallertauer and Tettnang hops to balance it’s clean malty sweetness this is the perfect beer for a crisp autumn day.  The deep golden hue matches the fall foliage here in Vermont, in our version of this perennial favorite Bavarian Autumn Beer.  Our products contain no preservatives, are not pasteurized and, like all fresh foods, will chnage over time.  We print the date we bottled on for your information.

The Brewski Review:  It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I have so much to do.  The highest priority task is to bring the Christmas decorations down from the attic.  This year I’ve resolved myself to the idea that it’s a waste of my time to store holiday decorations in the attic.  Up two flights.  Down two flights.  This year will be different.  Everything is going down into the basement.  One flight seems a whole lot more appealing than two flights.  Anyway, I get about halfway completed and it’s time for my son to go down for a nap.  He’s a light sleeper so I have to halt my project.  Too much noise trudging up and down the old, creaky stairs.  (In a normal house it wouldn’t be such a big deal but on my sqeaky steps you could wake the dead.  Forgetabout an alarm system.  If an intruder enters our house I would have enough time from the first sqeak to: get dressed, shave, brush my teeth, pull out my Louisville Slugger and patiently wait at the top of the stairs.)  So, I sit down and take a break.  Otter Creak – oh, make that Creek, seemed to be the best way to settle back into the couch.  Since I didn’t really get a chance to break a sweat with the decorations it was nice to have this beverage warm me up.  Our drafty old house is rather chilly so this beer served two purposes: to warm me up inside while simultaneously enjoying a little libation.  I thought this beverage was okay.  It rather reminded me of an Oktoberfest beer – even though it’s an ale.    

Drinkability:  Nice Malty taste.   
Appearance:  Medium Amber in color.  Nice foamy head.
The Buds:  Decent.  More of an aftertaste than I’d prefer. 
TBR Cap Rating: 3.50 out of 5.

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