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July 31, 2015

Brew Kettle’s Summer Soulstice (Rays) 7.31.2015

Summer Soulstice (Newly renamed Summer Rays)

Summer Soulstice (Newly renamed Summer Rays)

TBR Reports out on Brew Kettle’s Summer Soulstice (Summer Rays)
File Date: 7.31.2015

File Name: Office Cubes are Killing Me
The Beer: Summer Soulstice
Type: Belgian Style Wit Bier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.3% ABV
Brewer: The Brew Kettle Production Co.
Web Site: www.thebrewkettle.com
State/Country of Origin: Strongsville, OH, USA
Brewer Info: TBK Production Works, The Brew Kettle Taproom &Smokehouse’s production side of the business, began it’s operations in 1995 as Ringneck Brewing Co. with a small 3 barrel brewhouse.From that humble beginning, we have been committed to producing ales and lagers of superb quality and character. The brewery has expanded twice since then increasing to a 12 barrels system in 2003 and most recently to a 20 barrel system in the spring of 2008.With this increase in production, Look for our hand crafted beers on draft and in retail establishments throughout Ohio and Kentucky.

Summer-Rays-6-packBrewer Brand Hype: Our take on a Belgian style unfiltered wheat ale brewed with raw wheat and flaked oats and spiced with coriander and orange & lemon peel.

Label: Summer Soulstice. Ale brewed with spices. Belgian Style Wit. Out take on a Belgian classic. This unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with flaked wheat & flaked oats and spiced with coriander, orange peel and lemon peel.

The Brewski Review: I’ve had this in my fridge for so long I think the brewer changed the name from Summer Soulstice to Summer Rays.Nonetheless, it was worth pulling out just the same and giving it a try. It was tastey and would definitely drink it again. The color was a very pale golden yellow, poured with minimal head and contained hints of spice. It was chilled nicely when I cracked it open on a hot summer day – probably the best time to drink a Wit Bier. (Then again, is there really a bad time to drink any kind of beer?) You haven’t seem many posts from me this year. I was finally able to upgrade my career and leave the nutcracker of a job behind me and pick up a suitable position with a large company that’s only about 7 minutes down the road. Needless to say, I’ve been busy getting acclimated to my new surroundings. The facility is a nice, quick little drive through a metropark along a river. How many people can say they see Egrets, deer, Blue Heron and other assorted wildlife within view or crossing the road on their way to work? Probably not many. Early indications are that the new job was going to be great until my boss was demoted about 3 months into my stint. He was one of the primary reasons I accepted the position but, apparently, he wasn’t righting the ship fast enough for the corporate folks. A new fella has yet to be found so we’ll see how this progresses. I’ll keep you informed.

Drinkability: Would drink again.
Appearance: Very pale golden color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Nice flavor with just a hint of spice.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

June 16, 2011

Blue Heron Pale Ale Review 6.16.2011

Blue Heron Pale Ale by Mendocino Brewing.

Blue Heron Pale Ale by Mendocino Brewing.

The Brewski Report Reviews Mendocino’s Blue Heron APA File Date: 6.16.2011

File Name: Retro Beers and Daisy Dukes.
The Beer: Blue Heron Pale Ale
Type: American Pale Ale (APA)
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.1% ABV
Brewer: Mendocino Brewing Company
Web Site: www.mendobrew.com
State/Country of Origin: CA, USA
Brewer Info: In December ’83, the brewery rolled out the “World’s Largest 6-Pack” featuring 6 magnums of Red Tail…an OSHA nightmare tipping the scale at a brutal 42 pounds (the original magnum bottles have become a collectors’ item, some even becoming lamps). Within 5 years of that first batch of Red Tail, distribution had increased to 300 outlets in Northern California.  Red Tail, Blue Heron, and Black Hawk had extended their habitats to 14 states nationally.  By 1989, the demand of distributors made plain the need for 12oz bottles. By the 1990’s, the need for a dramatic expansion became evident.  Land was acquired in Ukiah, CA, the facility remaining near the scenic California 101, just 12 miles north of the Hopland Brewery. It was in 1997 that Dr. Vijay Mallya, a global entrepreneur, took interest in Mendocino Brewing Company.  Dr. Mallya, the head of “The UB Group”, a worldwide manufacturer of spirits and beer, believed that given the capital, Mendocino Brewing could remain in a position of strength for years to come.  The addition of Olde Saratoga Brewing in New York State vaulted Mendocino Brewing into the sphere of East-Coast/West-Coast distribution, fostering the delivery of fresher product through dramatically shortened supply lines.

tbr-blue-heron-birdBrewer Brand Hype: Blue Heron Pale Ale is a delightful, medium bodied smooth ale, with a distinctive crisp mouth-feel and a fresh hoppy finish. It is brewed using premium two-row Pale malted barley, generous amounts of both Cluster bittering hops and Cascade finishing hops and our own special proprietary yeast strain.
Label: This award winning brew is Handcrafted to perfection. A Premium American Classic from a Pioneer Brewing Legend.

The Brewski Review: Good hoppy flavor. Again, tasting the same as all the other APA’s I’ve tried. I don’t think this one distinguishes itself any more that the others other than the fact that it may have a less hoppy taste. Was there ever a beer called Hopmeister? That would be a great name for a full-on hoppy beer like an IPA or an APA. Sounds like a brand from the 70’s though so the marketing schtick would need to have dude’s with polyester bellbottoms and ladies with daisy dukes. Then label it as  ‘retro’ so all the beer snobs will have to drink it since it’ll be the new cool thing.

Drinkability: Alright. Would drink again.
Appearance: Med to darker gold color.
The Buds: Hoppy flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5 caps.

Dig these 70's fashions. I was born too late for the ladies to see me in these hot poly styles.

Dig these 70's fashions. I was born too late for the ladies to see me in these hot poly styles.

The Orginal Daisy Dukes as worn by Daisy Duke herself.

The Orginal Daisy Dukes as worn by Daisy Duke herself.

Daisy Dukes updated by Britney Spears.

Daisy Dukes updated by Britney Spears.

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