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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.

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.

May 1, 2014

Circus Boy American Pale Wheat Ale Beer Review 5.1.2014

Why the name Circus Boy?

Why the name Circus Boy?

TBR Reports on Magic Hat’s Circus Boy Hefeweizen
File Date: 5.1.2014

File Name: Seasonal Misfire
The Beer: Circus Boy
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing/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 ward-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.

Brewer Brand Hype: A unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen brewed with lemongrass.
Label: Circus Boy. The Hefeweizen. 3/4 Pint of beer brewed with lemongrass. Performance in every bottle.
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 this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

The Brewski Review: It’s a cold spring day and it’s just the way I like it. It’s seems that as I get older the spring and fall seasons fade away and we’re left with only winter and summer. It seems it’s either 30 degrees or 90. It’s my perception but it sure does fee like it.  This beer probably would have went down so much better had it been warm and sunny but that didn’t detract from it’s overall taste. It’s definitely a American-ish Hefeweizen with just the right amount of bitterness. I really couldn’t discern the ‘lemongrass’ flavor but it adds to the panache of the brand (the yellow label is an eye grabber…). Overall, it’s a tolorable brew that I’d drink again. I doubt I’d purchase a six pack though.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Nice pale golden color.
The Buds: Right amount of bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4 caps out of 5.

In our effort to be educational, I've attached this nifty rundown for uses of Lemongrass. Who would have known?

In our effort to be educational, I’ve attached this nifty rundown for uses of Lemongrass. Who would have known?

February 9, 2014

TBR’s Bass Pale Ale Beer Review 2.9.14

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TBR Reports on William Bass’ Pale Ale
File Date: 2.9.14

File Name: Titanic size snow piles.
The Beer: Bass Pale Ale
Type: English Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Bass Brewers Ltd.
Web Site: www.bass.com
State/Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Brewer Brand Hype: Bass is a full-flavored English-style ale that is still brewed according to its original
Brewer Info: The Bass Brewery was founded in 1777 by William Bass in Burton upon Trent,
England. The main brand was Bass Pale Ale, once the highest selling beer in the UK. By 1877,
Bass had become the largest brewery in the world, with an annual output of one million barrels.
Its pale ale was exported throughout the British Empire, and the company’s distinctive red triangle
became the UK’s first registered trademark.

recipe.  Select malts, aromatic hops and water rich in essential salts and minerals combine to give Bass its
slight burnt roast aroma and high-quality, full-bodied flavor.  The original English Pale Ale and England’s
first trademark, Bass has been embraced by trail-blazers since 1777.  The brand has been painted by Manet,
fought over by Napoleon and was served on the Titanic.
Label: The World’s Finest Pale Ale. Iconography – As Bass Pale Ale’s popularity grew, unscrupulous imitators
tried to pass off inferior products as Bass by copying the unique red triangle logo. In 1875, concerned for
the reputation of their beloved brew, Bass brewers applied for and were granted England’s first registered
trademark. This fine pale ale has been brewed in the great British tradition using the finest two-row
malted barley.

The Brewski Review: Served on the Titanic? Interesting. I think I have a snowpile as big as the iceberg that
sank the Titanic sitting next to my driveway. I believe my patience with winter has reached a high point –
I’ve had enough. It’s snowing every couple of days and I’ve officially run out of places to throw it.
This winter has been brutal. If it’s not snowing it’s subzero weather. I’ve had to replace a battery in one car,
my pickup truck won’t start (it also needs a new battery) and my Explorer has a leaking power steering pump
(or hose): the fluid drains out within a couple of hours. So, I’ve not been a happy camper this bitterly
cold season. Not even a good beer makes me feel better these days. This beer comes close. It’s a wonderful
tasting pale ale in my humble opinion. It pours as a amber/copper color and has a quick dissipating head that
leaves just a trace of lace on the glass. There is a nice mild, almost sweet taste that is smooth on the way
down and leaves no bitter aftertaste. Just the way I like it.

Drinkability: Will definitely drink again.
Appearance: Light amber/copper color.
The Buds: Nice and smooth.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 out of 5 caps.

Love the promo ad by Bass.

Love the promo ad by Bass.

And another clever promo ad from Bass & Co.

And another clever promo ad from Bass & Co.

August 25, 2013

Blue Moon’s Valencia Grove Amber Ale Beer Review 8.25.2013

Blue Moon's Valencia Grove Amber Ale

Blue Moon’s Valencia Grove Amber Ale

TBR Reports on Blue Moon’s Valencia Grove Amber Ale
File Date: 8.25.2013

File Name: Wife Expands Horizons
The Beer: Valencia Grove Amber
Type: American Amber/Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.9% ABV
Brewer: Blue Moon Brewery/Coors Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: We started Blue Moon and began brewing our first beers back in 1995 at the Sandlot in Denver, Colorado. The goal was to create uniquely-flavored, highly-drinkable, handcrafted beers. (And, of course, have a little fun along the way.) Well, it didn’t take long to strike gold. One of our first creations, Belgian White, made an immediate splash at the World Beer Championships 3 years in a row. More than a decade later, word has started getting around. But otherwise, not much has changed. Still just a bunch of friends having making great beer. What’s not to love about that?

Brewer Brand Hype: The First Sign of Spring. Maybe it’s not time to shed that winter coat just yet, but we’re hoping this beer gets you one step closer. Valencia Grove Amber is for all those in-between days when you try to coax spring out by wearing short sleeves or flip-flops. You’re still cold. We get it. Cozy up with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel, and a touch of wheat for a hint of citrus that’s ripe for the season.
Label: Seasonal Collection. This copper colored ale is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel and a touch of wheat for a smooth taste with notes of citrus. Our Valencia Grove Amber is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel and a touch of wheat for an uplifting orange, caramel aroma. It’s the advantage of the season.

The Brewski Review: My wife was shopping a couple weeks ago and picked up a six of Blue Moon’s Valencia Grove Amber ale. She had a hankering for a beer and thought this would be good. This is strange twist because she normally drinks Bud Lime when the warm days are long, but, it’s nice to know she’s not boxed in by her habits. The one I pulled out was the sixth soldier so I thought I better put pen to paper (or, fingers to keyboard) to share my thoughts. On the pour the head is a nice, tight cream colored foam and pours a beautiful copper color. There is a little sweetness to the taste but not overwhelming. There is a nice balance between the hops and malts so there is no lingering bitterness on the finish. Overall, a good brew and definitely worth a try when the sun is high and hot and the bottle is cold and wet.

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink again.
Appearance: Rich copper color with abundant head.
The Buds: Great balance and mild taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5 caps.

July 14, 2013

William Bass’ English Stout Beer Review 7.14.2013

Bass Stout

Bass Stout

TBR Reports on Bass’ English Style Stout
File Date: 7.14.2013

File Name: The San Diego Black & Tan Connection
The Beer: Bass Stout
Type: English Stout
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: William Bass & Co’s. (Inbev)
Web Site: www.bass.com
State/Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Brewer Info: The Bass Brewery was founded in 1777 by William Bass in Burton upon Trent, England. The main brand was Bass Pale Ale, once the best selling beer in the UK. Bass became one of the top breweries in the UK, its pale ale was exported throughout the British Empire, the company’s distinctive red triangle becoming the UK’s first registered trademark.

Brewer Brand Hype: The legendary status of Bass is symbolized by its iconic red triangle, recognized as the first registered trademark in the United Kingdom. Bass is the most famous English ale in the world, and has been brewed in Burton, England since 1777. It is a full-flavored ale that is still brewed to an original recipe, using only the finest ingredients and the experience of generations. It is brewed with two strains of yeast to produce a complex, nutty, malty taste with subtle hop undertones, and which has widespread appeal to repertoire drinkers and beer lovers around the world. The brand has had an incredible pedigree for centuries. It has been painted by Manet, fought over by Napoleon, and served on the Titanic. Throughout history, it has inspired greatness. It challenges consumers today to reach for more, to reach for greatness with Bass.
Label: English Style Stout. Brewed by William Bass & Co’s., Baldwinsville, NY. Since 1889 the distinctive
caramel malt of Bass Pale Ale has been at the heart of the pub staple known as the Black & Tan. And now
there’s a perfect stout to top it: introducing Bass Stout. A beer with the robust flavor of roasted barley and black and chocolate malts, and the earthy aroma of England’s legendary Fuggle hops, together they make the worlds most authentic Black & Tan. A precise combination that’s as beautiful to watch as it is to flavor.

The Brewski Review: Bass Stout is one of the main ingredients in a wonderful beverage capull one together but just couldn’t do it this afternoon. Not that this short story has any bearing on this beer, but I do remember my first Black & Tan when I was working in San Diego. Some of the work compadres and myself loosened our ties and went out to a bar after work (which, I couldn’t name now if someone was waving a Woodrow Wilson in my face) where our boss introduced us to this wonderful liquid concoction. I would have to admit that I was surprisingly blown away. Needless to say, it was my new go-to beer when I was out and about. Now-a-days, I don’t drink them very often but when the opportunity presents itself I’m sure to take advantage. I think this Bass, as well as the Pale Ale, has been sitting in my fridge since St. Patrick’s day when I had every intention on pouring one up. It didn’t work out at that time but I’ll get around to it one of these days. And, I’m sure I’ll enjoy every last drop of it. This Bass Stout in itself was pretty darn good. It has a nice roasted malt taste, without being too heavy, and poured with a quickly dissipating head that lingered just long enough to leave a little lace on the sides of the glass. I would definitely drink this again even if it’sot sitting on top of the Pale Ale in the same glass.

Drinkability: Would and will drink again.
Appearance: Black w/ mud colored head.
The Buds: Nice malty taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4 caps out of 5.

Vintage Bass Promotional Advertisement

Vintage Bass Promotional Advertisement

The Great Bass Beer Pyramids of England.

The Great Bass Beer Pyramids of England.

July 6, 2013

Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Blonde Pale Lager Beer Review 7.6.2013

Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery.

Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery.

TBR Reports on Spoetzl’s Shiner Blonde Pale Lager Beer
File Date: 7.6.2013

File Name: Drink For Yourself
The Beer: Shiner Blonde
Type: American Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.4% 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.

Brewer Brand Hype: A true golden lager with a golden heritage of natural brewing.
Label: Shiner’s Own Classic Style Golden Lager. The local favorite. For over a century, we’ve been brewing this Bohemian-style golden lager at our small brewery right here in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070). And for just as long, it’s been a local favorite. Folks around here have always loved the blend of European and American hops that makes this blonde slightly sweet and full of flavor. We hope you enjoy it as much as our locals do. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: Another fourth has come and gone. The fireworks were good and the margaritas were cold. I drank three and felt like falling asleep on blanket waiting for the festivities to start. We were lucky with the weather as well. It feels as though it’s been raining non-stop for about the last month. It must be global warming. If it’s too cold it’s global warming. Too hot? Again, global warming. Too much snow or rain. Global warming. I like the ‘scientific’ analysis of the weather conditions the Greenies like to tout – ALL weather related anomalies are attributed to global warming. They cover all the bases so no one can refute the ‘facts’. Then, it’s really sad when everything else is politicized as being caused by global warming such as Hurricane Sandy, the Oklahoma City tornado, forest fires in Colorado and the list goes on. I fear for the world my kids will inherit – like the movie Idiocracy – where everyone is dumbed down due to years of believing what the news media, movie stars, sports figures and politicians tell them. AND, that’s why you shouldn’t believe everything I say or any of the large industrial brewers with their multi-billion dollar ad campaigns – go out and buy some of these beers yourself and give ’em a try. Educate yourself so you can make informed decisions and exercise your freedom of choice. I think the first place to start is a Spoetzl sampler 12 pack. You can’t go wrong with this one including the Shiner Blonde I cracked open today. This mild pale lager is slightly on the sweet side and pours a pale golden color. The head was minimal and what did form didn’t stick around all but a couple minutes. It’s definitely worth a try especially on a nice warm day where it would go down very nicely. Not the downpour I’m witnessing outside my window as I type this.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Slightly on the sweet side.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 Caps out of 5.

I must visit this town one day. Spoetzl has put out quite a few beers I've come to like.

I must visit this town one day. Spoetzl has put out quite a few beers I’ve come to like.

June 30, 2013

Spoetzl’s Shiner Kosmos Reserve American Pale Lager 6.30.2013

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TBR Reports on Shiner Kosmos Reserve Beer
File Date: 6.30.2013

File Name: Maybe my Son is onto something….
The Beer: Shiner Kosmos
Type: American Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% 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-Kosmos-InsertBrewer Brand Hype: Named after founder Kosmos Spoetzl, this all-malt lager is hopjacked for additional aroma and flavor. Robust with a clean finish, it’s a beer that’s as every bit unique as the man himself.
Label: Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner. This Aromatic dry hopped lager is specially brewed to celebrate the man who started it all. The original brewmaster of Shiner. Kosmos Spoetzl knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos’ mastery of German brewing carried him as far as Egypt before he found his way to the small Texas town of Shiner. Our proud brewery still carries his name and commitment to excellence in brewing. This full-flavored, hop-jacked lager is every bit as unique as the man himself and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: I’m watching my son this afternoon as I review this beer. My daughter had a birthday party to attend and my wife was the designated chauffeur – as usual. Unfortunately, this arrangement usually doesn’t bode well for me digging deep into house projects so I’m usually just tinkering around keeping an eye on my son. Today he was playing out in the sandbox and decided it would be fun to fill his shorts with wet sand. Then he filled his pockets. Then his underwear. Then his shirt. I had to laugh, it was hilarious. I grabbed my compact and snapped one off for your enjoyment. He probably wouldn’t have done it if he knew I was watching through the window. Anyway, I guess a pant load full of sand is a great thing when your a little dude. The beer? Kosmos was enjoyable to drink. It had a hoppy flavor but the bitterness was subdued and didn’t linger in the aftertaste. The head was minimal at the pour and dissipated quickly leaving no lingering residue on the glass. I don’t know if this is a limited edition beer since it wasn’t profiled on the brewer’s web site. I purchased it in a Shiner sampler 12 pack so if you want to try one you better get looking. Enjoying this beer is no surprise to me since Spoetzl has yet to dissapoint.

Drinkability: Certainly.
Appearance: Deep golden color.
The Buds: Excellent lager with minimal aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 caps out of 5.

My son adding wet sand to his shorts - with the dog's approval of course.

My son adding wet sand to his shorts – with the dog’s approval of course.

June 2, 2013

Harviestoun Brewery’s Old Engine Oil Beer Review 6.2.2013

This is about as black as old engine oil would look. Quite an apt name.

This is about as black as old engine oil would look. Quite an apt name.

TBR Reports On Old Engine Oil by Harviestoun Brewery
File Date: 6.2.2013

File Name: I see a ‘newer’ car in our future.
The Beer: Old Engine Oil
Type: English Porter/Black Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.0% ABV
Brewer: Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Web Site: harviestoun.com
State/Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Brewer Info: In the beginning…It all started on a sunny day on October 5th, 1983. We’d love to say that it was one of the most memorable days of founder, Ken Brooker’s life, but that night he hosted one of his legendary tasting sessions and he can’t remember much about it. In the years that follow, Ken continues to brew beers in his shed and host his friends. Word spreads and his friends begin to bring along their friends and their friends’ friends, until eventually Tuesday nights at Ken’s attracts up to 40 people! In return for being one of the lucky few to sample his early creations, Ken insists that his guests fill out tasting notes.

Brewer Brand Hype: Old Engine Oil is a remarkably smooth, creamy brew with a beautiful velvety mouthfeel. Enjoy flavours of coffee, slightly buttered toffee, dark chocolate and earthy hops. You may find some mild cherry fruit within the residual sweetness, neatly accompanying the roasted flavours that ride with you all the way to the finish.tbr-old-oil-insert
Label: Brewed in small batches. Viscous. Chocolatey. Roasty. Harviestoun’s original master brewer Ken Brooker spent much of his early life crafting wooden prototypes for the Ford Motor Company. This black, viscous ale reminded Ken of thick, goopy car engine oil, so he named it in honor of his second love, the internal combustion engine. It’s thick, chocolatey flavor leaves a roasty, bittersweet aftertaste to savor.

The Brewski Review: This beer reminds me of our need to purchase a new car. My wife needs to trade up from a small Mazda to a vehicle more suitable for growing children. I’ve been telling her to get a small SUV. She’s been looking at the Ford Excape, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forrester and the Toyota Rav4 amont others. We both want all the bells and whistles but on our mac & cheese budget, it’s not in the cards; maybe a ‘newer’ one that’s two or three years old. She’ll get the car, of course, since she has the kids most of the time, and I’ll get her old car which will be my new ‘go to work’ car. My Ford Exploder will most likely get turned in as a trade: it has 170K miles and mechanical issues are popping up routinely. I could sell it outright but there’s the hassle factor: it’s not worth my time. I’ll trade it in when I find that big SUV that fit’s my pleasure (Suburban. Used; of course). If we can make this all work out soon, I’ll have to pop open one of these porters. The color is certainly consistent with old engine oil – minus the grit of course. It pours with a beautiful mud colored head that dissipates rather quickly and leaving lace on the side of the glass. I don’t really think it’s ‘thick’ or ‘viscous’ but it does have an oily mouth feel. The malts pop and linger all the way through to the aftertaste. It’s definitely a delicious porter that’s worth a try.

Drinkability: Delicious. Most definitely.
Appearance: Black on the pour with a nice mud colored head.
The Buds: Great roasted malt taste all the way through.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 cap rating out of 5.

Vintage Oil Girl promotional piece featuring Pennzoil.

Vintage Oil Girl promotional piece featuring Pennzoil.

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