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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 24, 2010

TBR Highlights Vehicle Graphics That Scream ‘Drink Me’.

The Brewski Report Takes a Closer Look at Rolling Ads.
File Date: 7.24.10

I’m a fan of graphics – tee shirts, signs, ads, etc. I especially like auto graphics.  Vehicle wraps are creative and visually stimulating to me. A while back my brother asked me if I wanted to get into the wrap business. Mind you, this was long before it hit mainstream. I said, who’d want to put advertisements all over their car? Duh! I never even considered non-advertising graphics that could substitute for custom paint. Opportunity was knocking his knuckles on my skull and I was completely oblivious. Oh well. Here are a few rolling ads for your viewing pleasure.

Bud Lime on Sale...That is, Sail.

Bud Lime on Sale...That is, Sail.

A Streetcar Makes Me Desire Bud Lime

A Streetcar Makes Me Desire Bud Lime

They Could Have At Least Put Some Chrome Dubs On this Dry Van.

They Could Have At Least Put Some Chrome Dubs On this Dry Van.

Chick-Mobile.

Chick-Mobile.

Even If I Didn't Work For Spoetzl Brewery I'd Still Wrap My Van Like This.

Even If I Didn't Work For Spoetzl Brewery I'd Still Wrap My Van Like This.

Souther Tier Brand Graphics on an 'Eco-Friendly' Van?

Souther Tier Brand Graphics on an 'Eco-Friendly' Van?

June 5, 2010

TBR’s Miller Chill Beer Review 6.5.2010

tbr-miller-chill-bottleThe Brewski Report Reviews Miller Brewing’s Miller Chill
File Date: 6.5.2010

File Name: Chill: A Graduation to Mediocrity
The Beer: Miller Chill
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle (clear)
Stats: 4.1% ABV
Brewer: Miller Brewing Company (MillerCoors/SAB Miller)
Web Site: http://www.millercoors.com
Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: MillerCoors grew from the dreams of two German entrepreneurs who came to America in the mid-19th century. Miller Brewing Company began when a determined young brewer, Frederick J. Miller, brought his passion for beer to the United States. Miller settled in Milwaukee, where in 1855 he bought the Plank Road Brewery and made his first delicious beer, using yeast that he had carried with him all the way from Europe. Coors Brewing Company tapped its first barrel in 1873, when Adolph Coors opened The Golden Brewery in Colorado. Coors was born in Prussia and apprenticed at a brewery in his teens. With characteristic spirit, he stowed away on a ship to get to America and bring his brewing dream to life. Both companies had the good luck to be formed from the visions of remarkable businessmen who also happened to be remarkable human beings. Both had the good fortune to have family members carry on the work and legacy of founders. Both enterprises survived Prohibition and two world wars, when brewing materials were scarce and hundreds of other brewers failed to survive. Our founding companies built their success barrel by barrel. At MillerCoors, we now begin our own history. We have two wonderful traditions. And now, our talents, energies and ingenuity come together to form one promising company. 

chill-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Launched in 2007, Miller Chill is a refreshing light beer brewed with a hint of lime and a pinch of salt inspired by a classic Mexican recipe, the chelada. With Miller Chill, we are giving American beer drinkers a unique twist on refreshment that can be enjoyed with friends and family during many different occasions throughout the year. Miller Chill was so well received by consumers that it alone accounted for more volume than the next 14 biggest new beer brands of 2007 combined.
Label: 100 Calories. Light Beer with Natural Flavors.

The Brewski Review: High school graduation season is upon us.  Time for parties with free food and booze.  Well, not free in the complete sense of the word.  There is the seemingly mandatory obligation for a ‘cash’ donation to the party’s guest of honor.  I put up a weak effort in a conversation with my wife by saying that a gift wasn’t necessary. It probably wasn’t, but we gave a card with a few bills stuffed inside anyhow.  In the current social paradigm it seems like an obligatory requirement to give cash at about every social gathering we’re invited too.  Funny thing…I don’t recall getting cash gifts from relatives once I passed the age of five – my wonderful parents and grandparents aside. At the party we ate Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches, fried chicken, fruit and pasta salads and an assortment of veggies and dips all for a few bucks. And, of course, there was beer. When I first arrived at the party I noticed the cooler stocked with Miller Chill.  I’ve been wanting to taste this since I tried the Bud Lime a couple weeks back.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.  There was difinitely a citrus taste, but it was minimal. I could barely taste the lime.  To me, it was just another American Adjunct Lager in a clear bottle (I think the green Miller Chill bottles looked better). Bud Lime wins out on this taste comparison.  All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon. Although, not free, the food and drinks were about on par with taking the family out to dinner.

Drinkability: Not a fan. Needs more lime flavor.
Appearance: Straw colored in the bottle.
The Buds: Light and crisp. Minimal lime flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Everyone's Friend.

Everyone's Friend.

May 23, 2010

Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Lager Beer Review 5.23.10

Abita's Berry Patch Needs To Grow Some Flavor.

Abita's Berry Patch Needs To Grow Some Flavor.

The Brewski Report on Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Beer After A Hard Day Around The Yard
File Date: 5.23.10

File Name: Where’s the Berry?
The Beer: Strawberry Harvest
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Abita Brewing
Web Site: www.abita.com
Country of Origin: LA, USA
Brewer Info: Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews. Abita uses only the finest ingredients – British and North American malted barley, German and American yeast strains, Pacific Northwest hops and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes. We’re proud of our brewery and the beers we make. Try Abita Beer today and taste a bit of the South!
 
tbr-abita-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.
Label: Ripe, red Louisiana strawberries are harvested at the peak of the season in the early morning chill.  The secret of the juicy red Ponchatoula berries fills the air as they’re picked and pressed for Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager. The end result is a light, crisp lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.

The Brewski Review: Frankly, I was dissapointed with this one.  I had just finished shoveling a ton and a half of river rock out of a pickup and mowing the lawn on a sunny 83 degree day.  All I wanted was to taste a nice beer and relax for a few minutes before embarking on another small project of removing the deer netting I installed on some trees last fall.  The beer was cold and crisp so I guess in this respect it was good (thanks, in part, to my fridge) but I was looking for a nice strawberry taste.  Aside from not tasting strawberry, I couldn’t even smell it.  Now, I did burn the tip of my tongue last weekend in a freak pizza incident (I was hungry and the pizza was, unknowingly, right out of the oven.) so there is a small chance that it dulled my taste buds.  But, hey, I didn’t burn my nose.  I drank another Bud Lime the other night (I was on the road traveling for business again and it sounded good) and I had no problems with my taste or scent capabilities then.  Many people rave about this brew but I think Abita needs to refine this recipe a little and make it more like the beer they market it to be.   

Drinkability: Drinkable.  But not as a ‘Strawberry’ flavored beer.
Appearance: Large, quick foamy head over top of a light golden color.
The Buds: An the good side, cold and crisp.  No strawberry taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.0 out of 5 just because it isn’t the beer Abita markets it to be.

Maybe The Bottles Are Placed In The Berry Patch Hoping To Absorb The Taste.

Maybe The Bottles Are Placed In The Berry Patch Hoping To Absorb The Taste.

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