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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.

August 14, 2011

Celebrator Double Bock Beer and Cooking BBQ Pork Ribs 8.14.2011

Celebrator - the beer with the white goat around the neck.

Celebrator – the beer with the white goat around the neck.

The Brewski Report Reviews Celebrator’s Doppelbock and Marinating BBQ Pork Ribs
File Date: 8.14.2011

File Name: Beer Used As A BBQ Ribs Marinade?
The Beer: Celebrator Doppelbock
Type: Doppelbock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.7% ABV
Brewer: Privatbrauerei Franz InselKammer KG/ Brauerei Aying
Web Site: http://en.ayinger-bier.de/?pid=263
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: In 1876 the father of the Ayinger Brewery, Johann Liebhard, took over the agricultural and forestry estate “Zum Pfleger” with tavern and butcher’s shop, which had been family property since circa 1810. His wife Maria, a postmaster’s daughter from Markt Schwaben, was, as were all women of the brewing generations, the central pillar of support in the running of the business. In the economic high spirits of the 1870’s following Germany’s victory over France, Johann Liebhard applied his acute business acumen in deciding to found his own brewery. This was not so unusual at the time, which is why there were some 6,000 breweries in Bavaria alone in the 1880’s. Of these, approximately 650 are still in operation today.

tbr-pork-cutsBrewer Brand Hype: A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous platinum medallions..
Label: Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer.

The Brewski Review: Dark and mysterious. Actually better than I had anticipated (C’mon…who doesn’t anticipate the taste of a beer before cracking it open?). I expected it to be creamier than it was but that didn’t detract from it’s flavor. Since I was eating UTX’s Honey Wheat Braided Twists with this (which, by the way, are pretty tasty themselves) I can’t give you the snobby breakdown on a nano-flavor level. It was more substantial, heavy and sweet than most beers I usually drink and that was the appeal. I was going to drink this with dinner tonight – BBQ ribs – but couldn’t wait. It was also coincidental that, when listening to the car radio the other day, that if you really want tender ribs, you should marinate them in a dark beer overnight. They say the acid in the malts break down the fat in the meat. Of course, I didn’t want to waste this beer as a marinade so I’ll have to wait until we purchase our next slab. Sounds rather delicious doesn’t it? If anyone has tried this please let me know. I’m curious to know what beer and BBQ sauce you used and how they turned out.

Drinkability: Would drink this again.
Appearance: Super dark with maximum head.
The Buds: Good. Heavy and full of flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 caps.

Don't these look simply delicious? I can't bear to watch the food network like my wife. It makes me hungry.

Don’t these look simply delicious? I can’t bear to watch the food network like my wife. It makes me hungry.

March 20, 2010

Reviewing Anchor Brewing’s Bock Beer 3.20.10

Anchor Bock Beer and It's Big Head.

Anchor Bock Beer and It's Big Head.

The Brewski Report Reveiws Anchor Brewing’s Bock Beer Over A Steak And My Favorite Potatos
File Date: 3.20.10

File Name: Potatoes done right.  Not spelled right.
The Beer: Anchor Bock Beer
Type: Bock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: Anchor Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.anchorbrewing.com
Country of Origin: CA, USA
Brewer Info: Anchor’s beers are produced in one of the most traditional and handsome breweries anywhere in the world. Our brewers employ no modern shortcuts. Each brew is virtually handmade with an all-malt mash in our handmade copper brewhouse, a veritable museum of the simple, traditional brewhouses of old. We strive to practice the art of classical brewing, and we employ state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our products are clean and clear, pure and fresh. Every bottle and keg of our precious beer is kept under refrigeration at the brewery, and at the warehouse of your local distributor. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing methods with the most careful and modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging, and transporting.

tbr-anchor-bock-label2Brewer Brand Hype: Anchor Bock Beer, released in celebration of the coming of spring, is an ancient and mysterious part of the brewing tradition. Over time, the term “bock” has come to mean a beer darker and stronger than the brewery’s “regular” brew. We hope you will find Anchor Bock to be a rich and flavorful addition to our other offerings. San Francisco’s Anchor Bock Beer is virtually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer, in one of the most traditional small breweries in the world. It is brewed from a complex blend of the finest barley malts, wheat malts, and fresh, whole hops.
Label: Same as above.

The Brewski Review: I opened this bottle of Bock as I was sitting down to enjoy a nice steak dinner. I think it complimented the food quite nicely.  The dark brown beer poured with a large foamy muddy colored head that dissipated rather quickly.  It was very malty tasting and rather creamy going down with minimal bitterness.  And for those keeping tabs on my diet I also had grilled asparagus and sliced potatos.  I love potatos cooked this way on the grill…slice up the potatos, onions and mushrooms, put them in foil, season as desired (for me, it’s usually just a salt-free table blend) and add plenty of butter.  Seal and toss it on the grill for 15 minutes before turning and adding another 15 until done.  We’ve added variations on this….like including peppers.  I’m considering adding carrots because I like them cooked with potatos and onions.  Maybe I’ll even add the asparagus right inside the foil instead of grilling them separately.  Very simple yet tasty.  I recommend you try it today. 

Drinkability: Tasty.  Would drink it again. 
Appearance: Deep Brown in color.  Foamy.
The Buds: Creamy and not very bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

March 19, 2010

Okocim Brewery’s O.K. Euro Pale Lager Beer Review 3.19.10

O.K. Beer is Okay-ski with Me.

O.K. Beer is Okay-ski with Me.

The Brewski Report Reviews Poland’s OK Beer Pale Lager And Mulling The Prospect of Spring.
File Date: 3.19.10

File Name: What’s The Polish Word For Barbeque? 
The Beer: O.K. Beer
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Okocim Brewery
Web Site: www.okocim.pl/
Country of Origin: Poland
Brewer Info: Okocim Brewery, in Brzesko in southeastern Poland, is one of the oldest and most renowned breweries in the country. It currently makes eight types of beer: O.K. (Pilsener), Signature (Pilsener), Mocne (Medium Malt), Porter, Karmi and Karmi Poema Di Caffe (Near Beer), Palone, and Zagloba. Established in 1845 by Johann Evangelist Götz (1815-1893), born in Wirtemberg. His son Jan Albin expanded the family business, married a Polish aristocrat, and changed his name to Goetz-Okocimski. In 1945 the brewery was nationalised, and reprivatised in the 1990s. Since 1996 the brewery has been a part of Carlsberg Polska, Carlsberg Breweries A/S.

tbr-okbeer-label1Brewer Brand Hype: Okocim O.K. is a fine and delicate brew, deriving its quality from a recipe which incorporates the best of indigenous Polish hop varieties, luxurious barley and only the softest mountain water. The O.K. label remains mostly unchanged from its original design from forty years ago. The beer itself helped define “Polish Pils style”, which in turn separated Polish beers from the many other European brands.
Label: Full Pale Beer.  Piwo Jsne Pelne

The Brewski Review:
  I am excited about the end of winter.  There was a day when I loved to see the snow fly.  The more the better.  But, as I grew older and picked up a few responsibilities of my own, like shoveling snow, I came to dislike winter.  I really don’t mind the cold so much but I dislike wasting time pushing a substance around that will eventually melt – not to mention the wonderful muscle aches I get in return.  Heated sidewalks.  Now that’s the ticket.  In the advent of warmer weather, we can turn our attention to more important issues like outdoor grilling.  And, no one can beat a punch to the grill faster than me.  But, who can enjoy a good grill without having a beer in hand. So, I pulled one from the fridge.  A Polish beverage called OK Beer, which I actually enjoyed.  Though I’m Polish I harbored no preconceived notions about what a beer from the ‘homeland’ would taste like.  It was refreshing.  Light and mild.  The only downside is that it’s only 11.2 Fl.Oz.  It disappeared rather quickly.  Try one next time your outside in the warm sun waiting for your chicken to sizzle on the grill.

Drinkability:  Very nice.  I could buy a case of this.
Appearance: Medium golden in color.  Nice Head.
The Buds:  Light and mild.  No bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

May 10, 2009

Red Stripe Beer Review 5.10.09

The Brewski Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 caps

TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5

The Brewski Report’s Review on the Desnoes & Geddes Flagship Brand Red Stripe Beer.
File Date:  May 10, 2009

File Name:   ‘A Mother’s Day Feast’
The Beer:  Red Stripe
Type:  Lager (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving: Short, stubby brown bottle
Stats:  4.70% ABV
Brewer: Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Web Site: www.redstripebeer.com
Brewer Info:  The first Red Stripe was brewed in the Surrey Brewery in 1928 as an ale style beer that was too heavy to suit local preferences. The current lager formulation was first produced in 1938 from a recipe developed by Paul H. Cotter (the son of founder E. P. Cotter) and Bill Martindale. The modern brewery was opened at Hunt’s Bay in 1958.

Brewer Brand Hype:  Red Stripe’s superior taste is created with the finest quality Hops from the Yakima Valley in the USA, choice European Malt, water from the Liguanea alluvium aquifer, superbly brewed with care.  It’s moderate in body, bitterness, hop aroma and flavor, has a low butterscotch flavor, full bodied and has a smooth post palate sensation.

The Brewski Review:  Being that it was Mother’s Day, I thought it would be nice to cook dinner.  The notion that my wife actually asked me before this thought entered my mind probably had some minor bearing on the final outcome.  But, nonetheless, I took on the project.  First things first, so off to the store we go: filet mignon, mustard based potato salad, asparagus, mushrooms, onion and mozzarella ball and tomato salad.  To me, this is a guy can-do dinner because the only stovetop cooking was to sauté the mushrooms and onions. Cut ‘em up and toss ‘em in butter.  Move ‘em around every now and then and pretty soon their done.  Walla!  I was originally going to grill them but my wife wanted them caramelized, not burnt.  So I acquiesced.  The filets and asparagus go on the man-grill.  I also considered corn on the cob but it was a little early in the season for sweet corn in our neck of the woods.  I also decided to invite my parents.  Its rate that we invite my parents over (although, it even rarer that I cook).  It’s not that they live too far away.  Heck, they just live maybe ¾ mile down the road.  Maybe it’s our frantic kid schedule that drives our dinner routine.  Or, maybe it’s because the house is in a perpetual state of ‘remodel’ – clutter stacked up everywhere.  I know it shouldn’t matter but I take pride in keeping a neat and organized mess.  Perhaps the winds of change are upon us: I purchased a large salmon filet not too long ago and that may just be the reason to get them back over for another meal.  I’ll try grilling that as well.  A little butter for flavor (I’m on a low salt diet) and, of course, a beer by my side while I try to figure out if the fish is cooked on the inside.  As today, I think that time would be worthy of a Red Stripe as well.

Drinkability:  Ya mon.  I be drinking this beer again.
Appearance:  Golden color.  Pours with a nice head.
The Buds:  Sweet tasting mild beer.  
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.
If I ever find myself in Jamaica, I’ll try a bottle on the beach.

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