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May 1, 2011

TBR Reviews Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale 5.1.2011

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale
File Date: 5.1.2011

 File Name: My wife love me. She bought home a six pack.
The Beer: Cascade Pale Ale
Type: American Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Stevens Point Brewery
Web Site: www.pointbeer.com
State/Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: Steven’s Point Brewery HistoryThe Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150 years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality beer, just as the brewery’s founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857. This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be Wisconsin-owned and independently operated. We take great pride in our history. And, we continue to work hard, as our founders did, to continue to provide our customers today with quality award-winning beer

tbr-stevensptlogoBrewer Brand Hype: Point Cascade Pale Ale is handcrafted combining special top-fermenting yeast and a dry hopping process to create this truly classic American Pale Ale. The intriguing character is derived from generous quantities of the choicest Yakima Valley Cascade hops and the finest crystal, 2-row pale, and Munich malts. The result is a delicious American Pale Ale with a signature fragrant hop bouquet and soft malt palate.
Label: Hand Crafted. Point Well Made.

The Brewski Review: Did I tell mention that my wife picked up a six pack of IPA for me a few weeks ago. She hunted and pecked until she thought she found the perfect set. Little did she know she stuffed an American Pale Ale in with the IPA’s. Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale is that APA. I can say that I liked it a little better than the IPA’s I’ve been downing lately. This one has the hoppy bitterness but not as much as there seems to be with an IPA. For that reason, I could drink a six pack of this brand. It was cold and crisp and went down fast. Try some Stevens Point APA yourself and let me know what you think.

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink again.
Appearance: Light golden color. Quick dissolving head.
The Buds: Good. Hoppy but not as bitter as an IPA.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

Vintage Stevens Point beer advertisement.

Vintage Stevens Point beer advertisement.

March 14, 2011

Tyskie Gronie Euro Pale Lager Review 3.14.2011

Kompania Piwowarska SA's Tyskie Gronie Pale Lager

Kompania Piwowarska SA's Tyskie Gronie Pale Lager

The Brewski Report Spotlights Kompania Piwowarska’s Tiskie Gronie
File Date: 3.14.2011

File Name: A World of Hurt For Japan
The Beer: Tyskie Gronie 
Type: Pale Euro Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Kompania Piwowarska SA
Web Site: www.kp.pl
State/Country of Origin: Poland
Brewer Info: Kompania Piwowarska SA came into being in 1999 out of the merger of LECH Browary Wielkopolski SA and Browary Tyskie Górny Śląsk SA with the South African Breweries International (currently SABMiller) becoming its strategic investor. In 1995 SAB acquired the majority stake in LECH Browary Wielkopolski SA and a year later in Browary Tyskie Górny Śląsk SA. In 2003 a contract was signed between Kompania Piwowarska SA and Radeberger Gruppe AG on the basis of which Kompania Piwowarska became the owner of Dojlidy Brewery of Białystok. In January 2008, the company was joined by the 4th brewery, Browar Belgia in Kielce, where the production process came to a close in 2009. In 2009, SABMiller purchased from Kulczyk Holding SA the 28,1 % of Kompania Piwowarska’s shares, thus becoming the sole owner of the company.

tbr-tyskie-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Tyskie is our flagship brand. It is an unrivaled leader on the Polish beer market. For years it has been winning recognition at home and abroad. Many times it has been awarded the most prestigious prizes of the brewing industry. Tyskie is also a unique sport sponsor; since 2005 it has supported the Polish national football team, its coach Leo Beenhakker and football fans. Tyskie Gronie continuous a centuries’ long tradition of beer brewing at Tychy, dating back to 17th century. Gronie’s enthusiasts appreciate most of all its mild hoppy aroma, golden colour and the thick, white head. This beer’s exquisite taste and aroma are a benchmark for Polish beers of similar type. Tyskie Gronie is a fine beer brewed in compliance with traditional recipies. Tyskie Gronie stands for its rich head and ideally balanced bitterness. Tyskie Gronie tastes best after a long day’s work!
Label: Tyskie. Z Polski. Tyskie. Made in Poland.

The Brewski Review: If there’s anyone whose a big fan of pale lagers it’s me. But I was quite surprised when I tasted this Euro Pale. I wasn’t immediately in love with it. After I finished I’m still wasn’t. No love here. It seemed to sport too much of an aftertaste for me. I didn’t think it was mild either. Too bitter I guess is what it boils down to. So I think I’d have to pass on this one. And should I visit Poland I still wouldn’t drink it. It wasn’t terrible; just not for me. But on a more depressing note, I’m sure everyone is aware of the tragedy unfolding in Japan. It’s amazing that in our modern era of technological advances, so many people would perish in a tsunami triggered by an earthquake; especially in such a heightened cultural awareness where earthquake preparedness is taken to a level  unlike any other. Preparing for a 100 year wave of water 30 feet high probably wasn’t even in the ‘likely scenario’ playbook the city planners reviewed. And, with a possible nuclear meltdown flickering on the horizon it’s easy to see why this is such a formidable catastrophe. Everyone should give a moment of silence for all the lost lives and those millions in need. Then, than your lucky stars that no matter what your current situation is, it’s better than what others are experiencing right now in the Land Of The Rising Sun.

Drinkability: Surprisingly I’d pass.
Appearance: Light golden color with ample head.
The Buds: Too much hoppy bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Wouldn't this make a great mural on the side of a 5 story building?

Wouldn't this make a great mural on the side of a 5 story building?

Polish beer caps on an image of an American Flag. Advertisement celebrating a milestone of Tyskie Gronie imported in America.

Polish beer caps on an image of an American Flag. Advertisement celebrating a milestone of Tyskie Gronie imported in America.

What is Dyngus Day you ask? Historically a Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the often restrictive observance of lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions.

What is Dyngus Day you ask? Historically a Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the often restrictive observance of lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions.

September 8, 2010

Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale Beer Review 9.8.10

Sierra Nevada's Flagship Brand - Pale Ale.

Sierra Nevada's Flagship Brand - Pale Ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Seirra Nevada’s Pale Ale
File Date: 9.8.2010

 File Name: A Cool Day At The Beach Is Better Than None.
The Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Type: American Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.sierranevada.com
Country/State of Origin: CA, USA
Brewer Info: [In 1978] Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi cobbled a brewery together from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler, and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, they created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada mountains. Finally, on November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
 
tbr-sn-pale-ale-label2Brewer Brand Hype: Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.
Label: Purest Ingredients. Finest Quality.

The Brewski Review: I took the wife and kids on a short little vacation to the beach today. Yes, it’s late in the year so the beaches weren’t crowded. But, since it is late in the year, it was rather blustery and cool. Maybe mid 60’s tops. Definitely not swimming weather. This cool front didn’t happen to be included in my daughters vacation plans. She must have told us well over 150 times of her desire to go to the beach (or some derivation of that). This took place over a 5 hr car ride so you can see how very eager she was. In the end, I don’t think she was too disappointed. She likes the idea of the beach. At most, she may have waded in but I doubt she would have went under. Even when we set up the kiddie pool in the back yard, she only wades for a few minutes then she’s off on some other play-gig. We’ll head back again next year in the fall. This will be the last year we can afford to have a vacation after the start of school so we’ll pack in as much as we can. Fall foilage, campfires, rock hunting (also a favorite of my son) and Oktoberfest beers will be high on my list. Getting to the beer, we stopped into a restaurant and I thought I’d try out this Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It was good. Sierra Nevada supposedly started their business with this beer and it’s the brand anchor of thier ship. It had a very tight, foamy head at the pour. Nice tasting pale ale. A little hoppy for me but I’d drink another given the chance.

Drinkability: Definitely would drink again.
Appearance: Light golden color. Huge foamy head.
The Buds: Nice hoppy flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

Our Cold and Blustery Day At The Beach.

Our Cold and Blustery Day At The Beach.

July 30, 2010

Sam Adams’ Boston Lager Beer Review 7.30.10

Sam Adams' Boston Lager displayed in high tech drinkware.

Sam Adams' Boston Lager displayed in high tech drinkware.

The Brewski Report Reviews Sam Adams’ Boston Lager and a Good Way To Eliminate Chipmunks
File Date: 7.30.10

File Name: The Chipmunk And The Cat
The Beer: Boston Lager
Type: Vienna Lager
Serving: Draft
Stats: 4.75% ABV
Brewer: Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams)
Web Site: www.samueladams.com
Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info: Jim Koch founded The Boston Beer Company in 1984 because he believed that Americans deserved better beer. Today, we’re a team of about 350 people, and we all share a common passion for bringing great Samuel Adams® beers to beer lovers everywhere. We’ve worked hard for the many successes we’ve enjoyed over the years. The Boston Beer Company has been cited as one of the best companies to work for by Boston Magazine, one of the Best Entry-Level Jobs by The Princeton Review, and our beers have won more awards than any beer in history.

tbr-sa-bl-medallionBrewer Brand Hype: When Jim left his job to start a brewery, people told him he was crazy. After tasting that first batch of Samual Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen, he knew he had something that just might prove the doubters wrong. It wasn’t like any beer out there. Full flavored with hops and malt yet balanced and complex. And a beer revolution began. The incredible thing is after all these years, its still the same amazing beer and nothing else out there is quite like it.
Label: Pulled this one from the tap.

The Brewski Review: **Disclaimer: Animal lovers should NOT read this post.** That said, I’ve set a rat trap to kill the chipmunks burrowing around my house. Wisdom gained from my father. He told me this a while ago but I never really followed through until the chipmunks started burrowing through the corner of my wood porch decking. Arrrrg! The guantlet was thrown. I didn’t even bother to bait the traps, just place them in their travel path. Pow! Pow! Pow! Three in a row at one hole. Some time went by and the hole came up dry so I moved onto another. Pow! Pow! Another two. At this point, I thought about getting little chipmunk stickers with X’s through them so I could apply them to my front door – much like the WWII fighter pilots did on their planes when they had a confirmed enemy kill. My high was great until one day the trap came up missing. What the…?! In the back of my mind I made a mental note: go to store later to buy another varmit exterminator. Before that happened, my wife came home from her morning walk and said our trap was out in the street with a dead chipmunk. DANG! That must have been one bad*ss furry rodent. I figured he got his back legs trapped and he pulled himself and the trap about 60′ to the road with his front legs. I’m not sure if this was possible but that was the only explaination I could muster. Anyway, I head out to the road to retrieve the contraption and come to find out it was run over. Everything, including the chipmunk, was crushed. DRAT! About a week later my wife was chatting with the neighbor across the street and she told my wife that she watched a cat walking across the street with the chipmunk (and trap) in it’s mouth and get run over by a car. A devilish grin crossed my face when I heard this story. It was probably the same neighborhood cat that was using our flower beds as it’s litterbox. Talk about irony. Anyway, it turned out to be one very bad day for the chipmunk and the cat. But, on the bright side, my day was looking up. I would like to say I celebrated with a beer but that wasn’t the case. Had I, Sam Adams’ Boston Lager wouldn’t be that beer. Although a decent beer, it was a little hoppy for my tastes. I would drink it again if offered to me for free. I doubt I’d purchase any. Oh yeah, the moral of the story? There is no such think in life as a free lunch.

"We have met the enemy and they are ours." - U.S. naval captain Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819) wrote these famous words in a letter to U.S. army general William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) after defeating the British navy at the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813.

"We have met the enemy and they are ours." - U.S. naval captain Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819) wrote these famous words in a letter to U.S. army general William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) after defeating the British navy at the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813.

Drinkability: Okay. Would drink it again.
Appearance: Pale to medium amber.
The Buds: Kind of Hoppy for my tastes
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps.

June 20, 2010

Dogfish Head’s Aprihop IPA Beer Review 6.20.10

Plenty O' Fish Head On This Beer

Plenty O' Fish Head On This Beer

The Brewski Report on Dogfish Head’s Aprihop India Pale Ale.
File Date: 6.20.10

File Name: Dogfish Brings Their B Game
The Beer: India Pale Ale 
Type: American IPA
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.0% ABV
Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Web Site: http://www.dogfish.com
Country of Origin: DE, USA
Brewer Info: The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when we opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the first state’s first brewpub opened in the resort beach community of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The plan was to bring original beer, original food, and original music to the area. With the popularity of the pub growing, it was quickly apparent that the 12–gallon brewery would not keep up with demand. We built a new brewery and underwent a thirty-fold expansion of the brew house! We outgrew our distributing brewery in a couple years and in the summer of 2002; we moved our entire production brewery up the road to Milton, Delaware into a 100,000 square foot converted cannery. Around the same time (just to keep thing interesting), we built a distillery on the second floor of our Rehoboth Beach brewpub, so we could make vodka, rum and gin.

Brewer Brand Hype: Aprihop is our fruit beer for hopheads! It is antbr-aprihop-logo1 American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Cystal malts massively hopped in in the continuous fashion. The flavor is complimented by the addition of Apricots. After fermentation the beer is dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Amarillo hops. The beer is hoppy in the aroma with the apricots playing a supporting complimentary role. The flavor is rich with late hop flavors and it’s bitterness is tempered by just the right amount of malt sweetness and fruity undertones from the apricots. This is one of our most popular seasonal beers and we’ve been brewing it each spring for quite a while now. We release the beer each March and you should find it on the shelves through May.
Label: A Serious India Pale Ale Brewed With Real Apricots.

The Brewski Review: I thought this would be a winner when I pulled it off the shelf. I like apricot jam so why not beer? Would the flavor blow me away? As the beer rolled across my tongue I sensed a little sweetness and a faint apricot taste but nothing that rang my bells. Overall this was a decent IPA but when it billed itself as a ‘serious India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots’ it elevated the game. On this one I don’t think Dogfish Head Brewery bought their skillsets to the court. As noted, it’s a decent beverage but I don’t see the ‘Apricot’ adding much. It reminds me of Abita’s Strawberry beer – It’s probably in the beer, but the taste isn’t coming across like you would expect – you know, since it’s advertised. That is, at least not for my buds.  Maybe you’ll have different feedback. So, I most certainly won’t discourage you from at least trying it if you like apricots.

Drinkability: Will try some other IPA before drinking Aprihop again.
Appearance: Medium amber in color.
The Buds: Slight presence of apricot flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

March 24, 2010

Sam Adams Noble Pils Beer Review 3.24.10

Pils In Bottle Form

Pils In Bottle Form

The Brewski Report: Sam Adams Noble Pils and My Fav Ethnic Fests
File Date: 3.24.2010

File Name: Give Me My Baklava And Leave Me Alone.
The Beer: Noble Pils
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Draft
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Boston Beer Company/Samuel Adams
Web Site: http://www.samueladams.com
Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info: Jim Koch founded The Boston Beer Company in 1984 because he believed that Americans deserved better beer. Today, we’re a team of about 350 people, and we all share a common passion for bringing great Samuel Adams® beers to beer lovers everywhere. We’ve worked hard for the many successes we’ve enjoyed over the years. The Boston Beer Company has been cited as one of the best companies to work for by Boston Magazine, one of the Best Entry-Level Jobs by The Princeton Review, and our beers have won more awards than any beer in history. Jim has been named an “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inc. Magazine. Our brewers keep amazing us with innovative new brews, most recently Samuel Adams Utopias and Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock.

tbr-noble-pils-label-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Samuel Adams Noble Pils is brewed with all 5 Noble Hops for a distinct hop character and fresh taste.  Deep golden in color with a citrusy hop aroma, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner.  The honeyed malt character from traditional Bohemian malt is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from the Noble hops.  The winner of our 2009 Beer Lover’s Choice election, this beer was chosen by over 67,000 drinkers for its crips complexity and refreshing taste.
Label: Pulled this one from a keg. 

The Brewski Review: Again, reviewed this one on the road. Although I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, I’m not a road warri0r. Never have been.  Just a homebody who like to hang with the family.  I don’t need to go bar hopping and partying with friends.  Been there.  Done that.  What I do like is visiting some of the local ethnic festivals.  Mostly for the food and beer.  Definitely not the people.  My wife and I like to watch the crowds move by, mutter our comments to each other as they do, but as I get older I like to be around people less and less. Visiting the local festivals is about the only place that I’ll tolorate it. My favorite festivals? Probably the German-American Fest and the Greek Festival.  Potato pancakes and baklava.  What’s not to love?  Noble Pils, on the other hand, is light on the palate and crisp tasting but I wasn’t impressed.  Rather hoppy with a strong aftertaste. Apparently, many people rave about Noble Pils but I can’t say I’m one.  It’s a decent beer but I’m not into the real hoppy brews.  If you are give one a try. 

Drinkability: Not one of the 67,000 Pils neophytes.
Appearance: Medium to deep gold in color.  Minimal head.
The Buds: Crisp tasting yes.  Delicious?  So-So.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

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