THE BREWSKI REPORT Tommy Brewski: My Beer. My Life.

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.

July 6, 2012

Mexico’s SOL Cerveza 7.6.2012

The BIG SOL bottle. Enough for you and your wife if she's a willing partner.

The BIG SOL bottle. Enough for you and your wife if she's a willing partner.

TBR Reports On Mexico’s Sol Cerveza
File Date: 7.6.2012

File Name: Sol Stakes A Claim On A New Line Of Perfume
The Beer: Sol
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V (Heineken)
Web Site: www.cuamoc.com/es/content/bienvenido-al-sitio-de-cuauhtemoc-moctezuma
State/Country of Origin: Monterrey (Nuevo Leon), Mexico
Brewer Info: It started in 1944 when Alberto Aldrete took over an old brick building that had been producing vegetable oil since it was built in 1929. Aldrete was operating a small malt factory in Tecate and had been brewing a beer as a sideline for over a year. He named his new brew after the town and it became the first maquiladora in Baja California.  In 1954 the brewery was sold to Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, a major brewer in Monterrey, Mexico that had been producing Bohemia and Carta Blanca beers. Today, the Cuauhtemoc brewery also produces Superior, Sol and Dos Equis along with the others in several different locations.  Today only Tecate and Carta Blanca are produced in the Tecate Brewery. Carta Blanca is a lighter pilsner beer, and most Baja beerdrinkers feel it doesn’t have the full rich flavor of Tecate.  The Tecate Beer that is exported is of a slightly lesser alcohol content, but that doesn’t make it any less popular north of the border. Tecate has the highest canned beverage sales of any import to the U.S.  The custom of squeezing a lime into Mexican beer began with Tecate beer.  The original brewmaster was of Scottish descent (last name Lorimer), who brought the idea from Great Britain where sailors would be given limes with their daily ration of grog to stave off scurvy (this is where the expression “limey” came from).

sol-logoBrewer Brand Hype: ‘El Salto del Agua’ (The Water Spring) near Mexico City, when a ray of bright sunlight shone through his brew. This event fired his imagination, leading him to name his new beer ‘El Sol’ and the very first ‘Mexican sunshine beer’ was born. In 1912 Cerveceria Moctezuma acquired ‘El Salto del Agua’ and in 1924 the brand name changed from ‘El Sol’ to simple ‘Sol’.

Today the original sunshine and ray designs remain virtually untouched and the proud brewing tradition behind this great brand continues. Sol “The original mexican Sunshine Beer” is a blond Mexican, light, festive and refreshing golden coloured pilsner style beer with a fresh malty, fruity-lemony flavour and a soft, quenching dry finish, serve chilled and drunk in the long neck bottle garnished with a fresh wedge of lime in the neck to accentuate the floral citrusy aroma of the beer. Great with lemony dishes like salads, fish and chicken satay or spicy food like nachos, tacos or Thai dishes or summer barbecues.

The Brewski Review: Large quart container. Great if your sitting on the front porch seat you just pulled out of your beat up pickup truck. As an American Adjunct Lager, it goes down ice cold and rather tasteless. It’s refreshing but not very flavorful. Mine was a little skunked…quoting my wife, ‘That beer does not smell good on you….’ With a clear glass container, I’m sure there were many opportunities to catch a little light inside the bottle and degrade the contents. Even thought I was on vacation and it was a sweltering day – upper 90’s – I didn’t drink it all. Some of that drink went down the drain since my wife had no interest in partaking. Nothing like having your wife say you stink after drinking a beer. Yeah, that’ll make me want to run out and purchase  more of this perfume.

Drinkability: No. Will pass on this one.
Appearance: Light golden yellow in clear container.
The Buds: Cold and a tasteless refreshing.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.0 out of 5.

Sol may not be as tasty as I like my beer.....but they make up for it in brand marketing. Here are a bevy of SOL beer girls for you enjoyment.

Sol may not be as tasty as I like my beer.....but they make up for it in brand marketing. Here are a bevy of SOL beer girls for you enjoyment.

And another SOL beer girl striking a pose on the beach.

And another SOL beer girl striking a pose on the beach.

Yes. These are beer girls too. Excellent brand placement.

Yes. These are beer girls too. Excellent brand placement.

This one seems rather surreal and heavenly.

This one seems rather surreal and heavenly.

July 4, 2011

EKU Pils and the Obama Dinner Party Lottery 7.4.11

Kulmbacher Brauerei EKU Pils

Kulmbacher Brauerei EKU Pils

The Brewski Report Reviews Kulmbacher’s EKU Pils
File Date: 7.4.2011

File Name: Obama’s Dinner Lottery
The Beer: EKU Pils
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Kulmbacher Brauerei
Web Site: www.kulmbacher.de/de/klbag/
State/Country of Origin: Kulmbach, Germany
Brewer Info: The name Kulmbach has always had a good reputation for beer connoisseurs, and no wonder: Even in antiquity, the inhabitants are dedicated to the art of brewing, as demonstrated by the discovery of a 3,000 year old Bieramphore, which is now seen as the oldest evidence of beer brewing in Germany. Since time immemorial the Darrhauben determine the malt, the brewer’s house and the restaurant’s heart, shapes the life of the people of beer in the region. 1846 joined the “prauenden citizens’ Johann Wolfgang Reichel, Johann Conrad Scheiding and Johann Martin Hübner, together with a Brauer community. This was the birth of the Kulmbach Reichelbräu. By exporting the legendary Kulmbach beer to central, eastern, and northern Germany began the rise of Reichelbräu. This was also the loss of sales territories in Central and East Germany was not slowed down after 1949. After the turn succeeded the tradition of brewing and brewing Sternquell pride in Saxony and the bathroom to take Brambacher mineral sources. 2003 the company took over the brewery Scherdel, courtyard. In 1996, the formerly independent breweries Reichelbräu, Sandlerbräu, and EKU priory under the umbrella of the Kulmbach Brewery were combined. Today we are the premium brand of Kulmbach , the traditional brand EKU , the specialty brand priory and the white beer brand Capuchin continue as separate brands with separate formulations . This beer variety Kulmbach justified reputation as the secret capital of beer.

tbr-eku-label1Brewer Brand Hype: When the very first clear, golden lager was brewed in the Bohemian town of Pilsen in 1842, beer drinkers the world over were immediately enchanted. The Germans quickly proved to be the most passionate devotees of the new style. Towns across the land began brewing their own “Pilsner” beers, and the name of the style was soon shortened to the friendlier “Pils.” The German touch was to make the beer a bit lighter in body – better for everyday drinking – and to add an extra dose of hops for a refreshingly bitter zing.
Label: The classic German ‘Pils’ with flawless balance. Light and refreshing, rich and deeply satisfying – perfect for everyday drinking. Brewed according to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 and bottled by Kulmbacher Brauerei 95326, Bavaria, Germany.

The Brewski Review: Large head at the pour but dissapated quickly. Surprisingly hoppy for a lighter pilsener beer. Light and crisp. Good for a hot summer 89 degree day like today. You know, the other day I read a snippit of Obama’s Re-election campaign team to best their goal for $60M before June 30th. In an effort to drum up more low dollar contributions Obama himself sent out an mass e-mail appeal that stated: “I wanted to say thank you before the midnight deadline passes. And I’m looking forward to thanking four of you in person over dinner sometime soon. If you haven’t thrown your name in the hat yet, make a donation of $5 or more before midnight tonight — you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to be one of our guests.” Does this offend you as much as it does me? So what….Obama’s holding a lottery? For $5 you get a chance to win a meal with the President of the USA? It’s completely disgusting to think that we’re cheapening the value of the office for the country’s highest elected official, not to mention that it’s against the law to use the White House as a lever or means to solicit campaign contributions. Of course, I’m sure Obama’s crafty enough to work his way around this little loophole.

Drinkability: Sure. I’d double down.
Appearance: Clear, golden yellow.
The Buds: Hoppy tasting for a lighter ‘pils’.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.’

Rule 1 when eating with the President: Don't stand between the president and the food. Rule 2: Keep your fingers and hands close to your person. Rule 3: Don't tell Michele what he eats.

Rule 1 when eating with the President: Don't stand between the president and the food. Rule 2: Keep your fingers and hands close to your person. Rule 3: Don't tell Michele what he eats.

June 12, 2011

Singha Premium Lager Beer Review 6.12.2011

Singha Premium Lager with the Lion.

Singha Premium Lager with the Lion.

The Brewski Report Reviews Singha Premium Lager Beer
File Date: 6.12.2011

File Name: Triassic Park-ish weather may be here to stay.
The Beer: Singha Lager Beer
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Boon Rawd Brewery Ltd. (Singha Corp. Ltd.)
Web Site: www.singhabeer.com (site takes a while to load)
State/Country of Origin: Bangkok, Thailand
Brewer Info:   Phraya BhiromBhakdi was an aristocrat with an acute business vision. He was already successful in the ferry business, transporting passengers across the Chao Praya River. But, in the 1920s, bridges were being built around the capital, as private cars and public transportation were fast becoming the norm for commuters between Bangkok and Thonburi. Phraya BhiromBhakdi then thought to look for a new business venture. As Thai people were increasingly enjoying imported beers at the time, he found that beers were also being produced in a few Asian countries with similar climate to Thailand. Having received a report that water in parts of Bangkok was perfect for beer brewing, he visited many leading breweries in Europe to learn about the production process. Soon after, the request to brew the first Thai beer was granted; machineries imported;the new and exciting venture soon became the talk-of-the-town. Thus, began the story of the first beer to be brewed in Thailand, which began in 1933, when the founder was 60 years old. With Boonrawd Brewery being the first Thai brewery, the process leading up to the building of the brewery created much interest in Thailand at the time. Many visits to the brewery were made by members of the Royal Family, politicians, and foreign envoys, as well as other important individuals to see the new in-thing at the time. With Singha Corporation’s continual expansions, processes and technologies continually updated, Singha’s breweries are one of the most technological advanced in teh world. Please enjoy the photos from history to the present for which we will update periodically.

tbr-singha-logo1Brewer Brand Hype: The golden liquid is produced using the finest quality barley, malt and hops, imported from around the world, together with the pure artisan water, with a special balance that is unique only to our areas, distinguishing the taste from other beers. Distinghished brewmasters from Thailand and Germany ensure the quality of the product and the balance in taste.
Label: The Original Thai Beer Since 1933.

The Brewski Review: Not sure how to judge the taste of the ‘Artisan Water’ but overall a pleasant tasting beer. Not a favorite but definitely a drink-worthy brewski. Overall taste was mild with a slight hoppy flavor. I’ve had other euro pale lagers that satisfied my taste buds better, but this would work on one of these hot summer days. It’s been surprisingly hot this year so far and it doesn’t appear to be letting up. Are we working our way back to the weather similar to that during the Triassic period (206 to 250 million years ago)? The Earth proceeds through different cycles and the temperature will change accordingly. The Triassic period was definitely warmer and had a bonus – had cool dinosaurs roaming around. That’s one time period I’ll be visiting once someone invents a time machine.  I’ll just have to make a quick visit to the future to pick up a Ray-Gun at 7-11 before packing my bags.

Drinkability: Not if given a choice.
Appearance: Pale golden color with max head
The Buds: Slight hoppy taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A more exotic and upscale print ad with the Singha Lion Girl (that's beer girl in America).

A more exotic and upscale print ad with the Singha Lion Girl (that's beer girl in America).

Gotta hand it to Singha - they love the beer girls. Like me, I think they do wonders to enhance the brand.

Gotta hand it to Singha - they love the beer girls. Like me, I think they do wonders to enhance the brand.

Another Singha beer girl. This one is wearing a sash so we may be looking at Ms. Singha. Looks more European than Asian though.

Another Singha beer girl. This one is wearing a sash so we may be looking at Ms. Singha. Looks more European than Asian though.

August 21, 2010

Coors Light Beer Review 8.21.10

The condensation on the bottle looks more flavorful than the contents.

The condensation on the bottle looks more flavorful than the contents.

The Brewski Report Reviews Coors Brewing’s Light Lager.
File Date: 8.21.10

File Name: Wife Discriminates: Makes Husband Do The Heavy Lifting.
The Beer: Coors Light
Type: Light Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Coors Brewing Co. / MillerCoors
Web Site: www.coorslight.com
Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: Adolph Coors Company was founded in 1873. Our principal subsidiary is Coors Brewing Company, the nation’s third-largest brewer. Throughout our history, Coors has provided consumers with high-quality malt-beverage products using the finest ingredients available. Coors Light is the the largest selling beer in the country. Coors maintains a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity in employment, promotion and purchasing. The company’s policy is to “recruit, hire, train and promote into all job levels employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, covered-veterans status, sexual orientation or national origin.”  The Coors Golden brewery is the world’s larges on a single site. Free brewery tours are offered daily, except Sundays and holidays.

Inside this room, all of my dreams become realities, and some of my realities become dreams. - Willy Wonka

Inside this room, all of my dreams become realities, and some of my realities become dreams. - Willy Wonka (I'm sure for some that is.)

Brewer Brand Hype: Coors Light, the World’s Most Refreshing Beer, is the fourth best-selling beer in the U.S. Introduced in 1978, Coors Light has been a favorite in delivering the ultimate in cold refreshment for more than 25 years. Coors Light’s unique frost-brewing process locks in a taste as cold as the Rockies. The simple, silver-toned can caught people’s attention and the brew was nicknamed the “Silver Bullet” as sales climbed. Recent Coors Light innovations include the Cold Activated Bottle, Super Cold Draft, the Vented Wide Mouth Can with Frost Brew Liner and a Cold Activated Can.
Label: Nothing worth noting.

The Brewski Review: I was moving junk from my basement to the garage attic today in an effort to make more room in the basement for more junk.  Circular isn’t it? We’re not big consumers which is a good thing. My wife and I don’t think we have much stuff but we tend not to throw much away. While performing this mundane task several times from our air conditioned house to a garage attic that was well over 100 degrees, I thought it was high time I pull open the fridge and treat myself to a cold beverage. Juice boxes. No. Water. No. Coors Light. Okay, I’ll try one. And, might I say, what a dissapointment it was. There wasn’t much ‘beer’ flavor but if you wanted to drink a lot of beer, this choice may rank up at the top. Very watery. Very blah. I can only think that Coors Brewery has been distracted lately and their attention has been turned away from brewing beer. Take a look at the ‘Brewer Info’ above: why would a company integrate their equal opportunity employment policy into their marketing strategy? PR issues? Do they have a discrimination lawsuits on the docket or what? Hopefully this was just a poor pick of venues to eagerly promote their HR policy. My feeling is that Coors should remove the wording. I wouldn’t think this is advancing Coors Light’s marketshare. But, I could be all wrong on this one. Perhaps Coors drinkers are very litigious individuals. 

Drinkability: A guest left some at my house. It was free. Wouldn’t buy any myself.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Minimal taste. Watery. Session beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 2.5 caps out of 5.

Perhaps Atticus Finch is on the case.....

Perhaps Atticus Finch is on the case.....

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