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

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.

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.

February 1, 2014

Brauerei Heller-Trum Schlenkerla Rauchbier Review 2.1.2014

Smoke like you've never tasted.

Smoke like you've never tasted.

TBR Reports on Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
File Date: 2.1.14

File Name: Smoke taste that burn your house down.
The Beer: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
Type: Rauchbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Brauerei Heller-Trum/Schlenkerla
Web Site: www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Bamberg and Smokebeer (the Germans call it “Rauchbier”) belong together, a
liaison which was not without consequences. The greatest of which is the Schlenkerla: the
most productive, most visited and most traditional Smokebeer source in Bamberg. It originates
in the middle of the old town, directly underneath the mighty cathedral, from a half-timbered
house on which the geraniums effusively glow in the summer. Anyone who did not come here and
try the strong, unmistakable taste of Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer (in German: Aecht
Schlenkerla Rauchbier) cannot claim to have been to Bamberg.

Brewer Brand Hype: Smokebeer from Schlenkerla is a dark, aromatic, bottom fermented beer
with 13.5 percent original extract, which is equivalent to an alcohol content of 5.1
percent. No doubt: there are stronger beers, but nevertheless, one should not underestimate
… it can make you “schlenker” quite a bit. Its smoky flavor is being achieved by
exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs at the Schlenkerla-maltings.
After mixing it with premium-class hops in the brew, it matures in 700 year old cellars, deep down in
the hills of Bamberg, into a mellow, magnificent-tasting beer, best drunk directly in “Schlenkerla”.
An Original amongst the beers, even amongst the Bavarian beers. You can drink it in the “Alte Lokal”
at white-scrubbed wooden tables – covering them with a tablecloth would be a sin – underneath an old
timbered ceiling, even darker than the beer. You can drink it in the “Klause”, a former monastery,
built in 1310, or you can drink it in the inner court next to a 500-liter wooden-keg. All this is
the Schlenkerla.
The connoisseur drinks it slowly with relish, but steadily and purposefully. He knows, that the
second “Seidla” (half-liter) tastes better than the first, and the third even better than the second.
He drinks during the morning pint and during the afternoon break. He drinks it in the evenings,
drinks it alone and with company, especially with company, as “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” makes
one talkative and exuberant. It brings together the local with the stranger, as it is common in
Franconia to share your table with others.
Even if the brew tastes somewhat strange at the first swallow, do not stop, because soon you will
realize that your thirst will not decrease and your pleasure will visibly increase.
Label: Aecht Original Schlenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category,
has been brewed for centuries in the baroque town of Bamberg in Franconia (Bavaria/Germany). Following
the most ancient malting traditions, all it’s select barley malts are kilned over a fire of beech wood
logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. Brewed in classic copper vessels and matured for months in historic
cellars, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is a truly unique smoky beer experience.

The Brewski Review: There are very few things that blow me away. The smoke flavor in this beer is one
of them. It was the big elephant sitting on each taste bud in my mouth and it was fantastic. This is not
a beer to chug but one to sip and enjoy. It comes in a full pint bottle so you get a litte more than
the standard 12 oz. bottle. I could imagine sitting around a fire and drinking this beer or sitting in
the Schlenkerla with my wife and friends on my unfunded, pie in the sky, world beer tasting tour. This
beverage pours with minimal head and a rich, deep amber color. I offered my wife a swig but she declined
in favor of a strawberry margarita she just made to compliment taco night at the Tommy household.

Drinkability: Will definitely drink again.
Appearance: No head deep amber color.
The Buds: Excellent smokey flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Local smokebeer delivery vehicle.

Local smokebeer delivery vehicle.

As I've said, smoke like you've never tasted before.

As I've said, smoke like you've never tasted before.

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.

November 2, 2012

Mexico’s Bohemia Beer Review 11.25.2012

Mexico's Cerveza Bohemia

Mexico's Cerveza Bohemia

TBR Reports on Mexico’s Cerveza Bohemia
File Date:  11.25.2012

File Name: Preparing for Dec. 21st
The Beer: Cerveza Bohemia
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.3% 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: 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).

tbr-bohemia-logoBrewer Brand Hype: His personality is known for its rich aroma and a rich, full flavor, the result of a craft in which they operate only ingredients of the highest quality. Bohemia, considered one of the finest beers from Mexico, promotes the culture of marriage and the importance of beer in the world of gastronomy. Thanks to its rich ingredients, Bohemia is the perfect beer to pair any dish, highlighting the flavors of foods like beer. Bohemia was founded in 1905 with the purpose of being the finest beer in the Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc then. Using the finest European hops from the famous region of Bohemia in the Czech Republic, our brewmaster keeps the recipe for this elegant golden beer, which has transcended and achieved significant recognition.
Label: Imported Beer. Cerveza Bohemia. Est. 1905.

The Brewski Review: Pulling out the Christmas tree and hanging lights is the normal thing to do after Thanksgiving isn’t it? Well, working in the basement getting ready to get ready also counts. My wife and kids were upstairs while I was in the basement getting my workbench organization crazies on. My wife comes downstairs, looks at me and just shakes her head. My natural response is ‘What?’. I guess tooling up during the holiday season is frowned upon in my wife’s viewpoint. Heck, December 21st is nearly upon us. Isn’t that supposed to be the end of the world as we know it? When the world starts to fall apart, I need to know where to get my McGyver equipment. I may need to build an ark out of duck tape, cardboard and 8 penny cc nails. Anyway, I thought a beer would be nice so I pulled this one out of the fridge. It poured with minimal head that dissipated quickly and left a disturbing looking coagulation of foam on the top. The color was a very light golden color that looked almost like an American Adjunct Lager. It went down without coming back up so that was a plus. Overall, it had a decent flavor that held it’s own.

Drinkability: Would not purchase again.
Appearance: Very light – almost clear – in color.
The Buds: Little hoppy bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 caps out of 5

October 27, 2012

Salzburger Stiegl Radler Review 10.27.2012

Lemon flavored summertime splendor.

Lemon flavored summertime splendor.

TBR Reports on Salzburger Stiegl Radler
File Date: 10.27.2012

File Name: Carving Pumpkins with a Summertime Shandy
The Beer: Stiegl Radler (Lemon Shandy)
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!

tbr-lemon-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A popular shandy beer in three wonderfully refreshing flavours. Stiegl Radler is half Stiegl Goldbräu and half high quality soda with all-natural flavours. Low in calories and with a low alcohol content they make ideal thirst quenchers.
Label: Salzburger Stiegl Radler. Beer with Lemon Soda Malt Beverage Specialty. Austria’s Largest Private Brewing Company.

The Brewski Review: I think my wife and I may have found out new summer beverage. Right when I opened this one up the aroma of lemons came over me and I knew it would be good. And when I took my first sip….it was love at first gulp. I just had to tell my wife about it and she agreed. ‘I could drink this.’ she said (meaning, as a regular summertime beverage). So, its a real winner in our household. It’s nice and light, very well balanced with just the right amount of lemon. The soda adds a little bubbly to it and makes it taste like a lemon wine cooler. I’m sure beer purists would gasp at that thought but there’s room in this IPA world for a nice, light beverage in everyone’s fridge. And, as I get older, I want to drink what tastes good; not what OTHERS think is a good beer. Now, it’s only 54 degrees outside today and I just came in from carving a couple pumpkins with my kids. This beer was good today and I’ll bet it would be fantastic on a warm spring day or hotter than bille-blue-balls summertime afternoon. Try it today. I think you’ll like what you taste. Oh yeah, they also make raspberry and grapefruit flavor. Neither of which were at the store but it’ll be my mission to track these down next summer.

Drinkability: Oh yeah! Will be buying this again.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Excellent. Nice and light with a little lemon zing.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5 caps

Raspberry, Lemon and Grapefruit Radler Girls.

Raspberry, Lemon and Grapefruit Radler Girls.

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.

June 9, 2012

Cave Creek Chili Beer 6.9.2012

Looking for something different. Here it is. Caveat Emptor

Looking for something different. Here it is. Caveat Emptor.

TBR Reviews Cave Creek Chile Beer
File Date: 6.9.2012

File Name: HooHa All You Chili Pepper Fans!
The Beer: Cave Creek Chili Beer
Type: Chili Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Cerveceria Mexicana, S. de R.L. de C.V.
Web Site: None
State/Country of Origin: Mexico
Brewer Info: Scattered F-16 parts, and lizards the size of beagles. All baked to a crisp 130 degrees.The Arizona desert home to 20 million rattlesnakes, It’s the kind of wide open desolation that makes people think twice before shutting off the car. And a place where a cold beer is pretty damned important. For Crazy Ed Chilleen, of Cave Creek, Arizona, (Pop.1328 including coyotes and cattle) beer was much too important to be trusted to outsiders. So, in 1989, he started brewing his own beer. The town was suspicious. And became even more so when an entire brewery arrived in crates at the foot of Black Mountain, along with a German named Arnold. But after the first batch the people began to come around. The beer was good, damn good, So good in fact, the yuppies started driving in from all over The U.S.A.  Something had to be done, So , whenever one of them whined for a “wedge of lime” Ed started putting a hot Serrano chili pepper into the beer instead. Amazingly, about 2 out of ten actually liked the stuff. Surely, thought Ed, the Eighties had come to close. Today the Brewery in Cave Creek is closed but Chili Beer Lives on and is being made in Tecate, Mexico and being distributed worldwide.

(This beer used to be brewed at Black Mountain Brewing Co. in Cave Creek, AZ, but ceased operation in 2008. The beer is now being brewed by Cerveceria Mexicali, S. A. de C.V.)

Brewer Brand Hype: (This beer is not supported very well by the new brewer. It was difficult to find any brand marketing referencing this beer label.)
Label: Premium Lager Beer with a Chili Pepper added.

The Brewski Review: HooHa! I’m not one partial to chile peppers but I thought I’d give this one a try. Definitely not something I could drink more than one bottle. If you have a passion for chili peppers, this one might be for you. I was incredibly surprised as to the extent of the chili flavor. I was expecting some weak, hardly noticable taste and was shocked at how intense the flavor was. Of course, I’m only referring to the CHILI flavor. To me, the beer wasn’t really stellar and the chili overpowered any other flavors you’d expect in a beer. I actually thought this would be a good ingredient for those who like to add both beer and chili peppers to their chili. Kill two birds so to speak. It poured with a large foamy head and was a murky dark golden color.

Drinkability: No so much.
Appearance: Murky dark gold color.
The Buds: Chili-rama.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 caps.

Thar she blows..

Thar she blows..

February 11, 2012

Chang Beer Review 2.11.2012

Thailand's Chang Beer

Thailand's Chang Beer

The Brewski Report Files One for Chang Beer
File Date: 2.11.12

The Beer: Chang Beer
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.4% ABV
Brewer: Cosmos Brewing Co. Ltd
Web Site: www.changbeer.com/
State/Country of Origin: Thailand
Brewer Info: Chang translates as elephant, an animal renowned for its superior strength and mental capacity. Elephants played a major role in Thailand’s history, taking warriors into battle against invaders as well as being used in royal or religious ceremonies. In particular a white elephant was a venerable creature worthy of use by royalty and all those of noble birth. The two white elephants on the Chang beer logo symbolise happiness, harmony and prosperity and the name Chang itself means elephant in Thai. Chang beer is a combination of Thailand’s plentiful resources creating an authentic Thai beer with international quality and a clear uniqueness. Great care and attention was given to creating the right blend of ingredients that would complement an array of spicy foods. Quick to become one of the leading South-East Asian brands, Chang uses deep well-water to achieve its perfect composition. The deep well water used to brew Chang beer is so pure it is bottled and sold in Thailand as mineral water.

tbr-chang-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Revive exotic passions and rediscover Thai True Balance in your life with Chang Thai Beer. Our genuinely imported, premium Thai beer is synonymous with Thai culture and pride. Chang beer has a sparkling gold appearance and a smooth, crisp taste and is made from the finest quality malt, hops and deep well-water.
Label: Premium Quality.

The Brewski Review: There was a nice balance to Chang. Not too hoppy or malty. It was cold and crisp at the pour and didn’t produce much head. What head did form dissipated rather quickly. I was taken aback at first because the beverage was not clear as I expected but somewhat cloudy in appearance. Nonetheless, it rolled back off my tongue pretty easily. The flavor was sort of shy of tasty – i.e. there wasn’t much. It wasn’t bad, just a little on the bland side. I could see this going down really quickly on a hot summer day. I happened to have been eating sushi when I drank this and the combination was a nice match.

Drinkability: Perhaps.
Appearance: A cloudy light golden color.
The Buds: Cold, crisp and a little bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 Caps out of 5.

Rather modest attire for 'beer girls' marketing the brand.

Rather modest attire for 'beer girls' marketing the brand.

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