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

February 6, 2011

A Review of Southern Tier’s Old Man Winter Ale Beer and the Egyptian Protests 2.6.2011

Old Man Winter can be an unfriendly curmudgeon.

Old Man Winter can be an unfriendly curmudgeon.

The Brewski Report Reviews Southern Tier’s Old Man Winter Ale
File Date: 2.6.2011


File Name:
Egypt on the Quasar
The Beer: Old Man Winter Ale
Type: Old Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.7% ABV
Brewer: Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.southerntierbrewing.com
State/Country of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, New York, has been in operation since 2002. Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen (“Skip”) Yahn started the brewery with the vision of bringing small batch brewing back to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2002 Skip and Phin purchased the defunct Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. All the equipment was removed, brought back to Lakewood and set up at its new home located within the Stoneman Business Park. The Brewery began distributing regionally in February 2003. By 2005 sales covered the majority of New York State and the eastern half of Pennsylvania. In the beginning their two flagship brands were Pilsner and Mild Ale and they also brewed IPA. As it turned out the flagships were a flop and the IPA was a huge success! They next launched a line of seasonal beers which gained great success. Since the beginning, Southern Tier has experienced steady growth and after multiple expansions to keep up with demand a new building was built in 2009. The building was designed with the express purpose of brewing innovative, high quality beer for an expanding customer base.

tbr-old-man-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Old Man Winter – a liquid winter wonderland. With the onset of winter, the brewer’s mind turns to providing warmth. For our winter seasonal, we offer a rich and complex amalgam of hops and barley that will put the feeling back in your toes and lift your spirits above the snow. OMW throws a deep and inviting hue with a thickness that clings to the glass and the warmth of an open flame. Because of its high alcohol content, Old Man is a heady brew that encourages sipping and pondering its essential richness. Drink it fresh now, or cellar a few bottles to see how this old man becomes wiser with age.
Label: Brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Co. Lakewood, NY.

The Brewski Review: What about the turmoil in Egypt? I totally respect the passion and courage the Egyptians have exemplified in an effort to change the course of political winds. Since they didn’t wait around of some other country (i.e. U.S.) to come and fight their battle they get extra bonus points. But, maybe what they’re truly clamoring for is a really good beer. I was at the local pay-and-sip liquor store the other day to find an Egyptian beer which I could review. Low and behold, I could find none! No wonder their up in arms! I’d be angry too if I couldn’t get a brown bag afternoon delight from the corner carryout and get drunk on my front porch sitting on my van seat. The Egyptian government has had their thumb on the populous for years. Slim to no industry, few jobs, limited prospects, bleak future, no bloated government health care plan and no TARP! What else is there to do? Dang it! March downtown and protest! Of course, they do brew beer in Egypt. My local store just didn’t carry any. It makes for a good story though. Southern Tier’s Old Man Winter Ale may be just the beer for you to drink while watching the saga unfold on the Quasar. It was good but a little high on the hoppy bitterness scale for Tommy.

Drinkability: Would try other Old Ales before revisiting.
Appearance: Dark ruby brown w/ quick disolve head.
The Buds: Hoppy bitterness is high.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Did it cross your mind why the protestor signs are written in English? It's not their native tongue.

Did it cross your mind why the protestor signs are written in English? It's not their native tongue.

Many countries show an obvious distain for the western world. Yet they love to cater to the western news media. Or, are the news media putting the signs in the hands of the protestors? Hmmmm. Makes you wonder.

Many countries show an obvious distain for the western world. Yet they love to cater to the western news media. Or, are the news media putting the signs in the hands of the protestors? Hmmmm. Makes you wonder.

The local Cairo Office Max must have had a run on red markers.

The local Cairo Office Max must have had a run on red markers.

December 7, 2009

Brooklyn Brewery’s Winter Ale Beer Review 12.6.09

Brooklyn Brewery's Winter Ale In Hand

Brooklyn Brewery's Winter Ale In Hand

The Brewski Report reviews Brooklyn Brewery’s Winter Ale And The Local Deer Cuisine.
File Date: 12.06.09

File Name: Police Arrest Crazed Drunk Man In His Front Yard.
The Beer:  Winter Ale
Type: Scottish Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.0% ABV
Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Country (State) of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.  Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. Later, they acquired a former matzo ball factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery. Although the brewery is looking to expand its brewing capacity in the City, at present most of the production, including all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, are brewed by contract in the upstate New York city of Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing.

bb-logo-revBrewer Brand Hype: When the days grow short and the beach recedes into our dreams, we need a very nice beer to get us through the long winter.  Based on the satisfying malty ales of blustery Scotland, Brooklyn Winter Ale will have you looking on the bright side of things.  Rich Scottish malts bring deep bready flavors to a beer with a full copper color, a round, smooth palete and brisk hopping that pulls the sweet malt into balance.  See – things are looking up already.

Label: We brew Brooklyn Winter Ale from heirloom Maris Otter malts to create a beer with roots in blustery Scotland.  Brooklyn Winter Ale is richly malty, aromatic, full-bodied and perfect with stews, roasts and holiday dishes.

The Brewski Review:  What you may notice about this post is the lack of my ubiquitous bottle and glass photo at the top of the post.  I had just come back from the store to purchase deer netting and this bottle fell out of the back of my aging, large carbon footprint SUV.  Amazingly, the bottle didn’t break.  But, the cap became damaged and it started to spew it’s contents all over my frozen driveway.  I went inside to get a bottle opener where I told my wife what had happened.  She immediately thought it was some lame excuse to have a beer.  ‘No.  Really.’ I told here.  I’m not sure if she believed me or not but I drank it nonetheless.  I did this outdoors in the cold, blustery winter while I wrapped a few arborvitae around my house.  It did a nice job keeping my warm while I looked like a complete fool trying to unwrap the nearly invisible deer netting.  We had a record snowfall last winter and my normally safe trees in my backyard were attacked by throngs of deer who had to forage for new feeding grounds.  Take a look at what was once full, bushy trees.  This year, I thought, the deer will have to work for their grub.  No freebie meals on my dime.  Maybe I’ll ask Santa to bring me a high powered paint gun for Christmas.  Bonus: I could use it to track the coons who have the unnatural ability to open the same garbage cans I have a problem with when I use both my opposing thumbs. 

Deer Food In My Backyard

Deer Food In My Backyard

Drinkability:  Goes down nicely on a cold winter day.
Appearance: Couldn’t tell on this one. Straight from the bottle to my mouth.
The Buds:  Good.  Smooth, mild taste. 
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

November 28, 2009

Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 11.28.09

We Review Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer

We Review Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer

The Brewski Report Reviews Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer and Decorating the Christmas Tree.
File Date: 11.28.09

File Name: My Christmas Decorating Timeline Gets Shortened.
The Beer:  Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale 
Serving: Bottle
Stats:  5.00% ABV
Brewer:  Brooklyn Brewery
Country of Origin:  NY, USA
Brewer Info:  Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.  Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. Later, they acquired a former matzo ball factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery. Although the brewery is looking to expand its brewing capacity in the City, at present most of the production, including all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, are brewed by contract in the upstate New York city of Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing.

bb-neonBrewer Brand Hype:  Available from August through November.  Early American Colonialists seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious.

Label: In the 18th Century, colonial Americans brewed wonderful and interesting ales by using local ingredients. Barley was the principal ingredient but pumpkins were also used.  Pumpkins were favored by brewers for their rich, spicy flavors which melded perfectly with the malted barley.  Post Road brings you a delicious rendition of this traditional American classic.

The Brewski Review:  Two days after Thanksgiving and I still don’t have any decorations up.  I told my wife that if I didn’t get them up today they weren’t getting up.  There are too many projects around the house to spend a week decorating for Christmas. Yes.  It’s my favorite time of year but let’s face it, who has the time to go all out?  Lottery winners and stay at home mothers?  Or, maybe the guys who have nothing to do at home because it’s too cold to golf?  Please.  One fortunate circumstance that’s helped me reduce decorating time are my two young kids.  The upside: 95% of the tree ornaments don’t come out of the box.  We only try to put up unbreakables at this stage.  The downside: I figure, since the house will kill me before the kids know better than to pull them down and break ’em, I won’t live to see us put my childhood ornaments on the tree.  Maybe my kids will enjoy them after I’m gone.  Riiiight.  By the time they’ll appreciate such simple things, they’ll have their own kids.  So, in order to get something done today I was racing around like a trucker jacked up on caffine and chocolate milk.  The outside decorating was finished and the tree was up (with the help from my wife).  As a reward I skipped the fridge in the kitchen (which has a few English Ales tucked in the back) and headed out to the fridge in the garage for a nice seasonal Pumpkin Ale.  Post Road is what I pulled out amongst the group.  As with the other Pumpkin Ales I’ve tried, it was rather good.  The spice flavor is enjoyable to my taste buds.  Although I didn’t think this was a fabulous brew, it was good none-the-less.  It’s hard for me to rate a beer very low since, well, I like beer.  Some types more than others.  When I rate a beer excessively low figure that I probably puked or got very ill.

Drinkability:  Decent beverage.  Would drink it again.
Appearance:  Pale to medium amber in color.
The Buds:  As noted, I enjoy the spicy flavor of Pumpkin Ale.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

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