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

December 3, 2010

Bell’s Brewery’s Winter White Ale Beer Review 12.3.2010

The color isn't all too appealing. Looks like a typical American Adjunct Beer.

The color isn't all too appealing. Looks like a typical American Adjunct Beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Bell’s Brewery’s Winter White Ale
File Date: 12.3.2010

File Name: Winter Wood Project
The Beer: Winter White Ale
Type: Witbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Bell’s Brewery Inc.
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: MI, USA
Brewer Info: Bell’s Brewery, Inc. formerly Kalamazoo Brewing Company, founded by Larry Bell as a home-brewing supply shop in 1983, sold its first beer in 1985. Originally brewing in a 15-gallon soup kettle, the company has grown remarkably. Bell’s Brewery has grown from a tiny operation renting part of a former plumbing supply warehouse to a bustling, regional craft brewery. Although the “microbrewery” revolution began on the West Coast in the 1970s, the Midwest saw this brewing development much later. Bell’s Brewery stands as the oldest craft-brewer east of Boulder, Colorado. Originally self-distributed, Larry and crew brewed, bottled and delivered all of the beer to market for the company’s first four years. By 1989, Bell’s was shipping over 500 barrels annually and assigned its first wholesaler to further establish itself across the State of Michigan. After struggling several years to produce and sell robust, full-bodied ales against a tide of a mass-market domestic beer, Bell’s began to see the demand for craft beer grow dramatically. Bell’s soon ventured outside Michigan, continuing its solid growth and developing a reputation across the Midwest for the unique style and flavor of its Bell’s brands.

tbr-winter-white-tap-pullBrewer Brand Hype: A Wheat Ale brewed with American Wheat and a proprietary blend of Hefe and classice Belgian-style yeasts. A refreshing winter alternative created from the subtle fusion of two classic flavors.
Label: A seasonally nuanced wheat ale that is both stylish and refreshing.

The Brewski Review: Nice winter beverage. Spicy, just like other seasonal beers. Quite tasty. This one is a witbier but with the spices it changes the flavor quite a bit for me. I like witbier and I like the winter seasonals, but it’s hard to say that the combination of the two create a beer better than the flavors unto themselves. Just the same this is a worthy beverage that you’ll enjoy on a nice cool fall or winter day. Like when your outside getting your house ready for cold weather onslaught. I managed this pretty well myself. The largest project was the need to build a larger wood crib. All the wood has been put into the crib and covered for the winter but the project isn’t complete. I need to build a roof over it and add some other minor ‘architectural’ touches. If it’s going to be in my back yard I’m going to make it look relatively pleasing. I don’t want to stare at a pile of wood every day. When it’s complete I’ll be sure to post some pictures but until then here’s what it looks like right now.

Drinkability: Would drink this again.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: The spice flavor is quite tasty.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

October 4, 2010

Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.4.10

Blue Moon's Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale Seasonal Beer.

Blue Moon's Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale Seasonal Beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Blue Moon’s Harvest Moon and
File Date: 10.4.2010

File Name: My Time Of Year
The Beer: Harvest Moon
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.7% ABV
Brewer: Blue Moon Brewery/Coors Brewing Co.
Web Site:
Country/State of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: We started Blue Moon and began brewing our first beers back in 1995 at the Sandlot in Denver, Colorado.  The goal was to create uniquely-flavored, highly-drinkable, handcrafted beers.  (And, of course, have a little fun along the way.)  Well, it didn’t take long to strike gold.  One of our first creations, Belgian White, made an immediate splash at the World Beer Championships 3 years in a row.  More than a decade later, word has started getting around.  But otherwise, not much has changed.  Still just a bunch of friends having making great beer.  What’s not to love about that?

tbr-harvest-moon-label-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Amber colored ale brewed with a bounty of fall flavors like vine-ripened pumpkin, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Together with a touch of wheat Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale has a smooth, slightly spiced finish.
Label: This amber-colored, naturally flavored ale is brewed for the autumn & combines the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin & spices with traditional crystal malt. With its clove, nutmeg and allspice flavors, this amber-colored ale is perfect for fall’s crisp, clear days. Serve this hearty brew with all of your autumn meals.

The Brewski Review: I’m blown away by how fast the year is moving. It’s been a tough year on my family and me. With all the sojourns I’ve been going on (which, by the way, are starting to thin out these last month or so) there is much catching up to do. Since it’s fall I’ve turned my immediate focus on the yard and getting the house ready for an ‘Ice Station Zebra’ type winter. Again I find myself wrapping a select group of trees with deer netting, building a larger wood crib and filling it up, raking leaves, covering my A/C condenser and putting the kids’ toys away. These are just a few of the tasks on my list. Believe me, there are several more. Perhaps one of my most favorite autumn pastimes though is building a fire and drinking some nice, tasty seasonal beer. Blue Moons Pumpkin Ale was a good beer but there didn’t seem to be as much spice as I’d like in my Pumpkin Ale.  It definitely has it’s place on the shelf but I’d have to say that I’ll by trying other Pumpkin Ales before I crack open one of these again.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable.  Will try others before having this again.
Appearance: Amber colored with large head.
The Buds: Spicy and crisp.  Low bitterness. 
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Fall Harvest Moon Up Close And Personal.

Fall Harvest Moon Up Close And Personal.

November 8, 2009

New Holland Brewing’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale Beer 11.08.09

New Holland Brewing's Seasonal Ichabod Ale

New Holland Brewing's Seasonal Ichabod Ale

TBR Reviews New Holland’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale Beer
File Date: 11.8.09

File Name: Fall Is For Seasonal Beer and Fireside Drinking.
The Beer:  Ichabod Ale
Type:  Pumpkin Ale
Serving:  Bottle
Stats:  5.5% ABV
Brewer:  New Holland Brewing Co.
Country of Origin:  MI, USA
Brewer Info:  Established in 1996, NHBC has grown from a scrappy two-man start-up to a thriving regional microbrewery, recognized for its creativity and artistry. All of our beer is brewed in Holland, Michigan at one of our two locations. We brew, cellar and package the main brands for distribution at our production facility on the north-side of Holland. In response to our considerable growth, we opened the new brewery in October of 2006, replacing the original headquarters.  We also brew beer and distill spirits in our pub. The pub is a great place for us to explore new ideas, meet our customers in a comfortable setting and provide a place of community for all who visit. The beers made here are typically special brews that rarely see their way outside of the friendly confines of our pub.

ich_webovalBrewer Brand Hype:  Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert!

Label:  Ichabod.  Ale Brewed With Pumpkin.  Delicious beer delivered with painstaking consistency, that’s our philosophy.  We’ll give you a while to drink it in.

The Brewski Review:  Yes.  Fall is for seasonal beer and fireside drinking.  Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to have a nice outdoor fire all season.  If it wasn’t windy, we had someplace to be.  And, if we didn’t have someplace to be, we were probably home sick.  The last four weeks have been a challenge.  My son and daughter had the swine flu and my wife and I both had sinus infections.  Needless to say, I wasn’t in the slightest condition to give any objective beer reviews.  But, the Brewski is back in the saddle.  This time around I went to the fridge for Ichabod Ale.  It’s a rather pricey Pumpkin Ale that I thought would hit the spot.  It was tasty.  The overall subtle spice flavors were, let’s say average.  There are plenty more to try so I’ll keep at it until I find the perfect Pumpkin Ale beer for Mr. Brewski.  

Drinkability: Nice spicy flavor.  Goes down smooth. 
Appearance:  Pale to Medium Amber in color.  No head retention.
The Buds:  Decent beverage.  Could have a more bold spice taste to it. 
TBR Cap Rating:  4.0 out of 5.

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