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September 29, 2012

Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale Beer Review 9.29.2012

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

TBR Reports On Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale
File Date: 9.29.2012

File Name: The Green Raccoon Strikes Again.
The Beer: Blueberry Ale
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: ME, USA
Brewer Info: The Atlantic Brewing Company began brewing in 1991, on the eve of the microbrewing revolution. We have steadily grown over the years by having a strong commitment to tradition, quality and service. As a result, we have become the number one beer of the Bar Harbor region. Our new facility was built on the site of an old farm a few miles from downtown Bar Harbor. It was designed to create a more visitor-friendly environment similar to country wineries and breweries found throughout Europe. Our beers are now available in select areas throughout the eastern US.

tbr-bh-blubryale-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.
Label: Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC., America’s Original Blueberry Ale. Brewed & Bottled in Maine.

The Brewski Review: I’m a picky individual. I’m at the lumber yard today sorting through the entire bin of boards looking for the cheapest, least bowed, warped, checked, split, cupped and knotty pieces to complete a garage project – an interior barn door to close off my tool area. My kids are getting a little older and I fret that I’ll one day my mower will find a rusty wrench in the springtime left behind from a summer day play period. This project reminds me of a time when I was a kid. My older brother and me had gotten into my dad’s tool crib in the basement of our house one day and wondered what would happen if we drove a nail into a can of green spray paint. Of course, I wanted to find out and since I wasn’t the one holding the hammer or the nail, I was all for it. When he punctured the can, a rush of green paint blasted him in the face. Good thing he wore glasses. When he took them off he looked like a green raccoon. It was hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. Ah, good times. Anyway, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a decent beer but I really wouldn’t classify it as a blueberry ale. I noticed a twinge of sweetness, but far from a blueberry taste. It was mild and well balanced but overall it’s not a beer I’d purchase again if I wanted to taste blueberry. Aside from that, it’s a beer worth tasting.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Light amber in color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Mild taste but not much blueberry flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps.

September 23, 2012

Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale Beer Review 9.23.2012

Great Divide's Wild Raspberry Ale

Great Divide's Wild Raspberry Ale

TBR Reports on Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale
File Date: 9.23.12

File Name: Talk Like A Pirate Day?
The Beer: Wild Raspberry
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-wild-rspbry-insertBrewer Brand Hype: WILD RASPBERRY ALE is a unique, thirst-quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. Its balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer.
Label: Wild Raspberry Ale. Ale Fermented With Raspberries. Flavorful. Ruby Red. Refreshing. Wild Raspberry Ale is a unique, thirst quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. It’s balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer. Suggested food pairings: Spicy Mexican food, creamy blue cheese, fruit desserts. Best of the Rockies, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2007; Regional Champion, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2004; Regional Champion, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2003.

The Brewski Review: Arrrg! No, it’s not Talk Like A Pirate Day. This is me saying my back is killing me. Spent some time cleaning in the garage today so I can bring my truck home. It’s a long story. Anyway, I need it back so I can buy some 4×8 sheet of plywood to make a large barn door in my garage. I’ve been installing some baseboard trim in the garage (recycled, dry van, semi-trailer interior forklift skirting – that’s a mouthful) and had to move everything around. It’s a mess. More stuff than room. But all the moving around, unloading the motorcycle from the truck, reloading a non-working fridge then unloading it at the curb, mowing the grass, yadda, yadda, yadda. I’ll be taking some pain killers tonight so I can get some rest. I’m just as broke down as my motorcycle. I came inside exhausted. My wife is cooking chili so I thought a nice beer would be good. I’ve been putting down these seasonal fruit beers before the season leaves us. This Great Divide version of raspberry flavor is pretty tasty. It isn’t overwhelming, but strikes a nice balance with the beer. It’s also a beautiful ruby red color. Poured with minimal head. My advice? Skip the heavy work. Just open one of these up and enjoy yourself.

Drinkability: Yes. Would surely drink again.
Appearance: Beautiful Ruby Red as noted.
The Buds: Nice raspberry roundness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 caps.

January 31, 2010

Newcastle Brown Ale Beer Review 1.31.10

Scottish &  Newcastle Sells Out To Heineken.

Scottish & Newcastle Sells Out To Heineken.

The Brewski Report Reviews Heinekin’s Recently Purchased Newcastle Brown Ale Beer and My Den Wood Paneling.
File Date: 1.31.10

File Name: It’s Been Three Years Already?
The Beer: Newcastle Brown Ale
Type: English Brown Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Scottish & Newcastle / Heinekin International                    Website:                            Country of Origin: UK (Scotland)
Brewer Info: Scottish & Newcastle plc was a “long alcoholic drinks” (LADs) company with positions in 15 countries, including UK, France and Russia. It was headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. In the last 20 years, S&N expanded significantly from its home base to become an international business with beer volumes growing almost tenfold. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but it was acquired jointly by Heineken and Carlsberg in April 2008, with the company’s assets being split between them. The trading name “Scottish & Newcastle UK” continues to be used, for the time being, to denote the UK trading operation of Heineken International.

tbr-sn-logo1Brewer Brand Hype: The local drink with a global reputation, Newcastle Brown Ale is enjoyed by drinkers across five continents and is the No. 1 packaged ale in the UK. As the North East’s most famous “export” it sits at the heart of a local community and yet, can be found on almost every street throughout the world. The mutual respect and adoration that Newcastle Brown Ale commands can be attributed to its delicate fruit aroma and caramel and nutty malt taste which it pleasurable and easy
to drink.
Label: It’s well known that the Newcastle Brown Ale is full of flavour and remarkably smooth. What’s less well known is that the bridge over river Tyne in Newcastle was built by the same company that constructed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. The Tyne bridge was opened in 1928 by King George V and Queen Mary and still features proudly on Newcastle Brown Ale’s label.

The Brewski Review: I can beleive that I’m close to completing the paneling in my den. This has been a three year project. (Actually, I’ve postponed it two of those years while I torn down/rebuilt my garage.) Check out these photos of the den trim in process and all the final parts in place. Of course, there are a few issues that still remain such as filling in a few hundred brad holes. But, for the most part, the big work is done. I’ll really be happy when it’s finished. After filling the nail holes I’ll hang plastic over the walls, refinish the softwood floors (yes, beleive it or not, I have some type of ‘soft wood’ flooring – one of the SPF tree types I would imagine). But, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. These few final steps may still take several weeks since I’ll need to wait for more suitable outdoor weather. As I discharge all the floor sanding dust out through a fan in the window I wouldn’t want to pull all the heat out with it. I’m sure my wife would have a few things to say about that. She would of had a few good comments about Newcastle Brown Ale if she had tried it I’m sure. But, my nursing son has wheat allergies so she’s sworn off tasting my beers until he’s finally off the nature’s own. I have good things to say about this beer. I rather enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. Nice malty taste. Smooth drinking. Give one a try.

Drinkability: Enjoyed drinking this one.
Appearance: Dark amber brown in color.
The Buds: Liked the malty taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4 out of 5 caps.

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