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 24, 2011

The Thing About Nude Beach…. 7.24.2011

Nude Beach the beer - not the venue.

Nude Beach the beer - not the venue.

The Brewski Report Reviews Nude Beach Summer Wheat Ale and Adds His Two Cents on Nude Beaches.
File Date: 7.24.2011

File Name: The Thing About Nude Beach…
The Beer: Nude Beach
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Stevens Point Brewery
Web Site: www.pointbeer.com
State/Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: Steven’s Point Brewery HistoryThe Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150 years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality beer, just as the brewery’s founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857. This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be Wisconsin-owned and independently operated. We take great pride in our history. And, we continue to work hard, as our founders did, to continue to provide our customers today with quality award-winning beer.

tbr-nb-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Point Nude Beach is the perfect summer pleasure.  Available only during the warm months of summer, this lively and unfiltered wheat ale is well balanced using “au naturel” raw and red wheat, then delicately finished with Yakima hops.  With a refreshing light flavor, Point Nude Beach is perfect while enjoying summer activities or just hanging out with friends.  Clothing optional.
Label: Hand Crafted

The Brewski Review: Nice, creamy summer brew. Cloudy, citrusy and cold. Just the way to drink it. I wanted to add a slice of orange but drank it down before I could pull myself off the chair to slice one up as garnishment. Don’t blame me, it’s the intense summer heat that pulling the energy out of me. And if the beer’s name makes you think about a day of clothing optional leisure at the beach, just be sure to google ‘nude beach images’ before you go. I have a tendency to believe that the Europeans are much more tolerent of public nudity and unsensored and unabashed sex than the puritan values of Americans. I think this is a good thing. There are way too many people out there that I don’t want to see in the buff. And, I’m sure there are those that don’t want to see me. But, if you think your missing out on something….have at it. Just be sure to take a cooler of Nude Beach. It may be the ice breaker you need.

Drinkability: Good summer brew.
Appearance: Cloudy medium gold color.
The Buds: Citrusy and creamy.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Your ugly nudity isn't a problem, but the dog is.

Your nudity isn't a problem, but the dog is.

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.

March 6, 2011

Goose Island’s Mild Winter Beer Review 3.6.2011

Goose Island Brewery's Mild Winter

Goose Island Brewery's Mild Winter Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Goose Island’s Mild Winter
File Date: 3.6.2011

File Name: Mild winter my buttski! Glad March is upon us.
The Beer: Mild Winter
Type: Rye/American Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Goose Island Beer Company
Web Site: www.gooseisland.com
State/Country of Origin: IL, USA
Brewer Info: In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that. The key to building interest in craft beer, Hall decided, was to allow consumers to watch the brewing process – while providing them with the then-novel experience of enjoying a wide variety of distinctive beers that had been produced on-site. Hall wanted to not only cater to his customers’ tastes, but to challenge them as well. Goose Island’s brewers set to work crafting a diverse selection of unique beers – and on Friday, May 13, 1988 the Goose Island Brewpub was born. It turned out that John was right; Chicagoans palates evolved rapidly once Goose Island’s Brewpub opened its doors and introduced the city to distinctive craft beer. By 1995, the brewpub had become so popular that John Hall and his son Greg, who had by then become Goose Island’s brewmaster, decided to open a larger brewery and bottling plant to keep up with demand. Finding still more room for growth, in 1999 the father-son team opened a second Goose Island Brewpub just a stone’s throw away from historic Wrigley Field.

tbr-gi-drft-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Toffee brown, medium-bodied, with a creamy head and an aroma of raisins and freshly baked dark bread. Mild Winter’s rich caramel malt and spicy rye flavors are sure to take the bite out of whatever Old Man Winter brews up for you this year.
Label: Serve Mild Winter in a Willi Glass.

The Brewski Review: Nice deep amber/brown color. Or, as Goose Island states – toffee color. I thought it was tasty and so did my wife who wanted me to purchase a six pack. Of course, I beat her to the punch and drank most of it before she had the chance. Hey, I need a drink to help me unravel from a metally stressful day of having to deal with the weather, house, my job/boss/coworkers, whatever excuse is handy. But, March is here upon us so we’ll be shelving the seasonal winter brews for the time being. I beleive I have one more tucked back in the fridge I need to polish off. I’ll take care of that soon. Would I drink this again? sure. Maybe I’ll have to visit Goose Island next time I’m in Chicago to visit the relatives.  You know, for research.

Drinkability: Bought a whole six pack. So, yes.
Appearance: Large head. Deep amber/brown color.
The Buds: Tastly winter ale.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

Best Big City In America - in my humble opinion.

Best Big City In America - in my humble opinion.

September 8, 2010

Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale Beer Review 9.8.10

Sierra Nevada's Flagship Brand - Pale Ale.

Sierra Nevada's Flagship Brand - Pale Ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Seirra Nevada’s Pale Ale
File Date: 9.8.2010

 File Name: A Cool Day At The Beach Is Better Than None.
The Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Type: American Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.sierranevada.com
Country/State of Origin: CA, USA
Brewer Info: [In 1978] Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi cobbled a brewery together from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler, and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, they created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada mountains. Finally, on November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
 
tbr-sn-pale-ale-label2Brewer Brand Hype: Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.
Label: Purest Ingredients. Finest Quality.

The Brewski Review: I took the wife and kids on a short little vacation to the beach today. Yes, it’s late in the year so the beaches weren’t crowded. But, since it is late in the year, it was rather blustery and cool. Maybe mid 60’s tops. Definitely not swimming weather. This cool front didn’t happen to be included in my daughters vacation plans. She must have told us well over 150 times of her desire to go to the beach (or some derivation of that). This took place over a 5 hr car ride so you can see how very eager she was. In the end, I don’t think she was too disappointed. She likes the idea of the beach. At most, she may have waded in but I doubt she would have went under. Even when we set up the kiddie pool in the back yard, she only wades for a few minutes then she’s off on some other play-gig. We’ll head back again next year in the fall. This will be the last year we can afford to have a vacation after the start of school so we’ll pack in as much as we can. Fall foilage, campfires, rock hunting (also a favorite of my son) and Oktoberfest beers will be high on my list. Getting to the beer, we stopped into a restaurant and I thought I’d try out this Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It was good. Sierra Nevada supposedly started their business with this beer and it’s the brand anchor of thier ship. It had a very tight, foamy head at the pour. Nice tasting pale ale. A little hoppy for me but I’d drink another given the chance.

Drinkability: Definitely would drink again.
Appearance: Light golden color. Huge foamy head.
The Buds: Nice hoppy flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

Our Cold and Blustery Day At The Beach.

Our Cold and Blustery Day At The Beach.

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