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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.

August 25, 2013

Blue Moon’s Valencia Grove Amber Ale Beer Review 8.25.2013

Blue Moon's Valencia Grove Amber Ale

Blue Moon’s Valencia Grove Amber Ale

TBR Reports on Blue Moon’s Valencia Grove Amber Ale
File Date: 8.25.2013

File Name: Wife Expands Horizons
The Beer: Valencia Grove Amber
Type: American Amber/Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.9% ABV
Brewer: Blue Moon Brewery/Coors Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com
State/Country 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?

Brewer Brand Hype: The First Sign of Spring. Maybe it’s not time to shed that winter coat just yet, but we’re hoping this beer gets you one step closer. Valencia Grove Amber is for all those in-between days when you try to coax spring out by wearing short sleeves or flip-flops. You’re still cold. We get it. Cozy up with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel, and a touch of wheat for a hint of citrus that’s ripe for the season.
Label: Seasonal Collection. This copper colored ale is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel and a touch of wheat for a smooth taste with notes of citrus. Our Valencia Grove Amber is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel and a touch of wheat for an uplifting orange, caramel aroma. It’s the advantage of the season.

The Brewski Review: My wife was shopping a couple weeks ago and picked up a six of Blue Moon’s Valencia Grove Amber ale. She had a hankering for a beer and thought this would be good. This is strange twist because she normally drinks Bud Lime when the warm days are long, but, it’s nice to know she’s not boxed in by her habits. The one I pulled out was the sixth soldier so I thought I better put pen to paper (or, fingers to keyboard) to share my thoughts. On the pour the head is a nice, tight cream colored foam and pours a beautiful copper color. There is a little sweetness to the taste but not overwhelming. There is a nice balance between the hops and malts so there is no lingering bitterness on the finish. Overall, a good brew and definitely worth a try when the sun is high and hot and the bottle is cold and wet.

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink again.
Appearance: Rich copper color with abundant head.
The Buds: Great balance and mild taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5 caps.

June 30, 2013

Spoetzl’s Shiner Kosmos Reserve American Pale Lager 6.30.2013

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TBR Reports on Shiner Kosmos Reserve Beer
File Date: 6.30.2013

File Name: Maybe my Son is onto something….
The Beer: Shiner Kosmos
Type: American Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% 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.

TBR-Kosmos-InsertBrewer Brand Hype: Named after founder Kosmos Spoetzl, this all-malt lager is hopjacked for additional aroma and flavor. Robust with a clean finish, it’s a beer that’s as every bit unique as the man himself.
Label: Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner. This Aromatic dry hopped lager is specially brewed to celebrate the man who started it all. The original brewmaster of Shiner. Kosmos Spoetzl knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos’ mastery of German brewing carried him as far as Egypt before he found his way to the small Texas town of Shiner. Our proud brewery still carries his name and commitment to excellence in brewing. This full-flavored, hop-jacked lager is every bit as unique as the man himself and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: I’m watching my son this afternoon as I review this beer. My daughter had a birthday party to attend and my wife was the designated chauffeur – as usual. Unfortunately, this arrangement usually doesn’t bode well for me digging deep into house projects so I’m usually just tinkering around keeping an eye on my son. Today he was playing out in the sandbox and decided it would be fun to fill his shorts with wet sand. Then he filled his pockets. Then his underwear. Then his shirt. I had to laugh, it was hilarious. I grabbed my compact and snapped one off for your enjoyment. He probably wouldn’t have done it if he knew I was watching through the window. Anyway, I guess a pant load full of sand is a great thing when your a little dude. The beer? Kosmos was enjoyable to drink. It had a hoppy flavor but the bitterness was subdued and didn’t linger in the aftertaste. The head was minimal at the pour and dissipated quickly leaving no lingering residue on the glass. I don’t know if this is a limited edition beer since it wasn’t profiled on the brewer’s web site. I purchased it in a Shiner sampler 12 pack so if you want to try one you better get looking. Enjoying this beer is no surprise to me since Spoetzl has yet to dissapoint.

Drinkability: Certainly.
Appearance: Deep golden color.
The Buds: Excellent lager with minimal aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 caps out of 5.

My son adding wet sand to his shorts - with the dog's approval of course.

My son adding wet sand to his shorts – with the dog’s approval of course.

June 2, 2013

Harviestoun Brewery’s Old Engine Oil Beer Review 6.2.2013

This is about as black as old engine oil would look. Quite an apt name.

This is about as black as old engine oil would look. Quite an apt name.

TBR Reports On Old Engine Oil by Harviestoun Brewery
File Date: 6.2.2013

File Name: I see a ‘newer’ car in our future.
The Beer: Old Engine Oil
Type: English Porter/Black Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.0% ABV
Brewer: Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Web Site: harviestoun.com
State/Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Brewer Info: In the beginning…It all started on a sunny day on October 5th, 1983. We’d love to say that it was one of the most memorable days of founder, Ken Brooker’s life, but that night he hosted one of his legendary tasting sessions and he can’t remember much about it. In the years that follow, Ken continues to brew beers in his shed and host his friends. Word spreads and his friends begin to bring along their friends and their friends’ friends, until eventually Tuesday nights at Ken’s attracts up to 40 people! In return for being one of the lucky few to sample his early creations, Ken insists that his guests fill out tasting notes.

Brewer Brand Hype: Old Engine Oil is a remarkably smooth, creamy brew with a beautiful velvety mouthfeel. Enjoy flavours of coffee, slightly buttered toffee, dark chocolate and earthy hops. You may find some mild cherry fruit within the residual sweetness, neatly accompanying the roasted flavours that ride with you all the way to the finish.tbr-old-oil-insert
Label: Brewed in small batches. Viscous. Chocolatey. Roasty. Harviestoun’s original master brewer Ken Brooker spent much of his early life crafting wooden prototypes for the Ford Motor Company. This black, viscous ale reminded Ken of thick, goopy car engine oil, so he named it in honor of his second love, the internal combustion engine. It’s thick, chocolatey flavor leaves a roasty, bittersweet aftertaste to savor.

The Brewski Review: This beer reminds me of our need to purchase a new car. My wife needs to trade up from a small Mazda to a vehicle more suitable for growing children. I’ve been telling her to get a small SUV. She’s been looking at the Ford Excape, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forrester and the Toyota Rav4 amont others. We both want all the bells and whistles but on our mac & cheese budget, it’s not in the cards; maybe a ‘newer’ one that’s two or three years old. She’ll get the car, of course, since she has the kids most of the time, and I’ll get her old car which will be my new ‘go to work’ car. My Ford Exploder will most likely get turned in as a trade: it has 170K miles and mechanical issues are popping up routinely. I could sell it outright but there’s the hassle factor: it’s not worth my time. I’ll trade it in when I find that big SUV that fit’s my pleasure (Suburban. Used; of course). If we can make this all work out soon, I’ll have to pop open one of these porters. The color is certainly consistent with old engine oil – minus the grit of course. It pours with a beautiful mud colored head that dissipates rather quickly and leaving lace on the side of the glass. I don’t really think it’s ‘thick’ or ‘viscous’ but it does have an oily mouth feel. The malts pop and linger all the way through to the aftertaste. It’s definitely a delicious porter that’s worth a try.

Drinkability: Delicious. Most definitely.
Appearance: Black on the pour with a nice mud colored head.
The Buds: Great roasted malt taste all the way through.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 cap rating out of 5.

Vintage Oil Girl promotional piece featuring Pennzoil.

Vintage Oil Girl promotional piece featuring Pennzoil.

January 6, 2013

Spoetzl’s Prickly Pear Beer Review 1.6.2013

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

TBR Reports on Shiner’s Prickly Pear
File Date: 1.6.2013

File Name: The India Fig Opuntia Like You Never Knew
The Beer: Prickly Pear
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: N/A
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.

tbr-prickly-pear-insertBrewer Brand Hype: (This is a limited run craft beer from Spoetzl Brewery. There is no mention of it on their web site.)
Label: Drink one down. End your drought. Beer brewed  with Prickly Pear fruit and with natural flavor added.  Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew No. 3. A little something special from the little brewery in Shiner. This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew’s signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery’s landscape that’s a hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique ~ qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit.

The Brewski Review: Beautiful light, citrus tasting lager from Shiner. It pours with a nice, deep copper color and with ample head that dissipates rather quickly. It has a wonderful citrus, almost sweet flavor to it with minimal hoppy bitterness. I told my wife to try it and she takes about 5 rather large gulps. ‘I’d drink that one.’ she says. Since I only recieved two of these in a Shiner/Spoetzl sampler 12 pack I better take the other bottle out and hide it in the garage. I’ll have to try and track down a few more of these before they are extinct. Excellent taste. And, if you don’t know what a Prickly Pear is, here is a quick educational rundown: Born of the Opuntia cacti or, Indian Fig Opuntia (O. ficus-indica) to be precise, and most often used in culinary applications. There are others but this is the primary genus. Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes that are armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures. Dangerous to pick, so stick to drinking the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Deep coppercolor with ample head
The Buds: Light, sweet taste
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Indian Fig Opuntia with golades

Indian Fig Opuntia cacti cladodes or better known at prickly pear fruit.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

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.

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: www.greatdivide.com
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.

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.

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