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February 9, 2014

TBR’s Bass Pale Ale Beer Review 2.9.14

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TBR Reports on William Bass’ Pale Ale
File Date: 2.9.14

File Name: Titanic size snow piles.
The Beer: Bass Pale Ale
Type: English Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Bass Brewers Ltd.
Web Site: www.bass.com
State/Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Brewer Brand Hype: Bass is a full-flavored English-style ale that is still brewed according to its original
Brewer Info: The Bass Brewery was founded in 1777 by William Bass in Burton upon Trent,
England. The main brand was Bass Pale Ale, once the highest selling beer in the UK. By 1877,
Bass had become the largest brewery in the world, with an annual output of one million barrels.
Its pale ale was exported throughout the British Empire, and the company’s distinctive red triangle
became the UK’s first registered trademark.

recipe.  Select malts, aromatic hops and water rich in essential salts and minerals combine to give Bass its
slight burnt roast aroma and high-quality, full-bodied flavor.  The original English Pale Ale and England’s
first trademark, Bass has been embraced by trail-blazers since 1777.  The brand has been painted by Manet,
fought over by Napoleon and was served on the Titanic.
Label: The World’s Finest Pale Ale. Iconography – As Bass Pale Ale’s popularity grew, unscrupulous imitators
tried to pass off inferior products as Bass by copying the unique red triangle logo. In 1875, concerned for
the reputation of their beloved brew, Bass brewers applied for and were granted England’s first registered
trademark. This fine pale ale has been brewed in the great British tradition using the finest two-row
malted barley.

The Brewski Review: Served on the Titanic? Interesting. I think I have a snowpile as big as the iceberg that
sank the Titanic sitting next to my driveway. I believe my patience with winter has reached a high point –
I’ve had enough. It’s snowing every couple of days and I’ve officially run out of places to throw it.
This winter has been brutal. If it’s not snowing it’s subzero weather. I’ve had to replace a battery in one car,
my pickup truck won’t start (it also needs a new battery) and my Explorer has a leaking power steering pump
(or hose): the fluid drains out within a couple of hours. So, I’ve not been a happy camper this bitterly
cold season. Not even a good beer makes me feel better these days. This beer comes close. It’s a wonderful
tasting pale ale in my humble opinion. It pours as a amber/copper color and has a quick dissipating head that
leaves just a trace of lace on the glass. There is a nice mild, almost sweet taste that is smooth on the way
down and leaves no bitter aftertaste. Just the way I like it.

Drinkability: Will definitely drink again.
Appearance: Light amber/copper color.
The Buds: Nice and smooth.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 out of 5 caps.

Love the promo ad by Bass.

Love the promo ad by Bass.

And another clever promo ad from Bass & Co.

And another clever promo ad from Bass & Co.

March 12, 2011

Pyramid Brewery’s Snow Cap Winter Warmer 3.12.2011

Pyramid Breweries Snow Cap Winter Warmer

Pyramid Breweries Snow Cap Winter Warmer

The Brewski Report Reviews Pyramid’s Snow Cap
File Date: 3.12.2011

File Name: The Last of The Seasonal Beers
The Beer: Snow Cap
Type: Winter Warmer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.0% ABV
Brewer: Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Web Site: www.pyramidbrew.com
State/Country of Origin: WA, USA
Brewer Info: No relevant information on the brewery origin on-line.

pyramid-breweries-150x150Brewer Brand Hype: Deep mahogany in color, our full-bodied winter warmer is brewed in the spirit of British winter ales. Crafted with a flurry of roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and generously hopped, it delivers a smooth finish that makes this beer the perfect cold weather companion.
Label: Life is what you pour into it. Your thirst for life demands an offering that can match it. With the artistry of our brewing, we’ve created in every bottle an adventure worth sharing with friends.

The Brewski Review: Rather bitter aftertaste. Large foamy head at the pour. I don’t think I’d try another Snow Cap. Given my desire to find the best beers that suit my palate I’d move on and try something else in a Winter Warmer. But it won’t be until next winter season. This is the last of the Winter Seasonal beers I’ve had tucked back in my fridge so it’ll have to wait until the end of ’11. Besides, it’s time to get outside and do yardwork, pull down the deer netting, pick up twigs and branches, get the rest of the leaves off the groung, fertilize the yard, etc. I like living in the Northern states but the winter blah’s can a good man down.
Enjoy the warmer weather everyone!

Drinkability: Would try another Winter Warmer.
Appearance: Dark amber brown in color.
The Buds: Bitter aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5 caps.

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March 6, 2011

Samual Smith’s Imperial Stout 3.6.2011

Samual Smith Old Brewery's Imperial Stout

Samual Smith Old Brewery's Imperial Stout

The Brewski Report Reviews Samual Smith’s Imperial Stout
File Date: 3.6.2011

 File Name: A Heavy Beer For Slowing Things Down.
The Beer: Samual Smith’s Imperial Stout
Type: Russian Imperial Stout
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.0% ABV
Brewer: Samual Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Web Site: www.merchantduvin.com
State/Country of Origin: UK (England)
Brewer Info: The Old Brewery at Tadcaster was founded in 1758 and is Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. Samuel Smith is one of the few remaining independent breweries in England, and further is the last to utilize the classic Yorkshire Square system of fermentation solely in stone squares. The rich Samuel Smith strain of yeast at The Old Brewery dates from the early 1900s. Hops are hand-weighed by the master hop blender, and the brewing water is drawn from a well sunk over 200 years ago. First introduced to the U.S. market in 1978 by Merchant du Vin, Samuel Smith beers quickly became the benchmark ales for the emerging craft beer movement. To this day, they remain among the most awarded. All Samuel Smith beers are vegan products, registered with The Vegan Society

tbr-ss-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Russian imperial stout was originally brewed in Great Britain to satisfy the Czarist courts, who were great connoisseurs of Champagne, caviar and the art of the table. Because it was transported across the freezing Baltic, Russian imperial stout was brewed with a high level of alcohol. Rich, flavorful, deep chocolate color, scented and roasted barley nose. Complexity of malt, hops, alcohol and yeast.
Label: Contractors To Her Majesty’s Forces. Brewed at Samual Smith’s small, traditional British brewery with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), best barley malt, roasted barley, yeast and hops to create a rich flavourful ale; deep chocolate in colour with a roasted barley nose and flavour that is a complexity of malt, hops and yeast. Fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’. This distinctive type of ale was originally shipped to imperial Russia; it was a favourite of Russian nobility.

The Brewski Review: Very much like drinking syrup. Very malty and bitter. Pitch black in color with a large head on the pour. I don’t think it was bad but Russian Imperial Stout isn’t my thing. Too heavy. It would take some getting used to if I wanted to pop one of these open at the end of the day to relax. Good for fall or winter. I think it would tend to slow me down in the Spring/Summer. Heaven only knows, I need something else to slow down this uber-athletic body of mine.

Drinkability: No. Not my thing.
Appearance: Large head and pitch black.
The Buds: Bitter. Very malty. Like drinking a syrup.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75

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January 16, 2011

Pualaner’s Salvator Double Bock Beer Review 1.16.11

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock (or, Dopplebock for all the beer snobs who probably wouldn't be reading this blog.)

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock (or, Dopplebock for all the beer snobs who probably wouldn't be reading this blog.)

The Brewski Report Reviews Paulaner’s Salvator Double Bock
File Date: 1.16.2011

File Name: Sometimes The Best Action Is No Action
The Beer: Salvator Double Bock
Type: Dopplebock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.9% ABV
Brewer: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Web Site: www.paulaner.com
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The oldest document of the Paulaner Brewery Munich dates back to 1634. Life is hard for our monks in the Munich monestary Neudeck ob der Au; they are extremely poor and have to work very hard. To help them cope they began to brew Salvator. Since 1780 the Paulaner monks have been officially allowed to serve beer without restrictions. The Neudeck ob der Au is dissolved in 1799. In 1815 the first beer huts on the Wies’n appear. Five years earlier a major horse racing event was held here. This was the birth of the world’s biggest fair. in 1837 Bavaria’s King Ludwig I declares Paulaner a luxury article. The name Salvator is protected by the imperial patent office in Berlin in 1896. Through the 1920’s Paulaner expands by acquiring other breweries. In 1986 Paulaner brews the worlds first non-alcoholic wheat beer which is now called Hefe-Weitbier Alkoholfrei. The worlds deepest underground cellar is built by Paulaner in 1989. In 2001 a joint venture with Dutch brewers Heineken N.V. is established.

tbr-paulaner-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Paulaner Salvator is the founding father of all Bavarian stouts, and the orinator of all “-ator” beers. With an alcohol content of 7.9%, it is not only the strongest beer brewed by the Paulaner Brewery, but also has the most tradition: Paulaner Salvator has been brewed from 100% Munich malt to a handed-down recipe for 375 years. Today, it is the highest-selling “double bock” beer in Germany. Paulaner Salvator is dark, full-bodied and strong, and wonderfully malty in flavour and aroma – a perfectly balanced, round, quaffable stout specialty. Paulaner Salvator is freshly brewed every year for the stout season and is only available between December and April (as a general rule). Based on the principle of, “Liquids don’t break a fast”, this double bock beer remains the traditional drink for Lent to this day.
Label: Each one of my Paulaner biers is brewed slowly, all-naturally, as they have been for over 360 years. Brewed and bottled by Paulaner, Munich, Germany.

The Brewski Review: My project list hasn’t seen the light of day recently. I don’t mind but it does eat at me. Winter seems to slow me down with all the cold temps and show shoveling chores. I had a tenant move out of my duplex this past December leaving me a unit in desperate need of some serious TLC. But, I figure it was easier for me to shut off the heat, drain the water lines and pour antifreeze down the j-traps than to go over there and work. (And, spend money to keep the place somewhat heated.) This strategy will push back all my house projects but I’ll live with that decision. In the Spring I’ll re-list the property in the hopes of shedding myself of the re-mod responsibility before it becomes a dire necessity. I need to re-focus efforts on my house. The duplex has been an unwanted distraction of late. So I’ll take it easy for a couple of months. Maybe drink some beer. This Paulaner beverage turned out to be somewhat good. Very tasty beverage. Creamy with a rich malt flavor. Minimal bitterness. Excellent choice for the cool days of winter. Curl up by the fire and crack one open.

Drinkability: Definitely. 
Appearance: Carmel color, minimal head.
The Buds: Very smooth and malty.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 Rating out of 5.

It's hard to be around 360 years and not know how to throw a party. Kickin' it German style.

It's hard to be around 360 years and not know how to throw a party. Kickin' it German style.

December 23, 2010

Clipper City’s Winter Storm ESB Review 12.23.10

Thar She Blows - A Category 5 Taste Sensation?

Thar She Blows - A Category 5 Taste Sensation?

The Brewski Report Reviews Clipper City’s Heavy Seas Winter Storm “Category 5” Ale
File Date: 12.23.10

 File Name: Winter Ranks Fourth in Seasons
The Beer: Heavy Seas Winter Storm
Type: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.5% ABV
Brewer: Clipper City Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.clippercitybeer.com
State/Country of Origin: ME, USA
Brewer Info: Brewed by Baltimore’s Clipper City Brewing Co., Heavy Seas is produced by Baltimore craft beer pioneer Hugh Sisson – the brewery’s founder and managing partner – and Brewmaster Ernesto Igot, formerly brewmaster at San Miguel Brewery in the Philippines.  After successfully lobbying the Maryland Legislature to legalize brewpubs, Hugh began brewing professionally in 1989 at his family’s Baltimore pub – Sisson’s – which was coincidentally Maryland’s first brewpub.  In 1994 he left Sisson’s to found Clipper City and has been involved in all aspects of the business – brewing, finance, marketing, and sales. Combined, Hugh and Ernie represent over 50 years of experience in developing, producing, marketing, and selling fine beer.  Totally driven by a passion to make richly flavored beers, they are also focused on making beers with finesse and balance.  Their wealth of experience gives them a firm foundation in the values of traditional brewing methods, yet they also share a desire to create new beer experiences.  The result is a brand that captures the best of both worlds – modern beer thinking blended with the best elements of traditional methods.

tbr-winter-storm-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Our winter ale brewed with copious helpings of English malts and both U.S. and English hops making it a ruddy hued Imperial ESB in style. Full malty flavors dancing with powerful hop aromas and a lingering yet firm hop bitterness. Pairs well with very sharp cheddar, stews, and grilled ribs. Available October – December.
Label: This here pounder has a fine layer of yeast at her bottom. It won’t send you to Davey Jones’ locker, but will protect your brew from the rigors of life at sea. Hang on…it’s a Category 5 Ale! With a full ruby hue, vivid malty flavor, and earthy hop aroma, Winter Storm is an original – an Imperial ESB for the winter months.

The Brewski Review: I’m tired of winter already. Look at the street in front of my house (see picture below). Just kidding. I will say though, my tolorance for winter has abated in my ‘experienced’ years. I don’t really mind the cold weather so much as the snow. Just tired of it all. Move to FLA you SAY? No. Too humid and hot. Fall is my favorite time of year followed close by Spring. That’s why I’ll stay up north. Part of my journalistic endeavor here is to isolate the best beers to drink in any season. So, at some point down the road I’ll at least have a list of winter beers to keep me warm inside while I wait out the cold season. Like this Clipper City Brew: it  a nice winter beer. Hearty with an bitter finish (obviously). But, there were some nice hop and malt characteristics in the taste. Nice tasting ESB.

Drinkability: Yes. Would purchase again.
Appearance: Medium ruby color.
The Buds: Good malty flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.50 crowns out of 5.

The snow has really piled up on the street in front of my house.

The snow has really piled up on the street in front of my house.

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: www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com
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.

July 30, 2010

Bell’s Brewery Oberon Ale Beer Review 7.30.10

Bell's Brewery Oberon Ale

Bell's Brewery Oberon Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Bell’s Oberon Ale.
File Date: 7.30.10

 File Name: Scent Of Sunny On Sale Now!
The Beer: Oberon Ale
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Serving: Draft
Stats: 5.8% ABV
Brewer: Bell’s Brewery Inc.
Web Site: www.bellsbeer.com
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-oberon-sm-labelBrewer Brand Hype: An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a sunny afternoon.
Label: A short draft beer served at the bar. No labels.

The Brewski Review: I don’t really have much to say about Oberon Ale and it appears the brewer doesn’t either. Take a look at the Brewer Brand Hype noted above. ‘color and scent of a sunny afternoon’? Who wrote this uniquely undescriptive marketing tagline? Bell’s Brewery must have bartered some of their product with a local ad firm because they most certainly couldn’t have paid for this touchy, feely assembly of words. If this verbiage is printed somewhere on the label and I was fortunate enough to read it before purchasing, the limited sensitivity of my manliness would have prevented me from purchasing this beverage. The bottle would have slipped through my hand and exploded on the store floor while I stood, slackjawed and immobile at the mere thought of something so unnaturally beer-like. Who is the intended market for this brand: nuns and sweet old grandmothers between the ages of 60 and 80? Seriously, was there any vision here into gaining market share with this brand advertising? I’m just really at a loss on this. What does a sunny afternoon smell like? To me, the scent of a sunny afternoon smells like fresh cut grass in the spring, thick, muggy and humid air in the summer, a burning pile of leaves in the fall and crisp, burning notrils on a subzero and sunny winter day. What does the scent of a sunny day smell like to you? Most likely not like this beer. Oberon to drink was decent and drinkable but I guess I expected more than Bell’s was capable of delivering. Ultimately, I wouldn’t consider Oberon Ale a quintessential summertime beer if that’s what the ‘scent of a sunny afternoon’ is supposed to convey.

Drinkability: Sure. Maybe.
Appearance: Clear and medium to dark golden color.
The Buds: Good. But I expected more.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Why couldn't the caption be 'Beer for the Blue Skies and Warm Days of Summer'? This picture is pretty darn inviting.

Why couldn't the caption be 'Beer for the Blue Skies and Warm Days of Summer'? This picture is pretty darn inviting.

March 19, 2010

Okocim Brewery’s O.K. Euro Pale Lager Beer Review 3.19.10

O.K. Beer is Okay-ski with Me.

O.K. Beer is Okay-ski with Me.

The Brewski Report Reviews Poland’s OK Beer Pale Lager And Mulling The Prospect of Spring.
File Date: 3.19.10

File Name: What’s The Polish Word For Barbeque? 
The Beer: O.K. Beer
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Okocim Brewery
Web Site: www.okocim.pl/
Country of Origin: Poland
Brewer Info: Okocim Brewery, in Brzesko in southeastern Poland, is one of the oldest and most renowned breweries in the country. It currently makes eight types of beer: O.K. (Pilsener), Signature (Pilsener), Mocne (Medium Malt), Porter, Karmi and Karmi Poema Di Caffe (Near Beer), Palone, and Zagloba. Established in 1845 by Johann Evangelist Götz (1815-1893), born in Wirtemberg. His son Jan Albin expanded the family business, married a Polish aristocrat, and changed his name to Goetz-Okocimski. In 1945 the brewery was nationalised, and reprivatised in the 1990s. Since 1996 the brewery has been a part of Carlsberg Polska, Carlsberg Breweries A/S.

tbr-okbeer-label1Brewer Brand Hype: Okocim O.K. is a fine and delicate brew, deriving its quality from a recipe which incorporates the best of indigenous Polish hop varieties, luxurious barley and only the softest mountain water. The O.K. label remains mostly unchanged from its original design from forty years ago. The beer itself helped define “Polish Pils style”, which in turn separated Polish beers from the many other European brands.
Label: Full Pale Beer.  Piwo Jsne Pelne

The Brewski Review:
  I am excited about the end of winter.  There was a day when I loved to see the snow fly.  The more the better.  But, as I grew older and picked up a few responsibilities of my own, like shoveling snow, I came to dislike winter.  I really don’t mind the cold so much but I dislike wasting time pushing a substance around that will eventually melt – not to mention the wonderful muscle aches I get in return.  Heated sidewalks.  Now that’s the ticket.  In the advent of warmer weather, we can turn our attention to more important issues like outdoor grilling.  And, no one can beat a punch to the grill faster than me.  But, who can enjoy a good grill without having a beer in hand. So, I pulled one from the fridge.  A Polish beverage called OK Beer, which I actually enjoyed.  Though I’m Polish I harbored no preconceived notions about what a beer from the ‘homeland’ would taste like.  It was refreshing.  Light and mild.  The only downside is that it’s only 11.2 Fl.Oz.  It disappeared rather quickly.  Try one next time your outside in the warm sun waiting for your chicken to sizzle on the grill.

Drinkability:  Very nice.  I could buy a case of this.
Appearance: Medium golden in color.  Nice Head.
The Buds:  Light and mild.  No bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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.

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