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July 31, 2015

Brew Kettle’s Summer Soulstice (Rays) 7.31.2015

Summer Soulstice (Newly renamed Summer Rays)

Summer Soulstice (Newly renamed Summer Rays)

TBR Reports out on Brew Kettle’s Summer Soulstice (Summer Rays)
File Date: 7.31.2015

File Name: Office Cubes are Killing Me
The Beer: Summer Soulstice
Type: Belgian Style Wit Bier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.3% ABV
Brewer: The Brew Kettle Production Co.
Web Site: www.thebrewkettle.com
State/Country of Origin: Strongsville, OH, USA
Brewer Info: TBK Production Works, The Brew Kettle Taproom &Smokehouse’s production side of the business, began it’s operations in 1995 as Ringneck Brewing Co. with a small 3 barrel brewhouse.From that humble beginning, we have been committed to producing ales and lagers of superb quality and character. The brewery has expanded twice since then increasing to a 12 barrels system in 2003 and most recently to a 20 barrel system in the spring of 2008.With this increase in production, Look for our hand crafted beers on draft and in retail establishments throughout Ohio and Kentucky.

Summer-Rays-6-packBrewer Brand Hype: Our take on a Belgian style unfiltered wheat ale brewed with raw wheat and flaked oats and spiced with coriander and orange & lemon peel.

Label: Summer Soulstice. Ale brewed with spices. Belgian Style Wit. Out take on a Belgian classic. This unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with flaked wheat & flaked oats and spiced with coriander, orange peel and lemon peel.

The Brewski Review: I’ve had this in my fridge for so long I think the brewer changed the name from Summer Soulstice to Summer Rays.Nonetheless, it was worth pulling out just the same and giving it a try. It was tastey and would definitely drink it again. The color was a very pale golden yellow, poured with minimal head and contained hints of spice. It was chilled nicely when I cracked it open on a hot summer day – probably the best time to drink a Wit Bier. (Then again, is there really a bad time to drink any kind of beer?) You haven’t seem many posts from me this year. I was finally able to upgrade my career and leave the nutcracker of a job behind me and pick up a suitable position with a large company that’s only about 7 minutes down the road. Needless to say, I’ve been busy getting acclimated to my new surroundings. The facility is a nice, quick little drive through a metropark along a river. How many people can say they see Egrets, deer, Blue Heron and other assorted wildlife within view or crossing the road on their way to work? Probably not many. Early indications are that the new job was going to be great until my boss was demoted about 3 months into my stint. He was one of the primary reasons I accepted the position but, apparently, he wasn’t righting the ship fast enough for the corporate folks. A new fella has yet to be found so we’ll see how this progresses. I’ll keep you informed.

Drinkability: Would drink again.
Appearance: Very pale golden color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Nice flavor with just a hint of spice.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

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.

October 12, 2014

RJ Rockers’ Son of a Peach Wheat Ale Beer Review 10.12.14

Son of A Peach by RJ Rockers

Son of A Peach by RJ Rockers

TBR Reports on RJ Rockers’ Son of a Peach Wheat Ale
File Date: 10.12.2014

File Name: Just Peachy
The Beer: Son of a Peach
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.0% ABV
Brewer: RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Web Site: www.rjrockers.com
State/Country of Origin: SC, USA
Brewer Info: RJ Rockers Brewing Company became Spartanburg’s first brewery in 1997, when owner and brewer Mark Johnsen set out on a mission to provide the people of the Upstate with the best microbrewed beer they had ever tasted. Mark, a New Jersey native, had loved brewing beer for his friends and family for years.
Following his service in the 1991 Gulf War, Mark was stationed in Germany as a member of the United States armed forces, and he took this opportunity to learn as much as possible about brewing from the experts. By the time he was honorably discharged from the service, he was ready to take his beer to the public.

Brewer Brand Hype: An unfiltered American wheat ale made with real mean peaches. The only thing missing is the fuzz. Savor the anger. Now available all year long!  6.0% abv 16 ibu.
Label: This unfiltered American Wheat Ale made with real Carolina peaches has a real attitude problem. Call him ‘sweet’ and he flips his lid. Most would take offense if he wasn’t so darn tasty. Go ahead, savor the anger.

The Brewski Review: I think the brewer’s assement of the taste is spot on. Overwhelming aroma of peaches fills the olafactory senses upon the initial pour. The taste, as noted, only needs the fuzz on the skin to be a more fruit-like. This is definitely a keeper if you like your beer with a little fruit flavor. Some of the hard core beer drinkers probably wouldn’t be caught dead drinking this. But, what do I care? I like what I like. As I’ve noted in my ‘about’ page, I’m on a quest to find the best taste of each beer type. This one is tops in the peach field. Give one a try. I think you’ll be as impressed as I was. I drank this after mowing on a cool fall day – maybe low 60’s – but I think it would be rockin’ on a hot summer day.

Drinkability: Excellent. Would drink again.
Appearance: Drank it down to fast before I noted the color.
The Buds: Wonderful peach flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 caps out of 5.

Son of a Peach is like peaches without the fuzzy skin.

Son of a Peach is like peaches without the fuzzy skin.

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.

May 1, 2014

Circus Boy American Pale Wheat Ale Beer Review 5.1.2014

Why the name Circus Boy?

Why the name Circus Boy?

TBR Reports on Magic Hat’s Circus Boy Hefeweizen
File Date: 5.1.2014

File Name: Seasonal Misfire
The Beer: Circus Boy
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing/North American Breweries
Web Site: www.magichat.net/
State/Country of Origin: VT, USA
Brewer Info: North American Breweries, one of the largest and fastest growing American-owned beer companies in the United States, owns and operates four U.S. breweries and six retail locations in New York, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington.  The company was formed in 2009 and is headquartered in Rochester, NY – which is also home to the Genesee Brewery. Since 1878, the Genesee Brewery has brewed and sold the historic line of Genesee beers. Today that brewery also makes Dundee Ales and Lagers, the Original Honey Brown Lager, Seagram’s Escapes and many other beers under contract from other companies. We brew one of the company’s most popular craft beer brands – Magic Hat – from our Vermont brewery.  Our west coast brewing teams handcraft the ward-winning Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s craft beers.  NAB also owns and markets strong import brands including its flagship beer Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light, which maintain strong market share among the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Brewer Brand Hype: A unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen brewed with lemongrass.
Label: Circus Boy. The Hefeweizen. 3/4 Pint of beer brewed with lemongrass. Performance in every bottle.
The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our
mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience
and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

The Brewski Review: It’s a cold spring day and it’s just the way I like it. It’s seems that as I get older the spring and fall seasons fade away and we’re left with only winter and summer. It seems it’s either 30 degrees or 90. It’s my perception but it sure does fee like it.  This beer probably would have went down so much better had it been warm and sunny but that didn’t detract from it’s overall taste. It’s definitely a American-ish Hefeweizen with just the right amount of bitterness. I really couldn’t discern the ‘lemongrass’ flavor but it adds to the panache of the brand (the yellow label is an eye grabber…). Overall, it’s a tolorable brew that I’d drink again. I doubt I’d purchase a six pack though.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Nice pale golden color.
The Buds: Right amount of bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4 caps out of 5.

In our effort to be educational, I've attached this nifty rundown for uses of Lemongrass. Who would have known?

In our effort to be educational, I’ve attached this nifty rundown for uses of Lemongrass. Who would have known?

May 6, 2013

Spoetzl’s Ruby Redbird Summer Seasonal Beer Review 5.6.2013

TX Grapefruit. TX Brewed. TX Proud.

TX Grapefruit. TX Brewed. TX Proud.

TBR Reports on Spoetzel’s Ruby Redbird Summer Seasonal
File Date: 5.6.2013

File Name: Drink the beer first. Then mow the lawn.
The Beer: Ruby Redbird
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2%
Brewer: Spoetzel 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-ruby-redbird-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Shiner Ruby Redbird is brewed with genuine Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit, the signature sweet citrus of the Rio Grande Valley, and ginger. This lager beer features grapefruit tartness and finishes with a ‘lil kick of ginger. With Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and ginger, Shiner Ruby Redbird is sure to be a crisp and refreshing summer beer. Shiner Ruby Redbird is now available in cans, too.
Label: Summer Seasonal. Beer brewed with Texas red ruby grapefruit juice and with ginger and natural flavor added. Grapefruit – Sweet citrus of teh Rio Grande Valley. Ginger – all natural tropical spice. Serve Ice Cold on Hot Days. This crisp, refreshing summer seasonal is brewed with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit juice, the signature citrus of the Rio Grande Valley. Tartness from the grapefruit juice and a delightful kick from ginger combine for a taste that’s perfect for hot summer days. It’s deep gold color and full body come from pure Munich malt and Mt. Hood, Citra and Cascade hops balance the flavor well.

The Brewski Review: I love Rube Red Grapefruit. It’s one of my favorite fruits. So, it was no surprise that when I saw Spoetzel Brewery’s version I grabbed a couple off the shelf. Up to this point, I don’t recall being disappointed by any beer brewed in this Texas hotspot and this is no exception. Although it wasn’t as grapefruit tasting as I’d like it was still exceptional. Slightly on the sweet side, a dark golden color and a nice, tight creamy white foamy head to top it off makes it a good choice for a hot day. Technically not summer, I came home from work today realizing we’d be having Cinco de Mayo leftovers so I made a point of reaching into the fridge to pull this beverage out. If I couldn’t get it out before dinner I doubt I would have pulled it out at all. There seems to be limited opportunities to get things done. Take, for example, my hard work outside yesterday: it was a georgous day and while I was working I thought how great it would be to drink a beer. I also realize that if I stopped doing what I was doing to go inside the house for a beer (I haven’t stocked the garage fridge yet), that much less would get done. So I keep working and think about having one afterward. Well, that didn’t happen. Even though I have a beer blog I probably drink a heck of alot less than you may think. As I stated in my Mission Statement (or, the  ‘About’ page for those not in the know) I’m only doing this to find the beers I enjoy drinking; not to enrich myself with huge brewery endorsements (none yet, but open to offers) and to set the world on fire with my alcoholic pontifications.

Drinkability: Sure. Would drink this again.
Appearance: Dark golden color.
The Buds: No overpowering grapefruit flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

Love this promotional piece. Reminds me of a vintage ad.

Love this promotional piece. Reminds me of a vintage ad.

April 19, 2013

Boddingtons Pub Ale Beer Review 4.19.2013

The pour on this beverage is magnificent to view.

The pour on this beverage is magnificent to view.

TBR Reports on Inbev’s Boddingtons Pub Ale
File Date:  4.19.2013

File Name: Good There Isn’t Good Here
The Beer: Boddingtons Pub Ale
Type: English Pale Ale
Serving: Can
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Boddingtons (Inbev UK Limited)
Web Site: http://ab-inbev.co.uk/
State/Country of Origin: England
Brewer Info: Anheuser-Busch InBev is the largest brewer in the world and makes many of the UK’s best-loved drinks. Our size is matched by our ambitions. We have set ourselves the goal, through our people, our products and our work on responsible drinking, community and the environment, of becoming the Best Beer Company in a Better World. Our beers have been popular in the UK for many years and we now employ around 1,400 people at our UK breweries at Magor, Samlesbury and in Mortlake – as well as at our company headquarters in Luton. In the UK we manage and make a wide range of award-winning beers, ales, stouts and cider. They include global flagship brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s as well as local favourites including Boddingtons and Bass. We have introduced new beers such as Budweiser Brew No.66, Stella Artois Black and Stella Artois Cidre and distribute iconic world beers including Hoegaarden and Leffe.

tbr-boddingtons-logo-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Boddingtons has been enjoyed by beer drinkers in England for more than 200 years, and is well known for its creamy head and smooth body. It is now sold in over 30 countries worldwide and can be drunk on tap in places as far afield as New Zealand and Hong Kong. Boddingtons is a refreshing, smooth beer renowned for its golden colour, full-bodied flavour and malty, moreish taste with smooth, tight creamy head.
Label: Since 1778 when it was first brewed at the Strangeways Brewery in Manchester, Boddingtons has been renowned as a unique, pale-gold ale. In English pubs, Boddingtons is served using the traditional hand pulled method which mixes air with the ale as it pours, producing a distinctive creamy head and smooth body, with little gassiness. Ordinary packaged ale cannot match this quality, but the new DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM does. By releasing millions of tiny bubbles when opened, DRAUGHTFLOW cans give creamy head and authentic fresh taste of Boddingtons Pub Ale. The DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM employs a small recyclable device which floats in the ale.

The Brewski Review: I think Boddingtons has the DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM down to a science. The pour was fantastic to watch: tiny little bubbles made the beer look almost effervescent. At first I thought it was a cloudy, mud color but the head rose up to the top and formed a nice, tight, creamy white head that stuck around to the bitter end. The beer itself was rather tasteless and unmentionable. It wasn’t bad by any means but on the first sip I was rather blown away by the lack of taste – almost watery. Yes it was smooth and creamy. It maintained a nice balance between the hops and malt which minimized the aftertaste. But, would I drink this here in the states? No. Would I drink it while sitting in a pub in England? Maybe. Will I ever travel to the UK to give it a try? Probably not. If I was going to venture overseas, I think Austria would be my first stop for beer. The history of England would be appealing to see, touch and learn, but it’s not tops on my list. Besides, I don’t think I could fathom taking my two young children with us on such a long journey. It’s challenging enough to make it couple miles up the street to the grocery store let along half way around the globe.

Drinkability: Probably not.
Appearance: Nice deep gold and creamy white head.
The Buds: Rather bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5 caps

Boddingtons beer girl No. 1. (Note the hyper-toned drinking appendage.)

Boddingtons beer girl No. 1. (Note the hyper-toned drinking appendage.)

Crazy strong Boddintons beer girl No. 2 w/ switchable drinking/arm wrestling muscled up right limb.

Crazy strong Boddintons beer girl No. 2 w/ switchable drinking/arm wrestling muscled up right limb.

February 12, 2013

Vintage Beer Girls of Yesterday 2.12.2013

2.12.2013

Yes. They used beer girls to sell beer way back when. The same sales approached that worked then still works now – albeit with skimpier clothes. Take a look at a few of these old vintage promotional pieces. There was bold colors to catch the eye but the beer itself wasn’t a prominent fixture in the ad. I like vintage classic Elvgren pin ups myself.

Acme Beer California IPA

Acme Beer California IPA

Acme Beer Advertisement

Acme Beer Advertisement

Senate Beer Promotional Piece

Senate Beer Promotional Piece

Rheingold Girl modestly attired

Rheingold Girl modestly attired

Classic Gil Elvgren general beer promotional piece. He had to pay the bills somehow.

Classic Gil Elvgren general beer promotional piece. He had to pay the bills somehow.

Another Gil Elvgren promotional piece. This one for A-1 Pilsner beer.

Another Gil Elvgren promotional piece. This one for A-1 Pilsner beer.

Typical Gil Elvgren painting. These probably didn't pay the bills at the time as much as his work for Napa, Coka Cola and others.

Typical Gil Elvgren painting. These probably didn't pay the bills at the time as much as his work for Napa, Coka Cola and others.

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.

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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