Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Anyways, that being done with, we was sittin' shiva, and a good friend of mine who also happens to be a beer geek and who also happens to be named Sarah brought me some damn beer treats. It was perfect. Thank you!!!
From Short's there were 2 different selections - PB and J, and Uber Goober. Both beer treats I had heard of but never had. So I was excited! I shared the PB and J with a bunch of people, and did not care too much for it. The "J" part was kinda funky and not in a good way. But the Uber Goober...Oh man. It was so good that I had to go buy a 6 pack.
Uber Goober is an imperial oatmeal stout brewed with real peanuts. It poured black with a thin fizzy cola-esque brown head that dissipated quickly. The smell was kind of mild, but pleasant. Malty, nutty, definitely had a peanuty presence. As far as the taste goes, this is a nice solid oatmeal stout. Coffee, nutty, vaguely sweet malts, with a prominant peanut after-taste. After drinking it I felt like I had eaten a peanut butter sandwich. And while it is not overly sweet at all, it was reminiscent of a peanut butter milkshake.
The Uber Goober was smooth, full-bodied, creamy, and silky with little carbonation. 6.5% alcohol is a reasonable amount of booze compared to some super boozey imperial stouts. Tasty but filling, 2 were plenty to have in one evening. Peanut butter rules. Stouts rule. And friends rule.
Thanks for helping me get through this ridiculous year. xoxoxo
Monday, November 8, 2010
Where have all the pumpkins gone? Yippee yi, yippee yay.
On Sunday I indulged in a pint of Michigan Brewing Company's Screamin' Pumpkin. This was at Leo's Lodge, which by the way, is delicious. I'm gonna skip the beer for a sec and just focus on the cheese bread. Yeah, check out that grease.
Anyways, that evening I decided I needed another pumpkin ale in my day, so I busted open this Buffalo Bill's, a brewery I have not tried previously. It as billed as "America's Original Pumpkin Ale" that is brewed with real baked pumpkin and spices. It poured a light hazy orange with a fizzy off-white head. It smelled like pumpkin and mild spices. The taste was surprisingly tart! Again, pumpkin is dominating along with some spice presence. I found it to be tasty and well-balanced. A little different than other pumpkin ales. It was on the thin side with plenty of carbonation. I had it with another seasonal treat, pumpkin brownies. Homemade. Obviously I'm gearing up for hibernation.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This blurry pic is a delicious Hemp Porter from the delicious Old Fashioned. Not pictured is the fried cheese curds that accompanied it that I now crave frequently.
I brought home 2 local beer souvenirs, or as I like to call them, beervenirs. Is that gonna get annoying?
1)Furthermore's Fatty BoomBalatty. I met these dudes once a few years back at a tasting, and they were really nice! Reem reminded me that they have a beer that tastes like bacon; this is not it. This is billed as a "dangerously drinkable Belgian." I have to agree.
Its a cloudy orange-amber with lots of visible retention, a nice foamy white head that has crazy retention and left lots of lace. It smelled great, just a little wheat, some banana, and definite Belgian yeast.
The taste was spot on to its description too. Not super wheaty and with some hoppy bitterness. The yeast flavor is strong, the hop bite is nice, and the hints of citrus and banana are good too. All strong flavors, all really tasty. It works. This is crazy good and very drinkable. Solid A.
2. Lake Louie Brewing's Kiss the Lips IPA. I admit, the price and name/label were my deciding factors with this purchase. There was almost no information on the bottle except for the slogan "This is livin.'" Yeah!!
This IPA poured a cloudy orange-amber with a fluffy white head.
It does not have a strong nose at all. Mostly kind of a sweet citrus smell, like pineapple.
Likewise, the taste is a little weak for me. Citrusy hops and pineapple dominate, with a little bit of bitterness. It felt a little thin and watery. I like my IPAs to be a punch in the mouth of hop bitterness, and this is definitely not like that. Pleasant enough though not my favorite IPA. B-
Extra points for the label. KISS THE LIPS!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Overall, this is not a style I typically care for. But this was one of the better fruit beers I've ever had. Plus it was fairly boozey at I believe 9% ABV, but it was subtle in the taste. Good enough to have a 2nd, not good enough to seek out again. I'll see what else Short's has to offer.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I crack open a bottle of this and pour into a giant tumbler of a glass that a cute girl left in my car. Is the glass 2/3 full or 1/3 empty? While you philosophize, I'll fill my glass up with a can of the same stuff. Yep, we had both cans and bottles of this at home. I'm guessing there was a sale.
Appearance: The color of pale apple juice with a big sudsy white head with decent retention. It left small spots of lacing in the glass.
Smell: Extremely mild. A tiny bit of sweet green apple and corn.
Taste: Again, very mild but well-balanced and mostly inoffensive. The bit of white grape malts turned into a slightly bitter hops flavor. Maybe a little hay or grass. And a tiny big of metallic aftertaste.
I made some din-din. This beverage is crisp, light, and mild enough to go with probably anything. Ya know, its okay for the style.
The bottle and can claim that its "The Best Canadian Has to Offer." Somehow I doubt that. Immediately I think of Unibroue in Quebec...And then...Um, other Canadian beers? Awww, sorry neighbors to the north. I have neglected ye. Yet another topic to research and become learned upon.
It also boasts no preservatives. Is this unusual? Hops and alcohol act as a preservative in beer. Both of those components are pretty darn important. So this tasting venture leaves me with 2 questions for you, dear reader(s):
1) Best Canadian beer?
2) Do most beers have preservatives, other than alcohol and hops?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Now I'm back in the saddle. In the saddle of Michigan, that is. You know what? People are nice here. People are looking out for me, trying to help me find a job. People are looking out for my folks, who have some health issues. There are some great places and people here, if you know where to find them.
The Midwest also has some mighty fine beers. I got a visit from BFF Reem who brought with her genuine Wisconsin beer from the New Glaurus Brewery. Reem and I were busy as always, eating delicious food, spending time with the family, and watching the cats be funny. But we did manage to find some time to drink Spotted Cow while "sunning" outside. Having gone to college in Wisconsin, this was a popular beer amongst students. But I don't really recall having it much or having much opinion about it. Of course, that was before my "sophisticated brew" days, when good beer = cheap/free. Spotted Cow is a "cream ale," according to Beeradvocate.com, which means it is a light lager style of beer brewed like it is an ale. They tend to be low on hops, light, and mild. The New Glarus website defines the style as a "Naturally Cloudy Farmhouse Ale." The yeast stays in the bottle, and there are Wisconsin malts and corn. Let's check it out!(My parents are in the middle of re-doing their kitchen which is why the wall behind the beer looks a bit tattered).
It poured a pale orange, hazy, thin fizzy white head, with a multitude of bubbles quickly streaming up to the top. For a minute I got lost in the beauty of this perpetual motion and felt like I was staring at a lava lamp.
The scent is mild, kind of wheat-y, and fruity. Definitely no strong hop scent standing out.
Likewise, the taste is also mild. There is a bit of sweet apple, corn, and malts. Just a tiny bit of hops to balance it out.
Spotted Cow is fairly crisp, soft, and smooth. This is a good summer beer, easy to drink and enjoy. Nothing extreme or over the top about it. Just a nice easy-drinking ale. At just 5% alcohol, go ahead and have 2. Like me.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The label is informational (which I love!) - they use German yeast, malts, and hops and brew in the altbier ("old beer") tradition. It ages for 2 months, and has the crispness of a lager, hoppiness of a pale ale, and maltiness of a brown ale. This is pretty right on! The appearance is my least favorite part of this beverage. Its murky in a way thats a bit unappealing to me. It is brown but with some hints of amber. There was a tiny white head that immediately fizzled out. The smell, however, instantly stood out. Apples, grapes, clean grassy hops, sweet malts. I like! The taste is very balanced. Sweet malts, fruit (apples, grapes), nuts, some bitter hops. It's a pleasant taste that is very drinkable. Overall, this is a nice, refreshing, easy-going, balanced beverage. I don't know much about Altbiers, except its an old style of beer from the Dusseldorf region. But I'm happy to get to try this, and open to try more Alts!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Fuller's is cool for a couple of reasons, besides their beer. They are old school, brewing since 1845 in "traditional family style." They also brew at the "Griffin brewery," meaning there is a sweet griffin on their labels. I've tried their London Porter before and enjoyed it. So I picked up this Fuller's ESB, which stands for Extra Special Bitter.
It is my understanding, more or less, that Bitter Ales are similar to Pale Ales. They tend to be low in alcohol and high in hops. Extra Special Bitters are higher in alcohol and more balanced. Fuller's ESB is 5.9% alcohol in the bottle.This pint sized bottle poured a very lovely clear reddish-brown/amber with a small but solid white head. The head receded slowly and left thick rings of lace. The smell was mild but dominated by sweet malts. I took a drink...And several more. Wow! Strong sweet caramel malts along with a bitter layer of hops and a touch of spice. Sweetness dominated at first but it ended bitter, making this a nicely balanced ale. It was smooth, light, refreshing, and tasty. I had to keep myself from chugging this. Delicious! If I get the chance to try a pint of this at a British pub I will do so with gusto. A-
Saturday, April 10, 2010
In a local beer rag they always print a recipe using beer. I've read of recipes using things like rabbit, leeks, figs, pork belly, thyme, fennel, porcini...Basically things I'd probably never attempt. (But never say never!) Prior to this hard-core research of mine, I've only heard of Beer Butt Chicken. (That picture makes me wanna barf). But as I was getting ready to have a nice Russian Imperial Stout from Hoppin Frog in Ohio, I thought "brownies!" The only recipes I could find were to make brownies from scratch, which I was not up for. So I had to "fudge" the measurements, if you will.
1 box brownie mix
1 cup stout
Bake 'n Eat.
The result? Pretty yum! A little more "cake-like" than "fudge-like" but still nice and chewey. The stout flavor came through more than I expected, adding a nice edge of bitterness and richness to the brownies, so they weren't just straight-up chocolate. Next time I'd probably go nuts and make them from scratch - I'm sure its worth it. But this was cool...More "cooking" with beer (hey, maybe next time real cooking with no quotation marks) to come!
Also as it warmed the carbonation stayed extremely huge. I even had a carbonation overflow during my second pour. Not sophisticatd!
The mouthfeel was very light on the tongue, and extremely crisp to the point of almost feeling sharp as I swallowed. I just typed that without laughing, by the way. Okay, maybe a little.
I REALLY liked this. Saisons are supposed to pair well with lots of food. I ate some "flavor x-treme" cheddar goldfish with this and thought it was excellent. Sour, crisp ale and salty, cheesey crackers? It's good for me!!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
It sure looks Spring-y. Pollen is all about the birds and the bees and flowers. This is a limited release beer, in celebration of Long Trail's 20th anniversary. It comes in a 22 oz. bottle, and was inexpensive at $2.50. The color was lovely - a golden amber, slightly hazy, and with a small white head with some nice lacing. The smell surprised me; it was more malt-dominant than I expected for a pale ale. There was a bit of hoppiness as well, and some citrus. The taste was also malty, with sweet lemon and honey. There also was a bitter hop bite but that was a minor aspect of the flavor. I don't know what pollen tastes like, but I detected something that could be pollen. The Pollenator was light and crisp, refreshing, and tasty. A different kind of pale ale.