Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
TWO FIREFIGHTERS were injured and some 200 people evacuated from the Guinness brewery at St James’s Gate, Dublin, yesterday when a fire started during roof repairs on a storage warehouse at the site.
Fifteen units of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the blaze, including three aerial appliances with turntable ladders, after the alarm was raised at 12.10pm.
Flames shot through the building for a short time and billowing smoke could be seen for miles while fire crews fought to bring the blaze under control.
The roof of the building, partly made of felt, caught fire during routine repairs.
I hope everything gets repaired and the firefighters get back to health.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Also, a news story on how to not bring up your children.
The Sacramento Kings hosted a dollar beer night. Amazingly enough, it wasn't a sellout; but very close. (The Kings are one of the lowest in attendance this year.)
And apparently LaBatt Blue wanted people to set out beer for Santa instead of milk. This didn't go over well with some. Even though it was for their non-alcoholic beer.
No beer at a St. Patrick's Day parade? That sounds sacrilegious.
And that is all I got.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
My second beer was a pilsner from Brewer's Alley out of Frederick. It was a very good pilsner. Clean and crisp. I will look for this beer during the warm summer and spring months.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Baltimore Magazine's Top 25 Bars
BaltiManual.com's Bar Guide
I like the category break down on BaltiManual.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I have been fortunate enough to have a few "local" watering holes. I have my way-home-from-work bars and pubs, the right around the corner pubs and I have my go back to the hometown pubs. Each have their own mystique, and I treat them as such.
When I moved 150 miles to a city where I knew few people, one of the last things on my list was to find my local bar. The one where I can go in, know some people and have a good drink. I was lucky enough to find one. Mike McGovern's Pub is a small irish pub, with tons of character. Not the crazy people character, but the family character.
The beer selection is okay. In our neighborhood, there are many more places that give you better beer. The 6 taps have common irish pub beers (Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Boddingtons and 2 rotating taps). The bottle list is ok, with american macros (Bud, Miller), import macros (LaBatt Blue, Molson, Murphys, Magners) and a few micros (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Leinekugels). I go with Duvel while there, and love that an Irish bar has a tulip glass to go with it. If I am there for a while, Yuengling it is; there on a hot day, Warsteiner. Always a beer that I enjoy and drink.
What makes up for it is the friendship. Many of the people who go to McGovern's live within a few blocks. The owner will be there with a friendly smile, and offer you a seat. After a few trips, half the people in the bar know your name. There is the real estate agent/beer guy at the stadiums guy, the couple who always offer Saturday boat rides, the first guy I met you lived 10 miles from me at home, the crazy guy who is always up for a game of Jenga, the italian couple who can always keep the conversation going, an Enginerd (her term for geeky engineer), an 80+ year old man in a suit (because he just likes to get out), and so many more personalities that blend together.
The bar treats itself like family, and what is better than that? Need a dog watcher, got one. Need somewhere to go on a holiday if it is too far to go home, McGoverns will be open with people there for you (or they invite you over). The people make the bar turn, and enjoyable. I can't imagine having a better watering hole, two blocks from my house.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I was looking for something I haven't had yet. It had to be delicious (obviously). So I started with an Avery DuganA (Imperial IPA). I figured if it tasted anything like the Maharaja, I would be happy. I was not disappointed. This hop bomb hit the spot. Even at 8.5%, I couldn't taste the alcohol, and the beer was smooth. Definitely dangerously drinkable. The piney hoppiness was on right from the start. It infected mynose, and took over my mouth. A+ in my book.
Next up, I saw a Flemish Red I haven't had before. And of course, I had to give it a go. Hop-bomb to super-sour, that's how I roll. The Bockor Cuvee Des Jacobins pierced past the remainders of hops that were in my mouth and made me pucker up. Another successful find for the sour lovers. Sour apples and cherries are the two pronounced tastes and smells resonating from the beer. Very nice beer. Not the easiest to drink, due to the sourness, but hopefully I can grab another pint some time.
Following my Flemish red, I wanted a beer that was low key. I looked toward the Winter beers. I grabbed a Flying Fish Grand Cru winter ale. It was much lighter in color, maybe strawish with a little amber. The taste was just not there, not what I was looking for. Then again, the dIPA and Flemish Red before it could have killed the taste for me. It was bready (doughy) and very lightish, watered down taste. Maybe I will give it a go some other time, maybe not.
To finish off the night, I grabbed a Raging Bitch. Sweet love of the Gods, this is a great beer. One of which I cannot wait to get to Frederick to grab a couple of bottles. This is one of my top beers of the year, and hope it can stay on tap for a while. (I also placed it on my Christmas list here).
On my way out, I was able to do some Christmas shopping. As Baltimore Beer Guy pointed out, Hugh Sisson was at Max's signing bottles of Yule-Tide. So I grabbed one for my brother, he likes that kind of stuff.
Anywho, I hope your beer has been flowing this week. What have you had?
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The other thing that has people up in arms, is due to the price. At almost $50 a bottle, it seems outrageous. I know I will never spend that on a bottle, but if someone else does, good for them.
Below is their promotional video, which I find fun and hilarious.
Tactical Nuclear Penguin from BrewDog on Vimeo.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I take listed for what they are, people's opinions on the Top-whatever of something. I make lists, talk about lists and contemplate lists, but they are what they are, just a list. Here is the top 10 on their list of beers:
1. Captain Lawrence Rosso e Marrone
2. Unibroue Maudite
3. Orchard White
4. Avery The Maharaja
5. Southern Tier Imperial Pumking
6. Rochefort 8
7. Eliot Ness Lager
8. The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
9. Nogne O/Jolly Pumpkin/Stone Special Holiday Ale
10. Russian River Beatification
1. Stone Vertical Epic 09/09/09. This was the first porter that I have enjoyed in a while. The beer has more of a sweetness, not much burnt maltness to it. Delicious.
2. Troeg's Nugget Nectar. I am looking forward to this beer coming out again. We were fortunate enough to get some in August, and I still have a bottle for over New Years. But there is nothing better than Nugget Nectar out of a cask.
3. The bottles of Flying Dog's Raging Bitch. I know they will be out soon, but it should be now. I can't wait to get this and share it with my friends who cannot get it.
4. Jolly Pumpkin anything. So glad the Michigan Brewers Festival allowed me to sample their beers, and then the present from my brother to enjoy WeisenBam and La Roja. I just want more.
5. Kuhnhenn Brewing's Solar Eclipse Imperial Stout. One of my favorites from the MBF. Their Simcoe Silly was almost just as good.
6. Basically any of the other delicious samples from the MBF, New Holland, Arcadia, and Short't to name a few.
7. I was happy to be introduced to Koningshoeven. It was requested that I try it, which I thoroughly enjoyed, by the chef at Jack's Bistro because they were out of...
8. Witkap Pater Dubbel. Grape Kool-aid. I don't know why, but I get grape kool-aid from it. Yes, I know there is other stuff, but what blew me away was the grape kool-aid.
9. My Base Beers. They are the special beers that no matter what, you know what you are getting, and it is a good one. 60 Minute IPA, Racer 5, Yuengling Lager, etc. It doesn't matter. It established the style for me.
10. My next beer, because that is my favorite kind.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
What do you think, Too Early?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
As stated here:
A crowd of 400 people gathered in the bar's patio to watch the mammoth 900-lb. glass, made of shatter-resistant acrylic, being filled with 2,772 lbs. of beer.That is one nice pour. The world record beer bested the former record of a small 4 foot glass. Crazy stuff.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months.
The beer is a good beer, but I can find some flaws in my favorite style brew. First off, I find that the beer starts out too carbinated. The cherry is in the nose, but you have to search for it in the taste. Finally, I feel there is too much of an alcoholly taste to it.
Other than those few complaints, I do like the beer. It is smooth in the mouth, with a really nice tart sourness to it. It really zaps the tongue in a pleasant way (if you like a Flemish red style beer).
Overall, I would suggest this beer to someone who is looking for something different, is adventurous, and patient- you have to wait for the cherry to come out.
Time for me to get some more Jolly Pumpkin beers.
I had off today, but had a lunch meeting for a committee that I work with. After the lunch, I ran up the Well's Discount Liquors to use a gift card I received last christmas (most people wouldn't be able to hold onto it as long as I have). I came away with a couple of things that I can look forward to, and another that I thought I would give a shot.
Overall, I feel that I had a good go at the store. I didn't spend too much money, and was able to being home some good stuff.
Have you picked up anything lately?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The beer poured a cloudy yellow (what I think a hefe should look like). Lemony/grassy/funk smell comes out of a good size head that holds up well against the glass. The funk gives the initial taste a different swing to it. The lemony/green appleish taste goes well with the little carbination that it has.
This beer was a delight to drink, and it is definately something I will be looking to get again.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
For my final beer, I took a stab at a brewery called Het Alternatief. Their sour, Piet-Agoras, was extremely delightful. I need to get at this beer again with a clean mouth, but I thought it was a complex beer, with some sourness pushing through a bit of bitterness. The flavors exploded in my mouth, lemon/citrus/caramel and others. I need to get it again to see what I can find.
What have you had lately?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Many times I have commented on other people's blogs my feelings toward beers like Pilsner Urquell, DFH 60 min, Stone IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a few others. These beers I consider base beers. There is nothing wrong with them, and they are quite good. But for me, they set a standard for their respective styles. Pilsner Urquell is what a pilsner should taste like. Yes, there are many beers that taste better, have more hops, etc. But when I think pilsner, PU is the base line. Any other pilsner beer should resemble it somehow, and find a way to improve upon it.
That is the same with the other beers above. 60 min. is my classic example of an East Coast IPA, Stone IPA is a great West Coast IPA. When I see 60 min, I know what I am going to get. I like 60 min and hit helped me get into IPAs, but there are much better IPAs from the east coast. (Weyerbacher Hop Infusion-and Double Simcoe, Victory Hop Devil, and Brooklyn IPA) Stone IPA is a classic West Coast IPA, but I think Green Flash WC IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 and Avery Maharaja sky above Stone's offering.
I have found a base beer in almost every style that I have tried. Have you felt this way toward your beer? What is your base beer?
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I would not call it a Belgian. Maybe when sitting in a cellar it will round out better, but for now it is a Porter. With that note, I normally do not like porters. Usually a porter has the burnt taste to it. The VE090909 did not. It was sweet and delicious. Although, one was enough. Not something to have a night of. (Especially at 8.5%.) I think I will try to go and grab a couple of bottles, this is a beer that should be really good on a cold night in the winter. I am thinking Christmas time.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
We didn’t know this passing idea, the kind you often have after several beers but never follow up on (”Dude, we should totally road trip to Jazzfest this year!”), would culminate in a keg party at that same brewpub to celebrate the public debut of Beer Robot.
I am glad they had fun with it.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I had been looking forward to the Wild Devil for some time. I heard mixed reviews of the IPA with wild yeast. Many reviews said that it was simply Hop Devil (which it isn't). I read that the bottles were released a little early, so people drinking it right away were left with an inferior bottle; the wild yeast needed time to do his thing. I kept it in my beer box for 6 months, and was hoping that was enough time.
Once we pulled the cork, you could tell this beer meant business. The abstract nose of the beer pulled us into it. Right away you could smell the wild yeast, a sour smell. There were hops there as well, but it didn't overpower everything else going on.
There was a sweet citrusy taste mixed with dry-sourness from the wild yeast, finished off by a bitter hop pop at the end. Very unique. Very delicious.
I will be looking for a couple of bottles to hold onto again, just to see how good this beer can be.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I love the Taphouse, because of their selection. I grabbed an Allagash White, then a Brooklyn Summer, then an Anchor Steam and finally a Sierra Nevada Saison Brown. I wasn't disappointed by any of the beers that I had.
To top it off, I grabbed a growler to go. I wanted the Brooklyn Summer, but it tapped out as my growler was being filled. I told Marty it wasn't a problem, as it was only me drinking it tonight (she doesn't drink beer). So it was a glorious Saturday afternoon.
Cheers, what are you having this weekend?
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I also had the SN Summerfest lager. I love this lager and think it may become one of my favorite summer beers. It just tastes so good on a hot day. To end the day, I had a Stone Levitation. The amber ale, poured a dark amber color. Smelled very piny, so I prepared for a hopbomb. The piny taste did not slam into my mouth as I expected, but I was able to get a very heavy bitterness, which I enjoy. Overall, this was a nice beer. And at 4.4% a very drinkable beer.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I followed the Newcastle with a Duvel Green, De Ranke XX Bitter and finally an Allagash Confluence.
The Duvel Green is a delicious brew. A bit lighter mouthfeel than regular Duvel (one of my favorites, I don't care how "popular" it is). The Green seemed very spicy in both the mouth and the nose, but not overly spiced. This was, I believe, the second time I had the Green, with the first being at this past year's Belgian Fest, again at Max's.
The De Ranke XX Bitter was good as well. It was nice to sip this beer with no expectations. The golden colored beer smelled of citrus and a little bit of hops. Even though it is an IPA, I didn't want to expect the big hopbomb. The citrusness came through in the mouth as well. The hops were there, but they weren't overpowering. It was a very drinkable beer, one I was happy to partake.
Finally, I had the Allagash Confluence. I picked it because I haven't had an Allagash brew in a while. I was super happy I did. (That seems like a very juvenile phrase, but I was ecstatic on the selection.) The Confluence was listed as a Belgian Style Brett Ale. I normally like beers brewed with Brett, so I was hoping for a good beer. The funky smell (sour apples) came through on the nose, and instantly I was turned on. I couldn't wait to taste it. It also had a somewhat grassy smell to it. (The assumption is the hops, but I am no expert.) Once it hit my lips, I couldn't put it down. This beer is not a heavy beer at all, so it would be very easy to put back multiple in one setting, just don't forget about the 7.5% alcohol, because you don't taste it while drinking.
Overall, it was a good night. I was extremely satisfied with the selection. Thursday, I traveled down to my normal stool at McGoverns. Had a few Duvels, as well as a couple Sierra Nevada Pale Ales. Can't complain.
What have you had lately?
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We were outside playing some horseshoes, redneck golf and frisbee. It made it easier to drink out of the bottle, sorry Brad-Beer in Baltimore.
Anywho, I grabbed the Lagunitas on a whim, the label looked good. I like most Lagunitas brews, so this one couldn't be that bad. I was rewarded for my whim, as the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale was absolutely delicious. I couldn't have been happier. The "American Wheat Pale Ale" was light and crisp on the hot day. The citris and hops kicked your mouth, but the beer was very very smooth.
Summerfest is one of my favorite summertime beers. It tastes so good on a hot day. I had no problem drinking that. I brought the Dale's along to reduce my carbon footprint. Natty Boh represented Baltimore. That was my case.
What would be in your mixed case for a hot summer party?
Friday, June 26, 2009
This made me think of a blog post I read the other day. I cannot remember who wrote it, and I apologize for it. The post was talking about how Duvel and other common Belgians are becoming a cool beer. The very basic beer is making people feel as if they are drinking something exotic. I can understand what this writer was saying. There are bigger and better beers out there. But I feel the people need the gateway into the world of beers. If they really like Duvel or even US pretenders (Shock Top/Blue Moon) hopefully some bartender somewhere will turn them onto a real Belgian that is comparable. This will lead them to trying other beers and eventually broadening their horizons.
When I find the initial article, I will clarify the post and make everyone else understand where I am coming from on this. If you know of the article, or wrote it, please let me know.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
First off was a Japanese beer: Hitochino Classic. This IPA was very smooth and a little sweeter than what I normally drink. Not much of a hoppy backbone, but the hops were there. I would drink all night long and enjoy it.
Next, I grabbed a Nogne O IPA. This Norwegian beer had the "typical" (I guess the word expected would work better) dry, bitter hop backbone that I expected. The beer was very nice. I would love to have it again.
Last, but expecially not least, I had the Harviestoun Ola Dubh (18 Year). This Scottish dark beer was delicious. Definately not a beer to drink the entire night, but the sweet tasting ale would be great for after dinne/ late night. The alcohol comes through heavily in the nose as well as in the taste. I am happy I tried it, and hopefully in the future I can get some again.
"Ola Dubh" means Black Oil. (Harviestoun also produces a beer called Old Engine Oil that is the basis of Ola Dubh.) The beer is aged in whiskey barrells (from Highland Park Distillary), which is where the 12/18/30/40 numbers come from. The age is the age that the whiskeys were in the barrels. This also is the cause of the
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Best part of the night was the hostess approaching me after I requested the Witkap, which wasnt on tap. She told me the chef (as well as owner) overheard my request, and would like to suggest another beer. He was spot on. La Trape Dubbel- Koningshoeven- was a delicious brew. This belgian style double is brewed in The Netherlands- who would have thought it. It is a nice complex. crisp beer that works its way through the malt. As it gets a little warmer, you can taste the different malt levels. I took in some caramel before the clove and spices finished off the beer. Nice stuff, thank you Jacks!
Here is what they said about it in their press release.
"Zotten (rhymes with verboten) is bottle conditioned, with a small amount of yeast sediment and carries the distinctive flavors of the house abbey yeast strain that Weyerbacher uses for its Merry Monks’ Ale. At 6% abv, this is one tasty session beer. With a dry hoppiness for balance and fruity notes on the palate the bottle conditioning finishes this beer with a very nice complexity."
Monday, June 1, 2009
Anywho, I had some fantastic Steak Frites. I wasn't sure which beers to throw at it, so I went with the Three 6oz pours for $8. BA Ozzy, Witkap ("Grape Koolaid") Double, and an IPA that I am ticked I can't remember what it is. (I will update this to say what it is.) Both the meal the the beer was great. Fun time.
How was your weekend?
UPDATE: The IPA I had was the Rogue Frog Rye IPA. It was delicious and I am kind of embarrassed that I forgot what it was.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Next, I had the Southern Tier Mokah. The Mokah is a 50/50 mixture of ST's Javah and Choklat beers. The beer was very chocolaty. The Belgian Chocolate that was placed in the Choklat beer is a bit overpowering the Javah, but you can pick that out. Very light beer to drink compared to other chocolate beers.
I spanned the globe on beer styles as I finished with a Victory 8 (their belgian double). Very nice, drinkable beer. I got a lot of bready taste as well as raisons. Still I think it is very drinkable and delicious.
What did you have lately?
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I was there for the wedding and was driving home, so I guess I can be happy that really good beer wasn't served. I will take what I can get.
How was every one else's memorial weekend?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
My second beer was the Lagunitas Correction Ale 2009 (on cask). Very nice American Ale. I thought it was very simple, not sweet with a good hops/malt balance. I was actually thinking it would be hoppier. Very nice, drinkable beer.
The last beer I tried was the Pint Night beer. Stoudt's Abbey Double. I wasn't quite in the mood for a abbey style, so I left it for last. I thought it was what I wanted. I found out that I was wrong. It just didn't hit the spot for me. Overall, I typically like this brewery's offerings. I think maybe the first two beers threw my tastes off. I will try this in the future to give it a fair chance.
Cheers. Have a good weekend.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Me: What beer do you have? (Because it usually isn't visible.)
Bartender: Ummm, Bud, Bud Light, Heineken, Sam Adams, and some other stuff.
Me: Oh, what other stuff? Any IPAs, Pale Ales, or that sort?
Bartender: Well, we have some Yuengling. (note, I like Yuengling, I drink a lot of it. It is definitely not an ale.)
Me: (Looking dumbfounded at the bartender) Ok, well that is a lager, anything else back there that you never heard of?
Bartender: Well there is this Tro-eggs and Victory stuff, but I don't know what it is.
Me: I will take it all (figuring I can't go wrong with Troeg's or Victory).
Sometimes they don't have a good beer in the back. Worst I ran into was when I was at a wedding on Michigan's western shore. (This is pre-beer lover stage, but I after drink anything stage.) The groom, one of my good friends, ordered Bud Light for his wedding. One keg. Now if you brought together a bunch of guys, I think there were 200 guests total, and provided one keg, that isn't good planning. But besides that. The wedding was 45 minutes from Kalamazoo. That would be Bell's town. Why didn't we have something better. Sadly enough, we didn't know. If I knew then, what I know now. Anywho, the night was awesome (even with the Bud Light- Thank You 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch), and we made it thought.
Another time, I was at a wedding that was all top shelf. The beer- Miller Lite. Seriously. I was blown away. Speechless. Not to mention this wedding took place across the river from Philly in NJ. Within an hours drive of countless breweries (Victory, Riverhorse, Lancaster, Sly Fox to name a few). Savior= Grand Marnier. I don't ask for much. Just a good beer.
With that note, I must admit that I am going to a wedding this weekend. The girl doesn't drink beer (she is in the wedding), so she will have her fruitty foo-foo drink, as I will hopefully be swilling something half decent (I am contemplating taking a cooler for in the car). The groom is a west coast guy, so I am hoping this plays in my favor.
Anyone else hate the bad beer at weddings thing?
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday night is where the fun was though. In the afternoon, I placed my bottle of Brooklyn Local 1 in the fridge. We were watching a movie, so I thought it would be the best time to pop the cork. I still am reeling over this beer. I really liked it, but am trying to place it. It is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. For me, the best Belgian Strong is Pauwel Kwak. I like sweetness, malt and a good hop balance.
Here is what I will go with: The beer poured a earthy color, not orange or brown, but maybe a mix of both. The smell was some sweet citrus, but a lot of yeasty aromas. The taste was a good mixture of malt, hops, and spices, but I felt the yeasty taste was a bit too much. Overall, the beer was very good. I would drink it again, and would enjoy it. If I had my choice, I would go with Kwak or Brewer's Art Ozzy, but would never turn Local 1 down.
Up next for this week, Brooklyn Local 2. Anyone have either of these two beer? How far off was I on the Local 1?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
After the Northern Lights, I grabbed a Hop Hog from Lancaster. (I tried to compare the Starr Hill to something.) The Hop Hog is a bit sweeter for an IPA (I haven't had one in a while, kind of forgot). The hop bitterness eventually pushed through, but not enough in my opinion.
Next, I had a Witkap Pater Dubbel. The bartender argued with me when I said this, but it smelled and had a slight taste of grape koolaid. It took me a little until I figured that out, but that is what I tasted. This could be due to having a Starr Hill and Hop Hog beforehand, but I wouldn't those would make that result. Anywho, it is a great tasting brew.
Anyone else have any of these beer? Can you back me up on the grape koolaid?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I also grabbed a bottle of Brooklyn Local 1 last night. Now I just need to find the time to open and drink 1 and 2.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It takes so much energy to make it, store it and ship it, I would think it would be hard to consider any green. Organics like Wolevers are doing their best to be environmentally friendly. I like Wolever's IPA, nice beer, but it being organic does not make me want to have one more. And they ship it from Vermont, in bottles.
Oskar Blues has always used their can as a way of reducing their "carbon footprint". Again, I love Dale's, Gordon's and Ten Fidy, but it comes from Colorado. That is a long way to ship something to say that it is green. The best I can think of are local brewpubs. Straight off their tap. Reuseable kegs limit waste, I guess.
So, I guess the better question is, what beer hurts the environment less, compared to the others? I don't know that answer, and probably no one does.
What beer are you swilling today?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Their explanation of a good bar:
"If it's a dive, it's Christ-this-place-is-a-dive dive. If it's an Irish pub,
it's not an "Irish" pub. If it's a cocktail lounge, it's got some Tanqueray Ten
and a bottle of good rye somewhere. This site is about those places."
I can't complain about that. If it wants to be a certain type of bar, be that bar. Brewer's Art has its own thing going. I love going downstairs grabbing a beer, and finding a table in the cave. Good stuff.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
My second offering was Ommegang Rouge. I am a fan of Flemish Red beers, and I have been waiting to try this one. Finally, I was able to get into Max's when they had it on tap. The beer did not disappoint me. Deliciously sour, it makes my mouth water just thinking about it. The sourness hits you like a brick, and then disappears, making you go back for another sip. I would drink a couple of these, but I think it would be better to enjoy it every once in a while. I will think of it as a treat. (Normally, I don't drink Flemish Reds when I go out. I like to think of them as something to have to treat myself.)
Finally, I went with a York Nortic Fury, which was on cask. Probably not the best choice to go with an English Bitter following the Rouge, but I was going to give it a whirl. I usually like Bitters, and I was kind of in the mood for one. I must say I was disappointed in it. It just didnt give me what I was looking for, or the Rouge killed my taste buds and I didn't get everything out of the beer. I am hoping it is the latter, and I would grab another pint of it in the future to give it its due.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Yuengling is held dear to my heart. I was turned into a quasi-hophead when I moved to Baltimore. Sitting in Max's with my friend Chris gave us hours of IPAs, Belgians, maibocks, yada yada yada. But through it all, I could go and grab a Lager and enjoy it. In Bloomsburg, we would spend hours downing pitchers of Lager, then go to someone's house after the bars closed to drink more Lager. It was the beer we drank. It isn't the complex beer that makes you love beer. It isn't a beer that will win gold medals. But it was what we drank, and enjoyed. (Better than drinking a miller lite, or any other macro-crap). The brewery tour reminded me that I don't drink it much anymore. Too many other beers to try, so little time. I will get back to Yuengling. When we go out with friends, it is Lager. So go out, drink what you like, try many beers, but don't forget about your first love. (Also, head up to Pottsville and take the tour. It is worth it. Family owned since 1829.)
What beer did you have that was (and always be) your beer?
Now after all this talk of Yuengling, I will have to grab a hopbomb.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
But not in Canada. Beer was banned for the Detroit Tigers v. Toronto Blue Jays game last night. I cannot express how wrong that is. I hate that there are people who ruin it for others,
This is the reason:
I can't say I don't blame the Alcohol and Gaming Commission for it. I would be mad if I got there and couldn't grab a brew, but I would eventually understand. I have yelled at players/refs/coaches, but I would never throw something on the field.
The clubhouses were cleared of booze, too, after the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario suspended the liquor license at Rogers Centre for three dates because of past infractions. The stadium will also be dry April 21 when Toronto plays Texas and for a Canadian Football League game Aug. 1.
The Blue Jays' 12-5 win Monday was delayed nine minutes in the eighth
inning when fans threw two baseballs in the direction of Detroit left
fielder Josh Anderson and tossed a handful of paper planes and empty beer
cups onto the field.
Where does this pull in beer? It is golf, and golf goes with beer. Augusta National is pristine. You do not put trash on the ground. The food is as cheap as it gets, one dollar for a bag of chips, $1.50 for a ham sandwich, a buck for a candy bar and, get this, $3 for a Heinekin. Where are you able to get a $3 beer at an event that huge. They don't care about the money, but you better not miss the trash can.
Anyhow, Tiger will win. That is what he does. Go on, be a Tiger.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
There were some nice surprises, good beer and good food. It was a really nice night.
Bullfrog Brewery (Williamsport, PA) didn't bring the Edgar IPA (I was a little disappointed) but did have Houblonium P-38. They call it a Belgian-inspired IPA, and it was just as good. If anyone ever gets up to the Little League World Series, or if they are just looking for a trip, Bullfrog is a must stop. Good food, Great Beer.
Sly Fox released their Odyssey at 10. The Odyssey is an Imperial IPA. Very well balanced. Not the super hopped up IPA that I normally drink, but it was very tasty. I wish I could enjoy this beer more. Also of note, Sly Fox bottle the Brewer's Art beers. I thanked them for that.
And finally, the surprise of the evening was Ommegang. Their taps, Hennipin, Witte and Rare Vos, are all great beers. But I was hoping for a little more. Last year, I was able to introduce some of my friends to Three Philosophers. This year I was hoping for Ommegeddon, Rouge, Friut or something else. (As long as it wasn't Ale 2009. Obamagang is aweful. Some people may like it, but it is aweful. The guys at the TotB from Ommegang agreed with me.) What they did have, at 10 o'clock, was a Cave-Aged Three Philosophers (I missed out on it) and a Cave-Aged Abbey. It blew me away. So many different flavors than the regular Abbey. I am going to start searching for the beer this week. Hopefully, I will be able to find a couple of bottles.
Best reply I have ever heard about calories. One lady asked the bartender how many calories were in a certain beer. The bartender pointed out that, since there wasn't any calorie information listed on the lable, the beer had zero. I think the lady actually believed the bartender, because she proceeded to order the beer a couple times that night.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Last night, I was able to pick up a Sierra Nevada Harvest pint glass. It was the pint of the night at Max's. I followed the Harvest with a couple of Nugget Nectars. One on tap and another from the cask. I am not looking forward to when the kegs run dry. I enjoy the Wednesday Pint Night.
Looking at the 65+ pint glasses is usually fin as well. Thinking about the beer that came in them, as well as the uniqueness of the glass. From German mugs to tall Hefe glassware to a simple pint glass with a brewers logo on it, each glass gives me thoughts on their beer. And it is nice to drink a X beer in and X pint glass. There are some pint glasses that may never be filled with their beer again. Off the top of my head I can think of Dos Equis, Miller Lite (I didn't have miller, it was an O's glass though) and Peroni.
My favorite glass that I picked up was a Amstel Light glass. It is basically a wine style glass, with detailing on the stem and around the rim. The glass is thin, which makes it extremely light. Overall it is a clean, good looking glass. I would post a picture, but after its last use, yours truly dropped it on the counter. Stupid me.There is always the debate over which pint glass to use for what beer. If it is glass, then I will use it. I don't segregate when it comes to glassware. I could use a tumbler for an Belgian as well as a wine glass for a stout. Will it change the taste/texture... maybe, but not enough for me to decide on whether I like the beer.
What is your opinion on glassware? Do you have a beer glass at home?