Friday, December 30, 2011

New Belgium BELGO

I guess you could call this a hybrid beer style, or mixed style. This is a Belgian style IPA (India Pale Ale). This is a 7% ABV beer. Belgo has amarillo, cascade, centennial, and simcoe hops brewed in, along with Belgian yeast. This is a bottle-conditioned brew. Belgo pours a nice darker gold color with a thick beige head that really laces nicely around the inside of the glass. You can really smell all those hops in this one. It has a strong crisp hoppy scent. Very nice there. It has a crsip very hoppy taste that really fills your whole mouth nicely. Belgo also has a nice hoppy bite towards the end. On it's aftertaste it has a strong hoppiness with a very very faint almost not present yeasty taste. You have to pay really close attenation to taste it. As you get to the bottom of this beer the hops flavor becomes even more intensely flavorful. This is a good IPA, a good Belgian IPA. I recommend this one. Go and try one, share it, and enjoy this hoppy guy here. It's great! Please create a Google account so that you may leave comments and blog post suggestions, thank you! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Carolina Strawberry Ale

Yeah I know what you see is a summer beer and yes it is winter, well it sure feels like spring. But this, Carolina Strawberry Ale, is a blonde/amber ale brewed with fresh strawberries. It is 4.6% ABV and It sure smells like tart sweet strawberries. This fruity brew is a nice dark/dirty blonde almost orange color with no head, that is because it is such a light tasting beer. Its head is gone in two seconds. This beer has an overly sweet strawberry taste, in fact it so sweet it might as well be a fizzy strawberry soda. I can't really taste the beer ingredients such as the yeast, hops, barly, ect. There is way to much sweet strawberry flavor here. But this brew is crisp and drinkable. The aftertaste is yep you guessed it sweet and tart strawberry. No surprises there. This beer is sweet and boring. I am not saying its bad, just boring and overly sweet, not enough of beer and other non-sweet flavors to this one. I have one left and I would not mind giving it away to someone. What you want to try it!? Well go for it mr. boring beer! But if you like Strawberry beer, then I suggest you try Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager, that is much better and less boring than this brew here. Well now I want an Abita Strawberry Harvest. Well I will when it gets spring time I will, and that blog post will follow. Please join this site to comment, by creating a Google account! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Ridgeway Brewing Bad Elf

Well here is a fine beer from all the way across the pound in merry ole England. This comes to us from the Ridgeway Brewery in Oxfordsire. This Bad Elf is a winter's ale. Ridgeway use three pounds of fresh hops in every barrel of Bad Elf. I got this a a Christmas present, and it comes in a 1.9 pint bottle. This beer is a nice 6% ABV. This beer pours a shady gold color with a very thick white lacey head. It has a nice hoppy aroma with hints of fresh bread. On first taste Bad Elf is creamy sweet with a touch of a hoppy bite. But as you get to the bottom to the glass it gets much hoppier tasting. I think it's the temperature and the air that causes this. The ale has a much hoppier aftertaste that is crisp and most pleasant. I think it is really good this one. I thought It was going to be good, but not as good as it turned out after I finished this wonderful pint. I have only briefly heard of this one. I do not know to much about this brewer yet, I have another beer from this brewery in my refrigerator, Lump of Coal, a dark stout. That blog post will come soon, I promise ya! Try this one quick it is a Christmas seasonal beer, might be gone before you know it! Please join this site to comment, by creating a Google account! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

HE'Brew Messiah Bold

Shalom! Yeah this one sounds Jewish and your right it is. This comes from the Shmaltz Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs NY. This beer is a  rich and robust dark brown ale. It pour a nice inviting dark brown color with a nice beige head that really sticks. This beer is pleasant on your nose. Messiah has a bold scent of nice yeasty bread. On taste, this beer has a faint sweetness that is almost too faint to taste and has a bold bready taste that's good, rich and creamy. Messiah has a nice creamy sweet finish that tells you to have another sip or two.  It is indeed a good brown ale. I like this one, it's good, but I did not think it would be that good. It is that good! Yes I do think so. I only bought one 12oz bottle for a good taste test, and it passed and it is definitely an A+. I suggest you try this one, get a few and share with your friends, family, and loved ones. It is great! L'CHAIM TO LIFE! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre

You may be familar with the Dogfish Head brewery from the Discovery Channel show, or from your love or good craft beer. This is a deep mahogany Ale brewed with Belgian beet sugars, green raisins. It pours a dark brownish red color, yes mahogany, with a big white head. It smells like a hoppy dark Belgian ale, with a simi-sweet raisin scent as well. On the first taste its stong in flavor (8% ABV). Yes that is like a Belgian double or trippel. It aslo has a sour taste and feel all over your mouth. The finish is nice sweet like brown sugar. That is good but for a short time. The after taste goes away fast. Not so good. But it is not one of my new favorites. I don't like it very much and I do not suggest you get some. But you can try if you want. Someone likes this or Dogfish would not brew this. Dogfish is always comming up with really of the wall brews, like chilie beer. What! Why! I don't know about that. Well I don't like this much. It is at the low end of okay for me. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale

I had this one way back during Thanksgiving and I might not give this a proper review. But I will think hard and do the best I can. The Saint Arnold, no relation to that action movie guy, is out of Houston Texas. This beer pours an red amber color with a skinny white head. Now it does change a little in color if you slowly drink it. It becomes a lighter red color over time but not very much different shade. But I am no chemist so I don't know why it does. Anyway, it has a dark bready scent with a hoppy scent mixed in. Smells alright, but not great. It has a soury malt and hop taste that has a heft to it and really stick to your tounge. The aftertaste is spicey with sour grapes and grass notes to it. Not my favorite one. I close to the dislike side for this one. It is not really great nor is it aweful, but close to it. You might try it or not. I am not saying you should leave it and go on. Oh no it is not that good. But maybe worth a try sometime. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Hoegaarden Wit

This is another unfiltered wheat beer, but this is a Belgian white or Blanche. Hoegaarden is a large Belgian brewery. It is also old as well, 1445. This wit is brewed with spices, and is 4.9% ABV. This on has a how to pour this beer on the back of the bottle, just four easy steps. This ensures that you get all the great taste out of this beer. This Hoegaarden is the only offering from they're brewery that you might find here in the US. I have yet to find the many other they brew. This wit poor a very very cloudy yellow color that is almost a hazey white. The head is a bright white and very thick. This beer has the crisp wheat, malted barley, slight hint of coriander and orange peal. The finish and after taste are crisp simi-sweet clean and refreshing. This is a very good beer. I love this one alot. I think most beer drinks would. It has great flavors all around and is smoothly drinkable. So go out and pick up one for an awesome try. Cheers! Please drink repsonsibly!

Pyramid Hefewizen

This is from Pyramid Breweries, and yes it is similar to they're apricot ale. But it taste much different. This Hefewizen is a 5.2%ABV unfiltered wheat ale. It pours a nice light hazey orange color with a nice creamy white head, that looks so good. This Pyramid has a nice wheat and grain scent to it. It has a nice sweet wheat taste that is very nice and crisp. This brew goes down smooth. It has a good clean crisp wheaty taste that is refreshing. This would be good on a hot summer day, with a good sausage or burger. That's a great meal. I like this one. But I only bought one 12oz bottle of this to try and next time I will get a whole six pack to enough further. I'd say this hefewizen is great! I love it! I like this brewery too. They brew some tasty beer. I would love to get my hands on some of they're other beers to try, and blog about. You should pick this one for a try. You might find it as refreshing as I did. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

New Belgium Trippel

Here we are again for another beer. New Belgium yin Fort Collins Co. This is a new world Belgian Trippel ale, that is bottle-conditioned. This means that the beer is unfiltered and the final conditioning is done in the bottle. This Trippel is 7.8% Abv, and it's brewed with coriander. I only bought one 12oz bottle, to see if I should by an entire six pack, and yes I should. This New Belgium pours a nice golden copper color with a nice white lacey head. This has a strong taste, but not in that bad sour kind of way. It's due to the fact that it, like most Belgium and belgian style are of a higher abv. percent It has a sweet hoppy floral scent. This Trippel has a sweet taste of the coriander and a slight sugary taste that you get at the end of the corainder followed by that sweet hoppiness. On the after taste you get a less sweeter taste with that strong mouth feel of the 7.8% alcohol. This brew is smoother than some new world Belgian Trippels. This is suprisingly good. I though I would like this, but not as much as I did. I really like it. Trippel is really good. I should get it in a six pack next time. This is a well brewed Belgian Trippel, New Belgium does brew great beers. I think you should go out and try this one, you'll be surprised how good this really is. Go for this one and tell ya friends it's good! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Olde Mecklendburg Yule Bock

Hello and merry Christmas, I have here a local beer from OMB, Olde Mecklendburg Brewery here in Charlotte. This is a authentic German-Style Bockbier. But a christmas or yule bock. This brewery does not make regular 12oz six packs, they're beers come in pints, bombers, and growlers. I don't know why thy do this but they do. This bock is 1 pint 6 lf oz (650 ml), and is 7.0% ABV. That slightly stronger then and average beer. This OMB bock pours a deep amber color with a crimson red and a very handsome off white thick head. It has a nice banana bread scent with a slight faint hop scent as well. This is a great bock. It has a malty sweetish taste with a spice after note, and its after taste is of a carmel and yeast but faint spice, that warms you and makes you glad it's holiday time. This is a smooth bock with great flavor. I really enjoyed this one. and shared it with my father whom liked it too. Yes there is enough in this bottle for two. How nice of OBM. I would surly have this again. I love a good bock beer and this is great. You should try this too, and share with someone for a merry christmas. Cheers! Please drink responisbly! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Newcastle Winter IPA

Well this post comes at the request of a friend of mine and the fact that every other post has either been an American or a German beer. I thought it was time for something different. Now I know what your thinking, wait I thought Newcastle only brewed brown Ale. Well yes they still do, along with this one and three others, Werewolf, summer ale, founders ale. All brewed in a certin season, But I will blog about them later in the new year. Well this Newcastle is an IPA (India Pale Ale). This is an old world IPA that follows 18th century IPAs  That was a beer brewed with a lager amount of hops to make the long trip from Great Britian to India. Yes it's close to a british pale ale, but with more hops. This IPA is has bold hoppy scent and flower aroma. Winter IPA pours a pale redish color with a sticky yet foamy head. It has a zesty, malty, carmel simi-crisp taste, and has a hoppy creamy finish that is good. This one is a darn good IPA, a good drinkable IPA. Most Newcastles are good and drinkable beers. I would try this again and again I like this one. It's great tasting. Pick some up and give it a taste! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Barrel Trolley Belgian White

This Barrel Trolley brew just sprang up out of nowhere in my local Harris Teeter. Never heard of this before. But I do know this style, Belgian White. One of my favorite style and favorite brewing countries. This beer was made for the Harris Teeter company. This is just your average Belgian white. This white is a gold color witha thick white head. It has a strong bread scent. This beer has an average taste of wheat hops, The finish is sweet, smooth, crisp and refreshing. This brew is in the middle of the Belgian whites scale, nothing overly awesome here just plan and average. Not like a Hoegaarden which is great, but that will come later. It's an average good though. Would I try this again, well I wouldn't say no to that, but I wouldn't rush out right now to get more of this. I like it enough, not in love with it. I would say you should try this, but there is no real hurry to try it. Just try it sometime. I think you well see it as I see it. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

Yes it yet a nother beer from Texas, another Shiner. Shiner, the Spoetzl Brewery in you guess it, Shiner TX. This a style much the same as Ugly Pug I wrote not to long ago. The first Bohemian Black Lager was brewed to commemorate they're 97th anniversary, that's why there is a 97 on the top of the neck. Shiner brews this beer to keep it to the old-world heritage of the german and Czech immigrants who settled in Shiner. That area of Texas, not far from San Antonio is the german hill country of Texas. So this Shiner pours a dark rich black color with a thin white foamy head. Shiner Bohemian has faint scents of baked bread and grassy hops, but you really have to smells closely to notice them. It has a simi-sweet taste with a light sourish twist in middle. It's in between okay and good. On the after taste it has a sour hoppy bite that is kind of good. I think this Shiner is one is good, but I do think Ugly Pug is better. This isn't as smooth as Ugly Pug, but still smooth though. I still think that this shiner is good, but it could be a tiny bit better. I would lower the sourness to this one and make it even smoother. I would get this again. Shiner brews great beers and is growing in popularity these days as with most craft beers. Maybe you will like this one better than Ugly Pug. But you need to try it to find out, have a few with a friend and spread cheer with Shiner beer! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rahr & Sons Texas Red

Well howdy, here is another Rahr & Sons offering down in big ol' Texas. This is a Amber Lager. Texas Red, doesn't that sound like a title to a western. I see a ranch had drinking this after a hard days work, well it does have a seen right out of life on the ranch on the front lable. Looks cool. Well it's just the name of a they're beer. I like the name of this one. Maybe cause it has a larger than life state in the name. But I'm not liking this one just cause of name or the picture on the lable, no. I like it cause the way it taste. This Amber Lager pours a deep red color with a white head, and has a great sharpe cripsy sent of a light faint hop plant in a field. It looks like an ale, thats wrong. It has a nice malt carmel tast that is good and full of creamy flavor. This is good! Its super-smooth but not so smooth that it taste like water. Its has good blance of drinkablity and flavor. That's good for a brewer to have that blance in at least three different beers. That I like, and that's what makes it good. It has a nice sweet, super-smooth after taste. It has a great finish and a call for another. I am starting to like the Rahr & Sons Brewery and they're beers. I would like to try all that they brew. I think you should too. Starting with this and Ugly Pug. Its a good one. Tell ya friends and please share some with them for a good time! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Stone Levitation Ale

Now here is a beer with a sort of mascot, the gargoyle. The Stone brewery in north county San Diego, is known for brewering strong hoppy beers. Some are way hoppier and stronger than others. Levitation isn't so strong, it's only 4.4% abv. But yes it's very hoppy and sour. I know that this isn't starting out good here, but it is good trust me. It pours a dark red with a hazey thin head. You can really smell the hops in this one, along with sharp scent of a grass. Levitation has a sharp sour hop taste that is more of a good sour than a bad sour. It's not sweet at all it far from it but it a good way. There is no sharp overly sour finish or aftertaste like other very hoppy beers have. That aftertaste is some what small and quite pleasent. This is a good hoppy beer with a good strong taste. Laevitation won 2007 gold medal at The Great American Beer Festival, which Stone has etched on the neck of the bottle as well to the left of the gargoyle. I wonder if he has a name, Stoney perhaps, That gargoyle appears on all of they're beers, bottles, boxes, ect. I like this and would drink it again. But like I said before all the flavors in Levitation are of bold, strong, and sharp hoppieness. So pick this up and try it to see if you like this style. Not all do, but some do. I do! Well it's getting time again to have a beer! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

The Bruery 4Calling Birds

Here is another Christmas beer. This is another brew from my rare beer of the month club. 4Calling Birds is brewed by The Bruery, in Placeinta CA. You all know the song 12 days of Christmas. Well Every year they make a brew from on the days fo Christmas in the song. Now this is a strong beer due to the fact that its aged on oak spirals. Its 12.6% abv. Its black with almost no head. It smells like old burned coffee. It has the same old burned coffee taste with a heavy spice and bad cough medicine. Aftertast is no good, has that awful medicine taste that leaves a funk in your mouth. This bird sticks to your ribs and coats your stomach and makes you full. This is my least favorite one. I had to throw it out, and I don't ever do that with a beer. But this is just awful tasting all around. Stay away from this nasty pigeon. I call it GROSS. I would never have this again nor would I give it to another beer drinker. No sir! Find something else to have instead of this brew please. Well I now think that the Bruery can't brew beer. So much of that brewery. Merry Christmas! Cheers Please drink responsibly!

Abita Christmas Ale

Happy holidays and a Merry Christmas to all! This is another Christmas Ale. This one is an Abita seasonal ale. I bet you know what season this is for! This is is slighly heavier brew that is dark red amber brown with a thick beige head. This one is not out to be a big one of a kind speciality beer or something of that nature, is not a christmas ale. Nothing more nothing less. I like most Abita beers so far. I think they are good some are great. It smells spicy and bready. This one is a bit like Abita Pecan Ale on the frist taste then it has that spicy bite in the end. The after taste is a big creamy spice that is faint but you know its there. After the drinking one of these Abitas it not as good as you though, but as you drink more of these, if its right after or next week, this one grows on you. I like better now then when I first had one. Its good now. Its almost up there with my favorite abitas. I might by this again. I like it. Buts not a oh thats so good, but its good. Abita gets a B- on this one. If your into Christmas Ale, maybe you should try this one. You might like it. I hope it grows on you too. Well Merry Christmas to you beer lovers. May all you beery dreams come true and have a safe one this christmas. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug

Howdy! Another beer review here on this cold day in December. Well this is another beer from Texas brought to me from Aunt over Thanksgiving. This brewery is down in east Texas, Fort Worth. This is a schwarzbier, black beer, or black lager. I've not had black lager before, at least I don't think I have. The Ugly Pug story goes like this, Fritz Rahr once saw Oscar, his mother-in-law's dog and shouted, "What an ugly pug!" I don't know how that relates to a beer but maybe Fritz has his reason for name his black lager that. Ugly Pug pours a nice black color, like it says on the bottle. If you don't know that then I suggest you ask for help. It has a simi-thick white foamy yet creamy head. It looks interesting at this point, so now you sip. When you first partake of this you get a light mouth feel of very faint coffee and a very light taste of malted caramel. When the aftertaste hits you get a tiny little sour bite of a caramel candy. This is not heavy like a stout or porter. It's a lager beer therefore it is lighter. You should know that. Remember that from now on, that will be helpful when buying beer. This one is good. I don't know much about Rahr & Sons. But I am finding more info about it. I would like to buy this again. I thought is was good, not a WOW GREAT, but a solid good, a buy it again good, tell few of my friends kind of good. You to should try this one. Keep your eyes and ears open to the news here in N.C. about the changes comming regaurding the brewing laws. It will be SO AWESOME!! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Guten Tag wieder bierliebhabler! Yes you are right my brew lover,  this brew sounds familiar, I have touched briefly on this one in previous post. I also have talked about this brewery before (weizen-bock), and also when I disscused bock beer. So by this point you should already know what a dopplebock is, if not, then you are not paying attention very well and I am sorry for your poor attention skills. Celebrator is old word style Doppelbock. ATOR means it's a doppelbock, and I've said that before, keep up now. This double bock is a redish dark dark brown color with a thick brown beige head, that sticks like glue in the glass. This beer has a stonger taste than regular bock. Its creamy, sharp, and a little crisp. When you taste this doppelbock you get a malty carmel taste and slight toffee. The aftertaste is nearly the same, just not as bold. It's not as stong or heavy as you would think it would be, when you look at it in the glass. When you get this brew (only in packs of four) you get a little billy goat around the neck. I've heard. it's slighty good for an icebreaker when picking up a nice lady or maybe just making interesting conversation with others. I like this one alot and its better then some new world double bocks I've had. I would recommend you pick up some Celebrator and try it. Pass on the Billy goat to someone.  It's good. Prost! Please drink responsibly!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Well this beer was brought to me by my aunt when she came for Thanksgiving. She bought this because she thought the bottle looked so cool. It is. This is a beer from China, by the Cheerday brewery in Chunan county, zhejiang Province. This is a lager beer. This brew is 4.8% ABV.I know what your thinking its a novelity bottle therefor its no good. Well yeah I know that too, but thats wrong here with this beer. Its a slightly darkish yellow tint and with a fast fading white head. When you taste it you can faintly taste a sweetness that come on a little stronger as it goes down, and it goes down smooth. The after taste is sweet but not overly sweet. It's one step sweeter than the average lager would taste. I am not sure how hard this is to find, because I have never heard of this brand before. I like it, and I would have to research how and where to find this one again. I would buy it again. Yes its good, not great, but a solid good one. Try and find it, taste it and see if you like it too. Cheers! Please drink responsibly.

Shiner Holiday Cheer!

Happy holidays to all! Well I am sure we are all familar with Shiner beer and the Spoetzl brewery, if not then you must live under a rock. This Shiner brew is a Holiday/seasonal beer. It is a Bravarian-style dark wheat that is an old world style(dunkelweizn), but its brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. Shiner enhances the malty flavors of this with the use of malted barley, wheat and Krausening. Krausening is adding activly fermenting beer. This is a dark almost brown in color with a brownish white lasting head. This Shiner is smooth with subtle peach and pecan taste. At first taste it's okay, slightly brown ale like, then it gets one step beyond okay. The after taste is of a creamy peach that comes from the roasted pecans. I sort of like this one. Its on step over okay. I wouldn't rush out and buy it again, but I might buy it again. I am not saying this is bad, but I am not saying its great either. It's just okay with me. I like Shiner beers alot, they are good. But this is almost up with the rest on my list of Shiners, but is slightly high on it, I'd have to say that the peaches in this beer make it better than you'd expect, and make it just okay. So have a great holiday time and may your days be merry and bright, and your beers be cold. Cheers! Please drink responsibly! 

Lupulo de hielo

I hope everyone had a great and wonderful Thanksgiving. I did! Well this brew is from a rare beer of the month club I received for my last birthday. This gift comes every three months via UPS, and arrives in 1pt 9.4fl oz bottles, but two different beers come together. Now one of the beers I received, Lupulo de hielo, brewed and bottled by Jolly Puimpkin Artisan Ales LLC, in Dexter Michigan. This beer is Oak aged and brewed with pumpkin, cacao & spices. Lupulo is aged in oak for a year. This is a hoppy sour blend. It pours a hazey orangey color. This brew is not what is seems when you see the label There is a little whitish head that is gone in seconds. On the first taste you get a very tiny sour taste that is immediately folowed by a lemony zest that has the tiniest sourness to it, but you really have to pay close attention to notice it. That nice lemon zest sticks on your palet till the next sip. I am not sure of the ABV percent but it does taste and feels like its strong, over 8 or 9 percent. This is a good one. Its hard to find due to the fact that is a rare brew. This is a pints for prostates beer, which means that a dollar from this brew goes to help prostates research, and awareness. Great! So enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving holiday! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A bock education

I am no history teacher or anything of the sort, but I think that learning something new and interesting can be exicting. I am going to give you a little lesson in a particular style of beer, bock beer. Bock means male goat (billy-goat) in German. This style originated in Einbeck, in lower Saxony. There was only one brewery there, Einbecker. Without Einbeck and the town of Einbecker there would be no bock beer, and thats how it became known as bock beer today. Bock is a beer style that is strong and dark, its drawn from the vats where the beer is made, in the spring months. But now its brewed year round. This style has many differnt sub styles; dopplebock (double bock), this is a bigger stronger bock usually darker than normal bock. Any bock that as ator at the end of it is usally a dopplebock, like Celebrator. Keep calm we'll cover that in the future, don't worry your beer brain about it. Hellesbock, Helles meaning bright, is a pale bock and is not as heavy or dark as normal bock or dopplebock Helles is aslo know as Helles lager style, and Helles has to do with the Helles malt. This is a light malt. There is an off shoot of hellesbock called Maibock (may-bock). This bock style is a special brewed Helles. Maibock is a seasonal bock brewed in May and other srping months. This bock is is pale like Helles but a bit spicier. As I posted before, another bock style is Weizen-bock, please see the previous blog post. Bock beer is a great syle of beer and has many wonderful sub styles as well. So what is your favorite bock beer and bock style? Please let me know! ( Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ayinger Weizen-Bock

Guten Tag bierliebhabler! This is an old world beer from the great beer land of Germany, Aying Germany, by Brauerei Aying. This brewery is older than the United States. WOW thats pretty old! This is two different styles of beers in one delicious brew, weizen (wheat beer) and bock beer. Bock beer is a stong lager, usually german in nature, and has a ram (male sheep/goat) associated with it, but I couldn't tell you why as of yet. This weizen-bock pours a cloudy/hazey darkish yellow color like most weizens. It has a big thick bright white head that seems like its never leaving. That is like most german wheat beers I have had. Please be patient while pouring this beauty. It's worth the wait, trust me people. This Ayinger has a big crisp Weizen taste with a little bock bite in the end and all the wheaty falovor stays with you for a massivly great after taste. MMM GOOD! Now I only found this Ayinger in a big 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle, no 12oz six packs. I don't know why Ayinger does not put out six packs of beer as far as I know, because they're Dopplebock, Celebrator (any beer with ATOR on the end is a Dopplebock) comes in a four pack. Awe but I want two more when I buy that and I'd like six weizen-bocks too. Well buy it anyway, it is such an awesome old world brew and praise it to all your friends and family. I love this one ALOT and you should too. If you every get to Gremany and have this one I'd soo love to hear about it and where that good time was had. Thank you! Prost! Please drink responsibly!

Harpoon Greatful Hearvest

I have not had much of the Harpoon Breweries beers. But this one, made with cranberries, sounds good, but doesn't taste as good as it sounds. It pours a dark ambery red color with a head that is thick and off white and fades fast, like my good feeling about it.. Its a 5.5% ABV beer. This Harpoon has a porter like taste that is on the sour side, but not as a heavy as a porter. The sourness stays with you followed by a medium cranberry taste that is slighty less sour. I wouldn't buy this one again. No I don't like it, and I am sorry if you do. But I wouldn't recommend this beer. But if you really want to try it, buy only ONE 12-oz bottle, not a whole 6pack. I do have this nice thing to say about it, they give a dollar from this brew to local food banks to help starving/needy people. Good for them. Maybe they should save they're dollars and spend that on researching how to make it taste better. I would make way it less sour porterish tasting. Harpoon says it goes great with Thanksgiving dinner, well maybe so, but I am skeptical about that. I was really looking foward to trying this one and I was let down, Darn it! Well ya can't win them all, so better luck next time. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lucky 13 for a good time!

Last year I took a wonderful trip to San Francisco with my family. Saw all the wonderful sights of the city. Rode a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Tiburon CA. Cool little town, Tiburon. But that Christmas befor, I was given the dive bar t-shirt of the month club as a gift. How cool! One of the bar tees I recieved was the Lucky 13, in San Francisco. So I said I wanted to go there while we were in S.F. It's not really a tourist type place. I'd call it a place for locals. This cool place is located at 2140 Market S. Inside its dark with lots of colorful designs painted on the walls. Its a long room, tall tables with a great long bar. The beer selection is really great. Lucky 13 is the only place I have been to that has Framboise on tap, in many flavors. They also have most Belgian beers on tap and a few that have not quite heard of but looked good. They also have the PBR and many SF and CA local beers too. The whole vibe felt a little rockabilly to me, but it was cool. This a dive but a cool dive. There were even a few dogs inside relaxing. I talked to one of the bar tenders there and he was very kind, even gave me a handful of Lucky 13 logo stickers. I recommend this place if your ever thirsty in San Francisco. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pyramid Apricot Ale

During the summer I came across a wheat ale with brewed with a fruit that I have never eaten, apricot. This is an unfiltered wheat ale from Pyrmid Breweries. This is a cloudy hazey wheat ale. The Pyramid Breweries are up the west coast, Seattle WA, Portland OR, and Berkeley CA. This is the only offering from pyramid I have tried so far. This wheat ale pores a hazey cloudy orange color, with a white creamy head that fades at an average speed. First you taste that wheaty flavor followed by a strong sweet apricot taste that sticks in your mouth with a really sweet fruity candy like after taste. By this point you should be saying "mmm thats good, real good!" This is not a heavy beer, but its not light, its kind of on the ligher side, but its really refreashing. This is good on a hot summers day, after yard work and such. Its also good with grilled sausages, hotdogs, hamburgers, or just by itself. Apricot Ale is a great way to get your girlfriend, female friend and/or wife deeper into the world of beer. Some women like fruity alcoholic beverages. This is will wake up your sweet side of your taste buds and cause them to yell "we want more!" Pyramid Apricot Ale is really becoming one of my favorites, Will it become yours? So pick some up! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Good for a taste, bad for a lesson in beer brewing

Last year I went to New Orleans with my family, that was alot of fun. We went across Lake Ponchatrain to Abita Springs LA. There I went to the Abita brewpub, good food great tasty beer. I had Turbodog. Its a good brown ale. But I think that Big Boss Bad Penny brown ale is a little better, and Newcastle Brown is my favorite so far. Hey I saw the nerds on CBS' Big Bang Theory drinking it. Anyway, after lunch we drove a little ways in to Abita Spring to the Abita Brewery. Its a great looking building and nice inside. I wish I could say the same about the brewery tour. Abita makes great beer, not a great tour. The tour last all of eleven minutes. So I'd say a waste of time? Kind of, but wait, its good if you careless about how its brewed. Abita gives you free samples of they're brews in an Abita plastic cup. (keep it for a memory) AWESOME!! So if you love to drink Abita beer then go for the tour and free samples. If you looking for a good brewery tour stay home. But if you want a better brewery tour with good beer then ask me about Diamond Bear Brewering Company. ( Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Abita Brewing Company Pecan Harvest Ale

If you are not familiar with Abita beer then please do so now. Every season of the year Abita brews a different harvest beer. One for each season spring, summer, fall, and winter. This particular seasonal harvest ale (fall season) is brewed with pale, Munich biscuit and caramel malts and Willamette hops. Real Louisiana roasted pecans are added in the brewhouse. The Abita brewery uses natural spring water from the Abita Springs. This ale has ABV (alcohol by volume) of 5%. This harvest ale pours a nice orangey amber color. The clean white head fades away quick. This Abita has a nice aroma of fresh pecans with a slight caramel scent. On the first taste, you get a nutty flavor followed by a buttery creamy taste. Aftertaste you'll find it to be creamy and rich almost binging your grandmother's nutty-sweet pecan pie to your mind and a smile. It has a smooth aftertaste,  Its good! I love this one, it grew on me and I will buy it again. Abita does a great job with a lot of its beers, I can't say the same for their brewery tour. That's a topic for another post. So grab one now before its gone and share with family friends, and loved ones! Cheers! Please Drink Responsibly!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


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