Google

Saturday, February 17, 2007

It Has Never Been a Better Time to be a Beer Lover

Wine is but a bowl of broth, ale is meat, drink and cloth. - 16th Century English Proverb

The whole "real" beer movement is starting to become very complicated to me. In 1991, it wasn't a problem. Now, at times, it can be a headache. In 1991, you opened the fridge and there was one brand of beer in it. Once you popped the top, that was it, you were committed. Granted, unless you had a large head start on me as far as quality beer goes, the beer that you just popped open was not much to write home about. More than likely, it was something very cold and something somewhat tasteless.

When I went out in public to a restaurant or bar in the early 1990's, my draught selection was usually the same beer that I had in my fridge. There was no adventure or experimentation, just blind loyalty to the beer with the least amount of calories. Less filling, who knew about taste? Didn't all beer taste virtually the same? Cold, carbonated, thin and not much else?

Zoom ahead 10 or so years. The beer revolution had taken it's foothold. Beer didn't have to taste like water. Beer didn't even have to taste like each other. There were now styles and strengths. Beer became something to be enjoyed and anticipated like a fine, no, I won't say it. How about anticipated like the next summer blockbuster you just saw the trailer for at the movie theater. Extreme, but truthful. Fast forward another five years and you are now in the midst of a beer explosion. The guys who make the watered down, tasteless beer are now jumping into the "craft" beer industry and they are trying their hand at making beer with taste. Succeeding too, I might add.

Look around. It has never been a better time to be a beer lover. The local beer store has so much selection and stock, one could spend an hour trying to find the right beer. Trust me, I know. Every day, beer distributors are bringing in fine new imports by the dozens. Beers from breweries that are so small you couldn't even find them with a map are now on our shelves. Take a peak at the tap selection of your local pub. Two or three handles? I don't think so. Six or seven would be more like it. And what about the super taverns with over a hundred different beers to chose from? They used to be hard to find, now they are popping up everywhere. Brewpubs? You bet. Books about beer. Beer magazines, beer newspapers, websites, beer blogs. Beer is every where. Beer dinners and tastings. Cooking with beer. Beer is better with cheese than wine. You name it, beer has exploded.

Never in a million years would I want to go back to the day when I popped a can of my favorite "beer" from the fridge, but as I mentioned earlier, the beer movement has made beer much more complicated. Now I have to make decisions. What beer would go best with the meal I am having? Which beer suits the weather and or the season? Do I want to have a glass of a sipping beer or would two or three pints of a session beer be better? Do I have the appropriate glass to serve it in? Is the temperature right? Wait a minute. Wawawawawa. I sound like a wimp. I sound like one of those wine guys. What am I talking about? Beer is for heroes and champions, the nectar of the Gods. The drink of the human race. It doesn't need to be picked apart by my new found sense of knowledge, it just needs to be drank and enjoyed.

Who am I kidding? I like my beer knowledge, I like my beer selections and I like the fact that it takes me more than a couple of minutes to decide what kind of beer I am going to drink. It has never been a better time to be a beer lover. Viva La Complication!

The Beer

Hobgoblin Ale
: I found the UK based Wychwood Brewery Beers when I used to live In Ireland. I am glad that they made it across the sea. These are very hearty ales that are well crafted with many different tastes that come through. A very ruby red in color, this beer has a perfect balance of malt flavor and moderate bitterness. If you try, you can even taste a hint of toffee and chocolate flavor.

Rescue India Pale Ale: Brewed by the Barley Creek Brewery in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, this beer has the distinct taste of a homebrewed beer. Most beer when bottled by the pros loses that homebrew personal touch. It is a certain taste that lingers in a beer made at home. A good taste. Rescue IPA has it. Slightly sweet malty smell with a bitter hop after taste.

The Bad Elf Beers: Very Bad Elf: This was the best beer of the holiday season, as far as I am concerned. Maybe I drank too many and that is why I remember it fondly. That is probably the problem. This beer is so drinkable it is dangerous. Goes down like a "Mild", but has the taste and the alcohol content of a much bigger beer. Very Smooth. Dangerous at 7.5%.
Criminally Bad Elf: The Ridgeway Brewery in the UK who crafts the Bad Elf series seems to keep to a theme. Beers that that taste like lighter ales, but pack a whollup. Criminally Bad Elf is a Barleywine style ale, but tastes much like a lighter ale, yet kicks in at 10.5%. Be careful when you host a flagon of this barleywine.

Here is my Ode to the Big Brewer:

Jimmy Buffet's Landshark Lager, Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale and Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale:
The Landshark Lager and Stone Mill Pale Ale fooled me. Listed as Margarita Brewing Co. in Jacksonville, FL. and Green Valley Brewing, NH. I thought I was trying out a couple of new breweries. After some research, I found out that the new companies were Budweiser Breweries trying to be stealth. The Winter's Ale was no secret as they give themselves credit on the label. All the beers were very drinkable with plenty of taste to go around. I enjoyed everyone. The Winter's Ale, one at a time is plenty. Very vanilla tasting. I liked it, sort like you like a cream soda. Enjoyable, but one is plenty with desert. The surprise of the A&B Beers was LandShark Lager. Even not knowing this was from Bud, thinking it was Jimmy Buffet lending his name to a thin type, mass made beer, I was shocked. More Stella Artois and Budvar than Miller or Coors, this beer had hints of a Cech pilsner recipe. Enjoyable and very refreshing. It should make some Parrot Heads happy.

Du Chesse De Bourgogne: This Belgian Ale was a blend of 8 month and 18 month old beers than aged in oak casks. Sounds good? It was. Sweet smell, carbonated like champagne with a slight raspberry taste to it. Reddish Brown color, clocks in a t 6.2%. Very good and refreshing. It has the taste of a lambic, but the alcohol of a sturdier beer.



10 Comments:

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Joel "Fin" Phillips said...

Why I Hate Russia
by Joel Phillips (publisher, www.religiousfreeomwatch.org; owner American Coast Title www.actfortitle.com and proud to be an American and a Scientologist)

When I was a kid we used to jump under our desks and hide when they rang the air alarm. The teachers said this was in case the Russians came and bombed us.

Well you know what they bombed us and did a good job of it. They have us doing whatever they say.

First of all they are leaders in religious persecution. They closed down the Scientology Center in Saint Petersburg. Now I suppose the fact that the city used to be called Leningrad tells you something. What other country closes down a church?

But they are hypocrites. They have their own church namely the Russian Orthodox Church. This church is controlled by the Russian government. This is not how you get religious freedom!

Second they are sneaky. My website and company have been attacked by Indonesians. I have listed details on my website including those for a substantial reward.

So what happens? Well it turns out the Russians protect their Internet. It turns out my company which is the sponsor of the www.religiousfreedomwatch.org site is being sued by OOO TRANSTELEKOM. This OOO is apparently like the AOL or Earthlink of Russia but under the control of the Russian government. They are suing because an IP address used by one of these Indonesians is their IP address and I posted it to show how I was being harassed.

They are suing for millions of dollars and they are demanding an apology. I have had to meet with Frank Berriz and Linda Blood about it as they are the other owners of American Coast Title and they are named in the lawsuit.

But they are even sneakier as they are also complaining to Stewart Title who are our underwriters. This could quite literally get us shut down all because I go through life according to my religion.

And, it gets worse. Some Russian radio station has sent press releases to my competitors telling them about this. I don’t even get my day in court with OOO and the Russians have already decided I lost.

But the real trick is they are hiding behind the Olympics. OOO is suddenly the official Internet of the Olympics. OOO says this somehow libels the Olympics.

Maybe countries that value religious freedom should boycott the Russian Olympics again. That will teach them a lesson.

So that’s it. I hate Russia. The teachers way back when were right they had us hide from the Russians. Maybe we should of kept doing that. It is clear the Russians are just going to walk all over us. They are going take away our religious freedom and who knows what they will do after that.

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

prada outlet, kate spade outlet online, coach outlet, burberry outlet online, longchamp outlet, longchamp outlet online, nike outlet, jordan shoes, ray ban outlet, oakley vault, tiffany jewelry, louis vuitton outlet, tiffany and co jewelry, ray ban sunglasses, gucci handbags, christian louboutin, michael kors outlet store, longchamp handbags, christian louboutin shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet, nike air max, coach outlet store online, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet online, prada handbags, louis vuitton handbags, coach outlet, tory burch outlet online, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton, chanel handbags, true religion, cheap oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet online, red bottom shoes, michael kors handbags, nike free, christian louboutin outlet, michael kors outlet, polo ralph lauren, kate spade outlet, coach purses, nike air max, burberry outlet online, true religion outlet, oakley sunglasses

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

ralph lauren pas cher, air max pas cher, hermes pas cher, longchamp, ralph lauren, longchamp pas cher, louis vuitton uk, ray ban pas cher, nike air max, nike roshe, vans pas cher, nike free pas cher, sac michael kors, scarpe hogan, hollister, abercrombie and fitch, converse pas cher, lacoste pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, nike roshe run, burberry pas cher, chaussure louboutin, north face pas cher, true religion outlet, air jordan, north face, louis vuitton, louis vuitton pas cher, mulberry, timberland, nike air max, oakley pas cher, hollister, tn pas cher, ray ban uk, nike blazer pas cher, guess pas cher, nike air force, lululemon, air max, true religion jeans, michael kors uk, barbour, new balance pas cher, michael kors canada, sac louis vuitton, nike free

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

north face jackets, reebok shoes, ugg, nike huarache, uggs on sale, ugg soldes, celine handbags, north face jackets, giuseppe zanotti, marc jacobs outlet, ugg outlet, uggs outlet, replica watches, birkin bag, bottega veneta, ghd, vans outlet, soccer jerseys, babyliss, canada goose outlet, mont blanc pens, asics shoes, insanity workout, canada goose outlet, canada goose outlet, nike trainers, nike roshe, ugg boots, lululemon outlet, canada goose, longchamp, soccer shoes, ferragamo shoes, chi flat iron, mac cosmetics, wedding dresses, ugg boots clearance, valentino shoes, instyler ionic styler, jimmy choo shoes, herve leger, nfl jerseys, beats headphones, abercrombie and fitch, mcm handbags, hollister, new balance outlet, uggs outlet, p90x workout

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

nike air max, montre femme, vans, hollister clothing, toms outlet, canada goose, swarovski jewelry, moncler, iphone 6 case, pandora charms, canada goose, gucci, uggs canada, ray ban, moncler, timberland shoes, karen millen, thomas sabo uk, converse, pandora uk, converse shoes, parajumpers outlet, lancel, moncler, coach outlet, moncler outlet, louboutin, moncler, supra shoes, ugg, links of london uk, baseball bats, moncler, oakley, louis vuitton canada, air max, pandora jewelry, hollister canada, swarovski uk, hollister, juicy couture outlet, juicy couture outlet, moncler outlet, replica watches, ralph lauren, wedding dress, canada goose pas cher, canada goose

 
At 1:53 AM, Blogger Junda Xu said...

20151027 junda
coach factory outlet
nfl jerseys
Gucci Outlet Online Sale
Abercrombie T-Shirts
hollister clothing store
ugg boots
michael kors outlet
Michael Kors Outlet Handbags Factory Price
ugg boots
toms outlet
abercrombie
mont blanc
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
Coach Outlet Store Online Shop
canada goose outlet
michael kors outlet
Abercrombie and Fitch Outlet Sale
Louis Vuitton Bags Outlet Store
michael kors bags
Wholesale Authentic Designer Handbags
ugg outlet store
air max 95,nike golf,nike janoski,air max 1,nike canada,nike plus,nike shox,nike factory store
michael kors handbag
Louis Vuitton Handbags For Cheap
cheap ugg boots
Christian Louis Vuitton Red Bottoms
coach outlet store online
true religion outlet
canada goose jackets

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger ninest123 said...

louis vuitton, cheap oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, replica watches, louboutin pas cher, longchamp pas cher, nike air max, longchamp outlet, longchamp, louis vuitton, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, prada outlet, replica watches, louis vuitton, ray ban sunglasses, nike free, ugg boots, longchamp outlet, jordan shoes, louboutin outlet, sac longchamp, kate spade outlet, nike free, oakley sunglasses, louboutin, burberry, polo ralph lauren outlet, ralph lauren pas cher, nike outlet, tiffany and co, michael kors, uggs on sale, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban sunglasses, ugg boots, nike air max, tory burch outlet, louboutin shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet, tiffany jewelry, air jordan pas cher, christian louboutin outlet, chanel handbags, ray ban sunglasses, prada handbags, oakley sunglasses, nike roshe run, air max, gucci outlet

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger ninest123 said...

louis vuitton, moncler, vans, swarovski crystal, toms shoes, juicy couture outlet, ugg boots uk, karen millen, louis vuitton, replica watches, supra shoes, bottes ugg, hollister, canada goose, thomas sabo, moncler, gucci, converse, canada goose uk, doudoune canada goose, moncler, moncler, wedding dresses, canada goose, pandora charms, converse outlet, moncler, moncler, barbour jackets, canada goose outlet, coach outlet, juicy couture outlet, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, pandora jewelry, links of london, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, pandora charms, canada goose outlet, montre pas cher, swarovski, moncler, ray ban, sac louis vuitton pas cher, lancel, pandora jewelry, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, marc jacobs, canada goose, ugg pas cher

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger ninest123 said...

burberry, lululemon, north face, ray ban uk, nike roshe, abercrombie and fitch, ugg boots, true religion jeans, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, nike blazer, michael kors outlet, nike free run uk, michael kors, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley pas cher, michael kors outlet, hollister, hermes, timberland, north face, coach outlet, nike air max, air force, kate spade handbags, michael kors, true religion jeans, burberry outlet online, mulberry, hogan, michael kors, replica handbags, lacoste pas cher, coach outlet, vanessa bruno, vans pas cher, michael kors, hollister pas cher, ralph lauren uk, sac guess, coach purses, new balance pas cher, tn pas cher, michael kors outlet, nike air max, ray ban pas cher, true religion jeans, converse pas cher, nike air max

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger ninest123 said...

iphone 6 cases, hollister, bottega veneta, nike air max, mont blanc, iphone cases, ipad cases, ferragamo shoes, p90x workout, jimmy choo shoes, ralph lauren, oakley, nike huarache, timberland boots, iphone 5s cases, baseball bats, s5 cases, longchamp, beats by dre, hollister, iphone 6 plus cases, louboutin, asics running shoes, soccer shoes, north face outlet, mcm handbags, lululemon, chi flat iron, mac cosmetics, iphone 6s plus cases, giuseppe zanotti, instyler, ghd, vans shoes, birkin bag, nike trainers, celine handbags, reebok shoes, iphone 6s cases, herve leger, north face outlet, hollister, nike air max, new balance, babyliss, valentino shoes, wedding dresses, soccer jerseys, nfl jerseys, abercrombie and fitch, insanity workout, nike roshe

 

Post a Comment

<< Home