Sunday, November 18, 2012

The long awaited Brewbakers. The bottom three are sodas, the leftermost of which is an alright rootbeer. Not enough sassafras, and a bit too sweet. Then again, my taste buds do better with dry stuff. Pale number something is alright, pale number something else is good. IPA is good, very piney, very nice bitterness to it (not often seen recently), dankish hop aroma. Good enough to buy a growler, and some great pizza. If anyone happens to be in Visalia, CA, USA, stop by, and you'll be happy you did.

And once again prices amaze me. There are so many beers I have neglected to try because the brewer and distributor and retailer see fit to charge between seven and fifteen dollars for a bomber. That's horse shit. Fucking horse shit. Thoughts...ready, go!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Session Beer!

I've been secretly touting the virtues of session beer for a long time, as well as occasionally discussing what exactly constitutes a session beer. The best definition I've found is contextual, in that a session beer is one that you, the drinker, can consume multiple volumes of within a drinking session without becoming drunk, or even heavily buzzed. This depends on a person's alcohol tolerance, thus the context.

Why do I like the idea of session beers? Because it's a little annoying when I have two or three beers and find my eyes getting squinty and my legs a bit wobbly. Granted, there are many pale ales available on the market that sit at a reasonable alcohol percentage, but many lack the characteristics I enjoy in my beers, specifically the hop presence of many IPAs. So, in essence, I've been searching for a session IPA, which is a bit hard to find. However, I may have come very close. Tap It Brewing's American Standard Ale sits around 5% abv, and has loads of fresh hop aromas, with some nice citrus on the tongue to back it up. A very light body and low bitterness make it easily drinkable, as well as accessible for those not interested in hop bombs.

Cheers!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Saison is up and running!

Hey, what's that? Oh, it's the Saison I just put on tap, no big deal. Except for the fact that I'm damn impressed with myself (for sitting around and doing a whole lotta nothing!). But for reals, here goes: Fruits, like strawberries and fuji apples on the nose (maybe a bit of mango, never enough mango), tempered by a whiff of funk. You know, the funky kind of funk. Transition to a completely different taste, with wheat-bready flavors (despite the lack of wheat) and a bit more of that old-fashioned funk, almost blue cheese without the lactose part. Next throw in the slightest hint of oak. Take all that and finish with a tongue-drying bitterness; spicy, without being piney, earthy might be a better word. And here I thought the over-hopping had disappeared...no, it just shows itself on the latter end.

Oh, yeah, that bottle in the picture above. That's the same Saison that's in the glass, with a few exceptions: I fermented that one with more oak cubes and alongside locally grown cherries, with a Brett addition to finish it off. Only seven of those twelve-ounce bottles for that version, gotta use those sparingly!

On a side note, tried this little baby the other day. Shaddock IPA is Widmer's X-114 IPA brewed with grapefruit peels. Sounds awesome, right? Honestly, I'd rather have X-114, but this will do in a pinch. Very nice, tropical fruits on the nose and tongue, decently bitter, not insanely alcoholic (thank you, Widmer). Try it if you haven't, I think it's been out for a while now.

Cheers!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hop Wallop!

Victory Brewing Co. has seen fit to grace my local Whole Foods with a bit of some Hop Wallop, amongst others. Starts off a little citrusy, moves into a bit of mango, and finishes fairly clean, with just a bit of lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Definitely not a tongue scraper, but it certainly hints at it. I've gotta say, with the given name I expected more of a, well, wallop. No matter, though, this one is worth a try.

On an unrelated note, my brother gave me a Blichmann BeerGun for my belated birthday present. Shit yeah! Bottling straight from the keg is gonna be so much better than bottle carbonating part of a batch.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Field Mouse's Farewell

Damn. I could sum this beer up with just that one word. However, I will embellish a few more. Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project has done something great here. Field Mouse's Farewell is called a rustic ale, and aptly so. It reminds me of some "rustic" breads I've had before, with a nice grainy taste to it, likely from the use of barley, oats, wheat, and rye. Very nice spice notes and a bit of an earthy undertone to it. Slightly vegetal nose, not much in the way of bitterness, but not overly sweet by any means. Beautiful take on a Saison, and an inspiration for the next one I'll make. Totally worth the money, though I don't remember what I paid for it. If you have access to it, get it now. It's just real nice.

And, quick update on the brewing front: I've been working on a Saison, a portion of which I separated to ferment with cherries, oak cubes, and lactobacillus. The regular saison also had oak cubes, and both are ready for bottling now. Who's excited? This guy.