Archive for March, 2013

Most of the beers in my blog are truley pretty unique from one another and the next one is no different. This beer is brewed by Unibroue an is based out of Chambly, Quebec. Unibroue started brewing beer back in 1990. Then in 1992 they paired with a Belgian brewer and started to specialize in brewing beers on lees. That is what makes this beer so unique from the others. If you don’t know what lees is, it is the dead yeast and other particle left over from fermentation.  The Ephemere Apple is one of those beers that go through this process and is aged on lees.  This beer was first created back in 2001 and is considered to be a White Ale that is brewed with various ingredients that give it the distinct flavor that it has.

When I say this beer has a distinct flavor and aroma to it, I’m talking about the apple smell and taste that this beer has. This beer is brewed like your normal White Ale and is brewed with the coriander, and orange peel. The apple taste and aroma comes when apple juice/must is blended with the rest of the ingredients. The apple aroma is noticeable right from the beginning and is very noticeable. As soon as you pop the top you will get that distinct aroma. Even though the apple is the most noticeable aroma, it is not the only one. IF you pay attention to the different aroma’s you will smell ginger and nutmeg as well as  some cinnamon.  The Ephmemere Apple pours to a hazy golden yellow and has a slight head that leaves a lacy trace on your glass.

When taking your first sip you will notice the apples immediate and that is followed by the traditional taste of the white ale. The traditional taste of the White Ale includes the spiciness of the coriander and the citrus of the orange peel. The apple in this beer give this beer a sense tartness to it and for me it kind of dried the beer out at the beginning. The citrus gives the beer the re freshness after the tartness at the beginning. This beer is a very tasty beer that is sure to go down really smooth as the bitterness is very mild and rated to be about a 10 on the IBU.

If you are looking to pair this beer with a meal , it would make a very good dessert beer. It will pair well with anything that has apples as an ingredient such as an apple pie or apple cobbler. It however, is not just a dessert beer and will also pair well with items such as pork, duck and goat cheese. When drinking this beer it is recommended to drink it when it is between 39° and 43°F.

 

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When you think about Hefeweizen you normally think about the hints of cloves and bananas that you taste. Well with this Hefeweizen you will get a little more than just the banana and clove taste. You will also get the added benefit of having the taste of the wheat beers of the United States. Combine the two and you have the mouth full of deliciousness brewed by Golden Road Brewery in Los Angeles, California.

This beer is a very complex beer that has many different taste and aromas through out the entire drinking process. When you first pour this beer you will notice that like any other hefeweizen or wheat beer it will pour to a cloudy golden color with a medium sized, sustainable head. When I first poured this beer  the aromas of the cloves and citrus really stood out to me. The citrus that this beer is brewed with are Oranges and Lemons.  This beers is also brewed with cloves and bananas as is tradition with your Hefeweizens. You will taste the clove and banana after the taste of the malts in this beer. After you get past the malts, the cloves and the bananas, you are left with the citrus of the orange and the lemons. The cloves add a nice spice feature, the banana will add fruit feature and the lemons and oranges will leave you feeling refreshed and wanting more of this beer. This beer does have a combinations of German Hops in it, however you will not notice then very much at all. This beer has very little bitterness to it, 15 on the IBU, and this allows the beer to go down incredibly smooth.

If you are looking to pair this with a meal, going on personal experience, this beer pair really well with a shell fish or lobster. The citrus in this beer will really compliment these types of dishes. This beer will also pair well with poultry and cheeses, and goes really well with a cheese such as Feta. It is recommended that you serve this beer between 45-50 degrees. Trust me, you will love this beer but don’t be afraid to have more than one because this beer is only around 4.6% ABV. If you love wheat beers and hefeweizen don’t be afraid to try the combination of the two and go ahead and try this great beer.

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Last night my family once again had a few friends over and had a BBQ. As with most of our BBQ’s and gathering we had beverages to serve as well. My wife had gone to the store earlier in the day and got wine for her and her friends, while she was there she also picked out a beer for me. The one that she  picked out is a very interesting one and the name of it makes it even more interesting. The name of the beer is “Delirium Tremens”. This is interesting because of all you who might know what that is, Delirium Tremens is a severe alcohol withdrawal that really affects the mental and nervous system.  You can find out more information if you go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001771/. I did not know this until I looked up the name of the beer to get history on the brewery. However, one beer will not make have Delirium Tremens. The people who experience this type of withdrawal are people who have had alcoholism for a long time.

Delirium Tremens is a beer that is brewed by Brouwerim Huyghe Brewery in Belgium. The brewery has history all the way back until 1906 but it wasn’t until 1989 that this beer was born. This beer is considered to be a Strong Pale Ale. When you pour this beer you will notice the malty aroma, however the malty aroma is not overpowering.  You will also notice that this beer has a sweet aroma to go along with the maltiness. This beer pours to a pale yellow color and has a modest/stable head.  When you take your first sip you will notice the first get the sweetness of the beer mixed with the spiciness of the hops that this beer is brewed with. At the end of the beer of the beer I was left with what I thought to be and after-tone that was similar to liquorish. This beer is 8.5% abv, however, the presence of alcohol is not that noticable. You will get a hint of alcohol but once again it is not that overpowering.

This beer has an outstanding past and is known for being one of the best in the world. In fact, in 2008 this was named “The Best Beer in the World” at the World Beer Championships in Chicago. It was also listed as the best beer according to Stuart Kallen in his book, The 50 Greatest Beers in the World. 

This beer will go great with meat such as Beef and pairs well with fish such as Salmon. It is recommended that this beer is served at temperatures between 50-55 degrees.

I really loved this beer and I’m sure that you will too!

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Over the last couple of weeks my family and I have been having a dinner night with some of our friends, on a weekly basis. We set up a night, usually a Friday or Saturday, and have a dinner together. The cuisine various and has been something different every time but each an every time it is something that is very delicious. This weekend we decided to make shrimp tacos. So while the wife was at work, I went to the store and gathered up all of the ingredients that we would need in order to prepare our meal. Once I had found everything that I needed  I went to the beer section to try and find a beer that I thought would go good with the shrimp tacos that we were having. That’s when I came across a beer that comes from a German Brewery that dates back to 1753. The beer is a beer from the Warsteiner Brewery and is the Warsteiner Premium Verum. The beer is a German Pilsner that is brewed with water from the Ansberg Forest. You may ask, what is so special about that. Well, according to the sites that I have looked at this water is considered to be extra soft water. This is important because the higher quality of water that you use in the brewing process, the better beer you will have in the end, well when it comes to professional brewers any way. If I were to  brew a batch at this point, I don’t think it would make any difference, it would still be catastrophic.

The Premium Verum is considered to be  German Pilsener that contain 4.8%ABV. That will pour to a pale golden yellow. This beer will have a modest head but it will dissipate rather quickly.When you pour this beer you will also notice the expected aromas of a pilsener. You will smell the sweet malts and the floral of the hops. When you take your first sip of this beer you will notice the hints of citrus and the malts. You will taste the hops and the bitterness that goes along with the hops. Then when you finish the sip you are left with a unique taste, I would contribute this to the types of hops that this beer is brewed with.  This beer is the only beer that I have tasted with this after tone to it.

When u are pairing this beer you will want to pair this beer with food of an Asian or German Style but it also goes well with any poultry or fish. If you are looking to pair it with cheese your best options are Monterrey or pepper jack cheese. It is recommended that you serve this beer between 40 and 45 degrees.

 

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Back in 2007,  I decided that I was going to get away from the United States for a while and go to Japan.  I lived in Japan two years living in Japan and traveling to see all of the historic and iconic places. While I was there I was able to go to Osaka, Miajima and various other places. While I was there I was able to enjoy their culture, food and drinks. One of my favorite beers from Japan is Sapporo. It is Japan’s oldest beer and it began to be brewed in 1867.

This Beer pours to a clear yellow/Golden color  and has a pretty good size head. The  aroma of this beer is full of rice and hops. When you drink this beer that is what you will get as well. The hops is this beer are not over powering at all and allows it to go down very smoothly. This is a very crisp, refreshing beer that really pairs well with poultry, meat, and any other Asian cuisine.  If you are used to craft beer you may not find this beer one of the best but if you want to try a beer from Japan and want to try the best that they have, then you have to try this one.

 

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Throughout my life I have been to many different places and have met a lot of different people. A lot of those people have become what I consider to be great friends.  Back in 2010, I was go to school in Biloxi, MS  and went to New Orleans for the first time of my life. A few friends and I were going there to experience Bourbon St. and just the New Orleans atmosphere. We were going from bar to bar and I would get the usual Bud Light. However, in one bar that we went into my friend Adam had noticed that they had bottles of Abita’s “Purple Haze”.  Before then I had never seen nor heard of Abita or its beer called Purple Haze, but I was open to trying this beer based on my friends recommendation. After trying this beer I was amazed how different it was from any other beer that I had ever had in the past. It was not only very different it was also very good.  To this day, it is a beer that regularly get a craving for. To this day this beer reminds me off some very good times that I have had with my friends and hope that this beer will make for some good times to come.

Abita is a brewing company that is located about 30 miles from New Orleans in a town of Abita Springs, LA. They were first founded in 1986 and in that first year they only brewed about 1500 barrels of beer. Then by 1994 they had grown so much that they no longer were able to meet the demands at the location that they were at some they had to move thier location. Today Abita is brewing about 150,000 barrels of beer and now have their own root beer as well.  So as you see, they are a brewery that is constantly growing and coming up with new beers.

Purple Haze is an American Style Wheat beer that is  brewed Pilsner and Wheat malts along with Vanguard Hops. The beers is then filtered. After filtration, a raspberry puree of sort is added to the beer giving it, it’s raspberry aroma and flavor. When you pour this beer you will notice that the beer does have slight purple tint to it and that is also due the the raspberries that are added to the beer after filtration. When you pour this  beer you will notice the aroma of the raspberries and the wheat. As you take your first sip you will get the taste of the raspberries as well and that will stay with you even after the first sip is finished.The raspberries instill a tartness and crispness to this beer that makes it even more memorable. This beer does have the Vanguard hops but you will hardly even notice them as you drink this beer as this beer is only around a 13 on the IBU. It is suggested that you serve this beer at 38 degrees and should use a glass such as the pint glass or a flute.  And as with most wheat beers this beer is about 4% ABV. This beer is a great beer that is very refreshing and a beer that everyone can enjoy.

When looking to pair this beer with a meal you should look to pair it with cheeses such as Brie or Marscapone. This beer will pair well with any salad but with go even better with a salad that is made with a variety of different fruits. This beer works well as a beer that is paired with desert and really compliments anything chocolate.

 

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The next beer was brewed by a couple men that combined their talents in order to create some great beer. One of the founders, Jack White, began brewing beer in his back yard and eventually got to the point where he was determined that his beer was good enough to sell. Even though he became really good at it, he realized that it wasn’t very easy to get the supplies and ingrediants that are need when a person is brewing beer. So that is when he opened a store called Home Brew Mart.  As Home Brew Mart began to grow Jack needed a little extra helped and that is when he found Yuseff. Together they continued to run  the store and run the brewery out of a back room within Home Brew Mart. This is when Ballast Point Brewing was founded. For the last 15 years they have continued to grow and make great beers like their ” Wahoo Wheat”.

To start off with, Wahoo Wheat is brewed with unmalted wheat, barley and oats. Along with the oats, they add orange peel and coriander during the brewing process. What you gets is a hazy, off yellow or lemon colored beer that is full of deliciousness.  When you first smell the aroma you will notice the smell of the unmalted wheat , coriander and get hints of the citrus such as the orange peels.When you go to take your first sip you will notice the taste of the wheat, and yeast. As you finish taking that sip the hints of the orange peal and the  spiciness of the coriander will cover your palette. This beer is very easy to drink. There is hardly any bitterness to it ( this beer falls around 20 on the IBU scale), which is the case with most wheat beers and the citrus in the beer make this beer very refreshing. There is only about 4% alcohol in this beer so you will not get a heavy taste of that as your drink this beer.

If you are having this beer with a meal it can be paired with many different items and be drank throughout the meal and not just with the entree. This beer pairs  really well with salads and cheeses if you are having that as an appetizer. The best cheeses to pair with this beer are Pepper Jack or something such as Feta Cheese. When it comes to your entree this beer  pairs well with poultry, shellfish and other types of fish. The preferred temperature to drink this beer at is between 45 and 50 degrees F. If you are looking to drink this from something other than the bottle some recommendations are a Pint or Pilsner glass.

The story of Ballast Point Brewing is one that I imagine myself going through in the years ahead. I had started with the intent of getting to know about different beers and passing on the information to other people. Since I have started I am realizing that I would like to begin to brew beer  and use the knowledge that I am gathering about the different beers that I have had. Then once I get good  enough and I feel my beer is good enough, hopefully I will be able to market it and begin a brewing company myself.

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