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As you all know, I go to the local Bevmo on a regular basis in search of great beer to try. However,  often my trips there lead me to the same brewers. In search of other great brewers,  I reached out to a few different breweries. A few of them responded to my emails and a few didn’t. The few that didn’t probably should have because they would be getting free publicity, but good on the ones that did. They get an extra shout out!!

One of the breweries that I reached out to was Angel City Brewery, which is located in Los Angeles, CA.  This brewery was founded in 1997.  As most breweries do, they started out as a small brewery. However, since then they have been rapidly expanding. Included in that expansion they happen to acquire  Alchemy and Science, which is a craftbeer partnership or collaboration.  They now brew and distribute more beer than they ever have.   Because of their expansion, in 2010 they moved to a new facility in the Los Angeles Arts District. That is where they currently reside.For this and other information go to www.angelcitybrewery.com

Now lets get down to the nitty gritty of this beer!!!

The Eureka Wit is consider to be a Belgian White Ale. If you are familiar with belgian beers and wittbiers you have an idea what ingredients are in them. However, each has its own unique twist on it. This one is no different. The unique twist that I noticed was the addition of Nelson Sauvin Hops. I have not noticed very many beers that have this style of hops.  What does this type of hop do for the beer? Well, what the Nelson Sauvin Hop is, is a hop that was developed in New Zealand and is actually named after grapes. That’s right Grapes!!, which is not something you normally associate with beer. However, its adds a wonderful aroma and taste to this beer.  It will give the beer an aroma of fruits which also will be noticed when this beer hits your palette. It is also a bittering hop, but nothing that is going to make your beer difficult to drink. It’s actually a very smooth bitter.

Nelson Sauvin Hops is not the only thing this beer is brewed with. This beer also contains a variety of malts such as Europils, flaked oats, and the wheat you expect in a wit. Also common to the wit’s or belgian style beers are the coriander and orange peel.

I know you guys are inching to try this beer so lets go ahead and pour this beer into your favorite glass. When you first pour this beer into your favorite glass you will notice that it pours to a hazy pale golden/yellow color.  Take the glass to your nose and inhale deeply. When you do this you will notice a variety of different aroma’s but the orange peel will definitely be more noticeable than the others. But that is definitely not the only aroma’s that you will notice. You will notice a variety of different fruits, which are created by the hops in this beer.  Depending on your senses you may smell the grapes, grapefruit, or even passion fruit. No matter what you sense I have no doubt it will be delightful.

I know you can’t wait any longer so go ahead and take that first sip. When you take that first sip your palette will be overwhelmed just like your nostrils were when smelling the beer for the first time. For me when I first took the sip of this beer, I was surprised. Due to the aroma of orange peel, I thought there would be a big presence of orange peel in the beer. However, its not overwhelming, its a hint which is perfect because you get the full effect of the other fruit flavors that are created by the hops. At the end of the beer you are left with a slight bitter and coriander. In my opinion the coriander is the lasting taste.

When thinking about choosing a beer to go with your meal, you need to take this one into consideration. This beer goes very well with a variety of different cheeses such as Pepper Jack or Feta. It also will go very well with a variety of meats and fish.  I would recommend drinking this beer chilled, I would say that 50 degrees Fahrenheit would be an ideal temperature to drink this beer.

This beer  is a great beer with its own distinct additions to it. Those unique additions are what make this beer a one of a kind and a must have. If you haven’t tried this beer, you should go out and get one ASAP!!!

 

 

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Since I live in California there isn’t many times that I find a beer that is brewed on the east coast. However, as I was walking around the local Bevmo, I happened to stumble upon this one.  It is called the “Hennepin”and it is brewed by the Ommegang Brewery in New York.

This beer is considered to be a unique style of Farmhouse Ale known to some as a Belgian Saison. In the past this type of beer was brewed during the winter months and stored for consumptions during the summer months when the migrant workers were on the farm. The migrant workers were known as “les saisonniers,” which plays into the type of beer that this is.

So lets get into the ingredients of this beer. When I first poured this beer and then tasted it,  I was reminded of a wheat beer or heffeweizen. A lot of the ingredients in this beer are similar or the same as those of a wheat style beer. This beer is brewed with ingredients such as orange peel, ginger, grains of paradise and coriander.

When you pour this beer it will pour to a straw yellow or a  pale gold and will have a lot of carbonation that float to the top of this beer that allow the head to maintain itself and leave a great trace.  When you smell this beer you will get a great sense of the orange peel and the spice of the coriander, which are both very noticeable. Along with those aroma’s you get the sweet smell of the malts that this beer is brewed with, which are the Pilsner and the Pale malts. The pilsner malt is a very common malt in many European and American style beers.  The Pale malt in this beer will give this beer more color and will also add to the dryness of this beer. You will notice that this beer will have a dryness to it at the end of each sip.  Now that we went over the aroma’s of the beer, lets get into that first sip. When you take that first sip you will be immediately hit with the sweetness of the malts that are in this beer. If you let that sip, rest on your palette for a few seconds you will really start to notice all of the other flavors that this beer has in it. You will notice the orange the most, I think this is the most distinguishable flavor this beer has, followed  by the coriander that you are left with after you swallow that first sip. However, in between the two you will get a slight hint of the ginger, trust me, its very mild and probably not noticeable to many.  You will also get a hint of the yeast that is in this beer and this flavor is also very common in Belgian style beers as well. As you finish your sip you will notice a slight bitterness to this beer, it is very mild but it is created by the Styrian Golding and the Spalter Select hops. The Styrian Golden hops is a hop that is often found in Austria. It does contribute to the mild bitterness of this beer but it is often used in beer because of its aroma. I would not consider this type of hop to be of the bittering type. The Spalter Select hops is another of the aromatic variety but it also helps give this beer a sense of spiciness to it.  With all of these different aspects put together in one beer, you can expect a lot. And a lot is what you get. All of these aspects come together and make a great beer.

I was very glad when I found a beer from somewhere other than California. I will definitely have to try more from this brewer. In the mean time, I hope that all of you search this beer out and give it a try. I’m sure you will love it just as much as I did. This is truly a beer that everyone can enjoy.

Until later,

Cheers!!!

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Over the time that I have been writing this blog I have tried many different styles of beer but I’m sure that I haven’t tried all of the different styles. The one that I am about to write about is one that I haven’t tried before.  This one is the Oatmeal Stout by Samuel Smith’s brewery in England. I found this one while browsing the selection of beers at the local Bevmo, which is a place that I go to often in search of great beers.

When we compare an Oatmeal Stout to any other stout we look at the addition of oatmeal to the brewing process. The oatmeal gives the beers a quality that a lot of people love and that is that it will give the beer an incredible smoothness to it.  Not only does the oatmeal give the beer an added smoothness to the beer, it also adds a little sweetness to the beer. So that is what the oatmeal aspect adds to the beer.

This particular Oatmeal Stout is brewed with water, malted barely, cane sugar, roasted malts, yeast, hops and oatmeal.

When you open this beer and pour it into your favorite glass, you will notice that this beer pours to an very dark/ almost black color with a great head. The aroma that comes from this beer consist of the sweetness of the roasted malts and chocolate.  These aromas are very noticeable and very pleasant to nose.

The taste is a little more in depth than the aroma’s would lead one. To start of with, you will get the sweetness from the roasted malts and the oatmeal.  That is not the full extent of the beer though, when drinking this beer you will also notice chocolate, toffee, and caramel hints. All of which really compliment each other. And as I said at the beginning the addition of oatmeal in this beer really makes this beer really smooth and easy to drink.  Even though there are some hops in this beer, they are not very noticeable at all. There is some bitterness to this beer but it is very limited, making this beer even easier to drink than other stouts.

This beer is only about 5% ABV, which is a little less that most stouts but also makes it easier to drink. So overall, if you are not a big fan of stouts, I think this one could possibly change your mind due to the fact that it is so smooth and easy to drink.

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It is a well known fact that the more one performs an action the better he or she will get. This is also true when it comes to cooking, baking and anything that involves a recipe. The more that you make that recipe the better it is likely to come out. You may be asking yourself, “why is he talking about recipes getting better with time?” While this is because the next beer that I am going to review is brewed by one of the oldest breweries in Germany. The beer that is brewed at Schneider Weisse is brewed with the same recipes that it had back than when Georg Schneider founded the brewery.

Schneider-Weisse is a pretty unique brewery because it brews wheat beers and nothing else.  When brewing its beers they use barley, hops, yeast, and wheat malts.  The brewing process for these wheat beers take place in open tubs and use open fermentation brewing techniques.

This beer will pour to a dark golden color and will have notes of various ingrediants. Of course when you open the beer you will initially smell the wheat malts that this beer is brewed with. However, if you take the time to try and distinguish the other ingrediants within this beer you will get the hints of banana , cloves and nutmeg.  With that said, you will put this beer in what would be considered the Hefeweissen category of wheat beer.  As you take your first sip you will also notice the same hints of those ingrediants. When I took the sip in order to review this beer, I first noticed the sweetness of the wheat malts. That was followed by the hint of banana. I found that as the beer warmed a little the banana became easier to notice. The beer ended with the taste of the spices in this beer which include the nutmeg and the cloves that this beer is brewed with. Depending on your palette you may notice those in a different order.

This beer is definitely one that everyone will enjoy. It is a wheat beer so like most of the wheat beer there is really no bitterness to this beer at all. This beer is only about 5.2 ABV, so if you are an experienced beer drinker, feel free to have more than one. This beer is also very versatile when it comes to food pairings. Some of the food I would pair this beer with is sausage, shellfish, pork and poultry.

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There is nothing like going home from a hard days work to enjoy and nice home cooked meal with a cold beer.ii Yesterday was just one of those days that happen every so often, where everyone you run into, or talk to has an attitude. Well by the end of the day I was just about tired of the bad attitudes that everyone had. That is when I got text from my wife saying that she was making dinner and to hurry home. So being the day was almost over  I knew that I didn’t have to wait long and my day seemed to get a lot better knowing I had dinner waiting for me.

As I have started the journey of trying to find the best beer my wife has occasionally came along and helped out. She will try one of the beers that I get and tell me what she thinks of it. Having that outside opinion can either help or hurt when trying to find the best because of differing opinions. With that said, there was not only dinner but there was also a beer waiting for me as well. My wife decided that it was her turn to pick out what she thought was a great beer to do a review on for you all of the readers.

The beer that she chose was a great choice. It is brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Lagunitas Brewing Company is located in Petaluma, CA and has been in business sinc 1993. The founders of the brewing company come from all over the country but they all have one thing in common. That one thing that they all have is the desire to create and brew great beer. The beer that my wife picked out for me to review is called Wilco Tango Foxtrot.

What is the Wilco Tango Foxtrot? To start off with, the Wilco Tango Foxtrot is a seasonal beer that began to be available this month. They label the beer as an Imperial Brown Ale.  This beer is the perfect combination of malts and hops that one could combine in one bottle. When you pour this beer it pours to a clear dark amber color. Once it is poured you can immediately smell the sweetness of the malts and the floral aroma of the hops.  The when you take your first sip it is what you expect after smelling the aromas of the beer. You taste the the sweetness of the malts, toffee and caramel, the sweetness is followed by the bitterness of the hops.  If I were to scale this beer using the IBU system I would rate this beer as somewhere between 60 and 65, meaning that the bitterness is rather noticeable. Even though it is rather bitter this beer has a smooth / creamy feeling as you take a sip making it that more enjoyable to drink.

When drinking this beer I can recommend that you drink it will its between 50 and 55 degrees F. A good pairing with this beer is any one of the following cheeses:  Asiago, Colby or Parmesan. If your are looking for a glass to serve this in a great glass would be the snifter glass. This glass is designed to hold in the aromas of the beer and allow the drinker to easily distinguish different aromas that the beer gives off.

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As adults we all have to make many decisions in our life on an everyday basis. Some of those decisions are small and some of them are big and can have impacts for the rest of our lives. Well, as I’m writing a blog about alcohol I just wanted to quickly touch on being responsible when drinking.

A lot of us are over the legal drinking age and probably know someone who has made poor choices after drinking. If you don’t know someone personally you have most likely seen stories in the local news paper about people making poor choices. Well these poor  choices can last a life time. They can not only affect you, but also  those around you, meaning your friends, family, co-workers. The poor choices can end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. There is a whole list of punishments of not being responsible while drinking and the are all very well known.

So stop and think before hopping in the drivers seat of the car after having any amount of alcohol. You may feel fine but the truth is that, if you have to convince yourself that your ok to drive, then you shouldn’t be driving anyway. Don’t be afraid to give the keys to someone else who is in a better state of mind to drive. Stop and think before confronting someone about something while you are drinking. There have been many instances where a confrontation has turned into much more when involving a person or people who have been drinking.

So when you drink, drink responsibly.