Favorite Beer Right Now Is....

Favorite Beer Right Now Is....
January- Favorite Beer of the month is...Kirin Ichiban (or Sake Bombs)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hey craft brew snobs, this Buds for you...

Not exactly stop the presses news, not yet anyways. Bud Light has released a new member to its product line called "Bud Light Platinum", a beer that I can only assume or guess is aimed for people who enjoy craft beers. People who enjoy craft beers but want semi-cheap light beers as well?

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Belgium - Trippel

Friday morning 12:30 a.m. and I'm lying in bed wide awake, enter fridge. "Let's see what we have here".

A proffesional review of this is a bit more generous to this than I will be. My first impression of this beer was hard core alcohol (by beer standards). Although the alcohol content of this beer is not unusually high it's clearly the defining characteristic, this is reflected by its name which refers to Tripel style beers.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Messed around in the kitchen last night...

4th batch and counting, I'm still perfecting my ale fake bock recipe.

Had a friend come over for his first brew and "assist". Having spent years as a wine snob I think he's coming around on beer. Oddly enough his favorite seems to be American IPA's. Not to say he didn't enjoy beer before this sudden interest but only casual and nothing outside of macro-brewery beers. So to just suddenly jump into that really surprises me. Generally going from Bud Light to Ranger IPA takes time.


Took notes this time during the process noting my hop schedule and the slight variations to which ingredients and how much were changed from the original recipe.

My 3rd batch (pictured below) came out perfect, or at least as perfect as we've made. The original recipe was supposed to be a clone beer of a bock but using a ale yeast with as neutral of flavors as possible (since I don't currently have the ability to ferment true lagers).

We followed the recipe to a T the first time, the beer was entirely underwhelming. It tasted watered down with very little if any bouquet or aroma, the color wasn't even close. Slowly but surely we brought it along with some modifications by the 3rd batch and sure enough if I didn't throw away or lose the recipe.

Hooray for beer!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

RE: : ) <--- Smiley face

Well thanks to random coincidence I suppose I had car trouble the Monday before the interview that took me the next day, all day Tuesday to fix making me miss the interview. My phone went dead and even if it hadn't I still probably wouldn't have called him to ask to reschedule, employers I imagine don't like when you can't reschedules job interviews. Then another interview fell out that Thursday due to the same car issue not being fully resolved as well.

Life is great sometimes, it takes everything away, then hands you a glimmer of hope and then takes it back just that quick. Someone I imagine is laughing....

Oh well, I should brew some beer this weekend.

On that note my last batch came out terrific, best we've ever made. It was delicious, stupendous, monumentously superb. I'm not sure if that last one was a real word or not. Still has a citrus note to it that I don't know why or where it comes from. I'll have to take it to someone more experienced and see if they can tell me what it is because it's not supposed to be there. It's not bad, just not true to style.

**I'll post a picture of it when I get home. Computer at work not working right.