Monthly Archives: November 2011

Poppin’ Caps!

Looking for an awesome bottle opener that won’t ruin your caps?  Look no further… just add a piece of metal to a piece of wood and there you have it!  Actually, this is a bottle opener specially made by Goebel Liquor – that won’t bend the top of your caps.  It’s super easy and the piece of wood supports the top of your cap while the metal piece prys off the cap.

I try to use it on special caps… but nevermind that Sierra Nevada cap at the bottom of the picture, on which I obviously did not use this opener! And if you happened to realize that is a Salvator bottle in the back, I’ll tell you – it was delicious!

Cheers!


Spreading some “Holiday Cheer”

 

Yes, I know – Thanksgiving just ended and I’m already making posts with pink Christmas Trees – I couldn’t resist though!

I recently found this “Holiday Cheer” brew from Shiner Brewery, based in Shiner Texas (can I get a Yee-Haw?) and the packaging drew me in.  It wasn’t anything too fancy – but with the words “Holiday Cheer” and cute snowflakes all over, how could you not give it a try?  I also read that it was a Dunkelweizen (dark wheat) with hints of peaches and nut… intriguing!

Upon first swig, I immediately tasted some caramel malts and a little nutty flavors and in the finish there was certainly a fruity peach flavor.  While this wasn’t your typical Dunkelweizen, as they normally have a banana essence, it really wasn’t bad.  There is a little bitter-nut flavor toward the end, but nothing that would deter me from having another.

So – break out some “Holiday Cheer” and invite over your friends!  Cheers!


It’s Always a Good Day for a “Snow Day”!

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I wasn’t a fan of New Belgium’s “Fat Tire”… yes, I know I’ll get yelled at for that – but it just tasted a little “funky” to me.  Honestly, I think most people in VA only loved it because we couldn’t get it here. This Snow Day, however, is a yummy treat!

I don’t give up on a brewery, just because I don’t like one or two of their brews – so I picked up New Belgium Brewery’s Winter Ale.  I was expecting this beer to taste like most Winter Seasonal Ales, lots of spice and hints of coffee and chocolate.  Snow Day, is certainly warm and inviting, but it’s not as sweet and spicy as I thought it would be.  This rich brew tastes of bitter chocolate and a little more hop taste than most Winter beers.  All in all, I really like it!  It’s nice and bold and a little chocolaty!


Sam’s Winter

 

Sam’s Oktoberfest is sadly gone, and replaced on taps all over with Sam’s Winter.  Oh how I miss you, Oktoberfest!

I don’t mind Samuel Adam’s Winter Lager, but I don’t really see it as anything special.  Now all of you Sam fans… don’t “boo” me – I normally sing the praises of this brewery, but this seasonal just doesn’t scream “drink me”, in my opinion.  Is it bad??  – Not at all!  It does have its good points, like a maltiness that warms you… but I guess when I think of Winter beers, I think of something like the Snow Goose seasonal; a beer brimming with spice and heartiness!

Maybe I was just aiming too high, especially when I’ve been so impressed with the other Sam Adams brews – like their Holiday Porter and Old Fizziwig – that I’ve mentioned in previous posts.

Don’t worry, I’ll still drink it – I don’t pour out a decent beer!  Cheers!

 


Birthday Beer!

 

I know I’ve made many posts about Legend Brewery – but I couldn’t resist making another.  I came home from work on my Birthday, to be greeted by a six-pack of Legend Brown.  My good friend, Leila, knows how dear Legend Brown is to my heart – and she surprised me with this delicious gift.  Now that’s a good friend!!  😉

Brown Ales are one of my favorite styles of beer, and while I’ve tried a ton of them – I still note Legend Brown at the top of my list.  I’m not sure if it’s the crisp maltiness or the mellow hops, but something draws me in and keeps me coming back for more.

Cheers to Legend, for making such a tasty brown ale – and cheers to good friends who bring you beer as gifts!  😉