Sunday, March 1, 2015

The label says it all.

There's a burro on the label of this "Mexican ale" to remind me of one very important point: I'd be a jackass to but it a second time. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Farewell Old World Brewery

According to a post on their Facebook page today, Old World Brewery is no more. 

I've posted a number of positive pieces about OWB here at Beer Rant and I'll get around to a more detailed remembrance later but it's enough to admit at this point that I was probably one of the "Homers" who were ridiculed in a negative review of OWB in a local publication a good while back. 

I took a swing through the neighborhood to have a look at OWB on the way home from work today. Somewhat sad even when the pints were flowing, the place was positively depressing. A beer would gave been nice. Oh well. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Three more to round out 2014

Squatter's Snowbird Dunkelweizen is true to the style with a distinct taste of banana. Even though it was well chilled, it poured with a nice head. Because of the prominent flavor component, not an ideal session beer. 

Shades of Pale Publican Pale Ale. Probably my favorite of the evening. Attractive in the glass. Malty smell and taste. Reminds me somewhat of Deschutes Mirror Pond but with a slightly odd finish but still good. 

Eager to learn more about Shades of Pale brewing, I hopped over to their Facebook page and, as with a lot of what I see on FB, I came away with a lower opinion of the human race. Evidently, they are changing the label on Publican Pale Ale. Seems some folks thought it was a reference to "republicans."  If this is the case, I hope those idiots who didn't know the difference will keep drinking and stop voting. (You can take the beer snob out of remedial reading but you'll never take the remedial reading out of some beer snobs, I guess.)

Last up was Squeaky Bike Brown Ale from Moab Brewery. This one was okay; looked nice and all, but it just seemed to lack something. I'd be willing to try it again some time, even if the bike reference strikes me as a bit over done. 

I expect there will be more beers this evening-it's New Year's Eve for hell's sake!  I will resolve to do more posting in 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A post from the road: Utah

How long has it been since I posted here? God knows. 2014 had been a shit year, frankly, but I'm grateful for an opportunity to ring in 2015. I'm hoping for better. Meanwhile, here are a couple of beers from the past week. 

A Wasatch Bobsled Brown Ale that has been sitting in my daughter's fridge since Christmas 2013!  I have to say, it held up pretty well.  

A mug of Trader IPA. The beer was great!  The prime rib sucked. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

First Post from Altitude

First Miller-Coors product of 2014, sampled and blogged at over 30,000 feet somewhere between Salt Lake City and Phoenix. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First Post of 2014 - Photo Dump

October 12, 2012, Nero’s Apeccchio Red Ale
Picked this one up at Trader Joe’s and haven’t seen it there since, which is regrettable.  The notebook entry for this one reads:

Sweet malty smelling with a medium weak head.  Orange red with a beige head.  Surprising alcohol bite with a sweet almond finish.  Good. 
The alcohol content on this one was 6.5% but my notes show that there was more of a bite to this than was reflected in the posted abv.

June 24, 2012, Black Star Brewing, Black Star Lager

As I recall, I picked this one up when the new Winco store opened up down the road from BeerRant HQ.  It didn’t make enough of an impression on me that I have bothered to buy more after that first six-pack, but here’s my initial impression:
Weak Head, no noticeable smell.  Active beading, apple juice color.  No significant taste profile.  A bit corny or grainy – that’s it.  Good hot weather lager.

In hindsight, perhaps if the price is right, this is one to pick up in the middle of summer for use as a post lawn mower beer.

June 25, 2012, Murphy’s Premium Red Ale

Here’s another one that evidently didn’t make my price point as a bargain based on the notes, which read:
Pours reddish bronze with a decent head.  Smells malt sweet like a lot of reds.  No significant taste profile – somewhat bitter and a bit dry at the finish.  Okay beer but only if it’s cheap.  Bought as a single at BevMo.

Since I’m in the Beehive State at the moment, perhaps it’s best if I close this first entry of 2014 with a past review of a Utah beer.
December 27, 2011, Uinta Brewing, King’s Peak Porter
Dark coffee brown, not opaque.  Decent tan head with a distinct coffee smell.  Medium mouth feel.  Faint coffee taste at the finish.   Best Utah beer so far this visit (2011).
I have some King’s Peak Porter squirrelled away in a secret location that I hope to sample while I’m in Utah this season.  Wish me luck and Happy New Year to you all.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Photo Dump

Lately it seems I spend more time taking pictures of beer than I do actually writing about beer, though I've just about filled up another notebook with notes.  None of the writing part ever seems to get transferred here to the blog.  So, to close out the year, I suppose I'll dump a batch of beer pictures taken over the last few years and have done with it.

August 11, 2012, Coors Archive Brewing, Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Style Lager
My first sample of this came directly from a friend who carried it back to Arizona from Colorado.  My notes for this one read:
Vaguely grainy smell.  Golden color with a nice white head.  slightly acid.  Tastes like any good lager.  Hint of corn or something in the finish.

August 24, 2012, Rogue Brewing, Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale

This one struck me as a gimmick beer right up front, but the tasting results were a different story and it turned out that this one reminded me of one of my all time favorites:
Red bronze color, light tan head.  Malty sweet smelling.  Really good.  Reminds me of Deschutes Cindercone Red.  Too bad it's so expensive.  Excellent.  Thick mouth feel.

October 8, 2012, Trader Jose, Dark Premium Lager
I'm amazed by the weird things I find at Trader Joe's and I'm always impressed at the low prices there.  This one turned out to be worth the price.  The notes in the book read:
Dark tea color.  Surprisingly thick head.  sweet smelling.  Grainy, slightly acidic taste.  Really pretty good especially for the price  Brewed in Mexico by Cerveceria Alta, Tecate, Mexico.

February 24, 2010 Bell's Two Hearted Ale.
This one has become one of my most favorite beers and I laugh now when I read the closing sentence of the entry that recorded my first sample of Two Hearted Ale:
I'm wondering if I could bring myself to plunk down $11 for a six pack of this.  I definitely like it.

This one has become my go-to beer when I'm wanting something I know is good and when I see it on sale for $8 or $10, I almost always buy it.

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