Kapittel Dubbel

Tipo: Cerveza de abadía

Alcohol: 7,5% vol. alc.

Capacidad de la botella: 33cl

Fermentación: Superior

Fabricante: Brouwerij Van Eecke, Watou, Bélgica.

Enlace: http://www.brouwerijvaneecke.tk/

Tienda Online: Zombier

En estos últimos años en la Península han surgido de forma bastante repentina tanto pequeñas fábricas de cerveza como múltiples establecimientos, físicos y virtuales, dedicados a la comercialización de esta bebida. Dentro de las tiendas online de cerveza una de las que ha aparecido más recientemente es Zombier, detrás de la cual está Gabriel, quien desde hace más de un año y hasta hace apenas unos meses actualizaba incansablemente Just Another Beer Blog, manteniendo a los lectores al tanto de las noticias en relación con las mejores cerveceras del momento.

Por la trayectoria de su blog y lo que alcancé a conocer de sus gustos personales no me cabía la menor duda de que para este nuevo proyecto Gabriel tendría en mente trabajar con muy buenas cervezas, pero esto no evitó que la primera vez que eché un vistazo al catálogo me sorprendiese: no había ni una sola referencia que pudiese calificar de manera distinta a "excelente", contando con marcas como Amager, Stone, Nøgne Ø, Cantillon, Haandbryggeriet, Stillwater, De Struise, De Dolle, De Molen, entre muchas otras. De hecho, de estas tres últimas Zombier es ahora distribuidor oficial en la Península, lo que hace suponer que las estupendas cervezas de estas dos marcas estarán disponibles de forma regular.

Aparte de la alta calidad de la totalidad de las cervezas disponibles, y su buen precio (dentro de lo posible, claro... resultaría extraño comprar una Nøgne Ø por 1'50 euros), otro de los puntos positivos de esta tienda es el diseño de la web, más claro imposible, donde además calcula el precio total de los artículos y el de los gastos de envío a medida que vas añadiendo elementos al carro de la compra, evitando así sorpresas con los portes.

Por si esto no fuese suficiente atractivo, faltando todavía un mes ya se ha llenado de cervezas de Navidad, lo que nos ha impulsado a hacer esta semana nuestro primer pedido, que en breves recibiremos como niños hiperactivos tras un atracón de dulces. Para terminar añadiré, un poco a regañadientes, que en relación con estas cervezas hay ahora un sorteo en el que está en juego un apetitoso set de botellas... pero vamos, yo recomiendo que se apunte el menor número de gente posible, que estas cosas nunca tocan. (¿cuela?)

En resumen, recomendación obligada tras apenas dos meses de actividad, miedo me da pensar en la monstruosidad que puede ser en otros dos.

La Mediéval Ambrée

Tipo: Ale Belga

Alcohol: 6% vol. alc.

Capacidad de la botella: 33cl

Fermentación: Superior

Fabricante: Brasserie de Bouillon, Bouillon, Bélgica.

Enlace: http://www.brasseriedebouillon.be/

New Beer Friday 12/2/11

Two new beers for you today!

First there's Desert Edge's Holiday Raspberry Stout. This beer comes on once a year for the holidays. It is a nice chocolatey malt stout with 165 pounds of fresh raspberries added in the fermenter. The fresh raspberries impart a nice tartness to the beer. The raspberries are subtle rather than strong and up front. A great beer to celebrate the holidays.

Sierra Nevada's Tumbler is a brown ale that has a faint, clean nose with touches of caramel, light chocolate and a little nuttiness. The taste starts with a roasted malt sweetness and a dark toasty breadiness. Next comes an earthy, nutty bitterness. While The finish starts in the sweetness of the malt, it gradually turns into a nicely bittered ending that leaves a nice dryness. Not overly complex, but the flavor blend and balance is quite pleasant. 5.5% ABV @ Beerhive and some liquor stores. I have seen it at 300 e. Wine Store.

Cheers!

End of the Line - Now open in Fountain Square


Fountain Square's newest edition, the End of the Line opens today at 11:00 in the Fountain Square Theatre Building.  There are 10 taps in the restaurant, plus you can order from the 4 (one more coming soon) from Imbibe.  Upon opening, they will have local brews from Upland (Wheat & Winter Warmer), Flat 12 (Walkabout & Milk Stout), Triton (Amber), Sun King (Java Mac & Bourbon Barrel Wee Mac), and New Albanian (Beak's Best).  Fountain Square Brewing Co also dropped off the first barrel of their Oatmeal Stout.  To round out the taps, there is North Coast's Old Rasputin on nitro.  They offer a few bottles as well, including Ruination, Skull Splitter, and two from New Albanian - Elector and Hoptimus. A wine list is also available.

They also offer half and full flights of their tap selections, five beers on the half flight for $7 and $13 for the full flight of ten taps.  

The food selection is varied, with plenty of vegetarian options.  All of the sandwiches are $10 and come with  a side.  There are 5 vegetarian options including a baked brie and apple sandwich.  Pizza options are just as varied and also $10.  Other items on the menu include soups, salads, and desserts.  They have a Saturday breakfast menu and a Sunday Brunch menu as well.  There is also a kids menu, so the restaurant is family friendly!

End of the Line Public House:
1105 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN  46203

Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday -  11:00a - 11:00p
Friday & Saturday - 11:00a - 12:00a

Saturday Breakfast - 9:00a - 1:30p
Sunday Brunch - 9:00a - 1:30p



Hoegaarden Grand Cru

MARCA: Hoegaarden
MODELO: Hoegaarden Grand Cru
ESTILO: Witbier (8'7% ABV)
PAÍS DE ORIGEN: Bélgica

CARACTERÍSTICAS: La última vez que tomé esta cerveza fue hace 2 años en la Grand Place de Bruselas, en mitad de un genial Interrail que me permitió patear también Brujas, Amsterdam y Praga. En ese momento, a pesar no haberla bebido en las mejores condiciones (ni siquiera tenía un vaso al alcance) me pareció simplemente increible, sin embargo mucho ha llovido desde entonces, cientos de marcas han pasado ya por mis manos, y al verla el otro día en la tienda me picó la curiosidad de si seguiría manteniendo una opinión tan buena sobre ella.

Es de un color amarillo bastante más oscuro que la Hoegaarden original, muy turbia e incluso con sedimentos flotando, y coronada por un dedo de espuma blanca que se esfuma al instante. El aroma es verdaderamente intenso y penetrante, dulce pero no empalagoso, compuesto por una mezcla exquisita de melocotón, maracuyá y cáscara de naranja, a lo que se suma el cilantro que contribuye a un punto de acidez picante. Se acoplan de forma sublime los 8'5º de alcohol, y marcadas notas de miel y florales, dando como resultado una auténtica sinfonía.

En boca lo primero que destaca es el cuerpo, que es muy superior a la mayoría de las Witbier, y lo segundo la inicial explosión de sabores, con fruta (mezcla de naranja, melocotón y frutas tropicales), curaçao y especias picantes como primer contacto, a continuación el alcohol, que en ningún momento pasa desapercibido y golpea con fuerza la garganta, para terminar aderezado por conjunto de miel, flores y alcohol a partes iguales, con un deje de cilantro y cáscara de naranja final que se mantiene en el regusto. Sin duda una Wit con mucha fuerza y compleja, quizá demasiado arisco el alcohol en algún momento del trago pero en conjunto me quedo muy satisfecho, aunque no tanto como en mi primer contacto con esta cerveza.
NOTA:





Escrito por Sir Asf:
CARACTERÍSTICAS: Probé esta cerveza hace bastante tiempo junto con un par más de la marca, seducido por su ejemplar más conocido, elección ciertamente habitual de más fiestas de las que puedo recordar. Recordaba la Grand Cru con interés, una witbier con un toque más fuerte de lo habitual.

Luce un color anaranjado, con la base más clara que la cabeza, sobre la que se posa una capa de espuma blanca, burbujeante y de escasa duración. Se perciben sedimentos a través de la turbiedad del caldo. Enseguida hace aparición un aroma intenso, muy cítrico y afrutado, con toques de melocotón y notas acilantradas y llenas de levadura. El alcohol tiene su cabida aquí también.

Su sabor hace explosión como una bomba, dejando matices afrutados, cítricos y de nuevo levadura, que acompañados por una presencia del alcohol bastante alta, se acentúan mucho más. El regusto se mantiene, con recuerdo afrutado.

En conjunto tiene las cualidades de una wit al uso, aunque con mayor cuerpo y mayor presencia del alcohol.

NOTA:



Random Beer Roundup - The Freeze Out Edition


Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change


From the Brewers
From Bob at Flat12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis:
Saturday, December 3rd. Movember Shave-off at Flat12 (Shaving by Jack's Barber Shop). Noon.  
Wednesday, December 7th, Bike Bucket Workshop 5:30

From Clay at Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis:
We have a big run of new beers coming out in December! This week is the release of Wee Muckle, our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winning Scotch Ale, which will be available for growler fills in the Tasting Room as well as making its way to bars/restaurants around town... Next week we'll be releasing a fresh batch of Cowbell: Milk Porter and Million Dollar Brewski, a classic American lager like what was popular during the days of the The Million Dollar Quartet (which consisted of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis for those that were not aware). we'll be releasing Sink the Clipper (formerly know as Winter Storm Warning) on Thursday, December 15th and on Tuesday, December 20th this years version of Malus π, our Crab Apple Wit made with locally harvested crab apples, oats and cinnnamon, just in time for the Holidays.

1st Friday at the Harrison Center
Friday, December 2nd 5-9 p.m.
1505 N. Delaware St. Indianapolis
Fresh•Local•Beer and Art

NUVO Cyclocross Race
Saturday, December 3rd
Lake Sullivan Sports Complex
(Major Taylor Velodrome)
3649 Cold Springs Road
Cyclocross, Food Trucks & Fresh•Local•Beer

Yelp's Totally Bazaar at Indy City Market
Thursday, December 8th 6-10 p.m.
Sun King, Homespun & Yelp Present
50 Local Stores and Vendors for your
Holiday Shopping Pleasure

Thursday, December 8th 6:30 p.m.
Million Dollar Brewski Tapping
The Rathskeller
Live Music from Bigger Than Elvis at 7:00

Sink the Clipper Tapping
Thursday, December 15th 6-9 p.m.
Sun King Tasting Room
Food: TBA Music: Left Lane Cruiser

Christmas Week Hours
Tues/Wed: Noon-6:00 p.m.
Thurs/Fri: Noon-7:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED

New Year's Week Hours
Tues/Wed: Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Thurs/Fri: Noon - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

From Ryan a Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis:
Come join us at Thr3e Wise Men for our new seasonal the Hubbard & Cravens Porter. You can get a pint of it on Wednesday night for only $3.00. Also we have two more seasonal tapings to finish off the year. We will be tapping the Mount Crumpet Christmas Ale on Tuesday December 13th and we will be having a New Year’s Eve Beer Toast of the King Solomon’s Imperial Stout!


From Mike at Triton Brewing Co. in Lawrence:
Blood Drive this Sun. 1-4pm. www.donorpoint.org to schedule a time. Free pint of beer or root beer for a pint of your precious blood. We have Gingerbread Brown on tap through this weekend. Get it while it lasts. 

Guest Taps:

Bell's Christmas Ale
2 Brothers Cane & Ebel
Founders Dirty Bastard
Sun King Grapefruit Jungle
Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Ale
Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Goose Island Pere Jacques
Oaken Barrel Razz Wheat
Rivertown Helles

Many of those are ready to blow.

On Deck:

Founders Breakfast Stout
New Holland Dragon's Milk
Upland Winter Warmer


At Bars and Restaurants
From Jordan at Beer Sellar in Castleton:

New beers on Tap as of 12/1/11
Founders Backwoods Bastard
Bells Sparkling Ale
Flat 12 Half Cycle
Three Floyds Panzer Wolf
New Belgium Belgo
 
Upcoming
Founders Porter
Founders Breakfast Stout
Brooklyn Companion
Bells Christmas Ale
Three Floyds Gumball Head
Triton Gingerbread Brown
Flat 12 Nunmoere IPA
Duvel
 
December 5th
Whiskey, Cigar and Beer Tasting. $15 starts at 7pm        CANCELED
 
December 12th - 23rd
12 Days of Sun King. A new Sun King beer will be tapped each day for 12 days.
Line up coming next week.
 
February 1st Super Bells Party
20 Taps of Bells and a Firkin. Details of what beers will come soon.

From Ed at Black Market on Mass Ave. in Indianapolis:
Black Market will be hosting a "Holiday Beer Brunch" on Sunday, December 11th. We will be featuring 4 beers made specially for the holiday season paired with a holiday-inspired brunch menu (attached). Matt Clapesattle from World Class Beverage will be on-hand to discuss the beer pairings prior to each service. The cost is $35 per person + tax & tip. There will be two seatings, one at 10:30 and one at 1:30. Reservations are required for this event and can be made by calling 317-822-6757

Please do not hesitate to call with questions. 

From Jon at La Margarita in Fountain Square:
All IPAs $3 on Thursday.  

From Ryan at Scotty's Brewhouse in Various Locations:
Stop by the Scotty’s Brewhosue on 96th street to enjoy one of our new rotating taps. We just tapped the New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout & Great Divide Fresh Hops! You can enjoy both of these great craft beers on Thursday night for $3.50 for a pint. Scotty’s Brewhouse Downtown is now pouring the Pitch Black IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company!! This is an amazing Black IPA so stop by on Wednesday nights and you can enjoy a 48oz pitcher for only $9.00!!

From Adam at Trion Tavern in New Haven:
Please see the Press Release about the Trion Tavern's innovative new website. HBG's readers might find it useful and tempting. Please be sure to check out the Interactive Daily Tap List. Early reviews have been extremely positive! People really like being able to organize the list of 58 beers on tap based on what THEY are looking for...be it by brewery, location, ABV, or even by style (in order according to the BJCP Style Guide for big-time beer geeks). 

Also, this Friday, December 2nd at 8pm, Trion Tavern will be tapping a firkin of Bell's Best Brown Ale. People can find more information at the Special Events page.

For Carry-out
From Great Fermentations in Indianapolis:
Christmas Kegging Special - $220 for a basic kegging system.

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville and New Albany:
I'm proud to announce the grand opening of Keg Liquors in New Albany, IN.  We just opened our second store in the heart of downtown New Albany, with all the things you love about our original location.  We are located at 302 Pearl St. Suite B, New Albany, IN 47150.

Here is the latest from Keg Liquors in Clarksville and New Albany:

Schlafly - Christmas Ale (Missouri)
Cantillon - Classic Geuze (Belgium)
Fantome - De Noel (Belgium)
Fantome - Saison (Belgium)
Fantome - Magic Ghost (Belgium)
Weissenoher - Bonator (Germany)
New Belgium - Snow Day (Colorado)
St. Feuillen / Green Flash - Bière De L’Amitié (Belgium)
Sierra Nevada - Ovila Quad (California)
Hoppin Frog - Barrel Aged Naked Evil (Ohio)
Lakefront - Holiday Spice (Wisconsin)
Bison - Organic Gingerbread Ale (California)
Sierra Nevada - Celebration Ale (California)
Breckenridge - Christmas Ale (Colorado)
Bells - Christmas Ale (Michigan)
Thirsty Dog - 12 Dogs of Christmas (Ohio)
Schlafly - Winter ESB (Missouri)
Mendocino - Imperial Stout (California)
Tyranena - Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale (Wisconsin)
St Bernardus - Christmas Ale (Belgium)
Victory - Yakima Glory (Pennsylvania)
Stone - Vertical Epic 2011 (California)
St Bernardus - Abt 12 6 Liter (Belgium)
St Bernardus - Mixed Selection 6 Pack (Belgium)
St Bernardus - Gift Pack (Belgium)

The Session #58 - A Christmas Carol

Phil Hardy over at Beersay is the host of this month's session topic.


Here is was what was to be written about this month:


"The idea for me was based loosely around the visits of three ghosts to Ebenezer Scrooge, but relayed in a post about the beers of Christmas past, present and future.
What did you drink during Christmas holidays of old, have you plans for anything exciting this year and is there something you’d really like to do one day, perhaps when the kids have flown the nest?
Do you have your own interpretation, was Scrooge perhaps a beer geek?
Or maybe it’s all one day. What will you drink Christmas morning, Christmas afternoon and what will you top off the holiday with that evening?
Just a few examples there, but the idea was to keep the topic as open as possible to allow you free rein to write about a subject with
 a seasonal twist in whatever way the title grabs you." 

I was indeed visited by three ghosts and they showed me my craft beer adventure from the beginning to a very scary future if I don't change my ways. 

As I look back with the ghost of craft beer past I see an excited craft beer fan that has just been bitten by the craft beer bug, and I'm enjoying easily available beer like Sierra Nevada pale ale, Bell's Two-Hearted, Stone IPA, Goose Island IPA, Three Floyd's Alpha King, and a host of other beers that I would have just walked into the liquor store and purchased right off the shelf. I didn't really know about limited or rare beer releases, and in this case ignorance is total bliss. I look back fondly on this time because it was when I was the most excited about new craft beer and sharing it with anyone that would have a taste.  Every new beer I tried was like opening Pandora's box a little more because I had an untrained palate and every new flavor was welcomed and every new beer was a new experience.  This was my happiest time in my craft beer adventure, but then.....it happened. 

My ghost of Christmas present shows me hoarding a cellar full of rare beer that I went to great lengths to purchase online (no Ebay), trade for,  and travel great distances to obtain. The high of chasing rare beer is overshadowing why I started drinking craft beer in the first place.  I was looking for something with more flavor, and I was looking for the camaraderie that comes with one of the best social lubricants that Ninkasi ever gave to man. Looking at it from the outside I see a man that is ruining one of the great hobbies that he's ever had in his life.  He is taking beer far too seriously and getting caught up in the marketing machine and deliberate attempts to keep demand out in front of supply.  Focus on what you have available to you instead of what you cannot obtain.  It is a vicious cycle. I am beginning to understand that I don't want this for myself. 

The scariest moment is with the ghost of craft beer future. The scene is of me in a dark basement surrounded by hundreds of bottles of the rarest one offs ever produced.  Years of verticals in the making, ticket stubs, piles of receipts from traveling to other cities all lit up by the warm glow of the computer and me sitting behind it hitting the F5 key over and over trying to refresh the computer screen for the newest (and therefore the greatest) beer event that I need a ticket to enter or I'm trying to order a new beer online as soon as it goes up for sale.  I'm lonely.  I've got all of this beer around me, but I've got no one to drink it with, and when I do drink it with someone it turns into a pissing contest about who brought the rarest beer in existence.  This is chasing the craft beer dragon on a different level of sanity.  All I really see in the picture is a much fatter Gollum sitting around with his "precious".   

"He hates and loves the rare beer, as he hates and loves himself. He will never be rid of his need for it."  

I've learned from my ways, and I am going to go about my craft beer adventure is a much different fashion from here on out! I'm going to celebrate regular beer for the reasons it brought me to craft in the first place.  I'm going to make it more of a point to stop chasing rare beer, drink beer with my friends more often, and put my beer dollars toward beer I can obtain without a shit-show to obtain. 


Happy Holidays Everyone! 


Cheers!


Matt 

Barley's ghost

Mind! I don't mean to say I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the similie; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for.
Session logoThe first page of A Christmas Carol is my favourite thing ever written. I wouldn't be Mr Dickens's biggest fan -- I'd hazard that few of us who struggled through Great Expectations at A-Level count ourselves so -- but those first paragraphs are so beautifully crafted. The story eventually drowns in sentimentality, but for the opening sequence alone it deserves its classic status.

The opportunity to pay tribute to my fav bit of prose comes by way of Phil at Beersay, host of the December 2011 Session, who picked the story as his theme. In keeping with it I have unchained three spirits from my beer fridge to examine for signs of yuletide cheer.

The Beer of Christmas Past
Old Dickens had gone to join Jacob Marley some years before 4th August 1893, the date on which Fuller's of Chiswick brewed a Double Stout which they've more recently brought back from the grave with the assistance of European beer's necromancer-in-chief Ron Pattinson.

At 7.4% ABV, Fuller's Double Stout is normal strength for a pre-1917 stout recipe, and a reminder for Irish drinkers that plain old Guinness used to be up in these high reaches too (you can watch the gravities plummet on the table in this post from Ron's blog a few years ago). From the beige head I get an immediate treacle aroma. I'm guessing the finishing gravity was quite high as there's a huge and quite sticky body. That said, it remains wonderfully drinkable: smooth and not too sweet, exuding warming boozy heat and finishing with just a small carbonic bite.

Interestingly I also get a waft of smoke from it and, coupled with the smoothness, I'm immediately reminded of Franciscan Well's Shandon Century, another understated powerhouse of a stout. It's hard to beat this style of beer when it's time to batten down the hatches for winter.

The Beer of Christmas Present
Kids today, with their double-imperial this and their barrel-aged that, chasing the latest in hop highs and extreme methodologies. One beer I happened across recently combined all of this in one neat bottle: Great Divide Rumble, a barrel-aged IPA. It's an unusual proposition for the Denver brewer, since like so many of its contemporaries it values big fresh hop flavours in its IPAs. Stick them in oak and the only way is down, isn't it?

Well no, not necessarily. Rumble pulls off the feat of combining the best bits of all. It starts with a sherry-like nose, all enticing wood and alcohol with none of the oxidised warning signs this aroma often elicits.  The malt jumps out first on tasting: a big toffee hit, given momentum by 7.1% ABV. A fresh hop-burst follows quickly: mellow soft fruit tempered with a sharp bitterness when the beer is cold, but mellowing even further as it warms. There's no mistaking that the hops here are bang up-to-the-minute fresh ones losing none of their flavour power under the influence of the oak which finishes the beer off.

There's a slight vanilla tang and a little bit of sappiness meeting the pine hop bitterness, but it's mostly present as a subtle complexity, an encore to the hops' big number. I imagine that achieving this delicate level of woodiness in a strong beer is incredibly difficult to do and is perhaps the reason we don't see more barrel-aged IPAs around. But perhaps we'll see more of them in the future.

The Beer of Christmas Yet-To-Come
The future. The future, in Ireland at least, is local. I'm finding it quite difficult these days to schedule in all the new Irish beers available on the Dublin market and I'm already several beers in arrears. I imagine this problem is only going to get worse as more new breweries come on stream in 2012, and those already established turn out more seasonals and specials. It's a wonderful problem to have.

To mark this rising tide of beery variety I have the first seasonal from Mitchelstown's 8 Degrees brewery, a two-man operation that has been turning out beers for a mere eight months now. A Winter's Ale is 7.5% ABV and a dark red-brown colour: not as black as the Phantom in our story, but not far off. I met it at the Taste of Christmas show last weekend where there was an excellent showing by the Irish craft breweries, both as part of The Beer Club bar and at stalls of their own. Last year, apparently, it was wall-to-wall Beck's Vier and nothing else. ¡Viva la Revolución!

For the brewing of A Winter's Ale a blend of ten mulling spices has been provided by local spicery Green Saffron, which includes cinnamon, cloves and star anise in no uncertain quantities. They give the beer an oddly sour nose which I found a little off-putting at first, but they really get to work properly on tasting. First you get a wonderful warming sweetness and then the spices come in on top: a bittersweet oriental confection that puts a keen edge on what might otherwise be a rather one-dimensional strong porter. At the end there's a lingering banana ester flavour peeping out from under the spices. The texture is smooth, the carbonation gentle and on the whole it's very drinkable, despite the busy spicing. Hot on the heels of Metalman's Alternator and Trouble's Pumpkin Ór I'd love to see even more of these seasonals with seasoning.


All that remains for us now is to wake, send a passing boy off to the poulterer, share a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop with young Cratchit, and finish on a phrase so hackneyed I can't bring myself to repeat it. Just go and read the story.

Lecturas seleccionadas: Noviembre

A tiempo esta vez. ¡Qué lindo se siente! Pero basta de sanata. Vamos a repasar lo destacado del noviembre.

Velký Al no parece estar del todo feliz con lo que leyó sobre las lager rubias en un artículo publicado en un diario yanki. El autor, un tal Stve Brody, alias The Pour Fool, es una de esas personas que habla con autoridad sobre un tema sobre cual no entiende un carajo y, al parecer, no le

Jake's Friday Tapping Parties/Lincoln: A Month of Beigian Christmas Ales/Omaha:‏ Boulder Killer Penguin Barleywine


LINCOLN JAKE'S: This Friday (12/2) we will be doing something a little different, and kicking off a progressive Belgian Christmas tapping party that will last through the rest of the year. We were lucky enough to get our hands on several delicious and rare Christmas beers from Belgium, and we will be tapping them one after another. Once a keg is gone, we will be right on to the next one on the list, so be sure to check in often throughout the month, you will not want to miss any of these.

Keg 1: Silly Noël (Brasserie de Silly- Silly, Belgium) A Belgian Tripel with notes of peach and orange with a subtle spicy character. 9% ABV

Keg 2: Santa Bee (Brouwerij Boelens- Belsele, Belgium) A Belgian Strong Ale with notes of strawberry and cherry with a slight tartness. 8.7% ABV

Keg 3: Christmas Leroy (Bierbrouwerij Leroy- Boezinge, Belgium) A dark Christmas beer in the Scotch Ale style. Deep berry and caramel flavor. 7.5% ABV

Keg 4: Noël de Silenrieux (Brasserie De Silenrieux- Silenrieux, Belgium) A Belgian Strong Ale with notes of dried orchard fruits, candi sugar and molasses. 9.0 % ABV


OMAHA JAKES: (12/2) The weather is perfect for a belly warming Barleywine. This Friday will be the tapping of Killer Penguin from Boulder Beer Company in Colorado.

Brewery description "Traditional winter seasonals are warm and comforting - not this Penguin. Diving in at around 10 percent alcohol by volume, Killer Penguin uses over twice the malt as other winter beers, and is aged for over 6 months to perfect the condition and flavor of this barleywine style ale. This beer doesn't ferment, it hibernates, and wakes up with an attitude."

Tapping time:
5:30 pm Jake's Omaha (62nd & Maple)

Extreme Beerfest

 
When: Sat, Feb 11 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD

From their email...

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Extreme Beerfest is next on our calendar and is our biggest tasting event each year.  This year it will be on Sat, Feb 11 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

We will host a Beer Dinner with Lagunitas Brewing Co. on the Friday before.

We are in the planning stages for Omaha Beer Week. It will be from Fri, Feb 3 to Sun the 12th.  We are coordinating with lots of other craft beer bars and breweries in the area to offer 10 days of many specials and new and exciting beery events all over town. We are constructing a website of the who, what, and where details to keep you informed: www.omahabeerweek.com (coming soon).

Highlights of Extreme Beerfest this year...

Regular tickets will go on sale on Sat, Dec 10.  A $31 ticket gets you a souvenir tasting glass, a program, and 4 hours of unlimited sampling of upwards of 300 different extreme beers.

Just like last year we will be selling 100 VIP tickets to Extreme Beerfest.  For only $10 more a VIP ticket gives you the opportunity to be there 1 hour early before the doors officially open with only 100 other VIP's to sample with lots of elbow room and no lines.  We will have some limited release beers during this time to make it well worth it.  VIP tickets will go on sale Sat, Dec 10.  Mark this date!  We only sell 100, and last year VIP tickets sold out in less than two days!

30-minute beer-centric seminars will be held throughout the fest, to increase your beer knowledge.

Live music in the atrium will be provided this year by Blue House.

Tickets will be available at Beertopia or online at www.etix.com.

Look for www.beertopiaextremebeerfest.com soon, with all the festival details.
 

Lauter Tun Events

 
From their email...

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Just a quick rundown of future events…

We have our grand opening next Saturday the 10th of December, which means we plan on having some good parties all week long!

Tonight is a homebrew club meeting/competition hosted by The Railroaders. It is free to enter, free to judge, and of course I encourage you to try The Lauter Tun beers as comparisons to the homebrew entries. The event starts at 6:00 p.m.

We have all kinds of music and beer releases in the next few weeks. This Friday we have BANJO LOCO at 8:00 p.m. This group is incredible and a must see. Two musicians (largely of rock and metal backgrounds) playing bass and 6-string banjos to songs like the Beverly Hillbillies Theme, to Metallica, to Devil Went Down to Georgia and more. It is a blast.

Saturday is still in the works but we should have a Jazz/Funk Duet or Trio starting at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday we are hosting Service Industry Night (and football), as anyone who does anything service related will get discounts. Most restaurants and bars in the area close early and we would love to stay open Sunday evenings to serve those who serve us.

Next week is the big one…

Wednesday we have The Spicy Gomez Duet a 7:00 p.m. Steve Gomez on a stick bass and Stan Harper on Sax.

Thursday we have a Velvet Rooster release party with Tallgrass Brewing Co. Velvet Rooster is a really nice Belgian Tripel and has an even cooler name. Come down at 8:00 p.m. for great Tallgrass Specials and give aways!

Friday we have a jazz/blues trio playing and are releasing a beer we have been sitting on for a little while. Boulevard Smokestack Series Harvest Wheat Dance will be on draft.

And best for last…

Saturday (Grand Opening) we will have live music from the Mark Irvin Trio and will be tapping not one, but TWO Barrel Aged Nebraska Brewing Co. Beers. Black Betty (Whisky Barrel Aged) AND Apricot Au Poivre Saison (Chardonnay Barrel Aged). We are, to my knowledge, the only bars in the area, the Midwest, the country, maybe the world, that has these beers on tap! So come down and support your local beer bar, your local brewer, and local music!

Thank you all so much for your time, and we can’t wait to see you out at The Lauter Tun soon.
 

San Miguel 75 Aniversario Descenso del Sella

Tipo: Lager

Alcohol: 5,4% vol. alc.

Capacidad de la botella: 33cl

Fermentación: Inferior

Fabricante: San Miguel Fabrica de Cervezas y Maltas, Barcelona, España.

Enlace: http://www.sanmiguel.es/

Quiero dar las gracias a Esmeraldo, dueño del Bar Pineda en Burgos, por regalarme esta cerveza.

Beer Dinner at Wilderness Ridge





































Lincoln, NE
December 8th, 2011
Wilderness Ridge

Beer and Cheese Club - November Edition


For our November selection, we visit beer from Canada and cheese from Italy. The beer, Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly, is a Belgian-style witbier, which Unibroue claims was the first bottle-fermented white ale crafted in North America (in 1992, if you're wondering). The cheese, Caseificio dell'Alta Langa La Tur, is a cheese made of cow, sheep, and goat's milk that the cheesemaker describes as "delicate and harmonious, fine and tasty". The cheese is produced northwestern Italy - Bosia - in a modern facility, using antibiotic-free milks, and using old world recipes.

If you're a member of the Beer and Cheese Club at Goose the Market, your November installment is likely ready for you to pick up right now. If you're not a member, the club is $99 for 4 months. This month's selection includes four bottles of Blanche de Chambly in addition to a small wheel of cheese that the three of us managed to accidentally eat all at once. Either of these items would be great experiences on their own, but we feel they are even better when consumed together.


Blanche de Chambly from Unibroue is a witbier with the kind of effervescence that shoots right up into your brain. Strong and spicy nose with a lighter body and finish.

La Tur - This comes from a wine region in Italy and is often paired with a bit of bubbly, or a bubbly witbier in this case. This cheese was butter soft and arrived in a paper cup inside a plastic tub. The outside was pretty near a liquid consistency, but the middle was a bit more firm. One website said the cheese was like "ice cream served from a warm scoop," and that description is perfect. The cheese had a funky, musty aroma that carried through to taste. It had a huge farmy, grassy-like flavor that I couldn't decide if I liked or didn't.

The pairing was a harmony of both, neither overpowering the other. The bright flavor of the beer cut through the earthiness of the cheese. It subdued both of the more intense flavors and let through more subtle counterparts.

Thanks again to Goose for another great offering in the club.


Blanche de Chambly - nose is light fruit, apple, lightly tart, light body, finishes chewy/tart

La Tur - Creamy up front, funky in the back, savory in the middle. Very farmy, grassy. The cheese starts off sweet, almost like an icing, and then after a couple seconds.. wait for it... an explosion of grassy yet not overwhelming funk.

The combination of the two functions as the fizziness of the beer wipes the palate clean - not really a meld in the middle, though the flavors don't clash; rather they sit together nicely, in an apple tart sort of way.

In any case, the cheese was ridiculously delicious.


This is my first time reviewing a Goose the Market beer and cheese club offering, but I’m not stranger to pairing beer and cheese. I love washing down my nachos with a lager. And the beer and cheese crocks found at pubs are fantastic too. But the Goose beer and cheese pairing is not your standard stadium or sports bar fare. Of course, the Goose’s basement bar Enoteca is not your standard bar. I can tell you that the “Red Beer Salumi Cheese” is a fun beer concoction (beer and Hoosier Mama’s Bloody Mary Mix served on ice with meat and cheese; chorizo and provolone were the offerings this time) and the steak tartare was lovely.

But the main reason for my attendance was to try the La Tur formaggio affinato with Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly. Velveeta and Budweiser this is not. The soft white cheese is at times creamy and gooey and other times slightly dry. I could taste the grass that the cows, goat, and sheep consumed. It has a nice earthy aroma. And if finished with a dry, buttery mouth feel. It was really nicely spread on a baguette.

The yeasty Blanche de Chambly ale on lees played well with the cheese. The bubbly, golden beer pops with flavors, and it is the citrus flavor in the beer that really worked well with the grassy notes of the cheese. A nice pairing to have as we head into winter, together they remind one of a bright spring day. I’ll have to remember that in February, when winter seems never ending.

To join the Beer and Cheese Club at Goose the Market (in conjunction with Hoosier Beer Geek), check out this PDF and then either call Goose the Market at 317-924-4944 or stop in the shop at 2503 N. Delaware St.

Blue Blood Brewing Company Grand Opening!

Go celebrate the newest brewery in the state in Lincoln next week.  Here is their Facebook Event link.

Wednesday Dec. 7th 2011
4-9pm
500 West South Street, Suite 8

Lincoln, NE

Wishing you guys all kinds of success!!
La mezcla de 1/3 de cerveza joven y 2/3 de cerveza de 2 años en barricas de roble da como resultado la RODENBACH GRAND CRU de origen Belga con la característica que en las barricas donde se reposa fueron utilizadas para almacenar vino tinto.Esta misma de estilo "Sour Red ale/Flanders Red Ale" es una cerveza fuera de lo común,algo que mi paladar jamas había experimentado.
Cuando la servimos notamos que es de color Caoba,formo una espuma densa color beige con buena retención.En nariz se podían apreciar notas a cerezas,bayas hasta manzanas verdes como se sentiría en una sidra.Cuando tomamos el primer sorbo apreciamos una acidez equilibrada con un toque dulce que abarca todo el paladar y un sabor afrutado gracias al paso por roble,simplemente exquisita...
Agradezco a Gabriel que compartio este semejante ejemplar con nosotros..
Cheers!

Halago a los aburridos

En estos últimos días he leído más de un blog reproduciendo delcaraciones que denunciaban la "uniformidad" del paisaje cervecero alemán, lo cual me ha hecho recordar que hasta no hace mucho yo me que quejaba de lo mismo en el paisaje checo.

Tandlemann hablaba de Schönram, una cervecería rural en Baviera propiedad de un yanki, que se especializa en Pale Ales, Porters, etc. y unos días antes, Stan

Ummm... okay then

"We have no Herold Dark, only the Semi-Dark" said the lady behind the bar in Pifko. I was extremely flattered that she said it first in Czech (I don't think I look particularly slavic at all, more's the pity) and then I paused. The Budvar tap started doing a pick-me dance, but I was there for Herold so Herold Granat is what I got. An experience at once interesting and slightly disturbing too.

It presents itself as a foamy nitrogenated dark amber-red beer, looking for all the world like one of those god-awful creamy Oirish reds or smoothflow bitter. The aroma was along those lines too: sickly and unappetisingly cloying. I didn't look, but I'm sure the Budvar tap was making a told-you-so face at this point.

Punching through the head and taking a sip I found myself in a much happier place. The sweetness is far more piquant burnt caramel than gloopy syrup, and it finishes with a gorgeous grassy burst of Czech hops. It's still pretty heavy, but the flavours allow it to be refreshing even as it fills.

Obviously the dark stablemate is to be preferred, but this is a pretty good substitute now and again, no matter what the Budvar tap says.

Montmirà Tombatossals

MARCA: Montmirà
MODELO: Montmirà Tombatossals
ESTILO: Export Stout (5'4% ABV)
PAÍS DE ORIGEN: España

CARACTERÍSTICAS: En la Comunidad Valenciana, a unos 20 km de Castellón, está la localidad de L'Alcora, en cuyas proximidades se pueden encontrar una serie de yacimientos arqueológicos tanto íberos como romanos. Uno de los más importantes es el de "Montmirà", cuyo nombre escogieron Pedro y Vicente para bautizar a la cervecera que fundaron en el año 2009, donde elaboran ahora tres cervezas de forma regular, Tombatossals, Penyagolosa y Columbretes, y una cuarta, Font Jordana, durante un tiempo limitado.

Como soy un apasionado de las cervezas oscuras, elegí para iniciarme su Tombatossals, de tipo Stout, una cerveza de color negro, aunque algo rojiza por la periferia, opaca, con una fina cobertura de espuma amarillenta que deja un anillo en la copa. El aroma se presenta con fuerza aunque sorprende su dulzor, domina caramelo y algo de café con leche mientras que el torrefacto se mantiene al margen. Se aprecian muy suaves rastros de cacao amargo y frutos secos, para terminar con leve y un toque de picante muy bien afinado. Algo excesivo el dulzor para una cerveza de este estilo, no obstante no está mal en absoluto.

Curiosamente el dulzor del aroma no tiene su representación en el sabor, este comienza con una acidez importante, mucha presencia de malta torrefacta y café, más secundario cacao e incluso algo de humo y evoluciona con rapidez a un amargor algo seco, aunque de fondo aún persiste una mínima acidez. Al final no me ha gustado demasiado, y yo creo que se debe más que nada a esa acidez que descompensa el trago y deja un regusto algo agrio, aunque quizá algo más de cuerpo y acentuar los sabores tampoco le iría mal. En principio no me ha parecido que estuviese contaminada, de todas maneras no descarto volver a probarla por si el viaje le ha sentado mal.

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Escrito por Sir Asf:

CARACTERÍSTICAS: Tras probar la Columbretes, que no llamó demasiado mi atención, dispuse la Tombatossals sin demasiada confianza. Sumando el comentario de Embracing, estaba bastante seguro de que no iba a ser ninguna maravilla de cerveza, pero por qué no comprobarlo por uno mismo.

En el vaso genera una abundante capa cremosa de espuma beix, que sin embargo no tarda en desaparecer, formando una fina membrana blanquecina. Su color es oscuro, con brillos rojizos y un cuerpo opaco. En el fondo se pueden ver los característicos sedimentos de levadura.

Despide un aroma inmediato, a chocolate, levadura y café, con lúpulo y malta torrefacta en un segundo plano. Hasta aquí no va mal la cosa. Sin embargo en el trago cobra absoluto protagonismo una nota entre amarga y ácida, muy intensa y descontrolada, que tapa el resto de matices. Se entrevén tímidos toques de café y malta tostada.

No ha sido un trago grato, y parece no estar contaminada. Me temo que no hemos acertado con estas castellonenses.

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Cheap Bombers Found in Ohio

This is The Brew Kettle's Four C's.


This bomber was 2.99 at Jungle Jim's.  When I saw it on the shelf at that price, I assumed I was signing myself up for a trainwreck of a beer.  But I ventured forward, knowing that I had to prove to Matt that reasonably priced bombers did exist - and I'm glad I did.  This is a beer I would have bought at twice the price.  The "Four C's" name refers to the common Pacific Northwest hops of Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Chinook.  All 4 hops were well represented.  The Centennial hops immediately made me think of Bell's Two-Hearted.  Cascade provided a hefty grapefruit character, with Columbus backing it up through the introduction of other citrus flavors.  Chinook rounded everything out with an earthy pine flavor.  Really this was just a great example of how well these 4 hops work together.  And just to top things off for my personal tastes, there was enough of a malt backing to prevent this from being over-the-top bitter.

And even better, it was 2.99.  Next time I'm at Jungle Jim's I'm buying more of these.  It's not the best IPA I've ever had, but at roughly the equivalent of 9.50 a six-pack, it's certainly worth the money.

BRAHMA año 1997


Adnams The Bitter

MARCA: Adnams
MODELO: Adnams The Bitter
ESTILO: Bitter Ale(4'5% ABV)
PAÍS DE ORIGEN: Inglaterra

CARACTERÍSTICAS: Hace un tiempo recibí en mi casa la agradable sorpresa de una caja llena de cervezas Adnams. El detalle venía de parte de mi tío Javi, que también tiene buen gusto por la cerveza. No había oído hablar de ellas, así que puse a enfriar una de sus bitters y me la abrí en una de esas calurosas tardes veraniegas. Me resultó deliciosa. Ayer por la noche me abrí otra aquí en Madrid y la sensación volvió a repetirse.

La cervecera Adnams fue fundada en 1890 en Southwold, Suffolk (Inglaterra), por George y Ernest Adnams. A lo largo del tiempo fueron expandiendo su mercado y elaborando nuevos estilos, ganando más adelante varios premios importantes. En la etiqueta, que tiene la forma de una vela de barco, se muestra el "Southwold Jack", un caballero con una espada y un hacha.

Esta bitter luce un color ambar rojizo bastante cristalino, con una corona de espuma blanca y cremosa que se mantiene durante un tiempo y termina formando una fina capa sedosa. No tiene una carbonatación aparente, a penas hay burbujas en el caldo.

El aroma es suave, con notas herbales y malteadas, algo de caramelo y un toque cítrico. En boca la cosa mejora. El sabor es intenso y uniforme, con un equilibro de maltas y lúpulos exquisito, de nuevo un toque cítrico presente de manera más ligera, notas malteadas y un tinte final especiado. Tiene un final seco y amargo, dejando un regusto delicioso que invita a tomar otro trago.

Una delicia, estoy encantado. Ya voy buscando billetes para volver a Inglaterra y probar la cask.

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Actualizado por Embracing Darkness

CARACTERÍSTICAS: Hacía ya un tiempo que Alberto y yo no coincidíamos en cervezas a reseñar debido a que nuestros suministros de cervezas habían sido muy diferentes, y si no fuese porque él tuvo el genial detalle de regalarme algunas de las botellas inglesas que habían llegado recientemente a sus manos esto no habría cambiado, al menos a corto plazo. Entre ellas estaba ésta, una Bitter cuya carta de presentación es su delicioso perfume a malta británica, con recuerdos de caramelo y toffee, estilizado por un soplo de lúpulo herbal y un suave toque de cítricos y picante, que automáticamente me transportó a los pubs londinenses, pinta de cask en mano.

Mientras la bebía pensé que, con mi pasión por las Ale británicas en su punto álgido, esta cerveza me había cogido en el momento perfecto para disfrutarla al máximo... y vaya si lo hice. La fidelidad al estilo tradicional se hace patente en cada trago, donde la malta y el caramelo predominan, aunque para ser sincero lo fundamental es esa aspereza habitual de las Pale Ale, de donde salen con fluidez intensas notas de frutos secos, pan tostado, y más leve limón y uva blanca. Mi compañero tiene un muy buen adjetivo para describirla: uniforme (por supuesto sin connotaciones negativas), y dicha uniformidad solo se ve interrumpida por un largo amargor herbal, perfectamente balanceado de manera que ni te distrae de lo que estés haciendo ni permite que te olvides de la cerveza.

Perfecta para beber de forma relajada, deseando que el vaso esté siempre lleno. Cosa que, por cierto, no sucede.

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