Monday, July 9, 2018

Uncle Billy's Knuckleballer Kolsch

It has been way, way too long since i've been to a baseball game, and drinking the Knuckleballer Kolsch from Austin's Uncle Billy's Brewery is just making that much more evident.  The beer tastes like the ballpark in a can.  Pouring gold with a frothy, creamy white head, the 5.4% ABV brew smells lightly of fruit, yeast, and spice.  The flavor is similar, the subtle notes of apple or pear mixing well with the malts and hops in a crisp and dry finish.  It's wonderfully refreshing on a hot day, and demands another.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Circle Fanny Pack Kolsch

The other night, we lost power for a few hours right after dinner.  Within a few minutes, the house started to get hot, and it wasn't long before it was actually cooler outside than in.  So, we sat out front on some patio chairs with a couple flashlights and some toys/activities for the boys, who were way more amused by the whole situation than their parents were.  Anyway, accompanying me on our little exodus was a few cans of Fanny Pack Kolsch from Circle Brewing, a crisp and refreshing 4.8% ABV brew that went down all to easy as the moon came up.  The beer pours a wheaty gold with a slight white head and smells of malt and spice with a hint of fruit.  The flavor was slight sweet with occasional notes of spice and a dry finish.  This is a great and sessionable summertime beer, with or without power.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Anthem Golden One

I spent the last few days in Oklahoma visiting my sister, and aside from visiting the zoo, swimming with my sons and my nieces, watching some thunder storms roll in on the patio, and splashing around in the puddles that ensued, i managed to have a couple of beers.  And the Golden One, a Belgian-style blonde ale from Oklahoma City's Anthem Brewing was the perfect accompaniment.  The beer pours a hazy gold with a foamy, but quickly dissipating white head and smells of grains, yeast, and fruit, with a subtle hint of hops.  The flavor is light and sweet with notes of banana, pineapple, and a subtle punch of spice, and the whole thing comes in at 7% ABV.  What a wonderful patio beer.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Community Silly Gose

Gose style brews are pretty much a perfect kind of beverage for summertime...if you're into saltiness and tartness and all of that good stuff.  Over the weekend, i had some Silly Gose, a salty and tart wheat beer brewed with tangerines and apricots from Dallas's Community Beer Co.  Pouring gold with a white head, the 5% ABV brew smells of tropical fruit and bread with some hints of overall sourness.  The taste is tart, but never overly so, the fruit notes meshing well with the sour and salt, and with a light bodied and crisp finish.  It's a great backyard brew.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Saint Arnold Not A Collaboration IPA

Is it a collaboration with Brash Brewing Company?  Is it not?  I don't know for sure, but the Not A Collaboration IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing is a pretty tasty, double dry hopped New England IPA.  Pouring a hazy straw color, the 7.1% ABV beer smells of citrus, pine, and spice, with those same notes combining with hints of fruit to round out the flavor, all finishing with a dank, bitter bite.  Bring on the haze.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Nine Band Cactus Cat Kolsch

It's summertime, and that means The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff are back on the stereo (for every summer for all time) and that refreshing, sessionable beers begin flocking to my refrigerator for heat wave consumption.  And the Cactus Cat Kolsch from Dallas/Fort Worth area Nine Band Brewing is up to bat.  The beer pours gold with a frothy white head and smells of grass, wheat, and hints of sweet fruit.  The flavor is mildly sweet with some biscuit notes and a malty finish, a little bit different from your standard Kolsch, but tasty nonetheless.  And weighing in at 5.2% ABV, it's a lovely little brew for a hot day.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Real Ale ZWEIUNDZWANZIG 22nd Anniversary Berliner Weisse

It's HOT in Central Texas today, a fact more than adequately discovered trekking about in the woods south east of Austin at a dinosaur park for the boy's 5th birthday.  And in a few moments, i'll be manning the grill...with an assortment of beer, but certainly starting things off with the 22nd Anniversary brew from Real Ale, the ZWEIUNDZWANZIG Berliner Weisse.  This refreshing, 3.5% ABV beer is meant for days like these, pouring a nice transparent gold with a frothy white head and smelling of grain and lemon.  The beer is light bodied with subtle notes of banana, lemon, and salt, all with relaxed tartness.  It's almost like a classic Berliner Weisse crossed with a Gose.  Good stuff.  Here's to 22 more years.

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