Monday, August 29, 2016

Rogue Honey Kolsch

One of the best things about summertime is all of the kolsch brews that come out from breweries all over the country.  Over the weekend, i tried out a delicious take from Oregon's Rogue Ales, their sparkly and refreshing Honey Kolsch.  The beer pours a light, transparent gold with a fizzy and bubbly head, subtle aromas of bread and floral notes hitting the nose.  Light and crisp at 5% ABV, the beer is mildly sweet, the honey notes complimenting the hints of bread and slight bitterness well.  This is a great summer beer, and certainly one to take a few sips of before the weather (eventually) begins to cool.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Who You Callin' Wussie Pilsner

The fine folks over at Stone's Arrogant Brewing division have used their know-how and arrogance to craft German-style pilsner...and it's a damn fine one too.  The wonderfully named Who You Callin' Wussie Pilsner comes in tallboy six-packs, just as God intended, and clocks in at 5.8% ABV.  The brew pours a light, crisp gold with a white and frothy head and smells of grassy, floral hops with hints of bread and lemon.  Tasting like a strong and classic pilsner, the beer finishes crisp and dry with some lingering hoppy spiciness on the tongue, and perfectly compliments a day at the ballpark or an evening cooling off after mowing the lawn.

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Monday, August 15, 2016


Two of my favorite things in Austin are the beers from Jester King and BBQ from Franklin...and lo and behold, the two collaborated on a beer earlier this year.  The Figlet is a 6.2% ABV farmhouse ale refermented with smoked Texas figs caramelized with heat and cold smoked at Franklin Barbecue.  The beer pours a nice amber and smells slightly bready and sweet with subtle hints of smoke and fig.  Fairly light bodied, the beer is sweet, the smoke and fig flavors playing well with the brew's overall sourness, the result of the wild yeasts the brewers at Jester King are so fond of.  It's different and it's tasty and i actually bought this bottle earlier this year and forgot about it in the back of my refrigerator until Saturday.  Kids man.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Strange Land Austinite Pilz

It's summer.  And here in central Texas, we've reached the unbearably hot stretch we have to contend with every August.  Hot.  Humid.  Sticky.  Miserable.  And so we drink beer.  It's what we have to do.  I recently tried to beat the heat with the recent Austinite Pilz.  Strange Land Brewery's proclaimed "postmodern take" on the pilsner is quite unlike any i've had before.  The beer pours a hazy gold with a nice frothy head, and carried aromas of bread and tart.  At first taste, the beer is almost citrus sweet and lightish bodied, but then it finishes a little more bitter on the back end.  In a lot of ways it had some wit characteristics to it, like some mad beer scientist combined a wit and a pilsner, and that's just fine with me.  This very sessionable 5% ABV brew did the trick on a hot summer day.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Bourbon Street Rye Pale Ale

I'm pretty much going to be favorable towards anything aged in a bourbon barrel.  And for the longest time, breweries pretty much stuck to stouts and porters when choosing to age them in old liquor barrels.  Of late, i've noticed a upsurge in a wide variety of styles being aged this way...and i'm totally for it.  Abita Brewery out of Louisiana offers up their delicious Bourbon Street Rye Pale Ale, itself aged in small batch whiskey barrels to give it that extra oomph.  Pouring light brown, the brew smells kind of earthy, a mix of bread, dark sugars, and light alcohol.  The flavor is kind of nutty sweet with hints of vanilla and bourbon and just a smidge of citrus.  I really enjoyed this 9.5% ABV beer, and found myself somewhat disappointed when i had none left to drink.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Last Stand BPA

Continuing in the recent tradition of Austin area breweries popping up all over the place, and my ignorance of said breweries until i happen upon their wares at the grocery store, over the weekend i tried the delicious BPA (Belgian Pale Ale) from Last Stand Brewing.  Pouring a beautiful gold with a bubbly white head, the beer smells lightly of fruit and spice, with hints of banana in particular.  The flavor is initially, subtly sweet, with a mild alcohol undercurrent on the back end, and a lovely mix of fruit and bitter hops to round the whole thing out.  And as far as an 8.9% ABV brew goes, this one is quite refreshing, a great summer evening beer to sip outside as the sun slowly sets.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale

Very often when i'm shopping for beer, either at the grocery store, or a corner store, or liquor store, or just a place that specializes in craft brews, i'll encounter a brewery rep giving out samples of their wares.  This is always a good thing, and every so often, i'll be swayed to take some home with me.  Such was the case on Saturday at Hamricks Market in Cedar Park, Texas, when i was won over by the Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale from Alltech Lexington Brewing, a delicious wheat beer brewed with peaches and then aged in bourbon barrels.  Pouring a crisp golden hue with a white and bubbly head, the beer certainly lives up to its namesake, the peach aromas being at the forefront, along with some hints of bread, spice, and bourbon.  The flavor is very similar to the smell, an earthy mix of bread, peach, oak, and bourbon...and somehow it works.  And it proved to be a lovely 8% ABV libation to wind down with on a Saturday night.

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