In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into the new fall seasonal from Sierra Nevada Brewery. It is their Oktoberfest. It is brewed with Brauhaus Riegele. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on Sierra Nevada Brewery, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Sierra Nevada. Brauhaus Riegele was founded in 1386. It is one of the oldest brewery in Germany. Let us get into this fall beer.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head on this fall beer. The aroma has a light malty notes. It is hard to pick up. The taste has a malty notes that finish slightly sweet for the aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable.
Here is a description from beer bottle:
We partnered with one of Germany’s oldest breweries – Brauhaus Riegele – to create a true festival beer unlike any other brewed in the USA. Using traditional techniques and ingredients, we’re bringing the style back to its authentic roots with a deep golden color, delicate hop note and rich malt complexity.
A German-American collaboration on the classic festival beer.
“How Sierra Nevada Made the World’s Best Oktoberfest” —
We’re on a mission to explore the roots of Germany’s festival beers. Each year, we’ll partner with one of a handful of incredible German brewers to create a traditional take on the most famous beer style in history. This year we’re working hand in hand with Brauhaus Riegele of Augsburg. Together we created an authentic Oktoberfest beer, true to the roots of the festival, that’s deep golden in color and rich with complex malt flavor from the use of traditional German Steffi barley.
In the end, I was pretty excited to see Sierra Nevada making Okotberfest. I thought it was one from the Fall Sampler from last years. This is a brand new brew beer for this fall. The one from last year was their brewpub only Oktoberfest. I will be honest. I was not a really a huge fan of this years at first. I believe it was because I was hoping to get the one that I had from last year. I have to say it really grew on me. I have been picking it up and sharing it with friends. I have to say that my friends are loving it. I love it. I am having a hard time finding it now because stores are selling out and fast. I highly recommend this one if you can find it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this special beer blog, I finally had a chance to get by one of the newer craft brewery in the State of Michigan. I will get into the history and then the beer. This brewery opened in April 2015 in Northville, Michigan. This brewery founded by Kevin DeGrood and a few other individuals. Let us get into the place.
This small and upcoming craft brewery has a nice place just off busy 8 mile. The place is welcoming and has a nice modern look. I love the wood work. They took some time to think about where to put everything in this brewpub. I love the lay out of this brewpub. It has a better layout than Farmington Brewery and Canton Brew Works. North Center Brewing does not service food, however, they will let you bring food in or order from the two restaurants nearby them. There will be a Kroger opening soon across the street from them. They have some awesome cheese and salsa, which I recommend you trying both of them. Let us get into the beer.
You are coming here for the beer and I will say they will not let you down. I recommend the flight. You will sample all of them but one. Kevin and his crew are making some great and awesome beers. You can see that they worked on their craft before opening up this brewery. They know what they are doing and it is showing. I am not a wheat beer fan but they have a solid American Wheat Ale. What I love about their Cherry Saison, the cherry is not in your face and that was by design. They have awesome blueberry ale that is heavy on the blueberries. This is one of the best fruit beers that I had from Michigan craft brewery. There Imperial Stout is off the charts good. The Triple is still making me trip on how clear it was. There is not too many clear triples on the market. You can correct me if I am wrong unless they are filtering it. They are not doing that here. Their pale ale is really good. The IPA is good but I just wished it was more bitter and hopper. It is nice Midwest IPA. What I love about this brewpub and their beers, they are all different and they do not taste the same unlike some breweries. There is several breweries where all their beers taste the same. Most cases, it is because they are using the same yeast strain. This brewery does not do that.
Closing, I have been too many brewpubs and new ones too. Craft beer machine keeps on going with new breweries opening up all the time. There is some you can see people just jumping in to make a quick dollar. There are several of them opening up in Michigan. North Center Brewing is not like that. They are here for the love of making and enjoying beer. They fine their art and brought their A game. The staff that they hired or brought in are super nice and willing to talk beer with you. They will help you pick the beer to fit your taste profile. This craft brewery is here to stay and I am looking forward to my next visit. I will make sure I eat next time. I had to cut it short because of that. I highly recommend this brewery. I cannot say it enough. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Schlafly Brewery. It is their American Pale Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this St Louis craft brewery. Let us get into this pale ale.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head on this dry hopped American Pale Ale. The aroma has a light citrus notes. The taste has a light citrus notes with a dry bitter aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from beer bottle:
Schlafly Dry Hopped APA is charged with American hops to create a bold aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. Available year round.
Our Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (APA) is charged with American hops to create a bold, aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. After fermentation, the beer circulates through a bed of Cascade and Chinook hops, boosting the distinctive hop aroma of this satisfying ale.
In the long view of the history of beer, American Pale Ale is a newcomer. Based on English Pale Ale, American brewers adapted this style into something new. Born out of the reverence English Pale Ales during the 1980’s American beer scene, APA is the bold, hoppier cousin of Pale Ale. With an emphasis on American hops, APA is gaining popularity with breweries racing to make these ales with such great hop characters.
Closing, I am a pretty big fan of this craft brewery when I moved to Chicago market. I had friends bring up beer and my sister moved to St Louis. I had honor of checking out their brewpubs and brewery. I had a blasted. I still say to this day their Pumpkin Ale and Christmas Ale are one of the best beers to me in market. There is a nice balance and a great malty backbone. I love both the hops that they used in this brew. It uses both Cascade and Chinook. I love this beer and I wished they would make it to Michigan market. I love that they are finally in the Chicago market. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some!! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into a brew from The Brew Kettle Brewery. This is the first time that this craft brewery is being featured on this beer blog. The beer is White Rajak India Pale Ale. This Ohio base craft brewery was founded in 1995 under the name of Ringneck Brewing. They later changed their name to Brew Kettle. They have distribution throughout Ohio and Kentucky. Let us get into this IPA.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a heavy grapefruit notes. The taste has a heavy grapefruit notes with a dry bitter aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
In the end, I have been looking for a great Ohio beer outside of Great Lakes Brewery from Ohio base craft brewery. I was happy to find this great IPA from Ohio. I also love Hoppin Frog Brewery. I believe Brew Kettle might be my favorite Ohio Brewery. I will need to try some of their other beers asides this IPA. I only had this brew. This is by far the best everyday Ohio made IPA. I love it. I am really impressed. There is a nice well-built malty backbone and they picked the right mix of hops. This is a really good IPA and being a hophead. I cannot wait to get more of this brew on my next trip to Ohio next month. I will be looking for their Fall Seasonal when I am down there. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from New Belgium Brewery. It is their Blue Paddle Pilsner. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know New Belgium Brewery. Let us get into this Pilsner.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a sweet malty to light citrus. It is pretty faded. The taste has a light carbonated malty notes with a dry crisp finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Employee owners and free time come together with ping-pong and our favorite Pilsner. Blue Paddle always wins with a refreshing bitterness, vibrant finish, and an impressive backhand.
is a Czech style pilsener with a refreshing crispness from noble hops and a rich, malty finish. ‘Blue Paddle’ refers to the implement our warehouse manager’s Grandma once used to lovingly paddle his a** when she caught him stealing sips of her beer. With more body than a traditional Belgian pils, Blue Paddle is reflective of Europe’s finest pilseners.
Ending, just like lagers, I am trying to find the perfect craft pilsner. I believe that I have found the beer from New Belgium Brewery. This is a nice drinkable beer but the one thing that I do not like about it. It is pretty sweet for the beer style. I still love this pilsner. This is a beer that I would drink during football season or during a hockey game at home. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from 21st Amendment. It is their Down To Earth Session IPA. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this IPA.
It has a clear golden color without a head on this session India Pale Ale. The smell has a sweet malty to citrus notes. The taste has a light body of citrus to sweet malty notes. The aftertaste is quick and does not last.
Down to Earth is the natural evolution (pun intended) of Bitter American, our original session ale. We thought it would be fitting to bring our space chimp home and let him chill. Whether you have a long mission behind you or a full afternoon ahead, this session IPA will help keep things real. More relaxed than an IPA, but with all the hop aroma and flavor, Down to Earth is our tribute to unsung heroes and unplanned adventures.
Down to Earth is available year-round in six-pack cans and on draft and pairs nicely with a variety of things, including lunch
In the end, let us face, session IPA’s are pale ales. It has just a weaker malty backbone. There is a few good session on the United States. The one from New Belgium, which is Slow Ride, is pretty good. I just found that the Founder’s All Day IPA is not really good. I believe the craft beer drinkers are starting to see it now. When I saw 21st Amendment made one, I was a little nervous. I was hoping it would be good. I have to say it is a good session IPA. I love this one. It became one of my favorites. They found a way to let the hops shine but kept a nice malty backbone. This is a great beer and I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Meta lit! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Yuengling Brewery. It is their fall seasonal, which is Oktoberfest. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this America’s oldest brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this East Coast craft brewery. Let us get into this Oktoberfest.
It has a clear amber color with a white constant head. The smell is light and very fade. I can not pick up any notes. The taste has a light old caramel notes. The aftertaste has a dry malty finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Yuengling® is proud to offer our Oktoberfest as a homage to our German Heritage. Copper in color,this medium bodied beer is the perfect blend of roasted malts with just the right amount of hops to capture a true representation of the style.
Ending, this beer is brewed to the classic beer style. It is pretty spot on for the style. There is nothing wrong with it. I will be really honest. It is not my favorite Oktoberfest. I would rather drink the original Spaten Oktoberfest. I am not a huge fan of the imported Oktoberfest. It is about same tasting notes. I know beer and craft beer drinkers love this style of Oktoberfest. There is the German Style of the Oktoberfest and there is the American version. I am a fan of the American because it has the heavy caramel and sweet notes. I know this beer does well and people hunt it done. I recommend this beer if you like the German Style Oktoberfest. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into a special beer release from Sixpoint Brewery. It is their 4 Beans and not 3 Beans. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this east coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this New York City Craft Brewery. Let us get into this Imperial Porter.
It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The aroma has a chocolate to coffee notes. The taste has a smooth chocolate to toffee and notes of coffee. Each sip there is something new. The aftertaste has dry chocolate notes. It is a sipping beer
Here is a description from the beer can:
…Constant renewal is a force of nature, so as creative cycles begin again, the mad Scientists’ formulations reach toward full flower. Complex flavors of barley, cacao, and coffee, now overlaid with Madagascar vanilla, turn trinity to quadrality. The people have spoken. 4Beans is bloom. It’s Mad Science.
With the addition of Madagascar vanilla beans, 4BEANS takes Sixpoint Imperial Porter to the next level. Romano beans used by bygone brewers provide body, as the flavors of dark malt, cocoa and coffee are rounded out by smooth vanilla. The result is a quadrality of roasted, savory, and complex flavors. Modern formulation meets Baltic tradition and BKLYN partnership… it’s Mad Science.
Closing, I am a huge fan and I am glad that I can get them in the Ohio market. I cannot get them in Michigan market. I am just happy to travel an hour south. I loved their 3 Beans. Why not the 4 Beans? This one step up from the 3 Beans. What I love about this beer is it gives you something new in each sip. I love it. I am a huge fan. Next time, I am down in Ohio. I will be picking up more of this awesome beer. I am back drinking your beers, Sixpoint. I know that it makes you happy. I missed your beers. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this special beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Stone Brewery. It is their 19th Anniversary IPA. It is their Thunderstruck IPA. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this West Coast Craft Brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know California craft brewery. Let us get into this IPA.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a floral to slight citrus notes. The taste of this medium body has a citrus notes with hints of hop bitter. The aftertaste has a hop bitter finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Our 19th anniversary beer brings the boom, delivering it to the palate in a voluminous, hop-driven thunderclap backed by the power of our brewing passion and intensity. This double IPA owes its considerable oomph to a quartet of Australian hops—Topaz and Galaxy, plus newcomers Ella and Vic Secret. We also had Fairview malt shipped in from Australia just for this brew. The beer’s striking tropical fruit, citrus and peach hop flavors and slightly resinous and aromatically dank earthiness are sure to electrify your senses.
We have many special beers planned for release to celebrate our 20 years of brewing, so let this serve as the first course to what will be an undoubtedly epic feast for craft beer enthusiasts, with particular thanks to those who’ve been with us for the long haul and helped us attain such longevity. Consider this the first of many Thank-Yous…for years to come!
Ending, I always pick up their new IPA’s. I am a huge fan of this craft brewery. i love the fact that they are always trying something different and new in beer. I love taste profile and nice balance in this beer. This craft brewery knows how to make IPA’s. I trust this craft brewery more than any other craft brewery. This is a nice IPA and I am glad I checked it out. I highly recommend this beer. I like it but is taste like a normal IPA. There is nothing wrong with that. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Schlafly Brewery. It is their Special American India Pale Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know history of this Midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Missouri craft brewery. Let us get into this American India Pale Ale.
It has a cloudy light copper color with a constant white head. The smell has a heavy grapefruit to citrus like notes. The taste has the same aroma notes. The aftertaste has a citrus to hop bitter finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their beer bottle:
A special release IPA, AIPA is available for a limited time, with a new IPA every few months. Schlafly American IPA is brewed with 100% American hops. They impart bitterness and citrus flavor to the ale.
Our American IPA gets its bold hop flavor from 100% American hops and its deep gold and full body from pale and crystal malted barley. A blend of Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hop varietals imparts AIPA with bitterness and prominent aromas of citrus and fruit. Our brewers select these hops on an annual pilgrimage to the hop farms of Pacific Northwest.
IPAs (India Pale Ales) were first brewed in England during the late 1700s for export overseas to British soldiers in India. To keep their beer from spoiling during the long voyage, English brewers fortified their traditional pale ale recipes with natural preservatives: more malted barley, for a higher alcohol content, and more hops. In recent decades, with growing appreciation for highly hopped beers, American craft brewers have revived the style, embraced it, and incorporated new hop varieties. Our Special Release IPAs further those traditions and showcase the distinctions of hops from different hemisphere.
Ending, it is a big holiday when I get Schlafly beers. I do not get any of their beers in the Michigan market. I have been wanting to try this beer since it was first released in their beer market. I will say it did not disappoint me at all. I love the tasting notes. I love the hop selection. They build a nice malty backbone. I love this beer as much their APA. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/