Import Beer

New Beer Blog Guinness Rye Pale Ale


In this beer blog, we are going to get into a special release from Guinness.  It is their Rye Pale Ale.  Guinness started in 1759 in Ireland.  They are known for making stouts.  Let us get into this Rye Pale Ale.

It has a slightly cloudy dark golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a slight citrus to rye like notes. The taste has a very slight citrus to rye like notes with a dry slight bitter aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here  is a description from their website (www.guinness.com):

Created by the brewers at The Open Gate Brewery as a holiday gift for their colleagues, friends and families, Guinness Rye Pale Ale proved so popular they had to share it with everyone. The rustic, spicy character of rye grain is balanced with citrus and grapefruit from the mosaic and cascade hops, making it a fine addition to the Guinness family.

Here is their website and Twitter addresses:

Website:  www.guinness.com

Twitter:  @guinnessus

Ending, I have always been a fan of Guinness.  I have over the years step away from drinking it.  It is not because I do not like it anymore.  I love their stout.  There are so many choices of beer out there now.  Just like all Micro and Marco, I will try all the new beers that they put out on the market.  I like it but I am not going out of my way to get it. It does taste like a Guinness brand. If it is the only thing left in the bar, I will drink it.  I recommend this beer .  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Flying Monkey Brewery Netherworld Dark Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into our first beer from Flying Monkey Brewery.  It is their Neither World Cascadian Dark Ale.  I cannot find any history on this Canada craft brewery.  I know this craft brewery is part of craft breweries that are back by Canadian Government.  Let us get into this Black Ale.

It has a jet black color with a health tan color head. The smell has a chocolate to citrus notes. The taste has a smooth to creamy chocolate notes with a hint of dry bitter aftertaste. The hops are not really in attendance. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Heeding a chorus of voices crying for a dark roasty thing with lots of west coast hops and a higher ABV we summoned Netherworld from the chaotic flip side of the brew house where hybrid is the norm and nothing is ordinary.

Hovering just this side of evil, in the right hands, our “Cascadian Dark Ale” is bizarrely nice with its own entrancing mojo.  However, watch out for those who refuse to see the darkness.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.theflyingmonkeys.ca

Twitter:  @flyingmonkeys

Closing, this import craft brewery is new to the craft scene in the United States.  I have had a few of their brews.  I just found them average because of the price.  The price is a little high for this beer market.  When most of the beer drinkers only want Michigan only craft beers.  There is nothing wrong with that.  I just found there are better beers outside of this state.  There is bad ones too.  This beer is a little different from the rest of the dark ales on the market.  It is not as bitter and hoppy.  It is pretty mild and I like that.  The price of this beer is too high and it affects the way beer drinkers looks at this beer.  It is a good beer but it is average because of the price.  I recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

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New Beer Blog Viven Brewery Imperial IPA


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In this import beer blog, we are going to get into a brew from Belgium.  It is Viven Brewery Imperial IPA.  There is not much history and I cannot find any information on this brewery.  I do know this brewery is from Europe.  On their website, this brewery was founded in 1999.  Let us get into this Import IPA.

It has a cloudy copper color with a constant white head. The aroma has a lemon, citrus, and some funky Belgian spicy yeast notes. The taste has a smooth dry slight citrus notes with a dry bitter aftertaste. It is a nice sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.viven.be):

Viven Bier – Vlaamse brouwkunst.

Viven Imperial IPA is originally from the west coast of America. This recipe, combined with the Flemish brewing art, has an excellent result. It does many beer lovers’ hearts beat faster. It is a bitter hunk with a beautiful balance of citrus keys (especially pink grapefruit) and floral tones. A true experience for the senses…

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.viven.be

Twitter:  No Twitter address

Closing, When Ashley’s Westland did their Belgium Fest, I wanted to try this beer.  It was at the top of my list. They sold out the first day of event. I was disappointed that there was not too much information on this brewery.  I was looking for Imperial IPA but it taste like Imperial triple. It is still a great product. I am glad I have tried it.  If you can find, I would try it.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

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New Beer Blog Why And Why Not Drink Local Craft Beers And Ciders?


In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a hot issue in the huge growing market of craft beers, ciders, and breweries.  There has been a huge growth and it is coming out of the mass produced beer companies.  There is home brewers taking their passion of beer making to the public.  The questions that I am going to try to answer for myself are “Why And Why Not Drink Local Beers And Ciders?”

Why Drink Local Craft Beers And Ciders?

It is pretty simple.  Money stays in the state and/or the local area.  There will be more jobs created because of these breweries.   The money keeps coming in and out of the brewery.  It works if the brewery is buying supplies from local companies and most do this practice.  Most craft breweries take homes in old and empties buildings.  They resolve these old buildings back to the way they were back in their heyday.  Of course, they put their brewery and restaurant in them.  The other things that these breweries in most cases.  They create more jobs at distributors.  They hire a marketing firm or their own people to run it.  Just like most businesses, they will put money back in the economy.

Why Not Drink Local Craft Beers And Ciders?

I get beat up about half of the time when I bring this up to people at craft beer bars or stores in my local market.  I get it because everyone wants to support their local businesses and I am one of them.  I have to be honest with myself and others around me.  I heard this when I lived in Chicago and now here in the Michigan.  When traveling to other cities around the US, I saw these same signs and heard it from the locals.  When trying these beers or ciders at home or your local watering hole, be honest to yourself because it will save you from the painful drinking experience.  I had a pretty ugly drinking experience with a local craft brewery in Chicago.  I kept on telling myself that I love this beer and brewery.  I just finally admitted to myself that they are not that good.  I started to look at local craft brewery in a different light.  I give breweries credit when they put a good beer to the market.  I also give them credit for thinking outside the box.

In closing, I am not saying do not drink local beers and ciders.  If their beers are good, drink them and support them.  If their beers are not good, you as a beer drinker, customer, and buyer needs to send them a message.  They need to improve or go away.  This is the ugly side to the business world.  I am catching myself doing it it again.  Just be honest with yourself about these beers or ciders in your area.  There is new craft breweries opening every day and there will be more good to great beers and bad beers.  Remember, you are voting with your wallet.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  Support the local good beer and let the bad go away.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Erdinger Oktoberfest (2014)


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into Erdinger Oktoberfest.  Erdinger was founded in 1886 by Johann Kienle.  It is number one Hefeweizen in the world.  They brew several different Hefeweizen beer styles.  Let us get this fall beer.

It has a cloudy golden color with a white constant head. There is not really a smell on this fall seasonal.  The taste has a malty lemon to clove notes.  The aftertaste has a lemon to citrus finish.  It is pretty drinkable.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.erdinger.de

Twitter:  No Address

In the end, all those years living in Chicago, I never picked up a bottle of this beer.  I mean it was every liquor store I was in during the fall season.  I am pretty amazed that I did not pick one up.  It was a no brainer to pick up a bottle in this season.  I did not think I would find a bottle in Michigan.   I am glad I found a bottle right away.  I am shocked by the color but I really not.  It does not taste like an Oktoberfest.  I was pretty disappointed with this beer.  I was hoping for a lot more malty notes but then again it is another Hefeweizen.  I have to say it is nothing really special.  It is good but I am looking for malty fun at this time of the year.  If you are a fan of Hefeweizen, you would like this one.  I get why they put this up because it gives the beer drinkers something different. Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Wild Rose Brewery IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into Wild Rose Brewery IPA for the first time on this blog.   Wild Rose Brewery was founded in 1996 by Mike Tymchuk.  They were founded in Calgary, Canada.   They brew several different beers.   Let us get into this IPA.

It has a slightly cloudy copper color with a white constant head.  The aroma has a slight caramel to citrus notes.  The taste has a citrus to caramel notes with a dry hoppy finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle and website (www.wildrosebrewery.com):

A beautiful copper-coloured ale, rich in caramel malt character and well-balanced with plenty of hops. An authentic India Pale Ale, this IPA is handcrafted for the true ale drinker.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.wildrosebrewery.com

Twitter:  @wildrosebrewery

Closing, I have to say I have been pretty impressed with some craft beers from Canada.  I always thought they were a bunch of Lager breweries.  I guess I am so wrong.   I know they brew several ales around the country.  I did not think they are pretty good.  Well, Wild Rose Brewery and Mill Street Brewery are proving me wrong.  I am sorry for saying and thinking it.  I love the caramel notes bending with the citrus.  I love the hoppy dry finish that keeps me coming back for more of it.  Wild Rose Brewery has a winner IPA here.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog What Is Good Beer?


In this special beer blog, we are going to take in-depth look at beer. What is good or bad? How do we come up with this conclusion? Many of you know, I have been drinking beer for a while. I started like everyone from the Bud Lights and moved up to all the craft beers. Most craft breweries around the country know of me or know me. I started as a Metal DJ on STFU.Fm. The station shut down but before that I started to feature craft beer on the air while playing music. After the station, I started document the beers that I had in my life time. This blog was for me to go back and see if my thoughts grown. Plus, I have always wanted to be a writer. I know I am not the best on spelling and grammar, however, I believe I have improved because of this blog. I just want to say thank you for coming by reading, and putting up with my errors. This blog also made me a better beer drinker. I have learned more about each beer style. I am finding out I like all styles and it is including wheat beers. I am still writing music and sports review. I wanted to give you a little more about myself. When I thought about writing this “What Is Good Beer?” I will not point out breweries. I am not calling out anyone. Let us see if we can answer this question.

What Is Good Beer?

I know several craft beer drinkers will jump to the answer.  It is the little guys, who are Craft Breweries.  Is that because they do not make a golden lager or the companies that make it?  Craft Breweries make different beer styles asides the American Style Lager.  They will make Pale Ales to Porter to Stouts and sometimes even a German Style Lager.  Is Good Beer is more selection or “Flavor”?  “Flavor” has been toss out there.  A little style of the American Golden Lager.  German immigrants wanted to have their beers here in the States. This is where American Golden Lager came from.  Is it a ton of Ads to make the beer better?  Mass produced?  There is a brewery in the big Midwest brewery that puts their beer through hard test make sure their quality is the highest. It is make sure that their beers are up to their standards and constant. Is that a bad thing?

There are other things wrong with the mass-produced beer companies.  It is the fact they put other things into their beers.  However, it adds to their cost, they make less on their beers.  Mass produced beer market is getting smaller everyday.  They put these items into their beers to get it as close to their old country style. More and more people are drinking craft beers.  The question is their beer better or good.  Yes, it has a ton more flavor and that is the first thing anyone says.  I agree with that.  I see in every state, please, drink local.  There is nothing wrong with that.  The problem that I have is most of the newer beer companies out there are making some bad beer.  I do not mean bad in the beer will hurt you.  I mean it is just not good beer.

What about the craft breweries?

Some of the smaller breweries do not put their beers through as many tests like the bigger breweries. This leads to inconstant batches of beer. This is not a good thing when you like that beer. When you try the beer for the first time and do not like it, the quality might be the issue. Beer drinkers might be turn off and never try it again. Is this a good beer? I get it that most breweries do not have the capital to do all tests. I am not saying this is a case for all these small craft breweries.  Some little craft breweries do not even have labs to test anything.

Closing, I love craft beer and I will keep on searching for better version of my favorite beer styles.  The local guys are making beer but I am open-minded to say there are some bad or not so good beer coming from those craft breweries.  I enjoy some of the mass-produced beers but I will not go out of my way to buy them nor drink them.  Many people will not like this statement I am going to put out there.  If the beer you are drinking is good to you, it is a good beer.  We all have thoughts on beers and they are all correct.  This goes for all mass-produced beer.  If there is a bad beer on the market, the beer drinkers vote with their wallet and they will let beer companies know that it is not good.  It will disappear off the market.  Please, share your thoughts with me.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample out Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells Brewery.  Wells brewery was founded in 1875 by Charlies Wells.  Wells Brewery merged with Young’s in early part of 2000’s and it is now known as Wells and Young’s Brewery Company today.  Let us get into this beer.

It has an amber color with a white color. The aroma has a heavy sweet toffee candy notes.  The taste has a sweet funky malty notes with a toffee aftertaste.  It is a sipping beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.wellsandyoungs.co.uk

Twitter:  @wellsandyoungs

Dessert please, I like to try different beers and I love my desert beers.  I am a huge fan of their Banana Bread Beer.  I love drinking it in the fall to break up all the Pumpkin and Oktoberfest brews.  I will be adding this beer to that list during the fall but I will have a few of this brew and their Banana Bread Ale before fall.  This beer is good and I enjoyed it very much.  I was a little disappointed.  I was expecting something pretty sweet but I still loved it.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Estaminet Premium Pils


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In this import beer blog, we are going to same Estaminet Tavern Premium Pils.  It is made by Palm Brewery in Belgian.  This Pils was named after the Taverns in Northern France.  The Spanish soldiers use to relax and get entertained from the girls in the country.  This beer was first brewed in 2011.  There is not much history on this beer.  Let us get into this Pils.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head on this Belgium Pilsner.  The aroma has a fresh spring day notes.  It is hard to describe.  The taste has a slight sweet malty with a nice slight hop notes like earthy notes.  The aftertaste is crisp finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.palm.com):

Estaminet Premium Pils is the latest example of PALM Breweries’ craftmanship. You can see, smell and taste the result: a golden-yellow pilsner with a subtle hop aroma, low alcohol content (5.2%) and distinct fruity flavour. Estaminet Premium Pils is a thirst-quenching, refreshing beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.palm.com

Twitter:  no account

Closing, I like this Pils but I just feel there are better and fresher Pilsners on the market.  It is hard to keep beer fresh that is being shipped overseas.  I know most American beer drinkers like the beer to have that shunky taste.  It is off flavor taste notes.  This beer does not have those notes but I could imagine what it would taste like if it was fresher.  It is a good beer and I recommend you trying it.  I pick this beer up from a sampler back and I thought it was a great deal.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13