In this beer blog, we are going to get into the second and last beer from Black Tooth Brewing. It is one of their flagship, which is Bomber Mountain Amber Ale. If you read my beer blog posts from yesterday, you know the history of this West Coast Craft Brewery. If you have not, please, read it to get to know Black Tooth Brewing. Let us get into this amber ale.
It has a clear reddish to amber color with white constant head. There is not any aroma notes. The taste has a caramel to biscuits notes with a sweet to dry malty aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable.
Closing, I am not a fan of amber, American red, and Irish red ales. I am not saying that this beer is not for you. It could be your beer styles. I always try new beers in any beer styles. Even in beer styles that I do not like. This beer style is no different. I try to keep an open mind. This one is pretty average brew. It is a great gateway beer into the craft beer world. I recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Natty Greene’s Buckshot Filtered Amber Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this southern craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this amber ale.
It has a clear light amber color with a white constant head. The aroma has a sweet malty to slight caramel notes. The taste has a sweet malty to a nutty notes with a dry malty aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
Richly colored, characterized by balanced hop and malt profiles with roasted toffee and caramel highlights, Crafted to be rich but not heavy. Hospitable and easy to get along with, this is our best selling beer, perfect for every occasion.
We use six different malts, that’s unusual for an amber ale, but essential to creating its deep, full flavor. The distinctive toffee / roasty notes come from three Belgian malts, especially the Special B roast malt. And to nothing interferes with all that good maltiness, we use mild American aroma hops, just to balance the sweetness.
Closing, I am not a huge fan of Red, Irish Red, and Amber ales. I respect the beer style but I do not go out of my way to pick it up. I will drink them. A friend of mine from Tri-City was down south and brought back a few beers. This beer was part of that pile. It is a solid beer and true to the beer style. There is nice aroma and tasting notes. I believe craft beer drinkers that love red and amber ales will love this beer. 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 beer from New Belgium’s Fat Tire and Friends. It is a beer that New Belgium did with Firestone Walker Brewery. It is Fat Hoppy Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their both of these craft breweries, you know the history of both of these craft breweries. If you have not, please, read them to get to know New Belgium and Firestone Walker. Let us get into this hoppy amber ale.
It has a clear copper to light amber color with a white constant head. The aroma has a malty notes. The taste has a sweet malty, biscuit, to citrus notes. The aftertaste has a bitter citrus hop finish. It is not as drinkable as rest but still a crush-able beer.
A happily hopified Fat Tire thanks to our California friends. First, they created an assertive hop presence and then they added a lager yeast to the Fat Tire recipe. The result? A hoppy amber lager version of Fat Tire with an amplified American hop aroma and flavor. Time for you to hop on this Fat, too.
In the end, New Belgium Brewery has out did themselves on this beer with Firestone Walker. I have always like mixing IPA with Fat Tire. It makes it a hoppy IPA. I was pretty happy to see this beer come out. It is not bad but was hoping it would be more hoppy. They did a great job. I am just be picking. I recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this fall beer blog, we are going to revisit a fall beer, which is Wilhelm Scream, from Magic Hat Brewery. 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 Magic Hat Brewery. Let us get into this pumpkin ale.
It has a slight cloudy amber color with a white constant head. The smell has a fresh pumpkin pie notes. The taste has a nice balance cinnamon notes with a heavy slightly dry nutmeg aftertaste. It is not overly sweet like most pumpkin ales. It is really balance. It is pretty drinkable beer
The distant drums of change are thumping, signaling the coming of chilling frosts, falling leaves and ghoulish screams. In a patch ripe with orange glow, Wilhelm Scream awakens and unleashes his season-stirring call for fall. His revelers listen for his echo across the ripened dancing days and prepare their seasonal celebration of harvest and ale.
Ending, I am a fan of Magic Hat and I do not care if they are not independent anymore. It should not matter anyways. If they make good beer, you should be drinking it. I get the whole local thing. Let us face it. It does not mean that they make good beer. I know there are some really good craft breweries in the State of Michigan. I do not need to list them because you know who I am talking about. This beer smells like a pumpkin pie and it is not in your face like most pumpkin ales on the market. There is a nice balance. I love this beer and I cannot make up my mind between Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale and this beer. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Atwater Brewery. It is their Bloktoberfest, which is their Oktoberfest. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Detroit base craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery. Let us get into this fall beer.
It has a clear amber color without a constant head. The smell has a sweet malty notes. The taste has a sweet burn malty notes with a slight caramel that is burned. The aftertaste has a dry burned notes. It is drinkable beer.
Ending, I know many of you out there from my readers here and friends of mine. They all know that I am not a fan of this craft brewery. I just feel that they could be make better beers. They have no pressure right now to check anything. Michigan craft beer market is still growing along with their drinkers. Once it is hits the peak. I believe they will need to change some things up at that time. I just wished they made better beer, however, this beer is pretty good. It is better than most of their beers. I recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to talk about my visit to Batch Brewing. This brewery started up early in 2015 in the Corktown area of Detroit. Corktown is up and coming part of Detroit. It is a nice size brewpub. They do service food. They have a nice beer selection. Let us get into their food.
The photo above is their food menu. Their food is just normal bar food with a high-end look from a professional chief. I had their pretzels with cheese and mustard. It was really good. It went well with their version of the Oktoberfest. They have sandwiches and fish tacos. It is not a big menu but it gets to the point. Let us get into the beer.
The photo bottom is the current list of their beers on September 27th, 2015. They are always changing the beer menu and selection. They also let you know what is the next set of beers that will be coming on tap. I was a huge fan of Oktoberfest. Their Oktoberfest is called Festbier. I also tried their Empire Pale Ale. It was a little different. This beer is above average brew. I also had their milk stout that is called Sweetums. This was by far the best beer that I had from them in my first visit. They do not do beer flights.
Closing, I was pretty happy to get into this brewpub to check out their beers. I love how they have parking and how the outside of their brewpub stands out. There is a nice outside sitting area. Unlike other brewpubs, you feel like you are sitting in the brewing itself. The other brewpubs, you see brewing room in another room. This is one of the better new and upcoming craft brewery. They know what they are doing and make good beer. I am happy to see a good brewery not the ones that I have visit in last few weeks. I highly recommend this brewpub. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a new brewpub that just had their soft opening. It is Dearborn Brewery. This brewery was started in 2014. They are in the heart of the business district of Dearborn, Michigan. It is right off Michigan Ave and right by legendary Les Stafford car dealership. They do not have a solid Grand Opening date. Talking to the owners, the City of Dearborn is pretty excited to have them around. Let us get into the beer.
They are like all the little brewpubs that I have visited in the last few weeks. I loved what they did in the space. They put chalk boards throughout the place. It is a pretty smart idea so you are not printing up something new every week. They do not service any food. Please, eat or order from the restaurants in the area. Most restaurants will delivery to the brewpub and some will delivery up to your table. Let us be honest, you are here for the beer. You are not coming here to order food and eat it here. They had a Creamshandy. I have to be honest. It is almost like someone just dropped a ton of Lemonade in the cream ale batch. It is very tart. I really did not like it but I can see someone liking it. They also have an American Amber Ale. It has a nice malty note. This is by far second best beer in their line up. There is also Honey Brown Ale. I do not know what they did but it taste like burn honey. This is second worse beer right before their Shandy. Finally, there is their IPA. I do know what they did to it. There is a weird aftertaste and it is not welcoming. It has a nice malty backbone. This is by far their best beer.
Closing, this brewery is a great example of what is going wrong in the craft beer world. I hope there is no new craft beer drinkers coming into this brewpub. I love the brewpub on the inside but it is hard to find parking and to get to because where they are located in Dearborn. I am happy that they are doing what they want to do. I have to be honest with my readers. Their beers are not good at all. I was really disappointed. I really wished that the brewmaster’s friends would have been honest about their beers. I just hope new craft beer drinkers do not think this is how craft beer taste. It is not the case. There best beers are their IPA and Amber Ale. They are below average beers. I know I saw my friend almost vomit from the Cream Ale. I almost did too. It is kind of scary that I would rather drink Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. I am sorry Dearborn Brewing that I am not a fan. I wish you the best of luck. At least, you are better than Granite City. Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into fall seasonal, which is Oktoberfest, from Goose Island Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this oldest craft brewery in Chicago. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this Oktoberfest.
It has a clear amber color with a semi constant white head. The aroma has a slight caramel notes. The taste has a sweet candy like caramel notes. The aftertaste has a dry malty finish that does not last long. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
Brewed in the traditional Märzen style, our Oktoberfest pours a brilliant copper over rose color with a bone white head. Notes of toffee and burnt sugar in the aroma and flavors of sweet dried apricots are delivered in a dry malty body with the mild earthy bitterness that is the hallmark of Hallertau hops.
Ending, I know my readers know that I am a huge fan of Goose Island. I became a fan when I lived in the Chicago market for about eight years. I always look forward to their fall and winter seasonals. This Oktoberfest did not disappoint me this year. It is just like last years. There is many craft breweries that love to change their recipes of their seasonal beers. This brewery is no different. I am happy that they kept this one the same from last year’s version. This is by far best Oktoberfest to me for this season. I love it. I am not a caramel from candy and ice cream topping. I have to say I love caramel notes in the beer. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Great Lakes Brewing. It is their fall seasonal, which is their Oktoberfest. 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 Ohio base craft brewery. Let us get into this Lager.
It has a clear copper to light amaber color with a white constant head. The smell has a sweet malty to slight caramel notes. The taste has a sweet malty to slight caramel notes. The aftertaste has a dry malty notes. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Ending, I love this time of the year because I love the pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests. It also makes me sad because the Motorcycle will be put up for the season. This Oktoberfest is a little different brew than from the rest on the market. Most American Oktoberfest have that sweet caramel notes. The traditional Oktoberfest that comes out of Germany has more of malty notes. This brew from Great Lakes Brewery is close to the Europe style but yet still has a little American notes. There is a little sweetest there. This is one of the best Oktoberfests in the Midwest area. I always pick up a six-pack each season. This is one of the Midwest go to brews. 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 the second brewery that I visited last weekend with friends. It is Fort Street Brewery. This brewery was started in 2005 in my hometown of Lincoln Park. I grew up there for 18 years. They offer a new Firkin every week. This brewery has been around for 10 years and Congrats to that. Let us get into the beer.
They cover just about every beer style. I did not see a normal IPA or Double IPA. There was a session IPA and it was pretty good. The Lincoln Lager is gone and was replace with a good Cream Ale. There is a nice English Style ESB. This brew was my favorite. They also had a great Imperial Pilsner. Their White Ale was pretty average but I am not a wheat beer fan. I can see beer drinkers liking this brew. Black Hole was another great beer that I loved. They had a Root Beer on tap. It was pretty interesting. It came out as a golden ale and root beer notes were slight. It was not overpowering the brew. Overall, I will make the trip downriver to visit this brewpub again.
I did not order any food but I did look through their menus. It did look good and prices were just right for anyone’s budge. My friend order some food and his food did look good. This is a great place also to watch some sports games. I would say this brewpub is the whole package. Great beer and food while watching some of the local sports teams on TV.
Ending, I have to say that I was pretty impressed. I know I heard mix thoughts on this place. Most of those thoughts were wrong. This brewery is making some good beers. They are making beers that fit their neighborhood. The place is pretty busy with regulars in the area. I love their beers and they have some nice balance from each of the styles. There is a nice selection of beer. I also love environment in this brewpub. I will come back. I recommend this place if you are in the downriver area. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/