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New Beer Blog Wisconsin Brewing #008 OL’ Reliable Beer


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample the first brew from Wisconsin Brewing Company.  It is their Ol’ Reliable Beer.  Wisconsin Brewing Company was founded at Verona, WI in 2013.  There is not much information on this craft brewery that is Made in Wisconsin.  Let us get this Lager.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a refreshing to sweet malty and a light hop notes. The taste has a sweet malty to a light hoppy notes. The aftertaste has a crisp dry finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a descriation from the beer bottle:

This is a beer that is everything a beer should be.  A beer that’s crisp, refreshing, fun to drink, a Munich Helles lager that has malt at heart and a spirit that’s all about flavor.  This is a beer you can rely on for great taste, a beer you can count on every time you visit the fridge, a beer like an old friend who never let’s you down.  This beer is pure Wisconsin.  This is Ol’ Reliable.  Cheers!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.wisconsinbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @wisbrewingco

Closing, I picked up this beer while I was in Chicago.  I have been searching for a good craft lager. I do not know why but I picked up a lot of craft lagers and no IPA while in Chicago.  It is normally the other way around.  I know I have been on the hunt for a good craft lager. I love this beer. I have to say this is closest to being the perfect craft lager. The price is perfect. They did a great job on this beer.  It is a nice refreshing lager.  I highly 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 Budweiser Vs. Budweiser Budvar


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In this beer blog, we are going to have a debate on 100-year-old argument.  There has been lawsuits and I believe they are still tied up in the courts.  Most general beer drinkers know about this debate and I know pretty much all craft beer drinkers know about it too.  The question how true is it that one of the Buschs stole Budweiser and brought the beer to the states.  I might not be able to answer this over 100 year question but I will put my thought on this debate.  Let us get into it.

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History

I bet you already know the history of this beer.  Well just in case you do not here is a fast history lesson.  Budweiser was first brewed in 1876.  The company was known as Anheuser-Busch Adolphus Busch left Germany in 1850’s.  He prefered light lagers while everyone else, who is the general public at the time, wanted dark lagers or ales.  Adolphus Busch traveled throughout Europe learning the latest brewing techniques.

It has a clear golden color without a head on the beer.  The smell is malty or I like to say fresh air. The taste is a sweet carbonated to slight hop notes  with a dry crisp finish. It is a drinkable beer.

Budweiser Budvar

History

This brew was brewed back in 1785.  The brewery started exporting beer to the states in 1871.  Anheuser-Busch trademaked the name Budweiser two years after it was first brewed in 1878.  Czech Budweiser was sold to Budvar in 1895.  In 1938, it was settled that Anheuser-Busch could use the name Budweiser in the United States.  Of course, in 2007, Anheuser-Busch and Budvar agreed that AB would market and sell Budvar and Czechvar  in the United States and other countries.  Both sides said this does not affected their lawsuit to one another.  If you see Czechvar, it is Budweiser Budvar.

It has a clear golden color without a head. It is slight darker than the American Budweiser. The smell is a fresh apple smell like grannysmith apples. The taste is a sweet carbonated to slight hop notes with a dry  crisp finish. It is a drinkable beer.

In closing, so what is the debate on these two beers?  They do not look like.  Budvar is a little dark in color.  The smell is not the same either.  However, the taste is about the same, is the beechwood aging and the rice in American Budweiser any different?  They are a little different but the taste is about the same.  So the really debate is was the name stolen by Anheuser-Busch?  There is still a lawsuit in the courts.  We will never get the true and I believe this will never be settled.  They are big brands in their countries.  So just kick back and have a cold ones!  I just hope one day we could see both of these beers on the shelf with the same name on them.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Redhook Brewery ESB


In this beer blog, we are going to try the flagship beer, which is ESB, from the Redhook Brewery.  If you read my earlier blog on their Longhammer IPA, you are pretty up to speed on this brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

Redhook Brewery ESB, which stands for Extra Special Bitter, is part of their everyday beer line up. It has a nice copper color without a head to it.  ESB has a sweet malty to Carmel smell to it. The taste is a sweet malty to camel with no aftertaste. This is a drinkable beer.

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

Brewed in the style of a traditional British ESB (Extra Special Bitter), we’ve been making ESB continuously since 1987, and it’s now the benchmark for the Amber beer category.  Despite having “bitter” in its name, Redhook ESB is really not that bitter at all.  This brew is all about the balance of caramel malt sweetness completed by spicy, citrusy hops.

Style………………….Amber
Abv…………………….5.8%
IBUs…………………..28.0 IBU
Original Gravity..13.75 degrees plato
Brewed Since………1987
Medals:
2008 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner
2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner
Here is a website and twitter addresses:

Webiste:  www.redhook.com

Twitter:  @redhook_brewery

In closing, this beer is true to my heart because this is the first beer that put into the craft beer world.  This beer is has a nice drinkable and flavorful beer.    I suggest you try this beer and tell me what you think of it.  There is not too many breweries making an ESB and doing it correctly.  This beer is one of the correct ones in the market. Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Lucky Bucket Pre – Prohibition Style Lager


In this blog, we are going to get into the second beer, which is Lucky Bucket Pre-Prohibition Lager Style, from my Beer of the Month.  I did a blog post yeasterday on their Heartland Wheat Ale and I wrote a little history on the brewery.  Let us get into their Flagship beer.

Lucky Bucket Pre – Prohibition Lager is one of their everyday beers. When poured in the glass, it has a nice clear and amber color with no head on the beer. It has a s’more like smell, which I mean it has a malty smell to the beer. The beer has a malty dry and crisp aftertaste to it. This beer style shows us beer drinkers what an American Lager should be than the water down beer that is being shoved down our throats. Also, what beers were like way back in the day.

Here is a video off their website (www.luckybucketbrewing.com):

Lucky Bucket Pre-Prohibition Lager

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

A lot of things go into making a great beer.  This Pre-Prohibition style lager, for example, combines 100% malted bareley with just the right amount of hops, making it smoother and more flavorful than today’s typical lagers.  But the most important ingredient isn’t on the label; it’s our passion for quality that goes into every Lucky Bucket Brew.  So take another drink and savor what real beer is all about.

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

Everyone loves a great drinking beer; a brew you can drink again and again and enjoy every sip every time. Lucky Bucket Pre-Prohibition style Lager is exactly what the palate craves.

Pre-Prohibition style salutes a time when lagers had greater character and more distinct flavor, when beer wasn’t full of the additives found in many of today’s mainstream lagers. Lucky Bucket’s version has a light, malty flavor that’s easy on the palate. Filtered twice, the subtle maltiness nicely balances a floral hop. Dry-hopped with a fresh blend of aromatic West Coast hops, Lucky Bucket Lager is a great session beer with an ABV of 4.5% and 20 IBU’s.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.luckybucketbrewing.com

Twitter:  @luckybucketbrew

In closing, Lucky Bucket Brewery has done a really great job on this lager.  I do not understand why we have the normal American Lager that we have today.  It is sad when you hear lager; I bet you think of the the mass produced American Lager.  There is nothing wrong with those beers.  The problem I have is Prohibition put several breweries that brew this great style of beer out of business.  Since the Craft Beer movement, they have been dead or loss.  It is nice to see this Lager Beer Style coming back to life.  Now the mass produced beer companies are starting to see this movement and now they are bring their recipes back to life.  One is from Coors with their Batch #19 that is only available in draught only.  Lucky Bucket Brewery for being a young brewery has a bright future and their Pre-Prohibition Style Lager is going to push them into the light of craft beer drinkers around the country.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser