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New Beer Blog Fuller’s ESB


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into an import and craft brewery from England.  It is Fuller’s and the beer is their ESB.  This is family owned business since 1845.  This brewery is just outside of London, England.  They brew several different beer styles that is true to classic England beer styles.  There beers are not over hopped like most American craft brews.    Let us get into the beer.

It has a clear amber color without a head on the beer.  The smell is almost like a caramel.  The taste of medium body beer is carbonated caramel with dry hazelnut hop finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Fuller’s ESB is the famous winner of many awards around the world; bursting with powerful, sustained malt and hop flavors, it is the world’s original and the one by which others are judged!

The Griffin Brewery in Chiswich, London, has been brewing fine ales since 1654.

The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership, dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning ales, many of which are available in the USA, including London Pride pale ale and the world’s original ESB.  I hope you will enjoy trying all our fine ales.

Here is a description from their website (www.fullers.co.uk):

ESB was launched into the Fuller’s family in 1971, as a winter brew to replace a beer named Old Burton Extra. The potential of the beer was soon realised and ESB was installed as a permanent fixture, creating an immediate impact.

Not only was it one of the strongest regularly brewed draught beers in the country (at 5.5% ABV), it was also one of the tastiest, and as the awareness of the beer grew, so did its popularity. ESB’s reputation was soon enhanced after being named CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) Beer of the Year in 1978, and the beer has not stopped winning since!

With three CAMRA Beer of the Year awards, two World Champion Beer awards, and numerous other gold medals to speak of, ESB is, quite simply, the Champion Ale.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.fullers.co.uk

Twitter:  @London_Pride

In closing, what can you say about this beer?  It is a classic beer and this brewery shows most craft breweries in the United States how to brew the classic beer styles.  They keep teaching their wrongs or maybe they are not paying attention to it.  I am talking the old and new world breweries. There is some rich flavors here and I really enjoyed drinking this brew.  I love the malt characters that this brew produces to the beer drinker.  I am not much into import breweries but this brewery pops off the shelf.  I had to give it a try again.  I recommend you trying this brew to get an idea what ESB is supposed to taste like.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Heavy Sea Winter Bock


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When in Michigan for Thanksgiving, we are going to get into another brew from Heavy Sea Brewery.  The beer is their winter seasonal and it is called Winter Bock.  If you read my earlier blog on their flagship beer, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not, please read the first part of that beer post.  Let us get into the beer.

This winter bock has a dark amber color. There is a little earthy to a bit nutty malty smell. The taste has a ton going on the beer. It has a nutty, earthly, and malty taste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

With a full ruby hue, rich malty character, and earthy hop aroma. Winter Storm is an original– an Imperial ESB for the winter months. 7.5% Alc./Vol.

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

Winter Storm

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Winter Storm may be Hugh’s favorite beer in the Heavy Seas catalogue. Our winter ale draws on hops from the West Coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts give it its tawny color and its bigger body. True to the style, Winter Storm’s aroma is nutty malts and earthy hops. This is a perfect fall beer, especially because of its warming qualities.

BEER DETAILS
  • Style: Imperial Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 50
  • Availability: October-December
  • Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
  • Malts: 2-row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt
SUGGESTIONS
  • Food Pairings: Brie or Havarti cheese, pan-seared steak, barbecued pork

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.hsbeer.com

Twitter:  @heavyseasbeer

Closing, this beer is awesome and it got me in trouble, which I am still recovering from two days later.  This Winter Storm is extremely drinkable for being 7.5% ABV.  There is a ton going on this beer.  I really enjoyed this beer and I wished I could have brought some back from Michigan.  I am happy to see them around Michigan stores but I wish they were in my Chicago liquor stores.  At least, they are getting closer and it is reason to go back to Michigan.  This is what ESB should taste like not what I have been drinking here in the Chicago area or wherever.  I recommend you trying this beer at least once.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Goose Island Harvest Ale


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to take a look at one of the pioneers of the craft beer world in Chicago.  The beer and brewery are Goose Island Brewery and the beer is Harvest Ale, which replace their Oktoberfest two to three years ago.  Here is a belief history of this great Chicago Brewery.  The brewery started in 1988 by John Hall in Chicago, Illinois.  The first beer that was brew was their Honkers Ale, which is an English Style Ale.  Greg Hall, who is John Hall’s son, took over as a brewmaster and came up with this recipe for their Vintage Line, their winter seasonal, which is Mild Winter and several other brews.   Greg Hall stepped down as brewmaster when Goose Island was sold to AB InBev.  He is now making Cider, which is sold in Midwest only.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a clear dark copper color with a constant white head on the beer.  There is some fall earthly orange smell to the beer.  This Harvest Ale has a slight citrus to malty taste without an aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

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

Brewer’s Notes:

Brewed in honor of the Harvest season this copper colored ESB is made with Cascade hops and the richest Midwestern malts. A fruity American hop aroma and a toasty malt character make Goose Island Harvest Ale an extra special beer worthy of your devotion.

Recipe Information:

Style: American Extra Special Bitter Alcohol by Volume: 5.7% International Bitterness Units: 35 Color: Copper Hops: Cascade Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Caramel, Pale

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Willi Food Pairings: Chicken, Pork, Turkey, Sausages Cheese Pairings: Cheddar, Aged Gouda Cellaring Notes: Enjoy within 180 days

Availability:

Seasonal (September-October) Bottles: 6, 12 & 24pks Draft: 1/6 & 1/2bbl

Great American Beer Festival Recognition:

Judging Category: Extra Special Bitter 2011: Bronze Medal

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.gooseisland.com

Twitter:  @gooseisland

In closing, I love the hoppy taste that is in this Extra Special Bitter.  This beer was design to have that when the trend was the over hop beers.  This beer gives you a nice balance from the hops and the malts.  This is not my favorite beer for the fall but I will at least enjoy a few six packs of it.  As a beer drinker, this brewery gives you two different Extra Special Bitters.  Fall is the hoppy one.  Mild Winter, which is their winter seasonal, will give you the next malt drinkable in the middle of the harsh winters.  Being a fall seasonal, I would go and get some soon! Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Website:  @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