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New Beer Blog Fat Head’s Bumble Berry Ale


In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Fat Head’s Brewery.  It is their Bumble Berry Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest and West Coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Ohio base craft brewery.  Let us get into this fruit beer.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy blueberry notes. The taste has a sweet blueberry notes with a heavy blueberry finish for the aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

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

Brewed with fresh harvested spring honey stolen from some very angry bees (we have the welts to prove it) and infused with fresh blueberries. Creating a light, refreshing ale with a nice blueberry aroma, crackery malt flavors, a hint of sweetness and a refreshing blueberry finish. Get yo buzz on!

Food Pairings: Salads, Chicken, Oatmeal Cookies.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.fatheadsbeer.com

Twitter:  @fatheadsbeer

Closing, fruit beers are the hottest trend right now in the beer world.  There are some craft breweries that already had fruit beers.  This beer was one of them.  I like it and I will get more. It is not like Wild Blue when it first came out. I am not a fan of Wild Blue anymore because my taste of beer has changed.  Blueberry is there but not overpowering unlike Wild Blue.  This is a great dessert beer and perfect one in the summer.  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 Mountain Town Brewing Peach Gruit Ale


In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Mountain Town Brewing.  It is their Peach Gruit Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this fruit beer.

It has a heavy cloudy yellow color with a white head that disappears over time. The aroma has a metallic peach notes. The taste has a sweet peach to apricot notes with a wet peach aftertaste. It is drinkable beer.

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

Peach Gruit Ale

A Pale Ale Brewed with Marsh Rosemary, Yarrow and Myrtle and 100% Peach Juice added to this hopless beer

 Available in:  1/2 BBL, 1/6 BBL, 12oz Bottles & 12oz Cans

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.mountaintownbrew.com

Twitter:  @MtPBrewingCo

In the end, I am not a huge fan of fruit beers.  I have never had this beer so it was on my bucket list.  It is a solid beer but I am not a fan. I can see fans of fruit beers loving this brew. This craft brewery has did a great job and being locally (Michigan), I know Michigan craft beer drinkers will drink this brew.  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 Thirsty Dog Brewing Raspberry Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer from Thirsty Dog Brewing.  It is their Raspberry Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on their beers, you know the history of this Ohio base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a heavy raspberry notes. The taste has a sweet raspberry notes with slight tart raspberry aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.thirstydog.com

Twitter:  @thirstydogbeer

In the end, this brewery gets me their artwork on their package.  I am a huge dog lover.  This is why this beer is being posted on this blog.  I am not a huge fan of fruit beers but I will try them now and then.  There is a nice raspberry notes in the aroma and tasting profile.  I am not a fan but it is a pretty good beer.  I recommend this beer if you are a fan of fruit beers.  This will be in your wheel house.  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 New Belgium Frambozen Ale (2014)


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In this special beer blog, we are going to get into their holiday beer from New Belgium Brewery.  It is their Frambozen Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this mountain area craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know New Belgium Brewery.  Let us get into this American Brown ale.

It has a clear ruby-red color when held up to the light. The smell has a heavy sweet raspberry notes. The taste has a sweet malty with raspberry wine notes. The brown ale calms wine notes. The aftertaste has a sweet raspberry finish. It is a nice sipping but kind of drinkable beer for the holiday season.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Flemish for “raspberry,” Frambozen is our big, luscious celebration of the ruby-red fruit. We discovered the perfect marriage between the fruity complexity of northwestern raspberries and the rich chocolate, roasted maltiness of a Brown Ale. Frambozen pours a warming, deep red of seasonal festivity.

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

Frambozen begins with the aroma of fresh red raspberries, followed by the ripe seductiveness of a fruity brown ale with depth and delicate malt notes. It is deep ruby in color, with flavors just as rich. Every year, New Belgium sends a delegate to the Pacific Northwest to oversee the process of turning freshly picked berries into a pure juice to be added in fermentation. The coming of Thanksgiving at New Belgium is ushered in with the first sighting of our cellar operators scuttling about, covered head to tow in a festive crimson berry wash.

Here is their website and twitter:

Website:  www.newbelgium.com

Twitter:  @newbelgium

In the end, I have been wanting to try this so many seasons.  I miss it season after season.  I saw it on the shelf this winter season.  I knew I had to pick it up right away.  I knew the raspberries would go over pretty well with the brown ale.  This is before trying this brew.  I love the nice color.  It has that Flemish Brown color but it is not a sour.  I love it. There is a nice balance from the raspberries and the brown ale.  It kind of has a little wine like notes which is a little unique.  This is by far the best winter seasonal on the market this season.  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 Short’s Brewery Strawberry Shortcake Ale (2014)


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a special release from Short’s Brewery.  It is their Strawberry Shortcake Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this dessert beer.

It has a cloudy amber color without a head but there is a white head at first.  The aroma has a heavy strawberry notes.  The taste has a light body with strawberry notes with a crisp finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

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

Strawberry Short’s Cake is a golden ale. The addition of strawberries and milk sugar transform this beer into a rose-colored nectar that has hints of cream and is pleasingly sweet. Biscuit flavors and aromas arise from the great amounts of Victory malt used in the brewing process.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shortsbrewing.com

Twitter:  @shortsbrewing

Ending, these are the beers that give me hope that Short’s can be something special again.  Most of their flagship beers I am really not a fan of them.   I use to be a fan.  I do not know if my taste bud changed or their beers changes.  I know there are many craft beer drinkers like their beers.  There is nothing wrong with it.  This is my thought pattern of their beers.  However, I love this beer, I do not put this beer as a fruit beer.  I look at it as a dessert beer like their Key Lime Ale, which I did a review of it earlier.  This beer reminds me of Fruli Strawberry Beer.  I have done a review a few months ago.  Both beer are great.  I just feel Short’s focus on their special releases and not on their flagship beers.  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 Short’s Key Lime Pie (2014)


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Short’s Brewery.  It is their Key Lime Pie.  It is a fruit beer and dessert beer.  If you ready my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a slightly cloudy copper to light amber color without a head on this fruit beer.  The smell has of graham crackers and a slight lime notes.  The taste has some interesting and complex notes.  It is a sweet heavy lime but there is notes of sweet marshmallow to graham crackers.  The aftertaste is sweet lime notes.  It is a sipping beer.

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

Key Lime Pie is made with fresh limes, milk sugar, graham cracker, and marshmallow fluff. The prominent flavors are immensely sweet, then tart, with subtle hints of graham cracker coming through in the nose and remain on the back of the palate. Key Lime Pie is a Gold Medal Winner at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival.

5.5% ABV

21 IBU

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shortsbrewing.com

Twitter:  @shortsbrewing

Closing,  I had to crack this beer open to get rid of the bad taste from the Atwater Blueberry Cobbler Ale.  I was hoping this fruit and dessert beer would better.  I have to say it is so much better.  I love my key lime pie so I knew this would be a no brainer.  I love blueberry pie so I thought the same thing about Atwater Brewery brew.  You can kind of taste the graham crackers and sweetest of the marshmallow notes.  It is pretty complex and that is a good.  You can pick up notes and something new in each sip.  I highly recommend this beer, if you can find another bottle.  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 Atwater Brewery Blueberry Cobbler Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer and I am thinking the last one from Atwater Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this Detroit craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this brewery.  Let us get into this fruit beer.

It has a black color with an off white color head.  The aroma has a heavy blueberry notes.  The taste has a heavy blueberry notes but not really balance beer.  The aftertaste has a dry bitter finish but not from the hops.  It is kind of drinkable.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Nothing says autumn like this refreshing ale brewed using local blueberries from our home State of Michigan.  It’s beer just like Grandma would make, if Grandma was a brewmaster.  Prost!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.atwaterbeer.com

Twitter:  @atwaterbeer

In the end, I do not know why I keep doing this to myself.  This craft brewery is not really good and they only really put out one good beer.  The one good beer is just an average beer.  I am talking about Java Vanilla Porter.  Their Dirty Blonde could be in the talk of a good beer or not.  The point that I am getting at is this craft brewery makes some pretty bad beers.  They are not constant all around their beers.  Their IPA’s, I refuse to drink even if they are the only craft beer in the bar.  I was thinking maybe their fruit beers might be good.  I was completely wrong.  I mean really wrong.  This blueberry ale is not balance at all.  It is not really good.  It is missing something.  I can not put my figure on it.  Drink it!  Enjoy it! Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager


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While at Ashley’s Westland, we are going to sample another beer from Abita Brewery and it is their Strawberry Harvest Lager.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their Christmas Ale, you know the history of this southern craft brewery.  If you did not read those beer blog posts, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this summer season.

It has a clear golden color with nice small constant bubbles.  This Lager has a nice white head on it.  The aroma has a strong sweet strawberries notes.  The taste profile has a strong sweet fresh strawberries notes.  It is like fresh picked strawberries.  The aftertaste is a nice strawberry finish that hangs around bit.  This light body Lager is extremely drinkable.

Here is a descrition from their website (www.abita.com):

Abita Strawberry Harvest is a lager brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. Real Louisiana strawberry juice is added after filtration resulting in a crisp lager with a sweet strawberry flavor, aroma and haze. It is wonderful with desserts or lighter fare such as salads and pastas. Fresh cheeses such as Burrata, chèvre, Crescenza, mozzarella or Teleme pair well with Strawberry Harvest.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.abita.com

Twitter:  @TheAbitaBeer

In the end, I am not a huge Lager or fruit beers. I have to say I was pretty impressed with this beer. I liked it but it is pretty average beer. I will not go out of my way to find this beer. If I see it, I will order it. It also depends what is in the bar or restaurant. It is extremely drinkable and has a ton of flavor. I really enjoyed drinking this beer. Go and try it. Please let me know what you think of 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 Abita Purple Haze


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample Purple Haze from Abita.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on their Christmas Ale, you know the history of Abita Brewery.  If you have not read that post, please, read it to get to know this southern craft brewery.  Let us get into this fruit beer.

It has a cloudy light amber to darker golden color with a white constant head on this fruit lager.  The aroma has a heavy raspberry notes.  The taste has a sweet raspberry notes with a hint of light carbonated notes.  The aftertaste is nice and clean with touch of raspberry notes.  It is a drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Purple Haze is a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration.  It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops.  The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste and a subtle purple color and haze…you even may see fruit pulp in the beer.

Here is a descration from their website (www.abita.com):

Purple Haze® is a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration. It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste and a subtle purple color and haze…you may see fruit pulp in the beer.

This beer is best served with salads or light fruit desserts, such as soufflés or chiffon cakes. Many people enjoy it with chocolate desserts. Purple Haze® pairs well with certain cheeses, such as ripened Brie or any dessert made with mascarpone. It’s also great paired with entrees prepared with fruit, especially citrus. Consider enjoying Purple Haze® alone at the end of your meal as dessert.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.abita.com

Twitter:  @TheAbitaBeer

In closing, wheat and fruit beers are two beer styles that I normally do not go out of my way to hint down in the market.  I have to say Purple Haze from Abita is not a bad beer.  I love the rasphberry notes from the aroma and tasting profile.  This is a nice brew for a hot summer day or a just a beer to enjoy during a snow day.  There is a nice balances from the beer and the fruit notes.  This is a beer you can have one after and other.  Raspberries are not overpowering in the beer.  It is a nice balance and the aftertaste is clean but with a touch of raspberry notes.  I recommend this beer with dessert or it can be your dessert.  It will go good with lighter dishes like salads.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Fruli Strawberry Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into import fruit beer.  I am talking about Fruli and the beer is their Strawberry Ale.  There is not too much history on this brewery.  I could not find any history.  I do know they are an extremely small brewery in Belgium.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a reddish to amber color without head on the beer.  The smell is a heavy strawberry.  The taste of this medium beer is heavy strawberry notes with light carbonated.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

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

Fruli is a high quality Strawberry Belgian fruit beer, produced at a craft brewery near Ghent. It is a unique blend of white beer and strawberry juice. The juice complements the zestiness of the wheat beer and the result is a balanced and refreshing beer that is packed with strawberry fruit flavour.

It is simply delicious.

Fruli is a high quality Strawberry Belgian fruit beer, produced at a craft brewery near Ghent. It is a unique blend of white beer and strawberry juice. The has a delicious and refreshing taste that has been compared by Time Out magazine to a smoothie with bite….a completely different experience in beer

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.fruli.be

Twitter:  @Fruli

Closing, I do get into some fruit beers but I am not a huge fan.  I have to say this import craft fruit beer is really good beer.  It is pretty well balanced with the beer and the fruit in the beer.  It is pretty refreshing and perfect for the hot summer days.  They did a great job on this beer and 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