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New Beer Blog New Glarus Back 40 Bock


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from New Glarus Brewing and the beer is called Back 40 Bock.  If you read my earlier beer blog on their beers, you know about this brewery.  If you have not, please, read that beer blog to get up to speed on this brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a brown color with a snow-white head on the beer.  The smell is a hint of caramel. The taste is a sweet malty with a toffee aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable and smooth beer.

Here is description from beer bottle and website (www.newglarusbrewing.com):

The “Back Forty” is property commonly found on the outskirts of the Wisconsin family farm. Here uncultivated acres wait prime for adventure forts, tree houses, rope swings and first kisses! A place to run away, to camp, to climb, to build, to play.  Not actually home but not too far away. That’s the Back Forty. The beer you hold is similar both dark and adventurous still smooth and familiar.  Here’s a beer you can enjoy without pretense or explanation.  Every mind requires some acres of possibility, space for dreams, the great escape, everyone needs a Back Forty.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newglarusbrewing.com

Twitter:  @newglarusbeer

Ending, this was a pretty different beer.  I was expecting something else and I receive something a little better in my mind.  This bock is nothing special but it is still a good beer.  To me, it is a beer I am glad I try but I know I will not be trying this beer again. 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

New Beer Blog Big Horn Ram Oktoberfest


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another fall seasonal.  This fall beer is coming from Big Horn Ram Oktoberfest.  If you read my earlier blog post on this brewery’s beer, you know a little history of this brewery.  If you have not, please, read the first part of that beer post.  Let us get into the beer.

The beer has a nice clear copper color without a head. The smell is a sweet malty to caramel to the beer. The taste is a sweet carbonation malty with a malty aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.theram.com

Twitter:  @theRAM

In closing, I enjoy this brewery for the value you get out of their food and beer.  This is a huge comment for this brewery and it is the fact this was one of the best Oktoberfest that I had this season.  It is extremely drinkable and great taste to this craft beer.  I love the malty taste throughout the drinking experience.  If you live by a Ram Brewery, you need to check them out.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser

New Beer Blog Metropolitan Krankshaft


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In my 160th blog post, we are going to check out one of the newer breweries in the Chicago area that has popped up in the last 7 years.  The brewery I am talking about is Metropolitan and the beer is their Krankshaft.  Here is a little history on this brewery.  Metropolitan Brewery was founded in 2008 by Doug and Tracey Hurst in the Ravenswood Neighborhood of Chicago, IL.  Their beers are the German Style.  They brewery several different brews in the German Style.  Let us get into this beer.

Krankshaft is one of their everyday six-pack beers and is unique to see this style of beer be available everyday.  In most cases, brewery’s Kolsch is a Spring or Summer Seasonal.  It has a pale yellow color with a little white head on the beer.  It has a slight citrus smell.  It has a nice slight citrus taste and a nice dry crisp aftertaste.  It is very drinkable.

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

Brewed in homage to the beer of Cologne, Krankshaft is a pale straw hued smile in a glass. We throw in a little wheat malt to round out an easy Santiam hop bitterness. There are no Köbes to serve them up, but you should feel free to have as many as you like.

Krankshaft Kölsch style beer goes great with fruit salad, sailing, pot stickers, graduation parties, gyros, kick ball, pistachios, cole slaw, Star Trek marathons, miso, rye vodka, canoeing, dinner waffles, dal, gelato, star gazing, popcorn, beach combing, barbeque, lawn chairs, chiles rellenos, muenster cheese, Black Jack, hummus & pita, pinball, guacamole, gardening, French Onion soup, and yoga.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.metrobrewing.com

Twitter:  @metrobrewing

In closing, I was not a fan of this brewery at first because when they came out I was not into German Craft Beer Styles.  However, when they first started,  I still wanted to check them out anyways.  I did try them out and did not like their beers ar first.  I am just being honest, however, I tried their beers again of late.  Where I try this beer, I knew it was fresh because they tapped it right in front of me.  I wish they had a brewpub so I could try their all their beers.  I went to their website and I noticed  they do brewery tours.  I would love to get into one but it looks like they do not have any tours happening anytime soon.  I will be checking back to see if they have updates on more brewery tours.  This is one of the best Kolsch Craft Style that I have had in a long time.  It has a ton of flavor but the drinkablity like mass produce American Lager.  It has a better taste of course.  This beer could switch a ton of those American lager drinkers.  It is smooth and crisp but enough fruity notes to make the alehead happy.  Since I cannot get Schlafly Kolsch, I will be adding this my line up beers.   This is a great beer and I am happy that is Chicago Brewery is not copying what the other Chicago Craft Breweries are doing in the market.  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

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Octoberfest


While in Michigan, we are going to take a look at another brew from Frankenmuth Brewery.  This beer is one of their Fall Seasonal called Octoberfest.  If you read my earlier blog post on their beers, you know a little something about this brewery.  If you did not, please, go back and read the first part of that blog.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a nice copper color without a head.  It has a sweet malty smell.  The taste is about the same with a little carbonation.  Just like the classic style, it has taste, smell, and aftertaste.  It is extremely drinkable.

Here is description from website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Oktoberfest Lager-An authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Its trademarked copper color is achieved by 4 different malts thus giving it its barley flavor. Adding German noble hops brews the perfect balance and tops with a nice finish. This once a year lager is a reason to celebrate all by itself.
ABV 5.27% IBU 27

Here is their website and addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

In closing, as many of you know I am huge fan of this brewery.  I love how easy the beer drinker can drink this beer.  It has a nice malty flavor and gives the true malt drinker something to remember.  As a huge Fall Seasonal Beer fan, this beer makes me die happy if it was today. It is a malt drinkers heaven in this beer.  This is a very good beer and I wish I could drink it all the time.  I cannot wait for them to get to Chicago or I might just have to move back to Michigan.  I would hunt this beer down.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Lake Placid Craft Brewing Hefeweizen


In this blog, we are going to get into the second beer that I received from my Beer of the Month.  This brew is called Lake Placid Craft Brewing Hefeweizen Wheat Ale.  If you read my earlier blog on their Barkeater Amber Ale, you know a little bit of this brewery.  Let us get into this all year-long beer.

This beer ia a nice cloudy golden color with a little constant head to it.  You can smell lemon to citrus in the beer. The taste is a little citrus and a lot of banana clove in it. This beer is very drinkable and stays true to the German Beer Style.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Lake Placid Hefeweizen is brewed with German wheat and barley as well as authentic German yeast, resulting in tasty esters, a touch of clove spiciness, and a cloudy, golden appearance.  It’s a perfect complement to sunny, summer days and cool, Adirondack nights.  Here’s to summer!

Here is a description from their website (www.ubuale.com), which I believe this is the right beer:

5.0% ABV

High Peaks Hefewiezen is a German Style Wheat Beer. It is yellow/pale orange in color and is cloudy in appearance. It is a very unique beer that is fermented with an ale yeast from Weihenstephan, Germany (pronounced Vine-Schte-fawn). Hefewiezen (pronounced Hefay-vite-zen) actually means “wheat beer with yeast”, which is why we do not clarify this beer. The thick cloudiness is actually the yeast suspended in the beer. The yeast contributes a unique flavor with a strong banana and clove character.  It has a very spicy aroma with hints of banana and clove in the aroma as well. It is brewed with 50% malted wheat, in place of malted barley, and hopped with noble hop varieties originating in Germany. It is not a bitter beer style, therefore letting the wheat flavors and yeast flavors dominate.  Traditionally, this beer is often served with a lemon in it, however, we do not recommend it. This beer will be on tap throughout the summer until roughly mid September.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.ubuale.com

Twitter:  @ubuman

In closing, just like their Barkeater Amber ale, this beer style is not my flavorite out in the market.  I HATE this beer style along with whites, and wheat ales.  I realize that “hate” is a very strong word to use but that is how I feel about this classic beer styles.  If you read any of my blogs, I am very honest about the beers but I will tell you if it is a good beer or not.  Plus, just because I say the beer is not good that does not mean you will not like it.  With that all said, this beer is pretty good but I canot see myself drinking this in my regular lineup.  They did a very good job keeping it to true to the German Beer Style with a little twist.  With the huge growth of Wheat Ale, I believe this beer should be doing very good right now. I know the ones in my market, which is Chicago, are doing very well.  I have to say this brew has to be one of the best one in the Craft Beer market.  Good job on this brew!  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser