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New Beer Blog Motor City Brewing Motown Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the third beer from Motor City Brewing in the last few days.  It is their Motown Lager.  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 Detroit craft brewery. Let us get into this Lager.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a sweet corn to earthy notes. The taste has an earthly malty with slight hop notes. The aftertaste has a dry crisp aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

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

Motor City Bohemian Lager is an original Detroit beer style. We use Noble Hops and pure Detroit water to bring out the crisp, clean flavor that made Detroit famous.

ABV: 5.2%

OG: 1.048

IBU: 18

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.motorcitybeer.com

Twitter:  @motorcitybeer

In the end, as many of you know, I am always looking for the perfect or near perfect craft Lager.  If I see a craft Lager that I did not had yet, I pick it up.  This one was pretty east because it was in their Tool Box Sampler pack.  This is not the best craft Lager but it was not the worse.  It is right in the middle.  It had everything that a lager drinker is looking for with corn notes etc.  This is by far the best beer that this craft brewery makes. I like it. This is so much better than their Ghettoblaster.  There is always a cheaper beer with the same notes.  I recommend this beer at least once.  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 Bell’s Third Coast Beer


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Bell’s Brewery.  It is their Third Coast Beer.  This beer always gets confused most beer drinkers with Third Coast Old Ale.  This one is a lager and the other one is old 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 lager.

It has a cloudy golden color with a white constant head on this Lager. The smell has a sweet malty notes. The taste has a sweet malty note with a dry aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer and true to beer style.

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

Nicely balanced, Bell’s Lager Beer focuses on the flavors developed in the brew house, matching a crisp bitterness & distinctive herbal hop aromas to a simple yet firm malt backbone. Following in the tradition of Bohemian-style pilsners, this beer spends a full six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. This extended conditioning period refines the overall flavor, highlighting the contributions of the malts & hops.

In order to best preserve shelf & flavor stability, it is recommended Bell’s Lager Beer be kept refrigerated.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.bellsbeer.com

Twitter:  @bellsbrewery

Closing, as many of you know, I have been trying to find a perfect craft lager.  I have never had this beer so I broke down and pick up this beer.  It is pretty funny how this beer gets confused with their Old Ale.  I do not know why they named it about this same name. This beer is pretty average but I can see why they made this beer.  When Bell’s Brewery was starting, there was not many craft beer drinkers.  This craft brewery was trying to get mass produced lager drinkers.  There is many of these craft breweries that have lagers.  Mainly, these craft breweries started in the 1980’s.  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 Beer Stores In Southeast Michigan Part 2


In this beer blog, we are going to talk more about the liquor stores in my area and market.  This is a follow-up from a blog that I wrote about year ago.   I just find some of these stores do things that are good or bad and craft or import beer drinkers should know.  I see some stores that are under charging and there are others that are over charging.  Let us get into each of the stores.

Wine palace

If you live in the Livonia or Westland area, you know about this liquor store.  They have a great liquor and wine selection.  I have been told that they have some gems over there too.  We are here to talk about the beer selection.  They have a great craft beer and import selection.  Just like everywhere else, you do need to watch code dates.  If they know you are one of their regulars, you will get some of the one off or limited releases.  They have a great Import selection and a nice beer cave.  Their prices are one of the best in town.  Their prices go pretty well against the Meijer down the street.  Overall, this is a place to check out.

Marcus Market

This place is located in the Wayne State area.  They have an average to below average beer selection. The huge problem with this store is they are not on top of their stuff.  What I mean, they do not know what most of their beer and product cost in their store.  Their prices are pretty high or way too low.  For example, which I have many, Blake’s 6 pack cans for $19.99, which should be around $9.99 and 10.99 like other stores.  Bell’s Planet Series Uranus single bottle (12oz) for $4.99.  While other stores are charges $2.99.  There is some cider and beer that are under cost.  There is a cider from Blakes that other stores charge $24.99.  They were charging $9.99.  They do not have too many rare beers or ciders, however, they have a great Mead selection just watch the prices.  Their little restaurant in the back of the store is a most try.  Asides  that, stay away from this store.

Forrest

This is another place not far from Wayne State either.  Their prices are pretty good.  They are little high but not by much.  They have a pretty good beer selection for craft beers and ciders.  This is a great store when you want some cheap beer with a good craft beer.  They get a ton of rare and limited craft beers and ciders. You will need to ask guys behind the counter. They have a nice staff and they are willing to help their customers.  I highly recommend this store.  If you are in the Wayne State area, come here and not Marcus Market.

Holiday Market Royal Oak

I have been here a few times.  I have not been here in a while.  I just know if I cannot find a beer in my area.  I can take a trip to the east side of the City of Detroit to get it.  They have an awesome craft beer and cider selection. I know many of friends said if you are a regular. You will get some of the one off and limited releases.  If you live on the east side, I highly recommend this place.

Closing, I know there are so many other stores and I know that I keep forgetting some of them.  Please, let me know about them and I will check them out.  I will do a write-up on them.  I hope you learn something from reading this post.  Let me know about your thoughts.  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 Urban Chestnut Brewing Zwickel Bavarian Style Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample a beer for the first time on this blog.  The brewery is out St. Louis, Missouri and they call themselves Urban Chesthut Brewing Company.  The beer that will be feature is their Zwickel Bavarian Style Lager.  This brewery opened their doors about five years ago.  They opened their second brewery two years ago and it is the largest craft brewery in the St Louis area.  There is not much history on this young and upcoming craft brewery.  Let us get into this Lager.

It has a golden to strew color with a constant white head. There is an aroma but it is pretty faded. The taste has a sweet malty with some slight hoppy notes. It has a very low IBU’s. The aftertaste has a crisp dry finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’ the flagship lager of our Reverence Series (classically crafted, timeless, European-style biers) is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, German-style classic that finishes as a smooth-drinking, naturally cloudy bier (from the yeast).  Prost!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.urbanchestnut.com

Twitter:  @urbanchestnut

Closing, as many of you know, I have been on the search for the perfect craft lager.  Of course, if you have been reading my blog on a day-to-day.  While I was in Chicago visiting, I had a chance to bring some beer back with me.  This packaging caught my eye.  I love the bottles and four pack package.  This beer is named after an old German word.  I have to say my search is over.  This is the perfect craft lager. I love this beer.  There is some nice sweet malty but a little hoppy notes like a pilsner.  I highly recommend this beer.  I hoping to make a trip down to St Louis.  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 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 Short’s Brew Thirst Mutilator Munich Helles Style Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample the last beer from their Fall Sampler Pack.  Short’s Brew made this beer, which is Thirst Mutilator Munich Helles Style Lager.  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 Short’s Brewing.  Let us get into this Helles Lager.

It is a cloudy golden color with a constant white head. There is no aroma to this lager beer style. The taste has a sweet malty notes with crisp aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

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

Thirst Mutilator is a light straw-blonde lager with sharp doughy yeast esters that gather atop a perfectly retained head. Kilned barley produces perfect bready and flour-like qualities that blend pleasantly with the beer’s mild hop bitterness. Aided by a wonderful effervescence, these delicate flavors fade into a crisp clean refreshing finish.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shortsbrewing.com

Twitter:  @shortsbrewing

Closing, I will say it again and again.  If you do not make a good lager or pilsner as a brewery, please do not make them.  Any style in the lager and pilsner world are hard to make just like sours.  Short’s Brewery is like most craft brewery.  They make average to below average lagers and pilsners.  I have them credit for trying.  There is something wrong when you have to add things to hide your faults in your beers.  They did not have to in this beer and their alt that reviewed yesterday same thing.  I have seem them do it in the past.  This is an average beer.  I just feel they could drop this beer and focus on their everyday or other beer styles.  This is my thought and I know others do enjoy their beers.  I like that and they do make some good ones.  If you see this one, try it.  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 Sierra Nevada Vienna Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew, which is Vienna Lager, from Sierra Nevada’s new Fall Sampler Pack.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this lager.

It has a clear dark golden to light copper color with a white constant head.  The smell has some shunky notes.  The taste has a malty to light shunky notes with a nutty finish for the aftertaste.  It is a drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Vienna-style lagers were on the brink of extinction until American craft brewers helped revive the style.  It’s a good thing they did.  These delicate beers lean on light and bready malt flavors, but walk a fine, balanced line with whole-come European hope contributing a dry finish.

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

Vienna

The quintessential amber lager revisited.

Vienna-style beers are among the world’s first light-colored lagers and were on the brink of extinction until American craft brewers helped revive the style; it’s a good thing they did. These delicate and extremely balanced amber beers rely on semi-sweet and bready malt flavors but walk a fine line with both malt and hop character shouldering equal weight. Our take on the style features whole-cone European hops, which add to the dry finish.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.sierranevada.com

Twitter:  @sierranevada

Closing, I enjoyed drinking this beer and I will pick up their fall pack for the Oktoberfest and their Autumn Brown Ale.  Just like those other two beers, this is the only way you can get these beers.  It is a nice perfect beer for the fall pack.  I just do not know how their Pale Ale fits with all this malty love going on this pack.  It is kind of two different beer drinkers.  Most people who buy these sampler packs are taking them to parties or tailgate parties.  I honestly think this brewery can brew just about every style.  I highly recommend this beer and the sampler pack.  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 Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL


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In this beer blog, we are going to try a new beer, which is Dream Machine, from Magic Hat Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this Northeast Craft Brewery. If you have not read those posts, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this beer.

It has a slight cloudy copper color with a creamy white head on this India Pale Lager.  The aroma has a heavy citrus notes.  The taste has a slight carbonated citrus notes with a nice crisp clean finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of times honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (http://www.magichat.net):

THE STORY

Currents flow through lips, swim through limbs, lines of spine, and loop back ’round again, coming to rest in the comfort of your mind. Dream Machine whirrs, something stirs and the ether swirls with visions and dreams, reminding us that nothing in our minds must be what it seems.

THE BEER

Dream Machine, an India Pale Lager or IPL, is a melding of varied visions of an India Pale Ale and an Amber Lager. Once poured, its light copper color delights the eyes and a citrusy hop aroma flows through the nose. Upon first sip, a smooth hop bitterness reveals itself – fresh, bold and slightly spicy – before subtle hints of mild maltiness appear. A big hop bite and a crisp, clean lager finish combine for a beautifully balanced beer. Take Dream Machine for a spin and let your reverie begin.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: http://www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Closing, I have to say the later versions of IPL’s are making the earlier ones look really bad.  I will be honest at first I was not a fan of IPL’s.  I thought it was a joke or a fake of a beer style.  More and more craft breweries are making their version of India Pale Lager.  I understand why.  IPA’s are growing at a rapid rate and craft breweries are expanding IPA styles in that world.  I am a pretty big fan of Wolverine IPL.  I have to say Magic Hat out did themselves on their brew.  They have best IPL that I had so far on the market.  I know there are few more IPL’s coming soon and I will be looking for them when they hit the market.  Dream Machine is my favorite one so far.  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 Howling Chinaski


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer, which is Howling Chinaski, from Short’s Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this Northwest Brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan Craft brewery.  Let us get into this Lager.

It has a clear golden color with a constant white head on this craft lager. The aroma is fated but it is like corn notes.  The taste is like a drinks a carbonated sweet corn syrup with a clear crisp finish.  The corn notes is not making this drinkable to me.  I can see some beer drinkers thinking this beer is drinkable.

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

Howlin’ Chinaski is a light bodied, golden straw colored Dortmunder beer. It has bready Bohemian lager yeast esters and grassy hop aromas. The overall malt sweetness is quite low, with the dominate flavors being the hearty milled grains. Howlin’ Chinaski has slight bitter complements from the German Spalt hops.

Howlin’ Chinaski was brewed as a traditional German Dortmunder Lager. Dortmunder is a Pale Lager that originated in the industrial city of Dortmund, Germany. Originally brewed by Dortmunder Union brewery in 1873, this soft pilsner style beer became very popular with industrial workers, and was responsible for Dortmunder Union becoming Germany’s largest brewery and Dortmund having the highest concentration of breweries in Germany.

6.5% ABV

27 IBU

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shortsbrewing.com

Twitter:  @ShortsBrewing

Ending, I have to say since moving back to Michigan from Chicago.  I was excited to get Short’s beers on a day-to-day basis.  I have went through and retry all  their beers.  To me, their beers do not taste like how I remember them.  I do not know if it is because my taste buds have changed or their quality has went down.  I know they have one thing right.  They keep releasing new beer brands every week.  That could be a good thing or a bad thing.  I believe it is a bad because.  I just believe they are pushing and rushing their beers to the market.  Just because it is from Michigan, it does not mean it is a good beer.  Now onto this beer, it reminds me of MGD.  It has too much corn front notes.  It is pretty drinkable.  I just wished the corn notes were not overpowering.  I do not recommend but let me know what you think of this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram: @djweiser13

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Abita Amber Lager


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

It has a slight amber color with a constant white head on this Lager.  The aroma has a nice sweet caramel notes.  The taste of this light to medium body has a nice carbonated earthly to caramel notes with a nice crisp finish for the aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a descriation from the beer bottle:

Abita Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with pale and caramel malts and German Perle hops.  It has a smooth, malty, caramel flavor and a rich amber color.  One of our first and most popular brews.  Amber pairs well with many foods.

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

Amber

Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with pale and caramel malts and German Perle hops. It has a smooth, malty, slightly caramel flavor and a rich amber color. Abita Amber was the first beer offered by the brewery and continues to be our leading seller. Amber is Abita’s most versatile beer for pairing with food. It has been voted “best beer” in numerous New Orleans reader polls and is used frequently in recipes of great Louisiana chefs.

Because of its smooth, malty flavor, try it with smoked sausages, Louisiana boudin, or even with caviar. It’s great with crawfish and Cajun food. You might also enjoy it paired with a spicy gumbo or tomato-based pasta sauce. It also goes well also with fried catfish dipped in a tart, lemony tartar sauce. Parmesan, Pecorino and Romano cheeses are good pairings with Abita Amber.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: www.abita.com

Twitter: @theabitabeer

In the end, I just find myself not drinking their beers as much as New Belgium and Sierra Nevada beers from their samplers. I brought those packs after I brought Abita Party Pack, which is their sampler. I am not saying I did not like their beers. I did but not as much as those other breweries beers. As many of you know, I am on the search for a good and great craft lager. This Amber Lager was on the list to retry it. I have to say it is pretty average. It is not any special. It has more flavor than the mass produced American Lagers. If you never had this beer, I would try it and draw your own thoughts on this Amber Lager. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser

Instagram: @djweiser13