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New Beer Blog Shiner Wicked Ram IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a new brew from Shiner Brewery.  The little brewery can do it.  It is their Wicked Ram IPA.  This is the first IPA that is being made by a traditional German brewery.   If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Texas craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a golden to light copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a piney like notes. The taste has a earthy to piney notes with a dry hop bitter aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shiner.com

Twitter:  @shinerbeer

Closing, I am a pretty big fan of this craft brewery.  I love the rich history of Shiner.  It is in a little town and this little brewery in the middle of it.  I do not understand why people do not like this brewery in Michigan.  This is a great brewery.  I was happy a few years back that they were going to get into the ale market.  I was pretty excited to see them making an IPA.  I like it but it is a nice beginner IPA. Asides that, a brewery that was making all lagers did a great job on their first IPA.  I will be adding this to my IPA rotation.  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 Shiner Bock


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample the flagship from Shiner.  It is their Bock.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Texas base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this American classic craft brewery.  Let us get into this bock.

It is not a see through beer. It has a reddish-brown color without a head. The aroma is pretty faded. It is hard to pick up but I believe it is a sweet malty notes. The taste of this medium body has a power of malt but it has some sweet malty notes with hints of nutty notes. The aftertaste has a sweet malty dry finish. It is a drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Bock Beer combines old world bavarian heritage with American handcraft brewing for a smooth, delightfully drinkable dark beer.

Handcrafted in this same brewery where it was first made back in 1913, this genty hopped medium brown brew is the pride of Shiner, Texas.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shiner.com

Twitter:  @shinerbeer

Ending, this is an American classic brew.  I do not know anyone that does not like this brew. This brew has everything.  It is drinkable and has some flavor.  It is not really missing much.  I love it. I just wish it was a little bit bigger here in Michigan.  I normally go out of my way to get to this beer during football 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 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 Shiner Haymaker Extra Pale Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the new pale ale from Shiner Brewery.  It is called Haymaker Extra Pale Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Texas Craft Brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Shiner Brewery.   Let us get into this pale ale.

It has a clear golden color with semi on white head. There is not any aroma to this ale. The taste has a light earthly to slight citrus notes. The aftertaste has a slight hop bitterest that is not overly powerful.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This small batch brew is the sixth in our Limited Edition Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew Series.  Our light-bodied extra pale ale has a golden color, smooth malty flavor and clean finish.  Cascade hops balance it out to create a truly refreshing session beer for those who know there’s nothing better at the end of a long day of making hay.  Prosit!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shiner.com

Twitter:  @shinerbeer

In the end, I was pretty upset that I had to buy the sampler pack.  I am not a fan of all the Shiner’s beers.  There is some that I can do without.  It was worth it to try this beer and get more of this great brand.  This beer has a nice balance and some nice hop tasting notes.  I love this pale ale. I believe Shiner Brewery is starting to find themselves in the Ale world.  I believe all other craft breweries will need to watch out.  They make some nice and good lagers.  I just wish that this beer was in 6 or 12 pack bottles in my market.  This is a great beer and 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 Shiner Bohemian Black Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the Black Lager from Shiner Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Texas craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this little brewery can.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a black color with a tan color head that disappears over time. There is no aroma to this black lager. The taste has a clean crisp like roasted malty notes. The aftertaste has a slight malty notes but still has a clean crisp finish like all lagers on beer market. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Here in Shiner, TX (population 2,070), we’ve been handcrafting beer since 1909.  The passion of our original brewmaster, Kosmos Spoetzl, continues to inspire our efforts today.  First brewed to commemorate our 97th anniversary, this Bohemian Black Lager remains true to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants who settled Shiner.  Imported Czech Saaz and Styrian hops, and select roasted malts make this “Schwarzbier” our darkest brew yet.  Prosit!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shiner.com

Twitter:  @shinerbeer

Closing, I have been a pretty big fan of Shiner Brewery.  When I lived in Chicago, I could find their beers everywhere.  Since I moved back to Michigan, it is pretty hard to find their beers.  I had to buy a sampler back which I am not complaining.  I do not like the fact I cannot get more Black Lager and other brews.  I like this black lager. There is not too many good Black Lagers in market.  It has a nice balance and you can drink this in the hot summer days and of course the coldest winter days.  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 Shiner Brewery Birthday Beer Chocolate Stout


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In this winter beer blog, we are going to get into the first stout from Shiner Brewery.  It is their #106 Birthday Beer and it is called Birthday Beer Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Texas craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Shiner.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The smell has a heavy chocolate notes. It also has a fresh chocolate cake notes. The taste has a sweet to heavy chocolate notes with a dry cocoa chocolate aftertaste. It is a nice sipping beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Happy Beer-Day to Shiner!

To celebrate the 106th birthday of the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, we crafted this special limited-edition brew that’s a sweet treat for all.  Brewed with chocolate malt and real cocoa, this year’s Shiner Birthday Beer is a delicious stout with a soft creamy head, chocolate aroma and taste and a slightly sweet finish.  Drink this beer that’s as rich as Shiner’s heritage while it lasts – once it’s gone, you’ll have to wait until next year for another birthday surprise!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shiner.com

Twitter:  @shinerbeer

In closing, I am very proud of Shiner Brewery.  When I was down there, they were getting ready to open their Ale Brew House.  This brewery has come a long way in 100 years.  Happy Birthday, Shiner!  This is their first stout and their new winter seasonal.  I will have to say it is not disappointing.  I love it. It is like a chocolate cake taste but in liquid form.  It has a nice aroma and taste profile.  There is nothing more to say but this is an awesome beer.  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 Shiner Oktoberfest


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to take a look at another Oktoberfest but this time it is from Shiner Brewery.  This little brewery could do anything.  This German base brewery has been blogged about in my blogs in the pasted.  If you have read my earlier blogs, you know about this brewery.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that Wild Hare post.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a clear copper color with a constant white head on the beer.  It has a sweet caramel malty smell to the Oktoberfest.  The taste is what you aspect from a German base brewery. It has a heavy malty to a little caramel taste with malty aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Here in Shiner, TX, we’re suckers for tradition.  Which is why this classic Oktoberfest brew is made with the highest quality two-row barley, Munich and caramel malts, along with German grown Hallertau Tradition and hersbrucker hops.  It’s our way of honoring our ancestors and the beer they loved to celebrated with So raise your stein to tradition and enjoy this utterly classic brew.  Prosit!

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

Style:
This festive Marzen-style seasonal has a deep amber color and slightly toasted flavor. The initial rich malty aroma and sweetness fades to a moderately dry, hoppy finish.

Recipe:
Made with the highest-quality Two-Row Barley, Munich and Caramel malts, along with German-grown Hallertau Tradition and Hersbrucker hops.

Back Story:
First introduced to the Shiner family as our 96 Anniversary Brew, this Marzen-style brew has regained popularity among Shiner and Oktoberfest drinkers alike.  It’s connection to tradition and celebration makes it a great fit for the Shiner seasonal portfolio.

Goes Well With:
Best when served with meaty dishes like sausage and roasted chicken, fresh, creamy cheeses, pasta with white sauces and seafood.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shiner.com

Twitter:  @shinerbeer

In closing, I really enjoyed this beer and this is one of my favorite beers from this brewery.  I believe this beer is just above Wild Hare Pale Ale for the top spot from this brewery.  I had the chance to visit this brewery a few years ago and had a blasted.  This brewery makes some good beers and I hope you had a chance to try some of their beers.  This Oktoberfest is close to the classic style.  It has a heavy malty taste that will make your malt drinker loving this beer to the end of the season.  Plus, this beer just won Gold Medal in this Great American Beer Festival. Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder


In this blog, we are going to get into one of the seasonal from the Shiner Brewery,  It is their spring seasonal called Dortmunder.  If you read my earlier blog, you are pretty up to speed with this brewery.  Let us get into the brewery.

Shiner Dortmunder has a copper color without a head on the beer.  There is a slight malty smell to the beer.  It has a sweet, carbonation, and carmel taste with a dry crisp finish to it. It is a drinkable spring beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Spring has a sprung at the little brewery in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070).  And with it, our newest brew, Shiner Dortmunder-Style Spring Ale.  This Old World classic pours deep gold in color, with a white head and smooth flavor.  Its medium hop bitterness, and hints of grain honey and floral hops will refresh you like a sun-drenched nap on a lush green lawn.  Prosit!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shiner.com

Twitter:  @shinerbeer

In closing, Shiner Dortmunder is not one of my favorite seasonals or beers from Shiner Brewery.  It is not a bad beer for being a meduim body beer.  It is a perfect beer for the spring time.  This beer is good to drink all day while doing lawn work or watching a baseball game from start to finish.  If you love German style beers, you will love Shiner Brewery’s beers.  They are German base asides Shiner Wild Hare, which is newest beer to their everday lineup and I have blogged about it in the past.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Schlafly Kolsch Ale Style


In this beer blog, we are going to sample out a beer style that I am not a huge fan of it.  I am talking about Kolsch Ale from Schlafly.  Schlafly Brewery started to brew their beers in 1991 and was founded by Dan Kopman and Tom Schlafly.  Their goal was to brew some good beers in the downtown St Louis area.  They are now being distribute to nine other states asides their home state.  Some of these states are part of them like Illinois.  Schlafly Brewery is now brewing several different styles of beer and over 25 seasonal brews.  I know the last time I was down there when my sister lived there.  They were just getting into the 750ml bottle business.  This is a really good brewery and St Louis should be proud to have them in their backyard.  Let us get beer from this brewery.

Schlafly Kolsch is part of their everyday beer line up, which is rare to see a brewery have this style one of their everyday beers. At one time, it was rare to see this beer style in the market.  Now the beer style is just about everywhere and newer ones are a ton better than the older ones. It has yellow color with a head kind of in it. It has a sweet to light citrus smell to it. It has a really sweet to slight hoppy taste to the beer with no really aftertaste.  It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Schlafly Kolsch Style Ale is a golden-colored, medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing ale.  This style, which originated in Cologne, is well-balanced, mild-mannered, and a perfect companion for any occasion.

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

Our Kölsch is a classic golden ale that uses a centuries old yeast strain sourced from a famous Kölsch brewer in Köln, Germany. Fermented at 62 degrees, then cold conditioned, it has the delicate fruity aroma of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager. It is brewed with lightly roasted malt and 100% German Noble Hops: Perle for bitterness and Hallertau Traditional for flavor and aroma.

In 1918, the term Kölsch was used to describe the ale brewed in Köln, a city on the Rhine River in western Germany. The style began to rise in popularity in the 1960s and now, many American craft brewers brew variations of the style, labeling it a golden ale.  Our Kölsch is unique to the Schlafly brewery because  Ulrike, a native of Köln and wife of brewery co-founder Tom Schlafly, connected Schlafly Beer with the Gaffel Brewery of Köln. Schlafly Beer won the Gold Medal for Best German-style Kölsch in the World Beer Cup in 2010.

ABV:   4.8%   |   IBU:   25

Appearance: Straw-colored, bright

Process: 62 degree fermentation

Hops: Hallertau Tradition, Perle (DE)

Malts: 2-row malted barley, wheat malt, Munich malt, Carapils malt

Yeast: Köln brewery yeast strain

OG: 11.8

SRM: 6

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.schlafly.com

Twitter:  @schlafly

In closing,  just what I said I have never been a huge fan of this beer style.  I know it is because of the light to medium body that this beer style brings forth.  I get it because it is perfect for the spring and summer, which is when you normally see this beer style out by craft beer breweries.  I like this beer but it is not on my regular beer line up.  It is has some good flavor better than other Kolsch in the market.  This beer is one of  the best ones on the market.  Go hunt it 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 Barkeater Amber


In this blog, we are going to check out a new brewery for me and a beer from my Beer of the Month.  The brewery is Lake Placid Craft Brewing and the beer is Barkeater Amber.  The brewery was founded in 1996 by Christopher Ericson in Lake Placid, New York.  They started out as a small brewpub and started to grow from there.  Their Flagship beer Ubu Ale has been the shining star in their lineup.  It has been enjoyed by countless locals and tourist that heard stories from others.  The great story of this brewery and brew came from their website when President Clinton requested several cases for a White House party.  Let us get into this great beer.

Lake Placid Barkeater Amber Ale is one of their seasonal.  This beer has a dark amber color without a head. It has a heavy malty smell to the beer. The taste is of carbonation to sweet malty taste. The aftertaste is dry with along carbonation.  This beer is very drinkable.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

“Barkeater” is a translation of the Mohawk word for the Adirondack mountains, but we prefer drinking a beer rather than chewing on trees.  Deep amber in color, Barkeater Amber blends a smooth, medium body with the subtle balance of American hops.  Here’s to the Adirondacks!

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

5.3% ABV

This is an American-style amber ale that has been around for many years. It is one of two amber ales that we regularly brew at the pub, this being the drier hoppier of the two. Barkeater Amber is brewed with a variety of crystal malts which gives its red color and slightly sweet malt flavor. It has four hop additions, with the last addition being a relatively large addition of Willamette hops.  This beer has a fairly dry finish and has been a local favorite for about 15 years

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.ubuale.com

Twitter:  @ubuman

In closing, there is not too many American Craft Breweries that can get this classic beer style corrected.  This brewery has found a way to get this classic beer style correct while making it their own unlike other craft breweries. I am for one not a huge fan of this beer style.  However, this beer is right up my alley because of the time frame it is available, it is very drinkable and a ton of flavor going on in this beer.  I cannot see myself drinking this all year long but I would rush to the store when it comes out as a seasonal beer.   Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser