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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 Schlafly Pumpkin Ale


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to take a look at one of my favorite pumpkin ale from Schlafly.  If you read my earlier blog, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that blog post.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a clear dark copper color without a head on the beer.  This pumpkin has a cinnamon and nutmeg smell to it. It has a huge cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin, which is extremely rare in these beers.  It is very drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Schlafly Pumpkin ale Celebrate the bounty of harvest with this rich, malty ale brewed with pumpkin and flavored with spices to invoke the season of plenty.

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

Our Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

While pumpkin beers were produced in the early days of the American colonies, they were different from the pumpkin beers we know today.  Colonists used pumpkin and squash as the fermenting medium, since malted barley was scarce.  Once malt became more readily available, it replaced these alternatives to grain.  In the 1990’s, American craft brewers reintroduced the style to the delight of pumpkin beer drinkers.

Available September-October.

ABV:   8%   |   IBU:   16

  • Appearance: Copper-colored, bright
  • Process: Brewed with pumpkin squash and a blend of spices
  • Hops: Marynka (PL)
  • Malts: 2-row and Crystal malted barley, Munich malt, wheat malt, chocolate malt
  • Yeast: American Ale
  • OG: 18.5
  • SRM: 26.6

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.schlafly.com

Twitter:  @schlafly

Closing, I really love this beer and it is my favorite pumpkin beer on the market.  Every year I have to work the phones to get a few six packs up here in Chicago.  This beer has the sweetness of the nutmeg, cinnaom, and the taste of Pumpkin in it.  Most Pumpkin ales or lagers do not have the taste of Pumpkin or just very little.  It is very drinkable and full of flavor.  I highly recommend this beer.  This is what a pumpkin ale is suppose to be not what is out in the market.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill 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 Schlafly Pale Ale


In this blog, we are going to sample out the flagship beer, which is Pale Ale, from Schlafly Brewery.  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 into my favorite beer from this brewery.

Schlafly Pale Ale has a beautiful copper color with a nice white head. It has a malty smell with a slight citrus to it.  The taste has a malty, honey, and Carmel with a slight dry aftertaste.  It is drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Schlafly Pale Ale is a rich, amber-colored, medium-bodied, Bristish-style ale with a smooth mild hop character.  Perfect for those hot summer days and nights as well as a cozy winter fire.

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

Our flagship Pale Ale is a smooth, balanced, copper-colored session beer with mildly spiced flavor and aroma from the East Kent Goldings hops. The bready, lightly caramel malt complements the hint of fruitiness contributed by the London Ale yeast, making it satisfying and authentic; the perfect flagship beer for Schlafly.

Sixteenth century brewers created amber beers by using a form of coal called coke to roast their grains. Coke burns hotter and more steadily than wood without imparting the foul odors from coal. It allowed brewers to produce caramel malts that were paler alternatives to the common brown porters. At about the same time, Flemish migrants introduced hops to English beers and soon this ale became the chosen style of England from the mid-16th century until the end of the 20th century. Today, brewers outside England have adopted the Pale Ale and made it one of the leading styles of the American craft beer movement.

ABV:   4.4%   |   IBU:   25

Appearance: Amber red, bright

Process: Classic English

Hops: East Kent Goldings, Northdown, Pilgrim (UK)

Malts: 2-row and caramel malted barley

Yeast: London Ale

OG: 11.2

SRM: 13.5

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.schlafly.com

Twitter:  @schlafly

In closing, this is not at the top of my list of beers to drink from Schlafly but it is right there.  Most flagship beers from breweries, I am not normally a fan of it.  This beer, I will drink when it is around my place or out and about in bars or restaurants.  If there is another Schlafly beer that I like and available there.  I will drink that one first over this one.  Please, do not take this the wrong way.  This is a well done up beer.  It has a ton of flavor and drinkable in any season.   I am really not a fan of the english style pale ale.  I will say this is better than most english style pale ales out in the market right now.  I recommend you trying this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Schlafly Dry Hopped APA Ale


In this blog, we are going to get into one of my favorite breweries, who is Schlafly Brewery, from St Louis, MO.  I had a friend that traveled down and she asked me if I needed anything down there.  I asked her to pick up Schlafly Sampler Pack and four pack of Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale.  Let us get into some of the history of this brewery.  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 into my favorite beer from this brewery.

Schlafly Dry Hopped Ale APA Ale has a pretty dark golden with a constant head. It has a sexy citrus smell to the beer. It has a sweet carbonation citrus taste with next to nothing on the aftertaste. It is drinkable beer for a unique beer style.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Schlafly Dry Hopped APA is an American Pale Ale with a hearty dose of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma.  We add hops directly into the finished beer to boost the fresh, fruity flavor and aroma of American hops.

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

Our Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (APA) is charged with American hops to create a bold, aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. After fermentation, the beer circulates through a bed of whole-cone Cascade and Chinook hops, boosting the distinctive hop aroma of this satisfying ale.

In the long view of the history of beer, American Pale Ale is a newcomer.  Based on English Pale Ale, American brewers adapted this style into something new.  Born out of the reverence English Pale Ales during the 1980’s American beer scene, APA is the bold, hoppier cousin of Pale Ale.  With an emphasis on American hops, APA is gaining popularity with breweries racing to make these ales with such great hop characters.

Appearance: Golden amber, slightly hazy

Process: Dry hopped with whole cone American hops; unfiltered

Hops: Cascade, Chinook (US)

Malts: 2-row and caramel malted barley

Yeast: American Ale

OG: 14.8

SRM: 10.6

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.schlafly.com

Twitter:  @schlafly

In closing, this is drinkable beer and this is closest thing to an India Pale Ale in their everyday line up.  They do make IPA but it is a seasonal that is out right now.  This brewery does not disappoint me at all.  Even with beer styles I do not like I just find my way liking their beers.  This beer is available in six packs and twelve packs bottles.  This is a well balance beer and they did a great job.  I highly recommend trying this beer if you love West Coast Pale Ales and India Pale Ales.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Nicklas Lidstrom Retirement NHL


In this blog, we are going to talk about one of my favorite players, who is Nicklas Lidstrom, from the Detroit Red Wings.  He retires from the NHL with 20 years of playing the game.  Being a very late draft pick by the Wings and then turning into one of the greatest players in the game while adding to the rich history to Red Wings.  He is a four-time Stanley Cup and seven time Norris winner, which three were in a row. He also won Conn Smythe, which is MVP in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is rare to see a player play for only one team.

Career Stats (Yahoo Sports Canada):

Year      GP   G      A      Pts  +/-  PIM Hits BkS PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct

Career 1564 264 878 1142 450 514 146  253    132   458 10     30     35 3875  .068

This future Hall of Framer was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 in the Round 3rd, which was 53rd overall. Yet he was not a physical defense men.  He is the smartest hockey player that I have ever saw without and with the puck.  His plus/minus is 450 and only had one year where he was -2, which was 2010-2011.  His highest plus/minus year was in 1993-1994, which was +43.  I get it he played on some really good teams during his career, however most Hall of Fame careers has some lowest in the early and some very highs at the end.  Red Wings in the 1990s were coming off years of bad hockey in the 1980s and they were building their team through the draft just like most smart teams in any sports.

In closing, I am not much of a number guy for any sports.  They do tell a story but I just love watching the sport and the player.  I love seeing what the player does without and with the puck or ball.  I have to say Nicklas Lidstrom was a most interesting player to watch.  He was always doing something on the ice to get the Red Wings in a better situation.  He did his job very well and made it look too easy.  Another fact that came out of his retirement, this will be first time in 30 years we Red Wings Fans and NHL fans will see a Detroit Red Wings team without Yzerman and Lidstrom on it.  Wings will never be able to replace him like they cannot replace a Steve Y, however, the Wings future is very bright.  To finally close, it was honor to watch Nicklas Lidstrom grow into one of the greatest players in the game.  I am glad I lived in this era of NHL hockey to see it.  Good Luck #5 and Thank you for all the awesome memories!  Enjoy it! Drink it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser

New Blog Perennial Artisan Ales Saison de Lis


In this blog, we are going to talk about a brewery, who is called Perennial Artisan Ales, that was founded in 2011.  This brewery joins an awesome current lineup of craft breweries in and out of St Louis, MO. This blog will feature one, which is called Saison de Lis, and there will be two more blogs, which are called Hommel Bier and Hommel Bier,to follow.

Just like a normal farmhouse saison ale, it is cloudy and golden to yellow in color. The smell is slightly circus to very earthly.  This Saison just like others is very drinkable and refreshing, which is why this beer style is brew by farmers on their farms in Belgium for their workers.

Here is a few sources to get to know about this brewery:

Website: www.perennialbeer.com

Twitter: @PerennialBeer

On ending, this beer is in big bottles and I am really not a fan of beers in these big bottles.  Unless, it is a really big beer and this saison is only 5% in ABV.  This beer is pretty good but not for the packaging size and price.  They did a very good job doing the American version of this beer.  I would say try it and put your thoughts on this beer.  It would be neat to check out their Brewpub some time in the future.  I will have to hunt down their other beers.  They are brewing some interesting beers.  Overall, this beer has a market just like every beer but I am not the market.  Enjoy it! Drink it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser

New Blog Perennial Artisan Ales Black Walnut Dunkel


In this blog, we are going to talk about the second of three beers from Perennial Artisan Ales.  The beer we are going to talk about from this brewery is called Black Walnut Dunkel, which is their spring seasonal.  If you read my blog on Sunday, which is Perennial Artisan Ales Saison de Lis, you will know about the history.

While the beer is sitting in the glass, it comes across as a light brown in color with constant head.  The carbonation during the pouring process is pretty normal for a German Dunkel.  The smell is like roasted chestnuts over a fireplace during the Christmas holiday season. This beer has a taste of a black walnut ice cream. Going deep in detail with that statement. It comes across as a slight sweet chocolate taste with mild walnut sweet aftertaste.  You will taste the walnut throughout the drinking experience but it is there but not really there. I am not a brew master but for reason I am getting some vanilla taste.  I really do not know where that vanilla is coming from in this beer.  It is a very drinkable in the spring to fall season and that is why it is a seasonal.

Here is a description from the bottle:

Black Walnut Dunkel is our first foray into German-style beer.  Originally brewed for an underground beer dinner with our friends at entre, BWD is a rich, malty Dunkelweiss with 250 pounds of Missouri black walnuts.  Game birds, such as quail, pair nicely with the unique, earthy character of the walnuts.

Here is a few sources to get to know about this brewery:

Website: www.perennialbeer.com

Twitter: @PerennialBeer

Closing out the tap, I know what I said in my other blog about their other beer, however, this beer being so different then what is out in the market.  I will pick up a bottle of this beer to pair it with a dessert, salad, or what it says on the bottle wild game.    I am a huge fan of German Weiss more than another wheat out there.  I am a huge fan of this beer.  It is a very good beer and I believe you should search this beer out.  It will be available in all big craft beer stores.  Let me know what you think of this great beer.  Enjoy it! Drink it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser

New Blog Perennial Artisan Ales Hommel Bier


In this blog, we are going to talk about the final beer from the Perennial Artisan Ales that I got my hands on in the Chicago market.  They have a few more beers that I believe will not be available just yet in this market.  The beer that will be feature is their Hommel Bier.  This brewery goal is take American and Belgian styles and do something different within reason.  Hommel Bier is a Belgian Style Ale.

This beer pours into glass with huge carbonation just like your normal Belgian Strong Golden Ale.  The head is very constant with a slightly cloudy golden color to the beer. It has species and slight circus smell. The taste is sweet and carbonation with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.   It is kind of dry for the aftertaste. This beer is drinkable at anytime of the year.  It has a nice spicy kicking in this beer just like your normal Belgian style.  Just reading the description, I believe the spices are coming from the Belgian Yeast.

Here is description from the bottle:

In the hop capital of Belgium, Hommel is the word for Humulus, the plant genus where hops reside. Our Hommel Bier defies tradition by combining North American malts, Pacific Northwest hops, and a Belgian yeast strain.  The result is a beer that combines earthy and spicy tones from the yeast with a slight orange note contributed by the hops.  We think it’s buzzworthy.

Here is a few places on the web to get some information about this brewery:

Website: www.perenialbeer.com

Twitter: @perenialbeer

Closing out the tap, this beer like their Saison.  I honestly do not think it is a good value in a 750ml bottle.  However, this beer has a lower ABV, which is 5.9%, then other Belgium or styel, it puts it at a value and drinkable then them.  What I mean by that, you can drink all day and do not have to worry about getting tank.  Duvel, for example, you will have to worry about the ABV because it is 8.5%.  Since this is a small brewery, there will be a limited supply in the market (I am assuming.  I could be totally wrong on this theory.  I am just using my experience at searching for beers from smaller breweries.  I hope I am wrong on this theory.).  I believe craft beer drinkers will hunt this beer down even more then other beers that are easier to find.  Go find this beer and let me know what you think. Enjoy it!  Drink it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser