winter warmer

New Beer Blog 21st Amendment Brewery Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale


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In this winter beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from 21st Amendment Brewery.  It is their Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale.  If you have 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 21st Amendment Brewery.  Let us get into this winter ale.

It has a clear amber color with a tan constant head. The smell has a sweet malty to alcohol notes. The taste has a sweet malty, alcohol with other spices notes. The aftertaste has a nice warm alcohol finish. It is a nice sipping beer with cigar and fireplace.

Here is a description from their website (www.21st-amendment.com):

Like FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses, which were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time, our Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. We begin with a rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices until we know we have a beer worth sharing with the nation.

Fireside Chat is our early winter seasonal brew available from October through December in six-pack cans and on draft. Brewed like a classic, warming Strong Ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.21st-amendment.com

Twitter:  @21stAmendment

Closing, I enjoyed a lot of beers from 21st Amendment Brewery.  I was pretty excited when I made a road trip down to Ohio for a family event.  I stopped by the local craft beer store and I was pretty excited to see their beers on shelf.  It was a no brainer to pick up a few six and four packs of their brews.  I saw this one and I was pretty excited because I never had it.  I have been wanting to try it for a while now.  I love the story behind this beer.  This beer holds up its end of the bargain.  I really enjoyed this brew.  I love the balance in this brew.  It does warm you up on coldest days in the winter.  I love how the Cocoa Nibs goes well with all the other spices notes.  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 Shipyard Brewing Prelude Special Ale (2014)


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another seasonal from Shipyard Brewery.  It is their Prelude Special Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers. you know the history of this east coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Shipyard Brewery.  Let us get into this winter warmer.

It has a clear dark ruby-red color with constant small bubbles feeding a constant white head. The smell has a sweet burned malty to light rum liquor notes. There is some alcohol notes in the aroma.  The taste has a sweet burned malty with a burn alcohol aftertaste. This beer will warm you up in the winter. It is a sipping winter ale.

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

Prelude Special Ale

 “This seasonal specialty is the perfect winter warmer.”

Prelude is a rich, nutty, full-bodied English ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish.

First Brewed:  December 1993

Available:  November – December

Malt Style:  2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat

Yeast:  Top-Fermenting English

Hops:  Cascade, Tettnang, Fuggles

Color:  Deep Amber

IBUs:  47

OG:  1.070

ABV:  6.7%

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shipyard.com

Twitter:  @shipyardbrewing

Closing, I have seen this brew a few times on the shelf.   The question that I had every time is should I pick up this time?  I do not know whyI kept on walking away from it.  Is it the packaging? Or is it lack of information on the packaging?  Either way, I finally picked up this beer and I am glad I did.  I have been wanting to try it.   I kind of like this brew. This is a hidden gem for us in the Midwest. It is kind of unknown brew here. There is some nice balance but yet a nice complex notes.  I love the alcohol notes.   This is a nice beer to keep you warm in the winter months.  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