Trois Pistoles– strong dark Belgian ale – ABV 9% black color with thick white head. It has a unique taste of Belgian white ales but this a a dark strong ale which is quite interesting. This a a turkey string ale in every sense I rate this 4 out of 5
Saison du BUFF collaboration by Dogfish head, Victory, and Stone ABV 7.7% brewed with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. It is a light yellow color with a very large white head. It is a light beer but has heavy herb flavors. It’s an amazing contrast the light saison with the almost spicy herbs. The scent is floral and hoppy. I like this one I give it a 4 out of 5
It’s amazing to me that three great breweries can come together a collaborate on a beer together. While I have not had much from Victory, Dogfish Head and stone are two of my favorite breweries today.
Innis and Gunn- Oak Aged Beer- Rum Cask-Scotch Ale ABV 7.4% made in Edinburgh Scotland. Brown color with a brown head and a thick brown lacing. The scent is of oak aged ale and malts. A sweet oaky flavor with hints of hard alcohol. The after taste reminds me of an oaky hard alcohol. This is truly one of my favorite beers and they do not sell it in California which is hard for me but makes it a extra special treat when I go to Las Vegas and Memphis. I give this beer a 5 out of 5. Every beer this company makes is mind blowing
Drakes Amber Ale – draft – ABV 5.9% very dark amber color, the scent is very nutty and sweet, a very sweet malty flavor. This is like a brown ale version of a amber ale. It was a great beer I give it 5 out of 5.
I found this beer at Patxi’s Chicago pizza. I was very happy to see they had the Sam Leandro based Drake’s on tap in the South Bay. Drake’s is a great brewery and I haven’t had anything from them I have not liked.
Craft beer in the United States has been booming the last couple years. Just in a year it has grown to new heights than it ever has before. Will this be like the craft beer boom of the early to mid nineties? At that time many great breweries were started like speakeasy and Stone, but most weren’t as lucky and were crushed or bought out by the big beer companies.
During the current craft beer and micro brewery boom, bolder, unusual, and interesting ingredients are being experimented with. Those who crave new and interesting flavors like food lovers, chocolate seekers and wine tasters started to enjoy craft beer. For people that have loved good beer for a long time like me this is an especially exciting time with craft beer in more liquor stores and more than double the craft beer bars and drinking establishments. Even long time great beer establishments like Harry’s Hofbrau have joined the revolution by having weekly tap take overs and pint nights.
California has always been a big beer brewing state but it has grown with the current beer boom. With LA area and SF Bay Area being huge hot spots. San Francisco beer week in February was huge with events all over the entire Bay Area multiple events everyday stretching from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa. Old smaller breweries like Anchor Steam in San Francisco has been able to return to its heights of its past with opening a second large brewery location. It will be a brewery, museum and restaurant by AT&T park on pier 48. They are starting construction late 2014 and will open in 2016.
Imported beer used to be the way you would get a full flavored beer and domestic was just your basic Budweiser, Coors, and Miller. That is not the case anymore, beer in the United States has made a huge leap in beer flavor and boldness. Even foreign beer companies now can sell their full flavored beers in the US now. Before, these foreign companies like Guinness and New Castle had to make toned down bland versions of their beer to sell in the United States. This was done to be able to sell their beer in the US but now Guinness can sell their Foreign Stout in the US which is the Guinness you get in the UK.
I’m lucky to have some beer lovers around me like my boss who goes to the Harry Hofbrau beer events often, shares amazing beers he gets with me, and drinks with me in Memphis every year. My great friend Bryan in Memphis who I get to drink with in Las Vegas and Memphis every year and his wife has great taste in beer too (Hi Melissa). I also have 3 other apartments with neighbors like craft beer in my building of 8. We will have bottle shares every once in awhile and even random sometimes. So I am luck to share my love of craft beer with others and I love to share beer I have with others.
Most of my friends I grew up with only drink coors light and drink a whole lot of it. That’s how most beer in this country gets sold Budweiser, Miller, Coors with light crisp watery beer.
I don’t get it the stuff just taste like water with a hint of hops and barley but not enough to really taste the hops or barley. Most of my friends just call craft beer I drink “ale” or “molasses” ignorantly. I have been taking 21st Amendment beer with me to give away to my friend and most have gotten into their Hell or high watermelon.
With the majority of this country drinking watered down American lagers , craft beer being higher priced, the big beer companies working to take out the little guys, and the economy being do volatile can these beer companies survive? Can craft beer thrive? Will full flavored American beers always be around? I hope so on all counts I am a beer lover and a lover of flavor. Long live craft beer!!
Samuel Smith Organic Apple Cider- ABV 5.0% I can see through it like most cider. It has a Apple juice color and looks just like sparkling ale cider. Flavor of non alcoholic Apple cider somewhat like Martinelli’s. it has a Bitter taste in the aftertaste like most alcoholic ciders. Light consistency but the tartness cuts into that making the mouth tense up. It is good cider I give it a 2.5 out of 5
Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale- ABV 5.0% Very dark brown color with a thick whitehead and a consistent lacing that washes away pretty quickly. Hey bitter Brown ale taste. I find this brown ale to have a bitter after taste that I don’t like and it’s been there every time I’ve had this beer. I’m not a fan of this beer I give it 1 out of 5
Samuel Smith India Ale- ABV 5.0% – light brown in color with a white head and nice white lacing. The smell isn’t very hoppy like most IPAs and in fact the taste lacks the over hoppy flavor IPAs have. It is a stronger pale ale though like a India ale should be. I like is beer I give it 3.5 out of 5
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout- ABV 5.0% – this is my favorite beer Samuel Smith makes. I have had this before and it always pleases. Black color with a thick brown head. The scent had burnt nuts and malts. It is a very distinctly a scent of a stout. It is very creamy and malty sweet while being very thick. I enjoy this stout very much an give it 4 out of 5