Archive for August, 2009

New Glarus Unplugged Trifecta Beer Tastings

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
New Glarus Brewing Co. unplugged trio of beers: Berliner Weiss, Bohemian Lager, and Imperial Saison

New Glarus Brewing Co. unplugged trio of beers: Berliner Weiss, Bohemian Lager, and Imperial Saison

New Glarus Brewing Company is one of my favorite breweries. So it was with great anticipation that I decided to go unplugged last night. Going with Unplugged Berliner Weiss, Unplugged Bohemian Lager, and Unplugged Imperial Saison.

The Berliner Weiss and Imperial Saison were outstanding. I thought both did a great job of sticking to the style. They also were just damn fine tasting and eye appealing beers.

I don’t want to say much about the Bohemian Lager since I believe I had a bad bottle. air yeezy 2 I read what the site said about the beer and the bottle, but couldn’t find the aromas or flavors that should be associated. I actually didn’t finish the beer but would enjoy trying another.

I have tried 11 styles of New Glarus Brewing Company beers and have enjoyed them all. I have another six to be reviewed and I can’t wait. Enjoy!

Hot Busy Weekend End With Founder’s Devil Dancer

Monday, August 10th, 2009
Founders Brewing Company Devil Dancer - 12% ABV and 112 IBUs

Founders Brewing Company Devil Dancer - 12% ABV and 112 IBUs

I enjoyed and rated Founders Brewing Devil Dancer a few weeks back. Enjoyed the beer thoroughly!

So the weekend wasn’t all that pretty. I spent around 25 hours doing server updates and moves that took a huge bite out of my enjoyment and beer consumption time. The only time I had was Saturday night when I attended the Jimmy Buffett concert. Good time but I never recommend drinking any of the mix drinks there, they are horrible! air max thea femmes To add insult to injury, they are $10 a pop. Luckily I found a $20 bill on the ground that fell out of some drunk and staggering imbeciles pocket. I still cringe that I spent that money on those brutal drinks.

Sunday night rolled around, the server work had take its toll – I was tired and I had had a huge weekend. I needed something to put an exclamation point on the weekend. I needed something that would refresh in a big way. Down went my last Devil Dancer and I fell fast asleep with a smile on my face. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Logo

Monday, August 10th, 2009

As October seems to quickly approach we are still without a logo. Luckily Rich knows a guy whose wife is a designer. She is working on a logo as we speak. Hopefully we will have something this week.

We are the usual people that designers hate in that we have no idea of what we want for a logo. The site is suppose to be fun, so I said a fun logo. Rich wants classy. That was the extent of our advice to her. Not much in my opinion to base a logo on. I think we will both know what we don’t want when we see it. Like I said, a designers worse nightmare.

With that said, Chris is finally getting some free time to start working on the design and I will hopefully have an updated mock up by the end of the week. I am really excited if we can coordinate the mock up with he new logo by Friday. Then I will feel like we are making headway.

Until the next site update, Enjoy!

Wednesday Beer Store Visit Calming

Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Two Brothers Brewing Co. Moaten in caloboration with Urthel Brewry.  An oak aged sour Flemish style red ale.

Two Brothers Brewing Co. Moaten in caloboration with Urthel Brewry. An oak aged sour Flemish style red ale.

This Wednesday’s beer store visit wasn’t as eventful as most but was relaxing. I had a busy, hectic day to that point, so it was nice to take a 20 minute break and head over across the street. Travis was busy with paperwork so I couldn’t get my usual personal tour of the beer aisles but he did put off to the side a bottle of Two Brothers Brewing Co. Oak Aged Sour Flemish Style Red Ale in with collaboration with Urthel Brewery. I didn’t see any left on the shelf, so I appreciate him holding me one.

Since Travis was busy I took it upon myself to go up and down the beer aisles to see if air max 90 femmes anything would catch my fancy – please read that as cheap and/or on sale! πŸ™‚ Didn’t take me long to find Lagunitas Lucky 13 in bomber format for $3.49. Damn good bargain.

I have had only one Lagunitas beer: Hop Stoopid and really enjoyed it. I have a couple more bombers in my fridge, so one more would make it three (yes, I have good math skills). So tonight’s meeting with Rich will have a Lagunitas theme.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is a brewery that has interested me since I had my first, Oro de Calabaza, with Ed a few weeks back and more recently Bam BiΓ©re. So I picked up a bottle of E.S. Bam Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, which was the most expensive purchase at $9.99. I am not in love with what they do, just very fascinated and wanting to continue trying their beers. Based on their name they truly look at brewing as an art form and their beers definitely show it.

I look forward to trying all of these in the short term. Look for the reviews to be up in the next week as I have a busy weekend that will cut into my ability to review beer. Enjoy!

Snifter Glass New Beer Pleasure

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I have never used a snifter glass to drink a beer as the noob in me didn’t see the point. After all, drinking out of my favorite mason mug had become a trademark of mine. I also have enjoyed drinking from pint glasses that I purchase on my brewery hops.

Dogfish Head snifter glass that Ed gave to me.  A pure enjoyment for tasting good American craft beer.

Dogfish Head snifter glass that Ed gave to me. A pure enjoyment for tasting good American craft beer.

Besides my favorite glasses, I also had questions about switching glasses and trying to match glasses to a certain type. How could that make a beer taste better? How could my beer drinking experience be enhanced by a simple glassware change? air max 90 Would I actually be able to find different aromas and stronger aromas?

So I began looking for a snifter. The last set of brewery hops I sought one out at the four places we stopped, not a one had anything close (I would have evened settled for a tulip glass). A little dismayed and starting to doubt if a snifter was really going to make a difference, I searched Amazon. Nothing. Yes, they have glasses but I don’t want to part with an arm and a leg for crystal.

I was talking with Ed (beer drinking buddy) and he said he just got a package in the mail with four Dogfish Head snifter glasses. He said he would give me one for the trouble of picking him up some beer while in Wisconsin.

Jackpot. I now had my glass and the only thing left would be my first taste test using the snifter.

Last night I decided to give it the maiden voyage. I had a can each of Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery Gordon and Ska Brewing Company Modus Hoperandi. I don’t know if it was anticipation or truly the glass but I really enjoyed big, full aromas that I don’t seem to get from a pint glass or my mason mug.

I guess I am a convert and I will be trying this glass with more and more liquid goodness in the future. Enjoy!

Day of the Beer Can

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing Company one of the four canned beers I plan on enjoying during my next tasting.

Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing Company one of the four canned beers I plan on enjoying during my next tasting.

If you are anything like me, you spend most of the day (or previous days) thinking about the beers that you wish to put together for you next tasting, review, and ratings. I had my first American craft beer out of a can recently at Ed’s house (beer drinking friend). I guess I was fortunate as he shared his last Furious by Surly Brewing Company. What a fantastic beer!

Ed shared with me his knowledge of why putting beer in a can is more beneficial to storing beer than in a bottle. adidas neo After tasting Furious, I guess I couldn’t agree more! πŸ™‚

He also told me about Oskar Blues Grill & Brew: how they were the first American craft brewery to start using cans.

So Ed gave me a Bender from Surly Brewing Company and hasn’t stopped asking if I have tried it. πŸ˜‰ Beer can number 1. I purchased a four-pack of Gordon and a six-pack of Dale’s Pale Ale both from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew while on my brewery hop to Wisconsin. Beer cans number 2 and 3. My final can via the Ed route also: Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Company. He gave this to me for picking him up some beer while on the brewery hop in Wisconsin. The final and beer can number 4.

So my next tasting of beer will have the beer can theme. I know that all of these beers are really good (snuck a Dale’s already) and I can’t wait to give them all a taste tonight. Enjoy!

Possible Rain: Indoor Beer Reviews

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
On tap for tonight: New Glarus Brewing Raspberry Tart - the one beer my wife made me pick up on the last trip.  I am expecting sweet and refreshment from this bottle of liquid goodness.

On tap for tonight: New Glarus Brewing Raspberry Tart - the one beer my wife made me pick up on the last trip. I am expecting sweet and refreshment from this bottle of liquid goodness.

It looks like old man weather is not going to cooperate today and we are in for some rain. air jordan spizike I don’t know if it will last into the evening (drinking) hours but it sure puts a cap on the fun for the weekend. I have already got the wife to agree to splitting beers with me so I can get more tastings in tonight: at least four and possibly six.

August is upon us and there is no better way to enjoy the first of the month than raising a few glasses of finely brewed American craft beer.

I have a good idea of what I plan on throwing down tonight, all of which are from the recent brewery hops to Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The New Glarus Brewing beers are all to keep my wife interested as she really enjoys their offerings. Enjoy!

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