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Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

On the drive up to the Detroit suburbs, I was only thinking of the American craft beer that could be had in the area. There are easily 30 breweries in a one hour radius of my sister-in-laws house. Deciding which one(s) was originally thought to be difficult but a simple selection criteria popped into my head:

  1. At least one establishment that I visited had to be one that I never visitied before.
  2. One had to be Kuhnhenn’s

The Michigan brewery guides does one of the best jobs I have seen of putting all state breweries on a map: making is simple for anyone to plan a course.

Limited time, approximately four hours, meant that lunch at Woodward Avenue Brewers followed by a few at Kuhnhenn’s seemed most reasonable.

Woodward was a pleasant surprise. I had the pesto chicken with and custom porter. The food was well above average with the cole slaw stealing the show. Kuhnhenn’s was usual: lot’s of big beers with lots of big flavors. I had a few DRIPAs.

Not a bad start to the long weekend that should include another new brewery on Friday and brewing on Sunday. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: A ‘jiffy’ is a unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company Simcoe Silly (365 Day 102)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly

A trip to Michigan can always be highlighted to a stop at one of the many fine breweries in the state. Kuhnhenn Brewing Company was the first stop of the day. They easily had a dozen beers on tap but probably more like 18, I should have counted.

Since this was the first beer of the day, I wanted something on the lighter body side, so my eyes and stomach agreed upon Simcoe Silly. Simcoe Silly is a beer brewed with Belgian yeast, assertively hopped, especially to the dry hop, with some candy sugar added to help get that alcohol up there and finish the beer dry. It does all of those things and does them quite well. The Belgian yeast isn’t very noticeable which, for me, is a win. I really liked this beer and look forward to another go around the next time I visit. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.8

Useless Fact: A dogs sense of smell is one of the keenest in nature. If a pot of stew was cooking on a stove, a human would smell the stew, while the dog could smell the beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, spices, and all the other individual ingredients in the stew. In fact, if you unfolded and laid out the delicate membranes from inside a dogs nose, the membranes would be larger than the dog itself.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company Winter Wonder Lager (365 Day 101)

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Tonight’s beer found me back up in Detroit visiting my wife’s family. Jim, my wife’s brother-in-law, was the person that went a waited in line for me at Kuhnhenn’s Winter Solstice. The Solstice was a huge bottle release of their beers, the first bottle release, at the time, in a good 18 months.

I do have my stash of Kuhnhenn’s beers sitting at home but I have yet to try the Winter Wonder Lager, the choice of beer 101. The high alcohol beer does bring some booziness in the taste and nose but neither ruins the rest of the beer nor makes it undrinkable. Dark fruits and sweetness are both plentiful in the this large bodied beer. I am going to let me last bottle of this age until next winter season and compare.

On another note that I hear recently, it sounds like a lot of “locals” don’t trust the capping capabilities of Kuhnhenn’s for their bottle releases and they dip them in wax. That scares me a bit since I have a good $200 worth of their beer in the cellar that is only kept safe by a Kuhnhenn beer capping job. So the dilemma: do I take my chances and leave them or go buy some wax and burn my time waxing the bottles for the long haul. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.3

Useless Fact: A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine (365 Day 28)

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine

Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine by Kuhnhenn, beer number two from Kuhnhenn’s winter solstice bottle buy, was the target of the day.

I have been looking at the American craft beers that I have been savoring lately and noticed that the list is quite good. I will have to slow it down after the New Year as I cannot keep pace, especially budget wise. Let me tell you, Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine is no exception.

I chose this beer as my brother-in-law brought it up from the basement along with another Kuhnhenn’s beer and the word Bourbon in the name of the beer caught my fancy rather quickly.

Poured into a nice brandy glass at cellar temperature, the beer poured beautifully. The aroma of subdued bourbon met me nose: the kind that doesn’t over power the beer but is just a nice addition, creating more complexities. Oak and vanilla, no doubt from the bourbon barrel, are also present and seemingly in perfect cohorts with the sweet malt and dark fruits that are part of the wonderful bouquet. The taste is no slough either: everything from the nose is carried through. The most enticing part is the way the bourbon starts mid taste and lasts through until the end. So well balanced. A great sipping beer that can warm, but not alcoholic wise, on those cold winter days. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.1

Useless Fact: California consumes more bottled water than any other product.

Khunhenn Brewing Raspberry Eisbock (365 Day 27)

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company Raspberry Eisbock

Michigan seems to be one of the better states for American craft beer. I believe, the last time I checked, they had almost 90 breweries and brewpubs and, in spite of the economic status of the state, still climbing.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company seems to currently have a great handle on good American craft beer. It has been very difficult to get their beers lately as, from what I have heard, very near a year since they last bottled. So, unless you have the means to get to their brewpub in Warren, Michigan you would have a hard scoring some of their fine beers.

I have had the chance, once, to visit the brew pub, but that wasn’t fulfilling enough, as there is so much more I wanted to taste. I was in luck as they bottled and released beer during their Winter Soltice held on December 22nd and 23rd. My brother-in-law was gracious enough to stop by and pick me up some bottles. As it turned out at a great cost: $7+ for 12 ounce bottles, but that is a blog for another day. He kept a few bottles for himself as I believe I have now completely converted him to American craft beer. 🙂

Raspberry Eisbock is a beer that I have heard great things about and it is highly sought after. Jim, my brother-in-law, scored me six!!! Raspberry comes through delightfully on the nose and mouth. It seemingly is the perfect balance that it doesn’t overwhelm but just pleases. Caramel is there but there is a touch of chocolate that is just perfect for this beer. It is a dessert in a bottle. The alcohol is 13.5% but you would never know it. The only shame is that it is a 6.3 ounce bottle and cost $13 but I hate to say it is worth it. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 10, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.3

Useless Fact: The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.

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