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Tough Week of Beer Reviews

Friday, August 20th, 2010

How can any week of beer reviews be tough when working with American craft beer? Easy. When you are sick and have no desire to look at a beer let alone taste and review, it is a bad week.

Everything started out fine but about as soon as I got to work it was down hill and kept going that way until today, Friday. I am not a 100% today but I think I will take on the great task of reviewing a beer this evening. But, that may have to wait until tomorrow. Besides not being able to review beer, being sick during the summer time is just brutal.

I have a box of goodies that should be at the house when I get home, maybe I will “force” myself to have one of those. Enjoy!

Merry Monks’ by Weyerbacher

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I have been busy so these daily beer write ups have gone to the way side. Don’t feel sorry for me because the beer reviewing has been going forward, I just haven’t had the time for the write ups to the blog.

Yesterday I fired up Merry Monks’ by Weyerbacher Brewing Company. It has been sitting in the cellar for a good four months and I had been drinking a lot of American styled beers, so I thought it would be a good change for the evening.

The Monks poured a bit cloudy with a ton of little floaties while being topped with some merangue, white foam. Nice on the eyes. Aroma and taste are very similar, following the style very closely. As the beer warmed up closer to room temperature, it seemed to take on an even sweeter fruity taste and aroma. Almost cloying in nature. I thought the beer was above average but once it warmed up, that sweetness was too much, taking it down a couple of notches. Drinking this at right around serving temperature seems to be the best bet. I would have it again but since my knowledge of the style is slim, I would rather have others to compare and get a better understanding of the style.

I am not going to promise ot get an American craft beer review up here every day for a while, it is too nice outside to be stuck inside writing blogs. I will try to get them out more regularly. Enjoy!

January Tuesday Night Beer Club

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This month’s TNBC had a little twist: Ed, the host, wanted to do a blind taste test. I have to admit that I wasn’t completely thrilled with the idea when Ed mentioned that he wanted to go this route a couple of weeks before the event. Ed, I am sorry. I stand corrected.

As customary, Ed had to provide dinner. air jordan 11 Pizza, fried chicken, and fries were washed down by Hair of the Dog Blue Dot Double IPA, fall ’08. I didn’t rate any beers from the evening but I can say I wonder how hoppy this beer was when it was fresh. One of a few DIPAs that I have had that still had some hop to it after aging. I have a feeling I will be wondering for a long time what it would taste like fresh.

The first blind taste started shortly after dinner and was of three Quads.

  • Baby Tree by Pretty Things
  • Trappist Westvleteren 12
  • Judgement Day by The Lost Abbey

I rated these in the order of Baby Tree, Judgement Day, and then Westvleteren 12.

The second and final taste taste was of three Barley Wines.

All five of us rated these beers in the same order: Mirror Mirror, Behemoth, and then Barleywine by Green Flash.

Unfortuantely that was the end of the night as it was already getting late with us all havig to work the next day. Besides we were watching Beer Wars. Enjoy!

Hop Head?

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Over the past few years and, realistically, the last six months of trying a lot of beers, I have switched over. I have officially become a hop head. Hop burps are so outstanding.

hope cone

In the past, in my inability to really understand how to enjoy an American craft beer, I never really liked hoppy beers. IPAs were the devil (thank you WaterBoy). I would drink a beer straight out of the fridge as the only way to drink cheap college beer, was as cold as possible. Warming it up made it pig mud. zx 630 Due to my lack of knowledge I would try to drink IPAs at 34 degrees. The amount of bitterness from hops is over the top at that temperature while the flavoring and aroma hops aren’t yet letting their beautiful additions be known.

The few times that I enjoyed an IPA I couldn’t figure it out why. But with age comes knowledge and a true appreciation of American craft beer. I am now to the point where I believe all craft beer bars should not keep their damn kegs so cold or, at least, have a beer connoisseur line of taps, for people who appreciate and understand drinking beer at the right temperature. I now enjoy a really good IPA or APA (lots of hops please) but there are still times that I want a malt beer or a beer brewed to style that isn’t off the wall.

Two Beer Dudes, Rich and I, will do our best to try and educate our visitors (we are not experts, just huge fans of American craft beer) and in turn we hope that you will do the same. In my struggles to educate my and my wife families, I have learned that repeated instructions is necessary. Enjoy!

Need to Celebrate: Old Rasputin XII

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

north coast brewing old rasputin xii

Old Rasputin XII is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by North Coast Brewing Company to commemorate the breweries anniversary. This was a beer that I anticipated for quite some time and grab a total of four bottles (two for friends and, it ended up, being two for me).

I have wanted to taste Old Rasputin XII since the day I purchased but drinking at work that day didn’t sound like a grand idea. I wanted it to be for a good occasion and cellar the other for a couple of years. At full price this is some roshe run costly liquid paradise, I wanted to make sure it was worth it.

My neighbor across street, Miles, is an American craft beer lover. I use that term here loosely as he gulps his beer like a large mouth bass would inhale a crayfish, but he always drinks good stuff. His wife has been pregnant with their second child, so I thought him and I could split the bottle to celebrate.

We did this past Tuesday as his wife gave birth to a bouncing baby girl on Monday afternoon. Yeah. I served at cellar temperature. Of course Miles eight ounce edition was down in two “small” sips. Mine, I savored. Some damn good stuff. So complex. So impressive to the senses. Now I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts but this is the best I have had to this point.

I know that I talk about cost of beers a lot but I think in these economic times it is something on most of our minds. I think the world of this beer, even received the go ahead from the wife to purchase another bottle or two from my favorite beer store, but I couldn’t pull the trigger. There is a ton of beer I want to try out there and I purchased two six packs and a bomber for $5 more than the price of one 16oz of Old Rasputin XII. I think I made a good decision.

Look for Two Beer Dudes at Great Lakes Beer Fest later today in Racine, WI. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Beer Review Rating System

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Two Beer Dudes has been trying to find a simple beer review rating system since Rich and I hatched up the idea of the site some eight months ago. Over our many discussions of what we wanted the site to be and do, we decided to make the site fun and have a rating system that was easy to use and understand by even the most casual of American craft beer affectionados.

As we thought about this and threw out tons of ideas, we decided that the rating scale should be a grade based on overall feel for the beer and the necessity or lack there of, to have another one of the beers in hand. We wanted this scale to be similar to other rating scales that people had seen and used. We also wanted the scale to be pliable to the point in which a person might be able to insinuate their own values, after all the site is about your personality and subjective views of the beer. So the 10 point scale was born.

The 10 point scale is just from 1 to 10, air jordan 10 with 1 being the lowest rating and 10 being the highest. As I mentioned before: something you are familiar with from other areas of life.

Below is my attempt to explain the ten point beer review rating system in my words just to give some general guidelines. Before the site goes live in October, I would imagine my thoughts on the ratings might change, again.

  • 10 – Perfect Beer: A beer that you would drink anytime, anywhere, and all the time. Should have a crown placed around the neck of the bottle!
  • 9 – Superior Beer: The brewer must have read my mind when coming up with this recipe. I think I function better when I drink it.
  • 8 – Excellent Beer: This is some awesome stuff. Throw this over a bowl of cereal and you can’t help but start the day off right.
  • 7 – Above Average Beer: Somebody knew what they were doing when they made this beer. Would drink it often and if it was seasonal, I would get it each season.
  • 6 – Slightly Above Average Beer: A good beer that I would have again. Just a sliver away from making me say “wow” out loud.
  • 5 – Average Beer: Exactly! I would have the beer again but only occasionally. In the right scenario, I could have a few. Nothing makes it stand out.
  • 4 – Slightly Below Average Beer: Something about the beer never allowed me to turn the corner into liking it. I might have another, sometime, but wouldn’t seek it out.
  • 3 – Tolerable Beer: A beer that was okay at best and because I am trying to be kind. I personally wouldn’t buy it for myself again but I may drink a free one.
  • 2 – Not That Good Beer: Could barely swallow the beer, but only since I paid for it. But I would never have another.
  • 1 – Yuck Beer: This wasn’t pleasant to drink at all. Possibly an old or contaminated beer. I would choose a root channel over this again but the Novocain might help the flavor, especially if I was drooling uncontrollably.

Remember when you write a beer review, more than likely, you are taking your first taste of a beer, possibly only, and that there is a lot that factors into the reason you felt the way you did when you wrote a review. Some factors: mood, feelings, like or dislike of beer style, food, other beers drank before, etc. air jordan 11 These are the reasons that Rich and I will never put a review on the site below a 5. We will try and give the beer another chance on another day.

One last thing: when tasting beer only have about 2 to 3 ounces and drink beers of the same beer style. Split a 12 ounce bottle between friends, formulate your own opinion and then share with each other. Each of you may have found something different within the confines of the glass container. Really try to enjoy the beer for the style that it is and appreciate the effort that the brewer put into making the beer. Trying to be unbiased will give the best overall chance and rating for a beer. Enjoy!

Beer Store Weekly Visit

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
Bomber of Averry Anniversary Sixteen Saison celebrating their sixteenth year of brewing.

Bomber of Averry Anniversary Sixteen Saison celebrating their sixteenth year of brewing.

Another Wednesday brings my weekly visit to the beer store on delivery day. I arrived around 2pm for a quick stop too talk beer with Travis (the beer buyer who has a ton of knowledge) and see what liquid goodness found its’ way from the distributors this week.

Because there was air jordan 9 a co-worker with me and Travis was busy with the large of amount of new American craft beers that came in this week, I was only able to spend 15 minutes in liquid candy land.

There was at least eight beers to choose from and even more foreign. Jack pot! After a tuff decision I ended up with the following:

Look for the beer reviews coming soon. Enjoy!