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Snow Day – New Belgium Brewing Company

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

A few weeks ago I was out to dinner with my wife at a local steak house.  The beer selection was not very impressive and of all the choices of beer on tap the Snow Day from New Belgium was the most interesting. I had never had it before, and I always enjoy a chance to try a new beer.  It hit the spot that night and paired perfectly with my steak with crumbled blue cheese on top. 

Beers like this one from “main stream” micro brews are not my usual go to beers very often any more.  With that being said, I think that’s a shame.  Many of the main stream micro breweries make good beer, but they tend to get forgotten as us craft beer drinkers are always hunting down the latest new rare beer.  New Belgium Brewing Company opened in 1991 and I would bet a few bucks that they are a brewery that has started a large number of people down the road to being craft beer drinkers.

So here is a challenge for you.  The next time you are at the store picking up beer, go back to your roots and pick out a beer that you had back in the beginning of your journey down “craft beer road”.  What was your first “Micro Brew”?

New Belgium 2° Below Winter Ale (365 Day 33)

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

New Belgium 2 Below

Okay, I am going to admit this up front: Sunday was a busy day, not allowing me a chance to enjoy an American craft beer while at home. 2° Below Winter Ale by New Belgium was my only choice outside of macro brews at a friends house.

How did I get there? We were invited over to watch the Bears game. They are huge fans and usually have people throughout the playoffs, if the Bears get in, and this being the last game of the season against the vaunted Packers, why not have a get together. Now I will have to say our host, Butch, purchased the beer as he knew I wouldn’t like the “other stuff.” So kudos to him for trying; the thought is appreciated.

Now the beer. I am writing this article the day after I had the beer and I don’t remember much. The beer was almost freezing when given to me, so that cut out just about anything at the beginning. I ended up nursing the beer as it just didn’t do much for me or seem to have much going for it. I will have to have it again to really put down my true thoughts. But from this experience, I would say it is just an average beer at best. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; “7” was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. “UP” indicated the direction of the bubbles.

Three Beer Reviews With Cranbic Leading The Way

Monday, December 21st, 2009

new glarus brewing company unplugged cranbic ale

Yesterday was bottling day and nothing brings on a thirst more than handling beer. nike zoom hyperrev What better way to quench that thirst by picking up some American craft beer and reviewing. Three participants joined the thirst quenching party: Unplugged Cranbic Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company, Blue Paddle by New Belgium Brewing Company, and Olde Number 22 by Arbor Brewing Company.

Unplugged Cranbic marks the 20th beer I have tasted of New Glarus since I have been loggin reviews on the site. The beer has a slightly pink hue to an otherwise amber colored beer. Tart, cranberry and sweet are balanced on the nose with a mild spice and acidicy. Taste starts sweet and grows with a culmination towards the end with the tart – seemingly trying to balance but doesn’t quite get there. This little glitch keeps it from going to the next level but it is another really good beer from New Glarus. 8/10

Blue Paddle is a German Pilsner that is better than average and you should give it a try. I am not saying it will knock your socks off but it is crisp, clean, refershing, and easy drinking. I just thought the senses that it brought out were just a little bit on the light side. I would really like this beer in the summer time as a post lawn mowing thirst quencher. 7/10

The last beer, which I really wanted to be good since we drive by it on the way to my wife’s sisters house, was Olde Number 22. Olde Number 22 is an Altbier that was a little light on both taste and aroma. I realize that the styles call for a delicate balance, so I figured that the beer was to style. I did get a metalic taste in the after taste that killed the beer pretty much for me. It did seem to go away after a while (did I get used to it?) and I was wondering if it was something from the dishwasher in my glass, but this was the third beer in the glass. I would like to give this one another try. 6/10

I drank the beers in the order in which I also liked them: Unplugged Cranbic Ale, Blue Paddle, and Olde Number 22. Tonight is a five beer taster of Sam Adams beers with Rich. Enjoy!

Mothership Wit Leads A Trio Of Beer Reviews

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

new belgium mothership wit

After only a couple of nights of tasting, testing, and beer reviewing, I feel like I am back in the beer review saddle again and the saddle feels good! 🙂

I have sat down for three new beers over the past few days:

  • Mothership Wit by New Belgium Brewing Compnay is a Witbeir that has the usual taste and aroma of the style but does it refreshingly well. Even though I enjoyed in the colder months, this beer could and should be imbibed during the warmer months. A great post-mowing the grass beer. 8/10
  • Yakima Twilight by Victory Brewing Company is an American Imperial IPA which has some dark fruit, beady malt backbone, and, of course, hops. I have to admit it wasn’t what I was expecting and the bready malt isn’t something I like in a big IPA. An average beer, at best, in my eyes that I might have again, especially since I have to finish of the sixer. 6/10
  • The Bellaire Brown by Short’s Brewing Company is an American Brown Ale that is true to style. It was an easy drinker that, as the brewery mentions, is a good gateway beer. This is also a drawback for me, since they make it for the masses, the aroma and flavor isn’t as big as it could be. Don’t get me wrong, free run 3.0 v5 femmes it is a good beer, but just a sliver away from being much better. 7/10

No matter how good these beer were or were not, having a chance to review beers is something that I missed. Enjoy!