Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beer Journal #18: 1845 Pilsner, Swiss Style Amber, Mystical Jack, 3rd Wheel, 400 Pound Monkey, Dream Machine, and More

Against The Grain
Wold Famous Ale
Brewed for North America under the strict supervision of
Wold Top Brewery,
Wold Newton, England
by Eurobevs,
Monroe, WI

4.5% alc/vol

My rating on 9/12/14: So So

Preservation IPA
India Pale Ale
Bottled and brewed by Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe, WI
for Tonka Beer Company, Minnetonka, MN

Label fun:
Save a lake, enjoy a Tonka beer.
100% of our profits support Save-Our-Lakes to help eradicate invasive species.
Enjoy this golden pale ale's full malt flavor, light body and fresh hoppy bite year-round.

6.8% alc/vol

My rating on 9/12/14: No No

1845 Pils
German Pilsener
Minhas Craft Brewery
Monroe, WI

Label fun:
38 DEGREE PARADISE. Chill it to 38 degrees F, sit in your favorite chair and sip away the 38 Degree Paradise. Here is to hoping that you own a fridge dedicated to chilling beer to its perfect temperature! Did you know that 1845 is an ALL MALT beer made in the finest Euro tradition? Mr. Corn and Mr. Rice don't live here! They are not even welcome here. 1845 PILS is our Brewmaster's dream and hopefully, it will also become yours.

5.5% alc/vol
Union made

My rating on 9/13/14: Yes Yes

Swiss Style Amber
American Amber/Red Ale
Minhas Craft Brewery
Monroe, WI

Label fun:
NOT THE ORDINARY. THE EXTRAORDINARY! Monroe, a quaint town located in the beautiful hills of Southern Wisconsin--also called "Swiss Cheese Capital of the World"--hosts "CHEESEDAYS" every 2 years. The friendly, hard working people put on a grand show, with the town's population exploding by 10 times. The parade features plenty of majestic Brown Swiss Cows. Grab a cold one and savor the joy, the peace and the neutrality the Swiss have given to mankind!

5.5% alc/vol
Union Made

My rating on 9/13/14: Yes Yes

Hometown Blonde
German Pilsener
New Glarus Brewing Co.
New Glarus, WI

Label fun:
Embrace a classic! Hometown Blonde is an Old World style pilsner, assertively hopped with four premium hop varieties. Tettnanger, Saaz, Styrian Golding and Strisselspalt varieties all grace this German-style brew with the complex character you enjoy in a classic pilsner.
Expect to pour an elegant blonde glass of beer, crowned with a rich head of foam that resonates with our chorus of hops. Although delicate in appearance, our Hometown Blonde has a backbone, but of course that's no surprise in Wisconsin. Enjoy!
Daniel & Deborah Carey

My rating on 9/14/14: Yes Yes

Mystical Jack
Traditional Ale
Rhinelander Brewing Company LLC
Monroe, WI

Label fun:
Inspired by the age old legend of the "Jackalope"--a rare and fierce creature. Wow, is this beer for real?

7% alc/vol

My rating on 9/14/14: So So

3rd Wheel
Belgian Style Blonde Ale
O'So Brewing Company
Plover, WI

Label fun:
None--other than the bright colors and the tricycle!

My rating on 9/15/14: So So

Oatmeal Stout
Breckenridge Brewery
Denver, CO

Label fun:

4.9% alc/vol

My rating on 9/15/14: So So

400 Pound Monkey
English-Style India Pale Ale
Left Hand Brewing Company
Longmont, CO

Label fun:
Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain
An English-style IPA with earthy, herbal hop notes, well-balanced by bready malt

6.8% alc/vol

Website fun:
An English-style IPA that separates itself from the ubiquitous bunch. Cartloads of bitter monkeys flinging wasteful amounts of bananas into the jungle...we're so done with that.

My rating on 9/16/14: So So

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Dream Machine
3/4 Pint of India-Style Pale Lager
Magic Hat Brewing Company
So. Burlington, VT
Rochester, NY

Label fun:
Turn on. Hop in. Take off.
A performance in every bottle
The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

5.7% alc/vol

My rating on 9/16/14: So So

Honey Ale
Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company
Lake Delton, WI

Label fun:
Brewed with clover honey, this bright golden ale is easy on the tastebuds.

My rating on 9/17/14: So So

Ol' Reliable
Munich Helles Lager
Wisconsin Brewing Company
Verona, WI

Label fun:
This is a beer that is everything a beer should be. A beer that's crisp, refreshing, fun to drink, a Munich Helles lager that has malt at its heart and a spirit that's all about flavor. This is a beer you can rely on for great taste, a beer you can count on every time you visit the fridge, a beer like an old friend who never lets you down. This beer is pure Wisconsin. This is Ol' Reliable. Cheers!

4.8% alc/vol

My rating on 9/17/14: Yes Yes

That brings you up-to-the minute with my beer sampling statistics.
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