Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Beer Journal #72: Ophelia, DirtWolf, Agave Wheat, Really Old Brown Dog Ale, Blithering Idiot, Chick, Summer Shandy & More

Spiced Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company
New Glarus, WI

Gleaned from the label:
Drink Indigenous
Some people paint, some sing, others write...I brew. --Daniel Carey
A few times a year we cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses.  Always handcrafted, the bottle you  hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promise to ever brew this style again.
Our heady Spiced Ale summons escape from the ordinary. Lavish English and Wisconsin Malts slow brewed caramel goodness into this beefy bronze Strong Ale registering 20 degrees Plato O.G. Aged on Oak in the Open Top Cellar so that Cassia Cinnamon, Ginger and Allspice could be carefully hand stirred into the velvety Toffee notes of this aromatic Spiced Ale. 100% Naturally Bottle fermented to warm the chill from your soul.
Celebrate the Arts,
Daniel & Deborah Carey
Summer Shandy
Weiss beer brewed with honey with natural lemonade flavor added
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Chippewa Falls, WI * Milwaukee, WI

Label findings:
Brewed with pride by the Leinenkugel family since 1867.
Highest Quality
The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867.
To join the Leinie Lodge or to order official wearables call toll-free 1-888-LEINIES. Visit the Leinie Lodge at
Black Lager
Cold brewed with roasted barley
Guinness and Company
St. James's Gate
Dublin 8, Ireland
Imported by Diageo-Guinness USA INC.
Norwalk, CT
Product of Ireland

Label revelations:
Genuine Quality
Est. 1759
St. James's Gate Dublin
Guinness Black Lager is cold-brewed with roasted barley to deliver the refreshing taste of lager with the unique character of Guinness. Enjoy ice cold straight from the bottle. --Arth Guinness
The Guinness word, Harp device and Arthur Guinness signature are trade marks.
Drink Responsibly.
Blithering Idiot
Barleywine Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Inc.
Easton, PA

Label stuff:
11.1% ALC. BY VOL
Really Old Brown Dog Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Hampton, NH

Label info:
Come visit our brewery and restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, New Hampshire. And check us out online at for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying:
Make mine a Smutty!
Beer with Fruit Soda
Malt Beverage Specialty
Stiegl Brewery
Imported by Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Lincolnwood, IL

Off the label:
Contains not more than 3.2% ALC BY WEIGHT.
40% Stiegl-Goldbrau and 60% fruit soda from purely natural ingredients for an outstanding malt beverage speciality. Cloudy appearance.
Premium Beer
Bitburger Privatbrauerei
Th. Simon Bitburg/Eifel

Label stuff:
Imported by: Bitburger Intl., College Station, TX
Seit 1817

Agave Wheat
Unfiltered wheat ale brewed with agave nectar
Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado, LLC
Denver, CO

Label disclosures:
ALC. 4.2% BY VOL.
Fine Colorado Ales
Breckenridge Brewery
471 Kalamath St.
Denver, CO
Double IPA
Victory Brewing Company
Downingtown, PA

Label speak:
8.7% Alc./Vol.
Darkly heroic, Humulus Lupulus (hops) have empowered brews with bit and character since the 11th century. DirtWolf is a tribute to these untamed vines which rise from the earth with the voracity of a wolf among sheep. Hops have made an assertive comeback in American craft brewing. Revel in the best US varieties of hops, in their natural, whole flower form, as they bring a vital, pungent reality to the soul of a wild element in our dangerously satisfying DirtWolf. Cheers,
Bill   *   Ron
The Brewmasters of Victory
Hoppy Wheat Ale
Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado
Denver, CO

Label expressions:
Hoppy Bouquet
Wheat Flavor
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Monroe, WI

Label findings:
5% alc./vol.
Refreshing as Wisconsin's Northwoods
Consumer Affairs Toll Free 1-855-845-BEER * 1-855-845-2337 or E Mail at CA@MINHASBREWERY.COM
Premium Light Beer
Chick Brewing Company
Monroe, WI

Label info:
witness the chickness!
Average analysis (12 fl oz) Calories 97. Carbohydrates 3.5g. Protein 0.73g. Fat 0g.

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