Friday, July 31, 2015

Beer Journal #76: Witty, Bam Biere, Xingu, Rammer Jammer, Haymaker & More

Extra Pale Ale
Spoetzl Brewery
Shiner, TX

Label info:
Brewer's Pride
Craft Brew No. 6
A little something special from the little brewery in Shiner
Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner
Celebrate the Day--Make Hay
Drink. Refresh. Repeat. 

Ten Ninety
Imperial Porter
Ale Brewed with Cayenne and Pomegranate Juice
Ten Ninety Brewing Company
Zion, IL

Label facts:
10.8% ALC. BY VOL.
Craft beer transforms four simple ingredients into something great. At Ten Ninety, we further this transformation to produce refreshing yet complex and challenging beers from unique ingredients and processes. As we reach beyond traditional combinations of water, malted grain, hops, and yeast, we are unapologetically proud to say that we brew extraordinary small batch beers meant to be thoughtfully enjoyed. Simply put, Ten Ninety is CRAFT BEER ELEVATED.

Created in 18th century London, porters were some of the first mass-produced and consumed beers of the industrial revolution. Our porter is brewed with ample mild brown and de-bittered black malts, tart pomegranate juice, and finished with a touch of heat from cayenne pepper.

Enjoy at 50-55 degrees with gruyere, stilton, grilled rib eye, or smoked brisket.  

Rammer Jammer
Light Beer
Brewed and bottled by Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe, WI
Rammer Jammer Beer Company
Birmington, AL

Label offerings:
4.2% ALC/VOL
"Never Been Nothin' But a Winner!"
Average analysis rated on 12 Fl. Oz serving size: Calories: 90, Carbohydrates: 3.5g, Protein: 0.73g, Fat: 0g
Please Recycle 

Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale
Ale brewed with cherries and orange peel, aged in oak bourbon and bitters barrels
Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company
Lexington, KY

Label info:
ALC/VOL 10.0%
Visit for the story behind our brewery.

Black Beer

Brewed and bottled in Brazil
Imported by Eurobrew Inc.
Ashland, MA
Wheat Ale
Ommegang Brewery
Cooperstown, NY

Label offerings:
5.2% ALC./VOL.
Wheat ale brewed with sweet orange peel, coriander
Traditional Belgian-style wheat ale, flavorful, soft and hazy.
Serve at 40 degrees F.
Ommegang ales are incomparable, yielding unique flavors and aromas, inspired by deep insight into Belgian brewing and infused with Ommegang's creative upstate NY spirit. Each ale offers perfect balance and pure drinking pleasure.
Witte showcases the Belgian talent for capturing the summer sun and the spirit of the wheat harvest in a full-flavored, yet delicate and intriguing ale, hazy, yellow topped by a huge, white, fluffy head. Pair with salads, appetizers, tangy BBQ, and picnic fare. Witte's sweet spiciness is also a natural for Tex-mex and Mexican food.
Part of the Duvel family of fine Belgian ales
Pour slowly so as not to disturb the yeast sediment, but with enough vigor to create a luxurious head and release the rich bouquet.
Visit us for daily tours of tastings  

Bam Biere
Farmhouse Ale
Bottle Conditioned
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales LLC
Dexter, MI

Label info:
alc. 4.5% by vol.
Distributed by our friends at Shelton Brothers.
This Delicious farmhouse ale is name for our Jack Russell, who struck by a car, bounced back in fine tenacious Jack Russell fashion, and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off and carried on undaunted.
Golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast.
Please enjoy our beers in good health, and look both ways before crossing the street!
Cheers & Mahalo plenty!

Wheat Ale Brewed With Spices
Chameleon Brewing Co.
Glendale, WI

Label info:
4.5% ALC. BY VOL.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Beer Journal #75: Bad Water, Hop'N Mad Apple, Habanero Sculpin, Rhinelander Light & More

Bad Water
Bad Water Brewing
Monroe, WI

Label offerings:
6% Alc. By Vol.
Multis E Gentibus Vires
Premium Quality Beer
Designed in Arizona

Pilsner Urquell
The Original Pilsner
Imported by Pilsner Urquell USA Washington, DC
Brewed by Pilsner Urquell, A.S.
Plzen/Pilsen, Czech Republic

Right off the label:
4.4% ALC./VOL.
Plzensky Prazdroj
Od Roku 1842
In 1842, the Citizen's Brewery of Plzen brewed the world's first golden pilsner and never stopped. We make it in the same way, in the same place, with 100% of our ingredients from the same farming regions in Czech, as always.
For People Over the Age of 21 Only
Sep0315  04:45

Rhinelander Light
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Monroe, WI

Stuff printed on the label:
4.2% alc./vol.
Refreshing as Wisconsin's Northwoods
Per 11.16 Fl. Oz. Average Analysis: Calories 98. Carbohydrates 6.1g. Protein 0.8g. F 1-855-845-BEER * 1-855-845-2337 or
Premium Lager
Imported by Import Brands Alliance
St. Louis, MO
Brewed and bottle by Spaten-Brau
Munich, Germany

Label info:
5.2% ALC./VOL.
Always Enjoy Responsibly
Hard Lemonade
Malt Beverage with Natural Flavors Added
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Black River Falls, WI

Label stuff:
5.5% ALC/VOL
Made With Real Fruit Juice

Hop'N Mad Apple
Hard Cider
Angry Orchard Cider Company, LLC
Cincinnati, OH and Breinigsville, PA

Straight off the label:
5% Alcohol by Volume
Hop'n Mad Apple is dry hopped for all the hop goodness and none of the hop bitterness. The cider's bright apple sweetness is complemented by floral notes from the Strisselspalt hops and tropical notes from the Galaxy hops. So good you'll go hop'n mad!
Naturally Gluten Free
Ingredients: Hard cider, natural flavors, carbon dioxide, malic acid and sulfites to preserve freshness.

Habanero Sculpin
India Pale Ale with Habanero Peppers Added
Ballast Point Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

Label descriptions:
Heat May Vary
Dedicated to the Craft
Stag #9
Cave-Aged, Barrel-Aged Lager
Limited Release
Stag Series
The August Schell Brewing Co.
New Ulm, Minn.

Label offerings:
7.7 Alcohol By Volume
This dark lager was aged in American whiskey barrels stored in our original naturally cooled, 19th century lagering caves located deep below the brewery.
Batch No. 9

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Beer Journal #74: Pilgrim's Dole, Star Baby IPA, Skinny Dip, Devil Dancer, pseudoSue, Twilight, Fallen Apple, Puck & More

Pilgrim's Dole
Wheatwine Ale
Ale Aged in Bourbon
The High Gravity Series From
New Holland Brewing
Holland, MI

Label disclosures:
Alc. 12% by Vol.
24.8 degrees Plato
Vintage 2014
Rich, malty body with unique caramelized character and hints of raisins, nuts and figs.
Pairings: fruit crisps, creme brulee, salted caramels, slow-roasted meats.
Star Baby IPA
Brenner Brewing Company
Milwaukee, WI

Label info:
ALC. 6.3%
We start with a Munich malt base, lightly roasted specialty malts, and throw in some wheat to round out the mouthfeel. Star Baby is hopped with Citra and dry-hopped with a bland of our favorite American hops. Higher temperatures and reduced yeast cell counts in an open fermentation tank produce the fruity esters in this complex and easy drinking masterpiece. Everything we do starts with art.
Brewed and bottled in the beer capital of the world.
Skinny Dip
Beer Brewed with Peach Juice
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, CO

Label descriptions:
Take the plunge with SKINNY DIP, our brewed tribute to the lightly-attired summer months. Cascade hops frolic with bready malts for a crisp sip as refreshing as a freshwater dip.
Enjoy by: 02Aug15

Devil Dancer
Triple IPA
India Pale Ale
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, MI

Label revelations:
12% ALC. BY VOL.
112 IBUs
Brewed for us.

Pale Ale
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Decorah, IA
under special agreement with Lakeland, FL

Label statistics:
5.8% ABV (actually, I had to go to the brewery website to get this)
50 IBUs
This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ferocious aromas of citrus and mango give way to pseudoSue's unique and refreshing taste that is clean and bright with just enough bite!
Summer Ale
Deschutes Brewery
Bend, Oregon

Label info:
Best by: 09/12/15
Bottle conditioned to keep your beer fresh and enhance the flavors our brewers intended. This may leave a fine layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.
Down goes another brewing dogma. Select malts and a heady dose of bold Amarillo hops deliver full-on flavor and crafted nuance in a spry summer style. Enjoy chilled as the days linger.
Crafted for explorers.
Everywhere since 1988.
Fallen Apple
Cream Ale Brewed With Apple Cider
Furthermore Brewing, LLC.
Black River Falls, WI

This beer label was short on words. 
The Beer
Petite Saison
North Coast Brewing Company
Fort Bragg, CA

Label info:
A weeja-beeba!
Golden Ale
Brewed for North America under the strict supervision of Exmoor Ales, Wiveliscombe, England
by Eurobevs
Monroe, WI

Label info:
5.0% ALC./VOL.
Imperial Brown Ale
Ale Asylum
Madison, WI

Label stuff:
ALC. 8.2% BY VOL.
An obscene amount of malt gives our Imperial Brown Ale an earthiness reminiscent of caramel and brown sugar. It boasts a rich mouthfeel and a medium-dry finish.
Apple Ginger
Hard Cider
Angry Orchard Cider Company, LLC.
Cincinnati, OH & Breinigsville, PA

Label facts:
Naturally gluten free
Our Apple Ginger cider is unlike any cider you've had before. The fresh ginger and apple flavors blend together for a sweet, yet slightly tart taste with a distinct ginger aroma. The result is a smooth, refreshing cider that goes down easy.
Ingredients: Hard cider, natural flavors, carbon dioxide, malic acid and sulfites to preserve freshness.
Nutrition facts:
Calories 190 Total Fat 0g, Sodium 10mg, Total Carbohydrate 26g, Sugars 19g, Protein 0g

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beer Journal #73: Double Trouble, Block Party, City Fox, Bacon Bomb Rauchbier, Introvert IPA & More

Double Trouble
Imperial IPA
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, MI

Label words:
9.4% ALC. BY VOL.
86 IBUs
Block Party
Amber Ale
Karben4 Brewing, LLC.
Madison, WI
Label info:
City Fox
Pale Ale
Brenner Brewing Company
Milwaukee, WI

Label offerings:
5.3% ABC
This session ale has a simple grist of just 2-Row and Caramel 20 malts so we can showcase the fruit and citrus that come naturally from the Mosaic hops and fermenting this beer at elevated temperatures in an open fermentation tank. We hope you love it as much as we do. Everything we do starts with art.
Bottled and brewed in the beer capital of the world Tour times and t-shirts, artist information and beer soundtrack MP3S 

Bacon Bomb
Brenner Brewing Company
Milwaukee, WI

Label statistics:
ALC. 5.3% ABV
The bacon flavor comes from a blend of German beechwood and Wisconsin cherrywood smoked malts. German hops, chocolate wheat, and black pepper add a subtle bite. The yeast strain keeps the body light to balance the huge flavors and nose, making it perfect for pairing with Burgers, BBQ, or a Bloody Mary. Everything we do starts with Tour times and t-shirts, artist information and beer soundtrack MP#S
Alpha King
Pale Ale
Three Floyds Brewing LLC
Munster, IN

Label talk:
Alpha King is a bold, yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness.
Label: Zimmer-Design.Com

Tarte Nouveau
Session Sour
Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Inc.
Easton, PA

Label info:
Ale 3.9% ALC. BY VOL.
Imperial Taiji Stout
Evil Twin Brewing
Stratford, CT

Label stats:
This is one half of a Black and Tan. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where a toasted smug and a hoppy fella get together to make a sublime Taiji balance. Mix the Yin & Yang together (or enjoy this profoundly evil Imperial Stout solo).
Distributed by Twelve Percent LLC, Brooklyn, NY.
Session India Pale Ale
Left Hand Brewing Company
Longmont, CO

Label info:
ALC. 4.8% BY VOL.
Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain
An ale with hop aromas of tropical papaya and kiwi with woodsy pine, balanced by honey malt and a clean bitter finish.
Enjoy at: 45-50 degrees F in a pub glass.
Ingredients: Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops and yeast.
Colorado Brewers Guild
Please keep refrigerated.
Please recycle this bottle.