Monday, August 31, 2015

Challenge #13: Mentally Strong People Don't Expect Immediate Results

"Whether it's a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are 'in it for the long haul.' They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have 'staying power.' And they understand that genuine changes take time."

These words were written by Amy Morin, author of 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON'T DO.

Can't we all use the advise that Amy offers?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beer Journal #81: Summer Bright, Falco, Dark Force, Eille, Dort & More

Dundee Brewing Co.
Rochester, NY
Label info:
Bright and Brilliant
12 FL.OZ. (355ML)

Dortmunder Gold
A Dortmunder-Style Lager
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland, OH

The label tells me:
5.8% ALC by VOL
30 IBU
12 FL.OZ.
Est. 1988
Yes, it's known for winning medals world-wide. But locally, it's known as "Dort," our flagship Lager that humbly maintains its smooth, balanced (and charmingly unpretentious) ways.
For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 10/17/15.

Biere de Miel Style Ale
Off Color Brewing
Chicago, IL

Label treasures:
7.5% ALC/VOL
Gravity: 15 P
IBUs: 15
12 FL OZ
Malts: Pils, flaked wheat
Hops: Liberty, Santiam, Sorachi Aee
Secret Ingredients: Honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, Juniper, Coriander, Chamomile and rose hips.
Biere de Miel inspired by brunch cocktails and lazy bees 

Dark Force
Elevator Brewing Co.
Columbus, OH

Label goodies:
Alc. 5.9%/Vol.
12 FL OZ
A Force To Be Reckoned With
Coming from behind in a field of 2,832, Dark Force (formerly called Dark Horse) won a Bronze Medal (2007 American Dark Lager category) at the Great American Beer Festival. This very well-balanced deep copper/brown lager has a great lightly hopped character with drinkability that will make it your go-to, everyday beer. Whether you're relaxing after work or enjoying a meal, may Dark Force be with you.
Founded in 1999 by a father/son beer drinking team in a small town grain elevator, we are now in our second century of brewing award-winning beer with as much passion as you put into enjoying each pint.
Thanks & Cheers
Dick-Elevator Operator

India Pale Ale
Evil Twin Brewing
Stratford, CT
Distributed by
Twelve Percent LLC
Brooklyn, NY

Interesting label info:
12 FL. OZ.
What makes a great leader? First of all a perfectly balanced blend of qualities; the ability to stand out-be authoritative without overpowering. Show courage and endurance-you will lead the way and set standards. Very important; be appealing and refreshing to the people. This stereotypical portrait applies whether referring to politics, religion or maybe even this outstanding IPA.
Summer Bright
Malt Beverage
Breckenridge Brewery
Denver, CO

Label offerings:
No ABV listed
12 FL. OZ. Bottle
Honest and solid in construction
Malt beverage with orange and lemon peels
Complete and satisfying in drinking
Fine Colorado ales

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beer Journal #80: Cascade, Summer Teeth Lager, Yang, Apex Predator, Black & Tan & More

American Style India Pale Ale
Mikkeller, at de Proef Brouwerij
Lochristi-Hufte, Belgium
Imported by Shelton Brothers
Belchertown, MA

Other label info:
6.8% ALC./VOL.
11.2 FL. OZ.
This brew is a part of a Single Hop IPA series by Mikkeller. We created this series to showcase hop varieties on their own. This gives the consumer the possibility to smell and taste the unique characteristics of each variety and will hopefully help to educate people about the wonderful world of hops. For each version, the single hop variety was used in the same weight for bittering, aroma, flavor, and for dry hopping. All varieties of single hop ales in this series were brewed the same week, from the same batches of malt, using the same yeast and fermentation temperatures. This is done to better compare the characteristics of the different hop varieties. This version is brewed with Cascade hops. IBU: 38
Peach Mango
India Pale Ale
Ale brewed with mango, natural flavor added
Stevens Point Brewery
Stevens Point, WI

The label tells me:
12 FL. OZ. (355 mL)
Handcrafted using a blend of juicy peaches, tasty mangos, and Cascade Hops.
Brewing Excellence Since 1857
Point * Well Made

Monkey King Saison
Farmhouse Ale
New Holland Brewing Co., LLC
Holland, MI

The label small print reports:
No ABV listed.
Monkey King and his band of winged monkeys carried Dorothy's group to Glinda's South Country, where they discovered their paths home.
A soft, medium-body saison with subtle pepper character and fruity undertones.
Pairings: shellfish, spiced cheeses and citrus-laced vinaigrettes.

Black & Tan
Dark-Brewed Porter & Premium Beer
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
Pottsville, PA

The label's vitals:
The ABV is not listed.
12 FL. OZ. 354 ml
Since 1829
America's Oldest Brewery

Apex Predator
Third trophie level Farmhouse ale
Off Color Brewing
Chicago, IL

Label info:
6.5% ALC/VOL
Gravity: 14 P
IBUs: 25
Malts: Pils, Flaked Wheat, Honey Malt
Hops: Crystal, Sterling
Secret Techniques: Free-Rise Fermentation, Prey Selection
12 fl OZ

Nut Brown Ale
Malt Beverage Brewed with Maple Syrup
Mt. Carmel Brewing Co.
Cincinnati, OH

The pretty label reports:
-Mahogany in color entering with hints of maple followed by a toasted multi-body, balancing a clean malty finish-
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company is a family owned and operated brewery established in 2005. Production grows at the same address where it began, in the basement of this farmhouse built in 1924. We offer several all natural hand-crafted beers in bottles and kegs. All with our pleasant touch of fanaticism. Please enjoy responsibly and thanks for the support. -Mike Dewey, Owner/Brewer
12 FL. OZ. (355 ML) Keep Refrigerated

English-Style Ale
Dundee Brewing Co.
Rochester, NY

Label offerings:
Classic and Clean
Summer Teeth
Golden Kellerbier
Columbus Brewing Co.
Columbus, OH

Label info:
No ABV listed
12 Fluid Ounces
Est 1988
Crisp, Unfiltered, Golden Kellerbier
World Inspired * Ohio Brewed
Please keep refrigerated until serving.
Bernie Beer
Brown Ale
Hop View Brewing Co.
Madison, WI

The beer can reports:
5.5% Alc./Vol.
12 fluid ounces 355 ml.
Made With Pride in Ohio
Summer Seasonal
Blonde Ale
Homestead Beer Co.
Heath, OH

The label says:
5.0% AVC
12 FL. OZ.
Brewed Proudly in Licking County.  

Imperial Taiji India Pale Ale
Evil Twin Brewing
 Stratford, CT
Distributed by
Twelve Percent LLC
Brooklyn, NY

Label fine print:
12 FL. OZ.
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 flipping good Imperial IPA solo).
Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale
Tap Room Brewing Co.
Rochester, NY

Label info:
No ABV listed.
Signature: Adam Lane
Celebrating the repeal of prohibition DEC_1933.
Under the supervision Brewmaster's Choice
Certified Genuine
Access No. -00160
Tap Room 21 Exclusive Night Club

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Beer Journal #79: Wisconsin Belgian Red, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, Honey Blonde Ale & More

Premium Beer
Joseph Huber Brewing Co.
Monroe, WI

Label words:
4.8% alc./vol.
Beer  Birra  Biere  Cerveza  Starkol  Ol  Pivo
From the Second Oldest Brewery in the USA
Since 1845
11.16 fl. oz.

Honey Blonde Ale
Cream Ale Brewed with Honey
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, WI

From the label:
Made using real Wisconsin honey, our Honey Blonde is a traditional cream ale featuring a breezy floral bouquet, subtle sweetness and crisp, clean finish. When you're feeling like something a bit more refreshing, this little number is sure to please.
Ale, Sun, Earth and Sky
12 fl. oz. 

Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
Qingdao, China
Imported exclusively by
Monarch Import Co.
Chicago, IL

Label info:
Imported from China
Master brewers use only the highest quality malted barley, hops, yeast, and pure mountain water to produce Tsingtao, the finest beer from China.
12 fl. oz.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
Stout brewed with coffee and aged in oak barrels with Haitian coffee
Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co.
Lexington, KY

The label reports:
8.0% ALC./VOL.
Visit WWW.KENTUCKYALE.COM for the story behind our microbrewery.
12 FL. OZ.
355 ML

Staropramen Prague
Brewed by Pivovary Staropramen SRO
Nadrazni 84
150 54 Prague 5
Czech Republic
Imported by:
S & H Independent Premium Brands, LLC,
Denver, CO

Label info:
Alcohol 5.0% by volume.
Staropramen The Spirit of Prague
Prague #1 Beer in the World
11.2 FL. OZ.
Best before end: 24 Sep. 2015
Always Enjoy Responsibly
11.2 FL. OZ.

The World's First Pale Ale
William Bass & Co's.
Baldwinsville, NY

Label disclosures:
5.1% ALC./VOL.
Originally brewed in 1777 by William Bass Brewers Limited
This fine pale ale has been brewed in the great British tradition using the finest two-row malted barley.
ICONOGRAPHY * As Bass Pale Ale's popularity grew, unscrupulous imitators tried to pass off inferior products as Bass by copying the unique red triangle logo. In 1875, concerned for the reputation of their beloved brew, Bass brewers applied for and were granted England's first registered trademark.
12 FL. OZ
355 ML

Wisconsin Belgian Red
Wisconsin Ale Brewed with Cherries
New Glarus Brewing Co.
New Glarus, WI

Label offerings:
You hold the marriage of wine and beer. Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This ale is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barleys, balanced by hops we aged in our brewery one full year, and then aged in oak vats.

Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this ale uniquely "Wisconsin." So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this ale to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet. Serve your friends Belgian Red in a brandy snifter or champagne flute and toast life with ale from the land of Wisconsin.
Vielen Dank:
Daniel & Deborah Carey

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beer Journal #78: Maudite, Frost Line, Dragonfly IPA, Daura, Duvel Tripel Hop & More

Double Ale on Lees
Chambly, Canada
Imported by
Unibrew USA
New York, NY

The label tells me:
8% alc./vol.
Bottle Refermented * Ale Brewed with Spices
La Maudite (damned), refermented on yeast base in the bottle, goes down uncommonly smooth. One taste of this excellent malt beverage will instill in you the highest respect.
Natural source ingredients

Winter Wheat
Anchor Brewing Company
San Francisco, CA

Facts from the label:
Made from wheat and barley malt
Hard Ginger Beer
Sprecher Brewing Co., Inc.
Glendale, WI

Label info:
Malt beverage brewed with natural flavor and natural flavor added.
Frost Line
Summit Brewing Co.
St. Paul, MN

Label info:
5.8% ABV
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, rye malt, hops & yeast.

Bard's Gold
Sorghum Malt Beer
Bard's Tale Beer Co.
Utica, NY

Label info:
Ingredients: Water, sorghum, hops, yeast
Contains no wheat, barley, rye or oats
Discuss it over a Bard's.

Trois Pistoles
Dark Ale on Lees
Chambly, Canada
Imported by Unibrew USA
New York, NY

From the label, I learned:
9% alc./vol.
Bottle Refermented * Ale Brewed with Spices
Trois Pistoles is a remarkably mellow dark ale. To complement its aroma of ripe fruit, it has a pleasant aftertaste that lingers on like old port wine.
Natural source ingredients

Redhook Ale Brewery
Woodinville, WA * Portsmouth, NH * Portland, OR

On the label:
Est. 1981 Seattle
Bottled on Mar 13 15
ESB is, in fact, extra special, but doesn't let it go to his head.

Dragonfly IPA
Upland Brewing Co., Inc.
Bloomington, IN

Label stats:
65 IBU
Best enjoyed by JUL 15
Just the Right Amount of Bite

Product of Spain

The label reports:
5.4% alc./vol.
Tradicion Damm Cervecera
100% Natural Ingredients
Crafted to remove gluten
International Award Winning Beer

Birra Moretti
Full-bodied Lager
Heineken Italia SpA, in Via Spirano, 26 24040 Comun Nuovo
Imported by: Total Beverage Solution
Mount Pleasant, SC

Label disclosures:
4.8% ALC./VOL.
The Beer in Italy
Qualita E Tradizione
Original quality imported beer

Tripel Hop
Special Edition Belgian Golden Ale
Duvel Moortgat
Imported by Duvel Moortgat USA Ltd
Cooperstown, NY

Label offerings:
9.5% ALC./VOL.
Anno 1871
Dry-hopping: Mosaic
Hops: Saaz Saaz/Styrian Golding
For this 2014 edition, our brewers have selected Mosaic. This new US hop variety enhances the beer with a tangerine sweetness, hints of tropical fruit and an interesting blueberry flavor. Contains barley malt.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Beer Journal #77: Fatty Boombalatty, Festina Peche, Increase, Hop On Top, Tweason' ale & More

Fatty Boombalatty
Belgian-Style Ale
Furthermore Brewing, LLC.
Black River Falls, WI

The label warns that this ale is "Dangerously Drinkable." 

Festina Peche
Neo-Berliner style Weisse
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Inc.
Milton, DE

Label whispers:
4.5% Alc. by Vol.
Ale brewed with peach juice
Festina Peche is a neo-Berliner style Weisse. Unique, tart and refreshing, this brew is so down with the dog days of summer.
7th Annual
Dogfish Seasonal Art Series
Rich Kelly
Ltd. Edition

Berliner Weisse
Milwaukee Brewing Co.
Milwaukee, WI

The label reports:
Brewed with gooseberries
That's local flavor.

Hop On Top
Aroma Hop Ale
Chameleon Brewing Co.
Glendale, WI

Hop On Top is 4.5% ALC. BY VOL.
Tweason' ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Inc.
Milton, DE

Label offerings:
6% alc. by vol.
A gluten-free sorghum-based ale brewed with strawberries & buckwheat honey.
Nutrition Facts:
Calories 170, Fat 0g, Sodium 75mg, Total Carb 13g, Sugars 0g, Protein 1g
Water, sorghum syrup, strawberries, honey, hops, yeast

Barrel-aged Hard Cider
Wyder's Cidery
Middlebury, VT

Label info:
6.9% ALC/VOL
Nutrition Facts:
Calories 250, Fat 0g, Sodium 15mg, Carb 30g, Sugars 17g, Protein 0g

Hard cider, less than 1% of : citric acid, natural flavor, sulfites and sorbate to protect flavor, lightly carbonated

Winter Ale
Summit Brewing Co.
St. Paul, MN

Label whispers:
Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops & yeast

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Challenge #12: Mentally Strong People Don't Feel the World Owes Them Anything

"Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game."

Those are the words of Amy Morin. She has written the book, 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON'T DO.

Who can't use advise on being mentally strong?