Oktober Beer Blogging

Since blogging about beer seems to be the only thing I’m capable of sustaining with any level of frequency, I thought I’d update folks with a few items of interest.

First the Brewer’s Advent Calendar which occupied daily beer-blogging last December is now available for purchase at Costco. I snapped it up immediately and I can’t wait to partake again this year.

There are some repeats from last year, but I’m generally very happy with the selection. I may blog about my experiences again, but I doubt I’ll do it daily. Probably just a summary of the delta between 2017 & 2018 with any updates or new opinions about the repeats.

Second I’m very excited for a trip to NYC that Jenn & I are taking next weekend. Not the least of which is because two locations in Manhattan have IHOPS – a Pumpkin Pancake Stout – on tap.

Maybe this sounds gross to you, but it’s absolutely lip-smacking to me. Hopefully I can grab a pint before the kegs run dry.

Lastly here’s a great, brief article in the Wall Street Journal about Women and brewing beer.

If the above links share anything in common, it’s beers that appeal to a broad swath of tastes & palettes.

My hope for beer culture, in light of some recent negative attention that I won’t mention further, is that it retains it’s mass appeal. A drink for everyone and not just the domain of hop-headed, whale-seeking, beer nerds.


Brewer’s Advent Calendar 2017: Day Twenty Three

Today’s beer: Kress Bayrisch Zwickel

This is my first Kellerbier/Zwickel and I think I’m in love!

Something about the yeasty cloudiness, the malt sweetness, and an overall tartness remind me of a mix between a dark wheat beer a Märzen.

For the style I think the color is a little dark but it’s a beaut.

Cloudy and amber. Just perfect.

Kellerbier literally means cellar beer and this is and old style that predates pasteurization and refrigeration by wide margins.

It reminds me of a tankard of beer a character from Middle Earth might quaff.

This was a great addition to the calendar and quite possibly a style I’ll seek out in the future.


Brewer’s Advent Calendar 2017: Day Twenty One

Today’s beer: Eaglebräu Weizenbier Dunkel

What’s not to love about this beer? Nothing!

I’ve always enjoyed wheat beers and darker versions even more so. This is no exception.

I think this might be the best beer I’ve had in the calendar.

Some combination of a style I dig, the right beer for the weather (my biggest gripe about the calendar, that it isn’t appropriately wintry enough), and a very good beer.

Happy Thursday!