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March 10, 2021

At the convergence of tanks and Beer

Filed under: Beer,Modeling — dknights @ 4:27 pm
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A story about beer supporting a worthy cause. (h/t to Jim Bates for the story)

January 10, 2020

Beer review: Gumballhead by 3 Floyds brewing

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 11:27 am
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Mike Baskette, my co-host on the Plastic Model Mojo podcast recommended this Indiana based brewery’s beer on our last episode. (episode 3).  As I am a fan of wheat beers, and I’d never heard of this one before, I had to give it a try.  Gumballhead is a bit different from most wheat beers. Most wheat beers have little or no hoppy taste.  I generally don’t like the bitterness of hops which is why I prefer wheat beers. Gumballhead has a significant hoppiness. The first sip shocked me.  However, the hop flavor fades in subsequent sips and half way thru my 12 oz, I found myself enjoying the beer.  It is a 5.6% ABV, so not weak but not overpowering.  Thanks to mike for the recommendation.

December 17, 2019

Beer review: Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 11:39 pm
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OMG.  Don’t drink this unless you have to.  If you have to then switch to hard liquor.  The modelwife is gluten sensitive and occasionally enjoys a good beer.  Here recent attempt to be gluten-free led her to ask me to find her a gluten-free beer.  One trip to the liquor store later and I learned that there aren’t that many gluten-free beers, and no dark ones.  (She likes dark beer)  I located this one and bought a six pack.  The modelwife sampled it and determined that she was not fond of it.  That left me to give it a try.

It is awful.  Only after I drank it did I notice it is an Anheuser-Busch product.  Also, apparently sorghum isn’t a grain you should make beer from.  Avoid this at all cost.

October 26, 2018

The price of beer

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 8:31 am
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A report on the price of a pint of beer in different cities all over the world.  I am surprised that the second most expensive was Oslo.

March 3, 2018

Beer review: Blue Moon Mango Wheat

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 9:11 pm

I picked this up at the local grocery as part of a mix and match six pack.  I like mango, but don’t love it.  That said this is a very nice, refreshing beer.  You can taste the mango, but the flavoring isn’t overpowering.  It has the normal refreshing taste of a wheat beer.  Not sure what the ABV was, but it didn’t seem strong.  I’ll get this one again, especially as a summer beer.

February 27, 2018

Beer review: Schofferhofer

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 9:41 pm
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Schöfferhofer is a German product.  It is a combination of grapefruit juice and wheat beer.  I know what you are thinking.  Yuck.  But I have to admit I was surprised at how good it is.  I am not a huge grapefruit juice fan.  However, the wheat beer takes the bitterness of the juice away.  It is very refreshing.  Also, since it is only about 2% abv, you can drink it without much worry about its alcoholic effect.

@JVLast of The Weekly SubStandard recommended it.  He was right. Also, you should listen to the podcast.  It is great.

January 23, 2017

Beer review: Alpine Beer’s Willy Vanilly

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 8:25 pm
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Alpine Beer Willy Vanilly

I’d never heard of Alpine Beer Co.  A little research reveals they are a small brewery in California.  This beer, Willy Vanilly, isn’t’ listed on their website and appears to be a short run brew.  Their regular wheat beer is called Willy, so this beer appears to just be a variation on it.

A very nice beer, all in all.  A good wheat.  Not hoppy.  Very smooth with a whisper of vanilla taste, but not much.

October 8, 2016

Fight the man

Filed under: Beer,Legal — dknights @ 8:42 am
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Glad to see small businesses standing up to government regulators like this.

July 9, 2015

Beer review: The Pitchfork Pear Cider

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 11:47 pm
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The Pitchfork Pear Cider

The Pitchfork Pear Cider

The Pitchfork Pear Cider
Sonoma Beverage Co., Healdsburg, CA

I am a fan of ciders.  I particularly love pear ciders.  Ever since the 2003 IPMS Nationals in Oklahoma City where I tasted the most perfect of beverages, Ace Pear Cider, I’ve been a fan.  Unfortunately, Ace isn’t available in Kentucky, though it is available at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati OH.  (I stop by every time I pass thru.)

So, since I can’t get Ace Pear Cider, I am always on the lookout for something that comes close to that perfection.  Our latest entry comes close.  Out of California, it is 6% ABV.  It is slightly on the dry side.  It reminds you a bit of Strongbow or Smith & Forge.

Like most ciders it has little or no bite or aftertaste.  It is very smooth and enjoyable.  This firm also makes an Apple Cider and an Apple Cider blended with bourbon.  I will say based on this drink I will try the others if I get an opportunity.

August 18, 2014

Beer review: Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 8:03 pm
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Time for another beer review.  Surprise, surprise, its another wheat beer.  Its Sierra Nevada’s Kellerweis.  The beer is a pretty classic unfiltered wheat beer.  It is 4.8% ABV.  It has a very pleasant aroma.  Is smells strongly of banana and you get both a banana flavor and a hint of vanilla in the initial taste.  The manufacturer also notes a hint of cloves in the taste, but I did not get that until much later in the beer.

I’ve previously reviewed a banana flavored beer here.   As in that case, the banana flavor was good.  I had the beer with steak and rice and grilled veggies and it was good.  The brewer recommends having it with salmon or brats.  I am not sure about the salmon, but I can really see this one going very well with brats.

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