Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blue Moon in a Bud Light bottle?

First Budweiser takes a swipe at what was the ever growing amber ale market with their American Ale, now they're moving in on the wheat beer market. I don't know how long they've been running their commercials, but this weekend was the first time I saw one and it got my interest. Bud Light Wheat Beer is set for distribution on October 5th and seeks to claim a spot next to the popular Blue Moon. Early reviews of the beer, from those who attended the sneak peek sessions at the various Anheuser-Busch breweries, don't seem too high on the beer, with most noting that the taste is weak. I'll be sure to have a taste as soon as possible. I still have yet to try the American Ale, as most people told me to avoid it, but I think I'll give this venture a try.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Sam Adams Beer Glass

I actually had no idea this glass existed until a few months ago when my brother received a four glass set for his birthday. My dad, who is not a beer drinker per se, asked a lot of questions about them and seemed to have heard about these specific glasses. But I hadn't! So I went online to Sam Adams and read up. There's actually a really nice article over atReal Beer about the glass. After trying a few different brews out of the glass I have to say that it truly does allow for a different drinking experience. The flavor of the beer is what I feel is really enhanced by the glass. Just last night I had a Sam Adams Summer Ale (one of my favorites) out of one of these glasses and the flavor just exploded. The glasses are a bit pricey at about $25 or $30 per set (last I saw) but may be worth it!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tasting at O'Niells

One of me and my friends favorite places to go is O'Niells Irish Pub on Central and Washington. The food is pretty good and the selection of brews is solid. It's a place to sit back, have a few and catch up on the week with your friends. We went this weekend to have dinner and ended up trying a couple beers we hadn't tried before.

The first was Young's Double Chocolate Stout. I've had a few chocolate stouts but I would say this is the most chocolaty out of the bunch I've had. It went down really smooth with no real detectable carbonation and was pretty light. The smell was as wonderful as the taste, with a strong dark chocolate scent which was complemented with a roasted nut smell.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a to mix things up in their regular beer lineup.

The second beer was Wexfords Irish Style Cream Ale. This one disappointed a bit. It was smooth and light, which I expected, but finished with a kind of sour note after a decent caramel taste. The smell was faint and took a few sniffs to decipher anything. Even then it was a little hard to figure out, my notes say caramely, buttery, with a hint of floral. But that may be reaching.

I'm gonna give this one a second try. Most of the other reviews I've read online are similar to mine in terms of the disappointment. I didn't see anything about a sour note though, so I may just need to give this one another chance.