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Whats Coming Up

Posted in Ramblings with tags on October 6, 2010 by sp1365

Haven’t been posting much lately, but for good reason. First off, I’ve been promoted (meaning more beer/brewing money) which has led to me being busier with work and second, a decent part of my time has been spent looking for a place to live.

That being said, I have some fun things coming up soon that I wanted to let everyone know about:

  • 2 big homebrew projects: Burton Union System and Real Ale System
  • Beer Blogger’s Conference 10: Yep, I will be heading to BBC 10 in November. I hope to have a post previewing my trip and then be sure check out the blog and Twitter during the course of the weekend.
  • Beer Reviews: New Glarus, Bells, and others getting reviewed



Tears in Our Beers Toast

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on September 13, 2010 by sp1365

In a few day the Great American Beer Festival will be upon us. Unfortunately, I am one of the unlucky souls that this year will be unable to attend the festivities. If you are like me and not going to GABF this year I invite you to join me for one of two (or both for that matter) “Tears in Our Beers Toast.

The toast started as joke between fellow beer blogger Beerforthedaddy (@beerforthedaddy) and myself that we should have a toast to commiserate our lack of GABF attendance. Well one thing led to another and the next thing we know the idea had taken off with more and more people wanting to join. In the end we decided to toast not once, but twice during the event.

So if your not going to GABF and want to join us here are the details:

Thursday Sept. 16th at 6:30 PM CST
Saturday Sept. 18th at 7:30 PM CST

To join just check in on Twitter with the beer you are toasting with and the hashtags #noGABF4us and #tearsinourbeerstoast. Pretty easy huh?



Beers I am Enjoying – Sept. 1

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by sp1365

I wanted to take a departure from the last two posts about my nanobrewery and talk some beer, namely what I have been drinking lately. Part of the fun of now being gainfully employed is the increase in my beer budget for both craft beer and homebrewing. Due to that I have had the opportunity to pick up some great bombers as well as some good six packs (unfortunately 1 less than satisfactory six pack as well though). Anyway, on to the quick hits of what I have been drinking and enjoying lately:

  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast – Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout. Absolutely delicious. Most beers that profile a side flavor, in this case coffee, tend to over do it. This is seen a lot with bourbon stouts in my opinion, but in this case the coffee blends well with the stouts.
  • Breckenridge Imperial Porter – Tasty big porter.
  • Southern Tier Hoppe – Good beer, though for as few ingredients that were in the beer the individual characteristics seemed muted and lost. That being said, it was a good beer.
  • Founders Red Rye Stout – If I see a rye beer I just can’t pass it up. Add to that it comes from Founders Brewery and I knew that I needed a sixer of this. I was not let down and this is a delicious beer
  • Troegs Hop Back Amber – Got this along with the next one down in a trade and boy am I glad I did. Very pleasant beer with a great hop aroma, but a restrained bitterness making a perfect late summer beer.
  • Weyerbacher Old Heathen – Imperial Stouts are my favorite of the “Big” beer styles and this one was on par with some of the better ones that I have had. Was it great? Probably not, but that does not mean it wasn’t tasty.

A couple that fell short:

  • Big Sky Moose Drool – This doesn’t fall into this section because it was a bad beer, just over-hyped. It is a good Brown Ale, but given the following that this beer has across the country I was expecting a bit more.
  • Argus Red Ale – This one was highly recommended by a couple people in the area and I was horribly disappointed. No red color and the beers flavor was lifeless. I will try again with a different offering from Argus, but this one was just not enjoyable.


Int. Beer Week: Baltika #6 Porter

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on May 5, 2010 by sp1365

So as I said a couple days ago, this week is International Beer Week here at The Daily Pint. This should have been posted last night, but I got lazy, sorry. To start things off is Baltika #6 Porter from Russia. The reason that I choose this one to start is simple, I love porters and the Baltic Porter style is one that I have not yet had a chance to sample.

A little history into the beer and company (as stolen from Wikipedia):

  • Baltika Brewery started in 1990
  • Based in St. Petersburg and has 18 breweries across Eastern Europe
  • Second largest brewery in Eastern Europe behind Heineken
  • Majority owned by Carlsberg group

From the website on the #6 Porter:

  • Ingredients: water, pale barley, caramel and black malt, hop.
  • Alcohol content: not less than 7% by volume.
  • Original wort gravity: 17 %

Now on to the beer

Aroma – Very sweet maltly aroma with hints of fruit most of which being cherry. Pleasant and not overwhelming.

Appearance – Pours a rich dark reddish brown, almost black. Clear when you put it up to the light and has a fairly creamy long lasting tan head.

Flavor – First thing that hit me was the caramel/toffee like sweetness. That was replaced by a very slight roasty character and has a slight flavor of alcohol transitioning to a finishing bitterness. The balance of this beer makes it very smooth. The hops are not noticeable as a flavor, but definitely prevent the beer from being cloying.

Mouthfeel – This is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation and a slight alcoholic warmth.

Overall – I really like this beer. It might not be the most complex of beers, but that is okay. Baltika #6 is a smooth drinking beer and the flavors balance very well. 8/10

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International Beer Week

Posted in Ramblings with tags , on May 3, 2010 by sp1365

I’m sorry for the lack of posting for the last couple days, graduating, packing up my apartment, and moving back home has not allowed me much free time. That being said, I am now officially an alumnus of the University of Dayton and start my job in 2 weeks. This week in between finding a place to live (to anyone in the Chicago area I am open to recommendations), buying a car, and all the other things I now need to do for living in the real world, I will be reviewing 6 beers from around the world.

A couple weeks back my parents gifted me with these beers and I am finally going to get around to drinking them. They are:

  • Baltika #6 Porter (Russia)
  • Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale (England)
  • Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA (Scotland)
  • Lvivska Lager (Ukraine)
  • Lobster Lovers Beer (Lithuania)
  • Hitachino Nest Beer Lacto Stout (Japan)

I will be starting this adventure tomorrow. So what beer do you think I should start with?

Sun King Brewing Sunlight Cream Ale

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , on April 28, 2010 by sp1365

So today I had my 1st of two finals and I am rewarding myself a Sun King Brewing Sunlight Cream Ale. I went down to Sun King a couple weeks back and picked up a 4 pack of these along with a growler of their ESB. This beer took silver in the Cream Ale category of the World Beer Cup a couple weeks back. Pretty good for a brewery that has only been in existence for little over a year. Anyway on to the beer:

Appearance:Pours a straw to golden yellow with a billowy white head. Brilliantly clear.

Aroma: I really think my allergies are screwing with my sense of smell as I can barely smell anything. What I do pick up is grainy and a little sweet with no noticeable hop aroma.

Flavor:  Faintly sweet with just enough bitterness to balance, no real hop flavor. Finishes dry with moderate carbonation making this a really refreshing beer.

Overall: I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of the style, though I will also admit that I enjoyed the beer. It is refreshing and great for summertime.  8/10

Smuttynose Baltic Porter

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on April 25, 2010 by sp1365

So tonight was a bad night for me and to help myself cope I decided order pizza and drink beer. I decided to go with the second of the “Big Beers” that I picked up a couple of days ago. Tonight’s selection was Smuttynose Baltic Porter, which is the smallest of the three coming in at 8.7% ABV for the 2009 version. My first impressions, man this beer is black.  I have seen plenty of dark beers, but this one is one of the 2 darkest I have every seen. The beer is opaque, black, and has a wonderful brown head.

The funny thing is I am not getting much aroma from the beer. I might attribute this to my allergies which are terrible every spring. The first sip I get hit with 2 major flavors; coffee and alcohol. I wouldn’t say this finishes dry, but it does has a very thin mouth feel that really makes the beer very easy to drink. The aftertaste is all coffee.

Overall, this beer is a great one on to spend a couple of hours one evening drinking. I love dark, robust beers and this one does not disappoint, though it probably could use an extra year or so maturing. 7/10