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Kurpfalzbräu Helles |Plankstadt, Germany Another Helles. Out of 7 brews 3 have been Helles. After opening top of the box to free yesterday’s brew I saw a Helles that was featured in the Man Bag. Not sure if drinking a helles every few days allows me to appreciate which ones are more appealing or make comparisons as to which I like better (not all stouts are created equal). I’m not going to spend the time filling out a silly scorecard so I can rank them and use some nebulous score to determine which I liked better. So, here goes. Pale straw color (like a helles). Clear as can be (like a helles). Yummy real cold. An edge of bitter hoppiness but not on the tongue. A bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Not an after dinner drink because you’ll be too full to enjoy. Maybe later in…

Herrnbrau Zwickl Kellerbier |Ingolstadt, Germany I was ready to enjoy a beer. It was a Monday. I was busy all day but didn’t seem to get anything done. It is my night to cook and I was trying to figure out what I could pull together. I had a bag of those small fancy potatoes Publix has on sale. Some are red, some black, some blue. They can be pretty tasty. I was worried they might start growing little roots so I cut them up, tossed them with grated parmesan, olive oil and some Greek seasoning. Tossed them in the oven and baked the hell out of them. Next was very thin chicken breast slices cooked in zesty Italian dressing with some Slap Your Momma seasoning (spices things up). A bag-o-salad and I’m there. Well if you’re gonna cook you might as well have a beer to fill in the…

It’s Day 5 of the Brewer’s Advent Calendar and to me this is the beer I wanted to have when I bought this Advent Calendar. Not this specific brand but this taste. I couldn’t help but adapt Mel Brook’s line from Space Balls “May the Schwartz be with you.” Kraftbierwerkstatt’s Der Schwarze Bock is dark, roast, smooth, chocolaty. Yummy. Now under full disclosure this was kind of a beer slushy. I but it in the freezer to get it chilled and took too long to take it out. Beer’s freezing point is slightly lower than water but beer has water in it. So the beer was in a supercooled state. When you disturb the supercooled state, like opening a can or bottle and letting the CO2 in the mixture do it’s thing then the freezing point increases beyond the current temperature and the beer will start to freeze. It was…

It’s Day 4 of the Brewer’s Advent Calendar and right off the bat this is not my favorite so far. Husaren Trunk. Nice label with a spiffy guy in a blue uniform holding a brew. Google translates Husaren as a Hussar. I had to look it up on Wikipedia but a Hussar was a member of one of the light cavalries across Europe that adopted a dress uniform made popular by the Hungarian Hussars. But if you look deeper in the wikipedia post you find the word Husaren hear a description about some areas of German using these Hussars as policemen. Trunk translates as “Drink” so I’m having a Hussar’s Drink. (And yes, I donated a bit more than the $2.75 Wikipedia is asking for people to donate. These guys are like public radio. If you use them you should help share the cost. I digress). Back to the beer.…

It’s Day 3 of the Brewer’s Advent Calendar. Looks like it’s back to hell. Of course this isn’t beer hell but helles style beer which according to my handy Oxford Companion to Beer, “is a pale golden lager that is the everyday session beer of Bavaria Germany. The German word ‘hell’ or ‘helles’ simply means ‘pales.'” I say back to hell because on Day 1 we had the Grumpy German Helles. |f there are going to be 24 beers I assume there will be a lot of “hell” to pay. Sorry. Couldn’t resist that. This beer is produced in Großköllnbach, Germany, by Privatbrauerei Egerer. Egerer does not have any info on their website about this brew so I assume this is one they produce for non-German markets. They feature mostly bottled beers but if you dive in deep enough they have some canned beers including a Super Schwarz that sounds…

It’s Day 2 of the Brewer’s Advent Calendar that I bought from Costco back in September. The box I should mention is pretty big and heavy considering it has 24 500ml cans in it. I find trying to break the cans out of their little Advent prison cells is a bit challenging. They are pretty snug in the honeycomb box. I had to turn it on the side and give it a shake which almost caused Day 21 to try and break out. Today is a Weissbier or to us Americans Wheat Beer. This can is pretty much all in German except for the ingredients being listed in english but only after giving it in german. I think this beer is actually soldin Germany. Me and others have speculated that some of the beers in these large packs might not be found in Germany. That theory is being tested here.…

I swore I would never buy a large beer pack with the intent of actually reviewing the brews ever, ever again. I bought one of the Mannerhandtasche XXL (The Man Bag in German) at Lidl back in the summer and took it forever before I was in the mood to taste 13 beers in reasonable amount of time (I still need to publish that review). So as soon as I swore to never buy another one I grabbed the first Brewer’s Advent Calendar I saw at Costco back in September for $69.99. That was a much better price than the $99 Costco wanted for the Wine Adventure Advent Calendar. It is packaged by the same company that produced the Man Bag. Instead of 13 it’s now 24 and I have no clue as to what’s in there. But I suspect it might be some of the same beers I had…

Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout The thing I hate about August and September is the arrival of Octoberfest and Fall pumpkin beers. It’s still hitting in the 90’s out there. It isn’t Fall yet. This is like in my younger days when the June Playboy arrived in April. But come to think of it that wasn’t all that bad. So I was in Toast and saw they had Southern Tier’s Pumking and Warlock side-by-side and of course they sell by the bottle so I wouldn’t have to invest $25 for a taste (they come in 4 packs). There are way to many Fall beers for me to try buying in fours, sixes or larger in order to try them. I would gain 100 pounds and be broke. I can’t get the Beer Brothers together to drink the leftovers. These cost me $3.79 a bottle. Face…

I remember entering Wine World back in 2009 when we started BottleReport. Meeting Dick and Sally Benjamin was memorable but I think I remember Dale Siliko the most. He was one of the kindest, most soft-spoken people I had ever met. His knowledge of wines was extraordinary. He was able to recommend a pretty good wine for my usual price point. He was with Wine World for 14 years. He was a fixture at the seminars, ever precise in pouring for the attendees. Never too much, never too little. He was usually the one to pour for the evening’s presenter. When you made a credit card purchase he had this little move where he would flip your card around to present it back, almost like a swordsman swooshing his sword into a salute. He was devoted to his wife of 54 years, Sue, who was always at the shop greeting…

2nd City Single Barrel Bourbon | Augusta, GA This is not a celebratory drink. This is not really a review. This is a remembrance. Today is my anniversary leaving the COVID Ward at University Hospital. I was one of the lucky ones. My next door neighborhood, Dr. Robert Turner, a wonderful man, died while I was there. I remember lying in my hospital bed crying when I heard he had passed because I knew he had died alone. I was lucky in that I was there only long enough to get my breathing stabilized. Six days. It was the 3 weeks after I got home that was living hell for me and my family. The steroids they treated me with made me a bit nuts. I was so lucky to have a family who loved me and helped me pull through it. I really don’t want to rehash the hell…

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