Archive for January, 2011
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager is brewed around this time every year. Each year Abita adds strawberry puree from the strawberries grown in Ponchatoula, LA to this limited batch of beer. Unfortunately, I’m not very satisfied with this year’s brew. It has a musty scent and an unusual taste to match. Did I just get a bad six pack? Has anyone else been able to taste this beer?
Stop #5? Sommerfest for some Oktoberfest beer and bratwurst! When we went to order, I saw that there was an unknown Oktoberfest that I’d never heard of…Altenmünster Oktoberfest. I had to double check that it came from the correct tap when they handed it to me. MUCH lighter than what I expected it to be. Taste? Meh…tasted more like an ale and def not an oktoberfest. Pretty disappointed.
Stop #4, although not a ‘real’ pavilion, you can’t pass up the Outpost for some Safari Amber. Surprisingly one of my favorites of the day, especially put in between Tsingtao in China and the sadly disappointing Altenmünster in Germany. A little grainy and slightly sweet. Also found out it’s brewed exclusively for Disney (mainly Animal Kingdom). Pretty cool. And they really need to start serving different sized beers… these big servings are rough if you’re trying to Drink Around the [ Read More ]
Tasty dark beer from Germany!!
Stop #3 in Drinking Around the World? China! The only beer option for us was Tsingtao…which is apparently pronounced TsingDao. Had a slight ‘argument’ about it until we asked one of the cast members there. I admitted defeat after that. Decent beer…light…slightly bitter or sour. Would have went well with any of the food being served but we skipped eating here!
Last post of the night. First off…it’s borderline comical that anything associated with Chicago could use the term “Mild Winter”….but that’s what the Goose Island Beer Co. calls their winter ale. It is described “this toffee-colored, soft-bodies American mild ale is brimming with spicy rye and rich caramel flavors.” It’s not bad…but probably my least favorite of the 4 Goose Island beers I’ve sampled tonight. Perhaps a little TOO caramely for my tastes.
On to the IPA offering from Goose Island. ”Bourbon in color with a crisp, dry body, India Pale Ale has a grapefruit hop aroma and a lingering bitter hop flavor.”
Another fine beer from the Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago, IL). It’s described as “Citrus hop aromas, a fruity ale flavor, and a creamy body make 312 as satisfying as it is refreshing.” This is a smooth beer that I find very enjoyable. And for those who don’t know or didn’t guess… 312 is one of the Chicago area codes. You will often see 312 tap handles in the shape of phone receivers in the local establishments.
Another sampling from the great city of Chicago. Previously posted by Ed, this is a Honker’s Ale, brewed by Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago, IL). In their own words Honker’s Ale is “an English style bitter that strikes perfect balance between fruity hop notes and biscuity malt flavor, Honker’s Ale delivers a classic taste in a soft, sessionable body.” In addition to representing the “Beers”….you’ll notice my Disneyland Resort mug weighing in for the “Ears” side of the blog.
Our first official stop while Drinking Around the World was La Cava del Tequila where I started off with a tequila flight. I’ll skip that review and just move right along to Norway! Stopped off at the beer kiosk and we all grabbed a Carlsberg. Apparently Carlsberg is actually from Denmark, and NOT Norway. No ‘true’ Norwegian beer for sale here, sadly! I’d say it’s a decent beer to start off the fun. Not too heavy, not watery. Not my [ Read More ]