Friday, September 25, 2009

September Fermentation Friday - "What turned you on to Craft Beer"

Hi All,

Welcome to this this months Fermentation Friday hosted by Jason @ Brewing the Perfect Beer! This months topic is one I have written about a few times. What turned me on to craft beer wasn't really craft beer at all. It was mass market German beer while in Germany. Before the trip to Germany a few years ago I wasn't really into beer I was in to wine. When we got to Munich I had the most amazing beer I had ever had. I think it was Spaten Octoberfest. I loved it! So while checking out Munich I got to try other Spaten beers,some Hoegaarden, and some local beers. From that point on I couldn't stop thinking about what other beers were out there. Luckily the next stop was Berlin and my wife's friend took us to this beer bar with hundreds of different beers to choose from. We went there all three nights we were there and I must have tried a dozen different kinds. It doesn't sound like a lot but they were high in alcohol and $$$. I have been trying as many beers as I can since then. I love the different flavors and ingredients that craft beer offers. If it weren't for craft beer I wouldn't have become a home brewer. What better way to learn about your favorite beverage and passion then to make it yourself. As a home brewer the more beers I try the more I learn about what I like and what I would like to brew.

Well folks that is how I got into craft beer. Thanks again to Jason for hosting. See you next month!

Matt C.

PS -The mass market German beers isn't the best beers I have ever tasted anymore. At the time Dos Equis or Amstel were the top of my beer list. Sad Huh! Then again there was there beer bar in college that had tons of craft beers and imports but I just tried them to get the mug on the wall. I didn't really know what I was drinking. So I am not counting it.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Beer Review #44 - Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Hi Guys,

I know its been a while but here it is. Who would have thought a 7 month old would suck all the energy out of you. Rather then drink a beer and write I much prefer to drink a beer and relax. But don't worry I know that if I am truly going to be the famous beer writer that I know will happen (yeah right) then I have to post. Like I stated in my last post I hope to do one review a week and go from there. On to the Rogue Dead Guy review.

Appearance - The Dead Guy pours a nice copper color with a great head. The head leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma - The Dead Guy has a good hint of pine and maybe a hint of citrus from the hops. This is well balanced with hints of caramel from the malt.

Taste - All the flavors in the aroma come through in the taste of the Dead Guy but I feel the malt has a slight lead in the taste.

Mouthfeel - The Dead Guy has a nice light to medium mouthfeel. The carbonation caries everything throughout the mouth.

Drinkability - This is what I call a good all year beer. It has enough body for the cool months but is light enough for the summer.

Welcome back all see you next time.

Matt C.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Been Busy!!

Wow its been a long time since I posted. I have been swamped at work. My wife has been traveling a lot for work so I have been playing Mr. Mom a few nights a week and I have been trying to cut back on the beer consumption. All these factors have kept me from posting the way I would like. So I guess that means I am going to have to re evaluate my goal of posting 2 reviews a week and just do one. I promise I will have one for you by close of business Sunday. I think I can fit in a beer during football. Ok I can probably fit in 2 so maybe I will cheat and save it for a later date.

I am still around. Keep looking and keep reading!!

Matt C.