Tuesday, February 28, 2006

52nd Beer: Ale Mary

Good full beer. 1 pint 0.9 fluid ounces. 6.0% ABV. Camra Gold Medal 2001 (A British award?) Around Mary: A beautifully executed bottle-conditioned ale. Split this one with Dan the Geologist. UPC: 62067 02810.

To the right of Mary: RCH Brewery. West Hewish. Weston-Super-Mare. Hand brewed ales. Ale Mary is bottle-conditioned by Wessex Craft Brewers. The ale, therefore, contains live yeast and matures naturally in a bottle, producing the sparkle and complexity of a cask conditioned ale. Store upright in a cool place and pour gently to avoid disturbing the natural sediment. (Swede comment: some people like the sediment - I'm impartial.)

To the left of Mary: Ale Mary - A dark, rich spicy bottle-conditioned ale, resonant with Christmas seasonal flavours (spelling error :P ) and designed to take the chill off the coolest winter night. Ale Mary has a warm and sweet aroma of cloves, corriander and ginger. The palate provides touches of rum, raisins and sultanas, with a dry fruity finish. This ale has been exclusively brewed for us by Paul Davey of RCH Brewery.

51st Beer: Chili Beer

Way to celebrate your 51st beer. Different bottle. Same great taste. One of my favorites.

50th Beer: Goose Island: Matilda

49th Beer: Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale

This was a good ale. The fine print says, "Tempered over burning witches."

48th Beer: John Courage

47th Beer: Rogue Mocha Porter

Sunday, February 12, 2006

46th Beer: Sam Adams Black Lager

This one was alright. My sister-in-law really likes it. 12 fluid ounce bottle. Stamped July. UPC: 87692 96100.

From the neck bottle label: This traditional lager is medium in body with a deep roasted character. Its dark color and rich malty flavor come from specially roasted caramel and chocolate malts. This brew is lightly hopped with Noble Bavarian hops for a soft spiciness and a smooth clean finish. Cheers! (signed) Jim Koch

Saturday, February 11, 2006

45th Beer: Old Engine Beer

Good dark beer. It's up there. 6.0% ABV, 11.2 fluid ounces.

From the back of the beer label:

An unusual name for an unusual beer! a superb, rich, full bodied beer derived from a traditional Celtic recipe. Wickedly smooth chocolate dominates the flavour, which is nicely balanced by the bitterness of the hops, making Old Engine Oil a delicious "after dinner" beer. Try it straight from the fridge.

Friday, February 10, 2006

44th Beer: Carmel Porter

Good stuff.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

43rd Beer: Xingu

An odd Brazillian beer. Very dark and a strange flavor.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

42nd: 18th: 2nd Beer: Klaster Winter Lager

Always good.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

41st Beer: X-Mas Beer Anchor Brewing Co.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. From the bottle neck label: This is the thirty first Our Special Ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from November to Mid-January. The ale's recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since the ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter soltice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.

Monday, February 06, 2006

40th Beer: Harvey's X-Mas Ale

Very good seasonal beer. Product of the United Kingdom. 8.1% ABV, 9.3 oz bottle.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

38th and 39th Beer: 32nd and 33rd: Michelob Amberbock