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History of the World part 1

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Beer 101, Blog | 0 comments

History of the World part 1

It’s just beer, right?  Why are the History and Discovery Channels doing specials on beer?  If you believe the History Channel, then you know that the answer is: Joking aside, the invention and subsequent influence yielded by beer helped shape civilization as we know it.   Beer dates back to early Mesopotamia and traces of it have been found in cultures all over the world.   It may even be the oldest fermented beverage on the planet. Beer can be traced back to the earliest civilizations, when humankind began settling into organized...

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What is Beer?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Beer 101, Blog | 3 comments

What is Beer?

The very question is heavily debated right now with different entities all trying to define, and possibly shape, the culture, process, and even volume.  There is plenty of time to debate craft versus non-craft and eventually I’ll offer my two cents, but today I am going to be completely objective. What IS beer? Beer is a fermented, malt-based alcoholic beverage; the composition of which includes water, fermentable sugar from starch, yeast, and hops. Water is the simplest ingredient in beer.  Mineral content varies from location to...

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Deployment

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

Deployment

I have been derelict in my duties as a blogger lately.  My intent is to write an article a week but unfortunately beer is my hobby and not my job so it doesn’t pay the bills.  My full-time job is Soldier in the US Army.  Specifically, I am a bomb disposal technician.  Recently I learned that I will be deploying in the next few months for a year.  I am not going to shut the blog down or put it on hold while I’m gone.  Instead I have a series of articles planned that I hope will help educate the average beer drinker.  My good...

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Battle de Belgian: The Tale of the Austin Golden Ale

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Battle de Belgian: The Tale of the Austin Golden Ale

Lately it seems as though many Texas breweries are releasing Belgian-style Golden Ales.  Last weekend one of my favorite Austin bars, the Draughthouse, had the two newest Belgian Golden Ales on tap so I headed down to try them. With Jon, his wife Monica, and JoAnna in tow we found a table and ordered the three Texas Belgian-style Golden Ales that were on tap: South Austin Brewing Company’s Golden Ale, Ranger Creek’s Lucky Ol’ Sun, and Austin Beerworks Gold Fist.  I was hoping to compare Adelbert’s Rambler with these...

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Twisted X Brewing

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Twisted X Brewing

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the inaugural tour of Twisted X Brewing Company in Cedar Park, TX.  Twisted X brews what they call “Tex-Mex Beer,” specifically lagers.   The tour starts the way any brewery tour  should, with beer.  For $10 you get a tour and a pint glass with three tokens redeemable for full pours of fresh craft beer.  I started my tour with my favorite Twisted X beer, Senor Viejo. Aged in Republic Tequila barrels that once  housed Jack Daniels, Senor Viejo is an imperial black lager or...

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Open the Taps!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

Open the Taps!

Last weekend I participated in a fundraiser for a non-profit organization here in Texas.  Open the Taps is a group dedicated to rewriting Texas laws to benefit the beer consumer.  Here in Texas, not unlike many states, beer laws are archaic codes put into place after Prohibition and haven’t changed since.  For example, in Texas a brewery cannot sell beer on its premises.  The odd thing about this law is that wineries are allowed to sell their wine on site.  I find that fact astounding and I really don’t have a reason why it is...

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Flix Brewhouse Beer Dinner- part 2

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Flix Brewhouse Beer Dinner- part 2

The main course saw Kill Shot Scotch Ale served with cold smoked Akaushi brisket slow roasted with a white bean bacon sautee with spinach and topped with a roasted garlic demi glaze.  I need to say first that the spinach served with this dish may be the best I have ever eaten and I LOVE spinach.  It was the perfect blend of salty with a little sweet thrown in and of course cooked with bacon.  Holy delicious! Akaushi is a Japanese wagyu breed of cattle that is used in Kobe restaurants.  The meat is very marbled making it tender and very...

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Flix Brewhouse Beer Dinner- part 1

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Flix Brewhouse Beer Dinner- part 1

Earlier this month Flix Brewhouse hosted its very first Beer Dinner and since I love everything done at sister restaurant, Homefield Grill, I couldn’t resist checking it out.  Coordinated by General Manager Walt Powell, the meal featured dishes by the Executive Chef of both restaurants Scott Reed and beer from Flix’s Brewmaster Justin Rizza – formerly of Independence Brewing. Unlike Homefield’s Beer Dinners, this event focused on Flix’s own house beers: Golden Ale, Lupulus IPA, Satellite, Kill Shot, and Black...

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Boston Beer Company – Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Reviews | 0 comments

Boston Brewing brings us a new entry in their line of seasonal brews. This new beer defies categorization by being a combination of a Heller, bock, and Kellerbier. That alone should give you enough reason to try this beer if for no other reason than morbid curiosity. With the quality of seasonal beers that has been coming from this brewery lately, the decision should be easy. As the largest craft brewery in the US you can find it just about anywhere you find Sam Adams' offerings. ....

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Introducing: Jon Marler

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Introducing: Jon Marler

I remember the first time I drank a true craft beer.  I arrived at my friend Chris’s apartment, where I immediately noticed he was drinking what looked like a beer.  He was standing next to the bottle, which had what looked like a monk in sunglasses holding an odd shaped glass and a skull.  Immediately, Chris demands: ”Here. Drink this.”

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