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End of the World Beers

Today was supposed to be the End of the World. We all see how that worked out. Seeing as how the End of the World comes up every few years I thought that I should compile a list of beers that are had a End of the World theme. Tonight I’ll be drinking a La Fin Du Monde, which is French for The End of the World. A few other beers that you might want to consider if when the End of the World is predicted again.

  • End of the History by Brew Dog
  • Ommegeddon by Brewery Ommegang
  • End of the World Midnight Wheat by ABInBev
  • Apylocpse Cow by Three Floyds
  • Judgement Day by The Lost Abbey

Beer Review #233 Summer Session Ale

The summer is quickly coming to a close, like in two days, but I wanted to squeeze one more summer beer review in before summer officially ends. I’ve been actively trying not to purchase seasonal beers to get a better selection of more widely available beers, but when I see a local brewery like Evolution Craft Brewing Company of Salisbury, MD, I have to give it a try. Evo as they refer to themselves was originally located in Delmar, DE, but moved a few miles down the road to a much larger facility this year. My wife’s family lives just outside of Salisbury, so I’m a regular customer of Evo when visiting.

Summer Session Ale pours a nice golden orange color with a slight haze. There is a medium foam head sitting on top that slowly fades into a whisper of its former self. The beer has a nice summer smell with bits of orange and bread. It smells pretty sweet and I didn’t detect any hops in there.

On my first taste I was surprised that the sweetness wasn’t more. There is a very light malt component that gives way to some slight lemon and orange flavors. The bready smell carries through to the flavor as well and helps round out the malt flavor. There is a slight citrus hop on the back of this one but it’s not very bitter or assertive.

For a summer beer this one nice nice and very drinkable. I don’t think it is anything super special but it sure is refreshing. It also comes in at 4.6% so you can enjoy a few of these with no problems on a hot day. (more…)

Beer Mug Giveaway

Our friends over at PromosOnline contacted me the other day asking if I wanted a set of beer mugs to give away. So of course I said yes and here’s how you can win a set of 10 free Octoberfest Beer Mugs:

On September 2nd (on the 1st I’ll be taking the wife to see a Broadway show) I will put all of the likes and comments into an Excel sheet and randomly pick a winner. The more you comment and like, the better you chances to win. These Octoberfest Beer Mugs are valued at $30 and you can get them for $0 with free shipping (if you live in the US)! Good luck and thanks to our friends at PromosOnline.com for the swag.

So where was I?

I mentioned a while ago that I was taking a vacation back to Europe this summer and that I would be away from the site for a bit as I didn’t have access to the internet. I’m back (well I’ve been back for three weeks now) and I thought that I would share a bit about my trip. To begin with my wife and I went on a 12 night Mediterranean Cruise. We also added on a few days to the beginning and end of the trip so it ended up being 15 nights. I had an outstanding time and I highly recommend it to anyone who can go. We went to six countries if you count Vatican City in there. The real countries that we visited were Italy, Greece, Turkey, France, and Spain. For course I had to try a beer in every country possible, but before I get into the beers per country, let’s talk about the beers on the ship.

We sailed on the Norwegian Spirit and I was shocked by the amount of adult beverage choices. I would say that they offered 16 different beers, which is impressive considered some sports stadiums do that carry that many and a ship has to carry everything with them for the duration of the trip. Of course they had the typical Bud stuff but they also had a good selection of English and Belgian beers (all of which also happen to be owned by InBev). There were some German beers and a craft beer favorite Sam Adams. I guess you know that you are a big brewery when you can be purchased on a cruise ship thousands of miles away in a different continent.

The first beer that I had a chance to try was in Athens, Greece. As you can see in the picture above it was a Pils Hellas, which confused me for a bit as Pilsner is a style, and Helles is a style, but whatever. It was refreshing an had a bit more sweetness compared to a Bud Light, but it wasn’t anything special.

Turkey was one of my favorite stops for a number of reasons, but they also had the best beers. Efes Pilsen was excellent and refreshing. I actually had a six pack or so of this beer during the trip because I liked it so much. They also made a dark beer that you can see below.

The dark beer, Efes Dark, was outstanding. It had some nice hints of chocolate and coffee but was still on the light, refreshing side. It was almost 100 degrees on the majority of the port days, so refreshing was necessary.

We made another stop in Greece on our way back from Turkey at a small island named Mykonos. While there isn’t a ton to do on the island, it was a nice break for us compared to the busy stops we had for the majority of the trip. Mythos was not a special beer by any stretch, but it hit the stop and was a perfect combo for our lunch pictured above.

Italy probably has the most happening craft beer scene out of the countries that we visited. The problem is that they are extremely expensive. Instead of dropping 15 Euro on a real Italian craft beer, I opted for Peroni Red. I’ve had Peroni before, but never the red. It wasn’t anything special in my book and I wouldn’t look for it again.

I honestly didn’t have time to grab a beer in France or Spain so I can’t comment on their beers, but I was so happy to come home and get flavorful beer. It’s probably unfair of me to look at the sampling that I had and compare it to home, but there just was not the selection that there is here at home.

I will be happy to post other pictures from my trip if requested. We had 10 total stops on our cruise which are listed below:

  • Venice, Italy,
  • Athens, Greece,
  • Ephesus, Turkey
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Naples, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Florence, Italy,
  • Cassis, France
  • Barcelona, Spain

Also let me know if you have any questions if you are considering a similar trip. My wife and I would be happy to help.

I’ll be back

The site will be void of updates for a bit as I am about to head out on a much needed vacation. If you follow me on Facebook you would know that I am heading back to Europe this summer. My wife and I are doing a Mediterranean cruise, so we are not going to be in beer areas per say, but I’m still looking forward to it. I’ll make sure to jump all over the reviews when I get back and also share some of my travels. Until then,

Cheers,

Nate