Skip to main content

Beer Review #148 Sly Fox Oktoberfest

This Oktoberfest is brewed by Sly Fox Brewing Company of Royersford, PA. The brewery is actually a small chain of brewpubs that also has a production brewery. They currently have two locations and I believe they are looking to expand. Pennsylvania seems to be a good spot if you want to open a brewpub chain. The Iron Hill group of brewpubs, Sly Fox, and one of the Rock Bottom Brewery locations all call Pennsylvania home.

Unlike any other Oktoberfest that I have had before, this one comes in cans. It pours a nice light amber color and has a white head. The nose isn’t super complex, but expected. There is some malt mixed with caramel. In the background I also found some lager sulfur.

The first taste beckons what the nose promised, malt and caramel. Behind the upfront flavors there are some nice grainy flavors. The hops do a great job of coming in and kicking out the sweetness of the malt. I found this one exceptionally balanced compared to some of the other “darker” Oktoberfest beers that I have had.

So far this is my favorite Oktoberfest of the year. The malt isn’t super sweet and heavy on the caramel components like a lot of the other examples of this style. It is very fresh tasting and the grainy notes really add to the quality of the beer. Sly Fox Oktoberfest comes in at 5.8% so it is sessionalable. I could see myself drinking this year round if they offered it. (more…)

Beerbands

Remember the Livestrong crazy where everyone had a yellow rubber wristband? Well the same company that made the Hopside Down beer glass decided to do the same thing for your beer bottle or can. This would sure make it easy to identify a rouge beer. They have a couple of different models that say “mine” in different colors or different levels of drunkenness in different colors. It would probably be a pain to switch out your beerbands every time you feel a new level of your drink, but I bet there are those out there that would do it.

09-02-24-01

These bands also fit over cans incase you were concerned.

Beer glasses

I’m of the opinion that a beer is better drank from a glass than a bottle and better from a bottle than a can. If it were a math equation it would look something like

Glass > Bottle > Can

I think most people can agree with that statement. But what is it about a glass that is so perfect? Imagine sitting down at a bar and have everyone with bottles instead of a nice pint glass. It just doesn’t seem right (unless you are a some cheap college bar). I don’t know if there is a real reason for this, it is just my preference.

I love beer glasses. I have several different types. I started with the typical pint, moved to a pilsner, and then to a challace. I use all of my glasses (that’s what they are for) but some beers just suit some glasses better. Some are just for fun, like my 26 oz half yard or my boot like the one on the left. My pint glasses get a hard workout weekly.

Beer glasses are just one of those beer culture icons that I just love. I do have a strange fascination with beer, and beer glasses are just another way to express myself.

Do you have any preference with glasses, bottles, or cans; leave a message below.

Beer handle

Just when you thought the classic beer can could not get any beer, someone has done just that. No I’m not talking about Coors and that stupid vent thing, I’m talking about the Beerhandle. A company aptly named USA Tailgaters Inc. has maded a device that turns you can, into a mug. Just snap the metal clip onto the can, and wham, you can feel a bit for classy.

Too bad all of the promotional materal on thier website uses Bud and Miller products. Then again, there aren’t many good beers that come in cans anyway.

Yuengling Lager Beer Review

For this site’s first beer review, I had to pick a beer that I am so familiar with, that I can smell it at the thought of a pint. I’m from Pennsylvania, so Yuengling is by far the most popular adult beverage of choice. Call me a homer, but I do love the stuff.

Let’s start with how it looks. It pours a light amber, almost a dark honey type color. There is a slight head, to goes away quickly, but lingers on the top in a very small layer. The smell is nothing special, slightly malty, but normal.

The best part about this beer is how drinkable it is. You could easily down a sixer or more of this, and that’s not just me being from PA. There is a slightly malty character to the beer, with a little citrous, and hop finish. There isn’t a ton of flavor there, but a lot more than your typical macro brewery. Another nice thing is the variety of bottles Yuengling comes in. In PA you can get it in your standard bottle, a 22 oz bottle, and a quart bottle; of course draft and cans are there.

As a beer drinker from PA, I will always have a special place for this beer. It was the first macro brew that made me think there was more out there. And for this blog, Yuengling will do. There are better beers to come, I assure you.