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Beer moods

A post over at The Brew Club got me thinking about something I am going to call beer moods. In the post, Scott reviewed Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA and shared some thoughts about his experiences with IPAs. He said,

The Dogfish Head 60 was among my first craft beers, and quite frankly, I wasn’t ready for it at all!  As a matter of fact, I found it so much of an assault on my senses, that I wrote off the whole IPA scene until just last year.  What a shame.

The reason this caught my eye is that I was in the same boat when I first starting drinking craft beer. From my interpretation, IPAs are the beers that “hook” a lot of craft beer drinkers. I wonder why so many craft beer drinkers start with an IPA instead of ramping up to them. Why start at the extremes? An IPA is a aggressive beer with an acquired taste. Sure some people can take to them right away, but for many, they take time to appreciate.

In my own experience, I had someone who loved craft beer and guided me to learn the different beer styles. I was quickly a fan of IPAs but I really didn’t appreciate the first several that I had. There are some styles of beer that I like and crave more than others.

This is where the beer moods idea comes in. I really love hoppy beers sometime. Right now, I’m on a hoppy beer kick. But there  are other times where I don’t want anything hoppy. I want a malt forward beer or something with some spices. I seem to randomly go through these changes and I don’t understand why. Last year around this time I was on a Belgian beer kick. The strange part is that the moods kick in quickly and seriously deter me from trying the previous beer mood style.

Am I the only one who goes though these beer moods? If you do, what mood are you in now and how does it affect your beer drinking?

Our friends need some help

Our friends over at Thank Heaven for Beer have decided to take a leap of faith and open a brewery. Before they can achieve their dreams, they need some help. They have started a Kickstarter page in an attempt to raise the necessary funds to start their nanobrewery. You can check out the page for all of the information and for details on how you can help and what you can get if you do decide to help. They also have a nice video that introduces you to the idea.

If you have the chance, I would really recommend helping out these guys. Mike and Nate are two great people who have some great thoughts to share with the craft beer drinking community. On top of that, they seem like some solid brewers. If you don’t have the financial means to help them, help spread the word. One of the things I really love about the craft beer community is the real sense of community. Everyone seems to be out to help each other. When I started this blog, Mike and Nate were glad to trade links with me even though I wasn’t bringing anything to the table.

Many homebrewers have a dream of owning their own brewery, but few ever make it a reality. Help Mike and Nate achieve their dream. I am sure that you will not regret it. Once again, you can view the video and all of the information about Wilderness Brewing right HERE.

American Craft Beer Week May 16-22

I almost forgot that today marks the beginning on American Craft Beer Week. If you don’t know about it you can read a bit here or here as well or you could just watch the video below.

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Are you doing anything special this week to celebrate?

Beer Cellaring Tutorial

If you have never seen The Hopry you might want consider checking out the site. Mark Starr is an excellent beer video blog reviewer who’s taste buds I trust. He posted a great video a few weeks ago on how to cellar beer. Check out the video below, it says everything that needs to be said about cellaring a beer:

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Beer Review #86 Brooklyn Winter Ale

The Brooklyn Brewery is one of the first breweries that I fell in love with when I got into craft beer. They helped open my eyes on many different beer and always gave a good example of what a style should be. I also read their book which was a good read and very informative. I’m not going to lie, unlike many of the beers that I review on this website, I’ve had today’s beer many time. I simply love it.

Brooklyn Winter Ale is another Scottish Ale style beer in the winter category. Hibernator was also in the same boat, but I don’t think that it did a very good job of delivering on a winter style beer. Let’s see if this beer falls into the same trap or not.

To begin with it pours a rich redish brown with a off-white head. It is perfectly clear as well. The nose has a lot happening. It has lots of malt, grain, and some biscuit notes as well. I dig beers that have a smell along the lines of this. My first taste (not really true) was pretty malty. There is a nice biscuit aftertaste that hits the right note with my flavor palette. There are a fair amount of noble hops in there as well. Much more than what the nose would let you believe.

My only problem is that this beer doesn’t give me the feeling of winter. Sure it is malty, more so than Hibernator, and it tastes great, but is isn’t hitting the winter note. I’ve purchased this beer many times, because it is a good beer, but winter, not so much. It comes in at 6.1% ABV so it is in the session range as well. Try it out if you like malty beers with a good hop finish and great aftertaste. If you are looking for spicy winter ale, keep looking. (more…)