new blog feature…

i’ve decided to add another category to the blog: what i’m drinking today.

periodically, i’ll put up a picture of and blurb about whatever malted beverage i happen to be partaking of at the time.

so, to start me off:


i’ve been enjoying Spanish Peaks Brewing Company’s Honey Raspberry Ale. while my recent selection of a “frou-frou” beer may surprise some (given my predominantly heavy ale tastes), a lighter-bodied and flavoured beer makes a nice change for winter drinking. one of the things i particularly enjoy about this beer is the fact it’s not too fruity or sweet. the brewers at Spanish Peaks have done a masterful job of balancing the wildflower honey and raspberry against a gentler portion of hops than other beers. highly recommended!

quote of the day:

‘ “Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best?” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. ‘ – A. A. Milne, The House At Pooh Corner


3 Responses to “new blog feature…”

  1. Heather Says:

    Have you ever had Berry Weissen by Leinenkugels? I thought it sounded good, but ended up tasting like Dimetap. Tell me this is better.

  2. jhota Says:

    nope, i haven’t had Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss. when i’m drinking “fruit” beers, i tend to stick to the Belgians.

    the Leinenkugel’s looks like a traditional weak American beer with fruit extracts added – the only change from the usual “American” beer mix is the inclusion of wheat malts. i’m also not a fan of Cluster hops – and i don’t think Cluster’s normal heavy floral aroma would help much.

    Spanish Peaks uses a much more robust selection of malts for this beer (Caramel 40 & 80, Munich and Vienna) than Leinenkugel does for their fruit beer, which gives the ale a lot more body. this allows the “beer” flavours to stand up to the fruit and honey much better.

    also, the hops selection Spanish Peaks has chosen hits some of my favourites: Willamette, Tettnanger and Cascade. it’s just a lot more sophisticated selection, and it works really well.

    so, no, it doesn’t taste anything like Dimetapp. it’s very much beer with fruit aromas and flavour, not alcoholic fruit juice with a suggestion of beer.

  3. Heather Says:

    Wonderful. I’ll add it to my “to try when I’m finally able to drink again list.”

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