no, i haven’t quit drinking…

though i have slowed down a little lately – been busy!

for similar reasons, i’ve not had time to post any reports…

but, i’ve got some time available now, so here’s a few beers i’ve had lately:

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mmmm. this was good, if i do say so myself. pity the keg’s empty!

an “Irish” style dry stout, it was wonderfully creamy with just a bit of hop aroma. this recipe had an additive i’ve not used before: licorice – and it was real German black licorice. i didn’t taste any real licorice flavours in the beer, and i wonder what effect (if any) the ammonium chloride in the candy had on the beer. this was the beer that blew the lid off its fermenter, by the way. worried though i was about the resultant product, it came out just fine.

which is probably why it went away so fast!

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strange to say, i’ve not reported on this beer before. if i was to admit to having a “standard batch” of homebrew, it’d probably be this. a Belgian style witbeir, it’s fairly low in alcohol content (usually below 4% ABV) with a light body and effervescent carbonation. i brew more of this than anything else – i’d estimate it makes up around a third of my production.

100% wheat malt, crisp mouthfeel, some citrus and coriander flavours (big surprise, eh?) – pretty much a standard witbeir. very popular among those who tend to imbibe my product. heck, i like it too! this keg also emptied fast – perils of the holiday season, i guess.

i may get assaulted by the beer snobs for my opinions on the last two brews of the day…

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first up is Arriba, a beer brewed solely for export by Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. in El Salvador. Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SABMiller, for the edification of those interested in such things.

created as a house brand for Safeway, it’s recently become available locally from Piggly-Wiggly stores. probably has something to do with the two companies both being customers of C&S, or something.

but that’s neither here nor there. the name, according to what i’ve been able to find out, was chosen because the marketing folks (from outside the US) thought that Americans would recognize the phrase from old Speedy Gonzales cartoons. makes you feel loved, doesn’t it? sadly, they were probably correct in their estimations.

anyway, i’ve really been enjoying this beer.

(waits for beer snobs to wake up from their faints)

it’s a classic example of cheap South American beer. acrid and chemical, with little body and less flavour. nice carbonation, washed-out yellow colour. the sort of thing most educated beer drinkers avoid at all costs.

but i like it – i’ve got a certain appreciation for bad beers. and this just hits all my buttons, being just offensive enough to satisfy – without being so bad as to be painful.

that said, on to the next offense against the drinking community:

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Trois Pistoles from Unibroue. this stuff has been awful.

(again waits for beer snobs to wake up from their faints)

although this is a highly regarded brew, colour me unimpressed. i like some of the company’s other offerings (Blanche de Chambly comes to mind), but this is horrid.

weak body, excessive carbonation (the beer in the picture had been sitting for almost a minute) but no Flemish lace, vague and unidentifiable fruit odours, uninspiring flavour, and the promised “old port wine” finish never materialized.

it’s not skunked – that i’d recognize. i think it’s just over-rated. very, very over-rated.

to borrow from the immortal Monty Python, “This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is ‘beware‘. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.”

as per usual with any of my commentary on anything, your mileage may vary.

happy imbibing!

quote of the day:

“All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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