Let’s deliver some beer to our buddies!
Sounds like a good plan.
There’s just the minor inconvenience of these buddies fighting a war in Vietnam – but the plan hatched in a New York bar grows legs.
The Greatest Beer Run Ever is a mad cap adventure only the young or foolish would contemplate.
Written years after the event it’ s full of humanity – both brutal and kind – as well as reflections of a life well lived.
Sit back, pour yourself a beer & enjoy the ride!
I’m smitten with Märzen.
The smoky BBQ flavours just win me over.
Using barley dried over a beechwood log fire – the richness, depth & above all – smokiness – of this traditional German style screams out YES to my palate.
I’ve moved over to the Rauchbier side!
Unlike Desperados Beers – X-Mark seem to have actual tequila in the mix.
Making for a more enjoyable drinking experience.
Still not barrel aged though!
Rather than bother with the hassle of barrel ageing – X-Mark simply throw some of the flavouring agent into the mix.
You certainly get the hint of rum from this concoction – but it’s like drinking an ordinary lager with a dash of rum on top.
Other than the novelty – I don’t think I’ll be indulging again.
It’s not quite a Schwarzbier,
But it’s close.
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I don’t just enjoy a rye whiskey – I’m also partial to rye in beer.
The grain imparts different qualities to the beverages.
In whiskey there’s usually a light sweet aroma, rather dry palate & a gorgeous spiciness to finish.
In beer I loose the spice.
With this Session Rye from DOT Brew a light sweet & fruity nose kicks things off.
Definitely dry on the palate.
Then fades rather quickly leaving you wanting more!
Rye grain is harder to work with – which is probably why it’s use faded over the years.
Makes it all the more enjoyable to savour when it does appear!
Talk about a cultural mish-mash!
Tequila from Mexico, Guarana & Cachaca from Brazil, licenced in the Netherlands, made in Poland & sold in Ireland – where it seems to have cornered the market as it’s everywhere!
Sadly the drinking experience leaves a little to be desired.
More a chemical concoction than Cachaca cutey.
Sweeter than the Original – & obviously redder – I’m not sure how many fresh natural ingredients graced this beer.
But as it’s the only Tequila, Guarana & Cachaca beer in town – I had to give it a go.
Smoke isn’t exclusively either peat – nor restricted to whiskey.
The fuel used to dry the barley – or other grains – imparts a wide variety of flavours to the resultant beverage.
For this Galway Bay Märzen – a popular style of German lager – beechwood is the choice.
I was keen to sample the results.
There’s an element of trompe l’oeil going on here.
You expect a dark, heavy ale – but get a light, refreshing lager overlaid with a soft, attractive wood fired smokiness.
An excellent accompaniment to those lazy sunny afternoon BBQ’s.
Well – I had to try it.
After exploring whiskey barrel aged beers I searched for tequila equivalents – and ended up with this.
A tequila flavoured beer by Heineken – of all people.
Now lawsuits were threatened over the use of the word ‘Tequila’ by the Mexican Tequila Regulation Board – CRT.
Tequila is a strictly defined category of alcoholic drinks made in Mexico from the blue agave plant – which Desperado clearly is not.
The brand is readily available in Ireland.
Golden straw in colour, lively head.
Decidedly empty on the flavour front. A hint of sweet oranges & a chemically aftertaste.
No depth, no body & definitely no agave.
At 5.9% it’s deceptively light.
Not a pleasant drinking experience.
My journey into Rum was signposted by a particular flavour – Jamaican funk.
Several rums had given me a burnt rubber note – not particularly enjoyable.
One rum kept being mentioned – Wray & Nephew Overproof – and here it was before me.
Said to be the epitome of Jamaican funk.
Would it deliver?
Or was my palate just not amenable?
The clean, clear & fresh non aged rum possessed a vegetal earthiness combined with a richness – like a Jamaica Cake – that pulled me in.
Surprisingly easy on the palate. A sweet, smooth & ripe fruitiness together with that funkiness – reminiscent of the gorgeous Brett Saison from Wide St Brewing – but without the bubbles!
The 63% alcohol made it’s presence felt on the finish – and those fruity flavours danced merrily away for a long time.
Overproof isn’t over cooked,
It’s a fantastically balanced rum displaying complex flavours , richness & depth.
I think I just got funky!