Rahr Angry Goat Dobble Bock

I love my boch beer, I like the heavy flavor and I love the malt with the easy light Hopps to back it up. It’s my kind of beer.
So when I had Rahr’s Angry Goat, I found another beer that I was in hog heaven for its malty flavor.  I have had this beer a few times and decided it deserved a review. This time I had it on draft which took it a notch higher.r1

First off, Rahr is another new Texas Microbrewery, which I can’t begin to tell you just how happy I am that this state is enjoying a Renaissance of sorts with its beer industry. Founded in 2004 Rahr has slowly become a North Texas Beer lover’s companion. I can barely go into a bar worth its grain of salt and not see Rahr on tap.

 

Angry goat is a double bock, which means it has a higher alcohol content than normal  (about 8%) and almost an undetectable hint of hops with a double shot of malt. This bock is also wheat based which helps to balance it out. Rahr went the extra step to make this a great beer by adding fruit and spices such as bananas and clove. The bananas bring you in with memories of childhood, and the buzz reels you back with the hammer of malt and alcohol. It’s enough to make a sane man beg for more and cry like a Nancy girl when denied. A great smooth bock and well worth the time and money.

 

4 out of 5 burps.

 

 

Lakewood Punkel Dunkel

punkelLakewood Brewery is located near Dallas in Garland. They have an interesting seasonal I encountered at Double Wide this weekend called Punkel. This is a Dunkel (Dark) beer with a lot of Malt and Pumpkin style spices in it. It’s a smooth beer to drink, smells like Fall and taste like pumpkin with spices of ginger,cinnamon, nutmeg. It is a dark cloudy color with a short head and not very carbonated.

I really liked it, but I thought the spice was a little on the heavy side. I would say this is a great one drink beer and would pair well with a dessert. It is a must try if you like maltier beers with a twist.

Alcohol by volume: 5.4%

Lakewood’s description:

We put the Punk in the Dunkel. Dunkels are dark lagers with a smooth malt flavor. We kick it up with some pumpkin spice for an easy drinking German session beer. Perfect for those fleeting Texas fall days spent watching the grackles fly south to their favorite grocery store parking lots.

Food Pairings: Fall fare like Venison, Corny Dogs and Halloween candy.

I give it 3.5 out of 5.

 

Peticolas Wintervention

logo_peticolas_badgePeticolas is a new micro brewery that popped up here in Dallas in 2009. Being a Dallasite myself, I am always wanting to support my local breweries and bars to imbibe in my glutenous consumption of beer. I have run into Peticolas a few times and this time decided to do a review. Since it is January, it made since to do a Winter brew and I picked Wintervention as my poison of choice.  I was glad I did.  Peticolas instructs this this beer:

Our dark strong winter ale is spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. A full bodied ale meant to be enjoyed during the cold winter months with family and friends. English hops and high quality malts give this beer its backbone. All spices are provided by local spice maker, Pendery’s, a mere half block from the brewery. The spices in the Wintervention compliment the spices in many holiday treats, while the hops provide the perfect contrast.

Wintervention has a nice smooth head with a good mix of spice. For me the nutmeg and ginger did a great job of bringing in this time of year in a brew. The head was moderate and they did a very nice job of balancing out the hopps and malt. Being a malt man myself, I wish their was a little more punch in that direction. But, the beer went down smooth and I even ordered a large growler to take home with me of this beer.

3.5 out of 5 burps.

 

 

Craft and Growler Beer Station

I don’t usually do reviews of local bars, but I was impressed with one of

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Dallas’ newest beer joints, Craft and Growler ( who desperately needs a website, by the way). This bar is one of the new style beer joints popping up in Dallas that are focused on local Texas microbreweries and their beer selections. Almost all the beer on their 30 or so taps was from our state and they have an interesting methodology of adding CO2 gas into the growler prior to the pour that keeps the beer better carbonated longer and most importantly slows the beer’s trip to flatsville while it is in your fridge. We were told it would stay fresh for as long as 2 weeks in your home.

I like those odds, even though no beer ever stays in my fridge for 2 weeks, unless someone brought over some crap and left it behind. Then it will be forced on some unsuspecting guest…but, I digress.

The Old Real Estate

Craft and Growler is located at 3601 Parry Avenue across from the State Fair. It is nestled in the haggard corner of

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an old historic building in great juxtaposition to the slick electric DART rail across the street, which flies by carelessly every 20 minutes in silence. What I liked about the bar was that it reminded me of an old beer tavern with large, long, wooden tables, high ceilings with large, wagon wheel light fixtures, and an old time finish out using lots of antique shiplap. It brought back found memories of my trip to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich in the 80′s.  It has the appeal of a comfortable warm interior with lots of wood and plenty of space, two of my favorite things since I remodel.

Another great feature about the bar, which if you live in East Dallas and frequent Greenville, is that it has a huge parking area in back. It makes going to the bar a breeze and so much easier than parking 3 blocks away or waiting on a  suspicious looking valet to get your car.

 

The Unique Concept

What separates Craft and Growler from just about every bar in town is the ability to order beer to go. You come in,

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grab a growler off the wall of wooden shelves ( they have all sorts of really cool ones), or bring your own and they will fill it up with your choice of micro brewed beer and send you on your way. They even have 2 quick “to go spots” in back for people that just want to get in and out.  I bought mine last night which is a 2 liter, I think, and filled it up. I’m looking forward to cracking it open tonight.

Of course, the real pleasure is coming in, sitting at the bar and sampling several beers before you order the one you want. I sampled 4 different beers, including Lone Star’s new Bock ( blah) before I settled on Peticolas Wintervention which is a great, dark, strong Ale brewed here in Dallas.

Definitely a bar I wil put on my regular rotation. The only suggestion I would have for the owners is to get some windows that open and put some chairs out on the front sidewalk so patrons can enjoy the weather.

 

 

 

 

Trappist Beer is out and you better get your ass into gear

Considered a must have beer that has been brewed for thousands of years by Belgian monks, this incredibly raretrappist beer is finally, and very temporarily available in a special 6 pack in select states here in the U.S. It will probably be sold out by the time you read this, which sucks. And since I am in Texas and these monks saw no reason to send it here, I will have to continue to wonder just how damn good this brew is on my buds.

The Belgian monks that brew this beer only make about 3800 gallons a year, I’m pretty sure me and my friends consume that on an annual basis. None the less they shun cash, but hat has caught up with them.  They desperately need a new roof, and that cost big bucks for these spartan paupers. So, lucky for a few select U.S states and those lucky enough to grab a 6 pack of this beer for $86 a taste of divine inspiration.  This is a sweet beer and sometimes criticized for that reason, but true connoisseurs appreciate the Monk’s skill. So if you are lucky enough to grab a bottle, let me know what you think and post a review. Good Luck!

For an oddly homemade looking site to figure out where this beer is available go here. 

 

 

Franconia Dunkel Review

Franconia_Dunkel_clearI’m a Dallasite and recently a local Dallas brewer arrived on the scene to start making German inspired beers. Franconia Brewery, as they are known makes several beers, including this Dunkel.  I have tried a couple of their beers to date and have been underwhelmed thus far.  On their site, they call their dunkel:

“Dark Lager with some Mocca notes and a dark chocolate finish.”

I have had this beer twice now and while it takes a stab at being a German beer, it almost seems like it is trying to Americanize the German beer experience by taking a normally Dark malty Dunkel and watering it down to resemble a big American brewery beer. You are simply left wanting more flavor. Its almost like drinking air. Too light for my buds and hard to even call it a dunkel without rolling your eyes. 2 out of 5 burps.

 

Cuba Libre celebrates 110 years

While I am primarily a beer and wine drinker, I do enjoy my occasional liquor and one of my favorites is Bacardi Rum. I like the rum for its smooth flavor and easy drink ability. It is one of those liquors that goes down with a bit of a kick but doesn’t overwhelm my senses. Who doesn’t enjoy the dark transparent look of rum rummaging around in a high ball glass with a few inconsolable ice cubes.

Of course, I frequently will mix my delectable rum with other tantalizing liquids to make for some great drinks. From the eponymous Pina Colada, Daiquiri, and Rum Runner to the recently popular Mojito, their flavors are cleverly complemented with a nice splash of smooth Bacardi. All of these great drinks go well with a tasty and flavorful meal. Personally I prefer Mexican as the cuisine of choice when I have a cocktail.

Lest you think I forget about the classic Cuba Libre drink I must point out it is celebrating 110 fantastic and tasty years this year.

What is and where did the Cuba Libre cocktail come from?

In 1900 a Captain on duty in Havana, Cuba walked into an American bar and asked for a cocktail consisting of a mix of Coca Cola, Bacardi and a splash of lime to celebrate a recent military victory. It was such a big hit with the soldiers that everyone in the bar quickly ordered one. Led by the Captain they all did a toast chanting ” Por Cuba Libre”, which means free Cuba. This cheer caught on and became synonymous with the drink itself and remains to this day. It is one of the things that make this drink timeless and still quite popular today. The Bacardi brand was originally created in Cuba in 1862 by Don Facundo Bacardi Masso.

So when I am out on the town for an evening or on a hot date and looking for something different I will always go in the direction of a smooth Bacardi rum drink, usually a  minty Mojito or coconut flavored Pina Colada. They always hit the spot and go great with my favorite Mexican food, especially juicy beef fajitas loaded with guacamole and cheddar cheese, which is one of my all time favorite dinners. Of course, who can pass up crunchy tortilla chips and yummy meat infused queso while you are eating? Not me!

Drink up and enjoy!

 

 

Sam Adams The Vixen

Sam Adams just came out with a new line of beers which come in large 22oz bottles and creative patches for the art. The bottle catches your eye with its size and looks. The beer doesn’t disappoint either. While it was high in alcohol at 8.5% it had a smooth after taste with some heat. While I was drinking it, whipped cream with chili in the mix came to mind. It has a nice malty taste that wasn’t over the top with a good mix of nuts and a touch of cinnamon.  The pour was also darker than I imagined with a thick creamy head and good aroma upon inspection.  I give it 4.5 out of 5 burps.

 

Shock-Top Belgium White Beer

I recently bought a 12 pack of this beer on my way to Taos, NM. I was looking for something different and enjoy Blue Moon so I thought I would try another companies version of a Belgian White. Problem is the beer is bland. If someone were watering down Blue Moon, this is what it would taste like. Its not a terrible beer, but what appeals to me about Blue Moon, the Orange Peel simply is not strong enough. The beer comes off like a soft drink, a sierra mist if you will. Plenty of carbonation but short on flavor. 2 out of 5 burps.

 

Samual Adams defective glass bottle

Not sure if anyone else has had this happen but it bothered me enough to blog about it. I opened a new bottle of Sam Adams yesterday with a bottle opener and the cap came off with no problem. The problem was so did the lip of the bottle. I’ve probably opened thousands of beers this way over the years and never had this happen before. See the image I included. Not sure what the cause of it was but I ended up with a shard of glass in my finger and a wasted beer. Fluke? or some manufacturing flaw? Sam Adams should bang on their glass suppliers door and see what is going on.