Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Aye! Shutyerfackn' gobs!

Faceless with a 12 pack recently tried a Guinness Extra Stout that was bottled in Ireland. He found a significant difference between the Dublin version and the US version.

The Guinness website didn't list where their US breweries are located, but I did find some other interesting facts. Their parent company is the British multi-national Diageo. The largest distributor of premium spirits in the world.

Diageo? Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Namely, what in bloody hell kind of British name is that? It's a concocted marketing name of course. Diageo was formed in 1997, following the merger of GrandMet and Guinness, and is headquartered in London. Sayeth Diageo:

The word Diageo comes from the Latin for day (dia) and the Greek for world (geo). We take this to mean every day, everywhere, people celebrate with our brands.

How do you pronounce Diageo? I couldn't find a definitive source, but I cobbled together Merriam-Webster's pronunciations for Dijon and Diogenes and came up with this:


Think Bellagio and replace the "Bell" with "Di"

Turns out they own a few other brands you may have heard of:

I would guess that some citizens of Ireland might consider the merger Satan's spawn, considering some of the "brilliant" ideas birthed from the bowels of this conglomerate.

For instance, the brewery that's been producing Guinness continuously for 250 years, the St James Gate plant in Dublin? Yea, well........

Goodbye city life!

And you know how Guinness is all dark and full bodied and all chocolatey with roasted malts? Well, what about all those people watching their weight? Maybe they would like a Guinness Lite?

I can hear them in Limerick now, "Tastes GREAT!", "Less F-" "Aye! Shut yer fackn' gobs!"

At Magnum Forums, rrjc5488's
opinion about budricer would apply equally well here:

"How much do you pay for it? I ask only because I can urinate in a bottle and pour some rubbing alcohol in there and sell it to you for half of what you're already paying."

Then there's John Zaccarini, who was involved in a WPO Domain Name dispute with Diageo, over the domain name, "guinnes.com" Yes, Mr. Zaccarini is an e-jacker, but it is humorous to see the following in the middle of a boring piece of legalese,

On July 17, 2000, the Center received an amendment to the original complaint by the Complainant requesting the addition of the following eleven (11) domain names to the original complaint:

"guinness-really-sucks.com", guinness-really-really-sucks.com"; guinness-beer-really-sucks.com; guinness-beer-really-really-sucks.com; guinness-sucks.com; "guinnessreallysucks.com"; "guinnessreallyreallysucks.com"; "guinnessbeerreallysucks.com"; guinnessbeerreallyreallysucks.com"; "guinness-beer-sucks.com"; guinnessbeersucks.com".

I really don't think Faceless was drinking Guinness Lite, I'm just sayin...

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Well, he did have an epiphany,

"..if Dave had been carried off by a lioness what am I gonna do, Facebook-message a bunch of friendly baboons to haul his gnawed carcass out of a banana tree?"

Jeff has some interesting friends and I'm not lying.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Womb Blogging?

Name the Sam Adams brew and get 5 points.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

So, ya lookin' for some Yakima Magnum, eh?

This is getting serious (h/t Seven Pack).

When Jim Koch can't get the hops he needs for a high profile contest, you know we are in it deep.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Monk Juice

UPDATE: Thanks to a helpful commenter, the info for the bottled on date for Trappistes Rochefort can be found here.

Picked up two of the Boulevard Smokestack Series for Thanksgiving: The Sixth Glass and Tripel. Ever heard of a Plog? Well, Pitch.com has one and they just posted a review of the series.

Sadly, I couldn't coax any of the family to take a walk on the wild side. Hell, I couldn't get any of them to try one of my Boulevard Bob's 47. In the face of all my cat calls and repeatedly impuning their guy cred, they still opted for the Michelob Ultra.

So, while I'm not about to bust open one of those by myself, I was itching to try something out of the ordinary. I had purchased the Bully Ales at the Hy-Vee on Antioch Road and while I was there I noticed they had some singles of Trappistes Rochefort 8. I almost picked one up, but at $4.93 for 11.2 ounces, I just couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger.

Friday comes and I have to put in 6 hours at work and I'm coming home and I keep thinking about those two big beautiful bottles of beer in my fridge, and LSU can't put any light between them and the Razorbacks and they are talking about what will happen if the fans tear down the goalposts at Arrowhead tomorrow night and I've got tickets to the game and I know when I get home I am going to bust open one of those bottles and I won't be able to get thru my to-do list and one bottle of Trappistes Rochefort at $.50 per ounce starts making real economic sense.

(I was going to post an image of the Supply and Demand curve but when I searched google images for "beer supply and demand" I came across something better. Tilt your head a little to the right, see it, there, yea, the S curve. And the D curve just jumps out at you now, doesn't it? Granted, the Equilibrium point is skewed a little to the left.)

I thought I would find lots of information devoted to this beer. The Monks' website was in not in English, natch. Only one other site went into any detail. These beers are known for drastically changing character with age. My bottle was stamped with an "expiration date" of 08:03 which I take to mean March 2008. The TR "Fan" Site had extensive reports on the nature of the beer for various ages, but are they from the date it was bottled or from the expiration date? They even note that the expiration date is "interesting because in that way the bottle date is known"

Really? And what date would that be? Does the expiration date tell them when the beer was bottled?

The beer is dark and poured with a nice three finger head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing, but it has so much carbonation it kept bubbling for another couple of minutes. Initially, the fragrance was dominated by alcohol, followed by fruit with a hint of malts. The first sip had a strong alcohol bite, then things settled down. The flavor of fruit was much different than a Hefe, it was the sweetness of dates and figs rather than citrus. But this is not a desert beer, there is not much body and it has a nice dry finish. It reminded me a bit of the Bully Lunar. I will definitely go back and get some bottles and put them away for next Thanksgiving.

The dearth of info about the Rochefort on the internet is made up with lots of info about Trappist Monks. For instance, there is was musical performance in Jerusalem recently by a French troupe that included parts for Trappists monks. I saw no pictures of monks, though.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

You firkin to me?

Made it to 75th Street Brewery for the Espresso Porter, thanks to the heads up by KC Beer Blog

This was my first visit and I was lucky enough to find a place on the street right in front. This was a night of firsts as I executed my first parallel park while on the phone trying to get my brother to come down and meet me. The place was busy (where do they all park?), but I was able to get a seat at the bar right next to the nitro tap. I had a hard time getting the bartender's attention, but finally was able to ask for the espresso porter. It took a good 30-45 seconds for the nitro tap to dispense 16 oz for which I was charged 4 bucks. Sweet deal! It formed up a finger width head and surprisingly only a faint aroma of coffee. I've never had a porter before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. My first impression was that it did not have as much body as a stout, but it was smoother, with less carbonation. The only bitterness was coming from the espresso and the aftertaste was just like drinking coffee. I think this is the first beer I've ever had that made me wish I had a donut! Although, this combination has occurred to others.

This is great place for drinking beer! The bar is spacious, regulars get to keep a mug behind the bar, there are plenty tables where a gang of 4-6 people could form up their own little party and the place is ringed with ledges so you always have a place to put your beer. It has a neighborhood bar feel, they even had a newspaper at one end of the bar that people were sharing!

There were two small TV's behind the bar. The guy with the KU mug next to me kept haranguing the bartender to "put on the Dukeez!" Apparently a basketball fan, he was dying to see Duke play New Mexico State. The other set had BBC America's drama: Torchwood. I like British TV series, the actors aren't all products of plastic surgeons, which is pleasing to me.

I overheard the three slackers on my left talking about how they found out about the Espresso Stout from reading the KC Beer Blog! The gal said she found KC Beer Blog through the MySpace site, one guy said, "well you sent me that e-mail" and the other guy said, "I don't know who that guy is that writes the KC Beer Blog, but he writes about beer, so thats good enough for me." I was tempted to ask, "Do you mean Bull or Wes?"

I was finally able to get the barkeep to stop and talk to me. I asked how long a firkin like the one they tapped tonight would last. He said, "Oh, that's not a firkin. That's just one of our regular rotation of brews we do. But we did tap a firkin last Friday and it lasted till about 8:00"

Wha? Missed the fir - why no E-mail? Damn, still a firkin virgin.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Acme Award to Chimpotle

Through the KC Beer Blog, I recently discovered the eclectic, prolific and always entertaining Chimpotle .

In just the last week there has been a giant, creepy, Jason invasion of London; a shared e-mail pic of Mus Linnaeus captured in mid coitus inthespringtrappus sent by his wife; the amazing flying lactation fantasy troupe , boldly performing a free-fall ballet on their way to the bosom of a fantastically hot version of Grace Slick; a new jewelry design, no doubt destined for HSN ; and an Ed Sullivanesque intro to the KC blogging public of a borderline "sign of the end days" blog via a link to the latest internet mini-sensation: the Mickey D pie. Thanks Chimp, it was a "really good shew."

Of course Chimp had to include a gratuitous reference to another post regarding some active culture from the vajayjay food network.

Yes, I know what your thinking, don't even go there.

Before I could shut it down, the synapses in my doral root ganglia reflexively cause my index finger to click and I was there and I am not lying, I found the the greatest thing ever posted on a blog. Behold the Jesus Lizard's "Nub" Live in 1994 clip.

"Duane Denison and David Yow double-team a meddling audience member who makes the horrific mistake of fucking with Duane’s amp, earning a mid-song beatdown. David Sims and Mac McNeilly never miss a beat."

More impressions of Jesus Lizard:

"The Jesus Lizard were one of the few authentically scary bands that I’ve ever seen. When all four members locked into their respective grooves, they opened a mildly Satanic portal to a moist, sweaty hell. Imagine teleporting into a dark wooden shack in the middle of the desert at noontime. There is a shirtless, sweating man drinking heavily at a knife-scarred table who looks you deep in the eye and cackles as he offers you a beer. Nothing actually happens, but it could get very, very bad at any moment.

That’s pretty much what the Jesus Lizard felt like in concert, plus a very real fear of being trampled or accidentally touching the singer’s exposed penis. It was easier to do than you might think."

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Lunar Comback, Better than Liza Moonelli

Decided to give the Bully Lunar another shot. It's my hometown brewery so I really should cut them some slack.

I'm beginning to warm up to this beer for several reasons:

1) I'm partial to carbonation and even though this is a dark beer it has a good deal of carbonation. Some might say that my beer palate has been ruined by too many "great" American Lagers, but so be it. ( I'm amused that AB is lately using this "Great American Lager" meme. Seems this might be another response to the pain being inflicted by the craft beer market; I don't ever recall a Bud ad referring to the fact that it is a Lager.

2) Sometimes I have to try a beer more than once to get a good impression. The second time around I found there was some complexity, a little bit of apple a little sourness with a nice dry finish.

3) Lastly, I just tried a beer that was truly crap and it helped give me some perspective. Holy Crap, is Beck's Octoberfest bad. I got it as part of a HY-VEE mix 'n match where I like to get a seasonal beer when available. This beer has nothing going for it. It's just a regular Beck's with some cloves. As it got warmer the nastiness grew geometrically. Thrasher at Beer Advocate said it best,
"an offensive metallic aftertaste, much the same effect as sucking on a quarter that you picked up off the street."

So, Lunar Ale makes a comeback, only it's a successful comeback, unlike Liza's many disappointments.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Have you tried Bockandlunarpunkin?

Getting caught up: Shiner Bock, Boulevard Lunar Ale and Schlafly's Pumkin Ale.

Let's dispense with the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. Bleh.

I was looking forward to the Bully Lunar Ale because from the description it seemed like it might be Boulevard's version of a German Hefe-Weisee Dunkel, of which the I have only tried one from Fanziskaner.

Well, there was nothing wrong with the Lunar, but there wasn't anything very remarkable either. The Bully website touts a crisp dry finish, but "crisp" is not the description I would use. Seems they tried to create a "safe" dark beer for people who are scared of dark beers.

Shiner Bock is some tasty stuff and very drinkable. I need to do a head-2-head with the SA Dark Lager

I know, I still haven't posted on the SA Imperial Pilsner. I've still got one bottle. I'm going to give it another shot before giving a final review.

Chappell's in NKC: Memorable or just Memorabilia?

Well Wes, since you have broken the ice and don't forget Bull's August '07 discovery, I will throw down as well.

Most KC Northlander's know about and are proud of Chappell's Restaurant and it's success and agree that the memorabilia collection is awe-inspiring and that if you want to get ahead in business in the Northland you would do well to make friend's with the owner, Jim Chappell. However, as Wes learned, they don't go there expecting great service.

I stopped by Chappell's on a Friday after work recently. Brent's comment's
on Bull's post are accurate, Jim Chappell disdains the term "Sports Bar". But, when you walk in there's nothing to greet you but the bar and a bartender! Most "Restaurants" have someone at the door to great you at 8:00 pm on a Friday.

The only decent tap beer was Sam Adam's Boston Lager and Boulevard Wheat. Otherwise there was a Budricer and two, cout 'em two Michelob Ultra taps!

This tells you the place appeals mostly to boomer's, which means the lunch and dinner crowd with the occasional autograph signing and frequent post-political/business event meet-up. There were 15 to 20 people in the bar, which would be sparse for most good restaruants on a Friday night, but not unexpected since the Chiefs were playing on Sunday and these days most of us boomer's can really only handle one social drinking event per weekend.

I think the crowd was part of a reunion weekend, because everyone was greeting each other with a boozy "How ya' been?" A regular stream of people were coming out of a room in the back fanning themselves and complaining about how, "damn hot is it back there!" I overheard one lady complaining about her beer being hot.

I was able to find a spot with a good view of the single Hi-Def Big Screen. There was one bartender working and after a minute she approached me with a blank stare and a deadpan, "What can I get you?" I ordered the SA and asked for a menu. I was looking for some kind of appetizer when I came across an item I haven't seen on any menu outside of Stroud's: Chicken Livers and Gizzards, with gravy for dipping sauce. Gotta have me some o' those.

I watched the Red Sox and Angels play-off game and scanned the memorabilia while trying to slowly sip my beer because I knew the bartender would not be looking my way again before the food arrived. There is lots of Kansas City A's stuff which I always find fascinating. But the piece I found most interesting was the 1948 Cleveland Indians jersey of Lou Boudreau, who I think is the must under-appreciated baseball player that ever lived. He was the Indians manager AND full time shortstop for 8 years from 1942-50 which included a batting championship in '44 and a World Series Championship and MVP in '48.

I asked the bartender for a Boulevard Wheat when she brought the food. She asked if it was OK if she used the same mug, sheepishly explaining something about a broken dishwasher. I didn't protest, which was good because I needed all the beer I could get, what with all the salt the livers, gizzards and gravy were swimming in.

If ever NKC is a convenient place to meet someone, by all means meet at Chappell's. Order a SA Lager or Bully Wheat, sip it slowly and have a walk around. Then go down to Chip Shot at 1621 Swift Ave. The decor is unremarkable, but there are plenty of TV's, good food and good service at reasonable prices.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Imperial Pilsner Doughboy

Ok, so I broke down and bought the Sam Adam's Imperial Pilsner.

When I get my eyesight back I will write more about it what it was like.

Fresh Hops Beer in Kansas City?

Lee is right, my curiosity has been piqued about fresh hops beer. Doesn't look like Sierra Nevada Harvest is available in KC, but there is Samuel Adam's Imperial Pilsner.

I wonder if there is any other fresh hops beer available locally? Maybe something less expensive? Since I'm not really a huge fan of strongly hopped beer and I already bought a pint and a mix and match six pack on Friday, if I drop a 10 spot on another 4 beers, Mrs. Mo is going to start thinking I have a problem.

Maybe I can get Bull and Wes and BeerGirl to split a 4-pack of the SA?

Update: Seven Pack compared Sam Adams with the Dogfish Head and preferred the SA.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Mix n' Match Beer Blogging

Hy-Vee has mix 'n match beer, 6 for $7.99. But you have to be careful or you can get some out-dated skunks

So this week I picked up the New Belguim 1544, which I know about because of anonymous and BeerGirl Thanks Guys! Also, Shiner Bock, Boulevard Lunar Ale, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, Pyramid Hefe Weizen, and Goose Island Brown Nut Ale.

So, I go searching for images of beer bottles, and when I go to look for GI BNA, guess whose blog I find?
Yeah, BeerGirl She really gets around. I like that.

Erdinger: Der original Weißbierknigge

When you go to www.erdinger.de men in lederhosen serenade you! Well, there's no men in lederhosen, but there is German choral music, no English and a link to a PDF with beautiful photography named "Der original Weißbierknigge" Babelfish translates this to: "The original Weissbierknigge" Fluch! (That's German for "damn")

I found an English version of the website, but it doesn't include a link to the aforementiond PDF. If you want to help me translate, look at this picture from the PDF and see if it provides any clues:

I think it might be another way of saying, "Fluch!
Der ist eine feine Frau."

So, the beer:

was good. Much better than the Fanziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

And notice in the above photo that Miss Weißbierknigge is not shaking your pint just to get a bigger tip. She's demonstrating how to get the yeast out of the bottom of the bottle, because it makes a big difference in the taste and if you do it right, your head will look like this:
No, your head won't look like his, your beer's head, will look like that, all fluffy and white and like defyin' gravity, which is "Sehr küüüüühl!"

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Break out the Forty!

Charlie Papazian must be a subversive, if this wiki entry is accurate:
"American brewing authority Charlie Papazian claims to have once done a beer tasting where a malt liquor was slipped into a tasting of Maibocks and placed rather highly, indicating possible affinities between the two styles."

Do you think Papazian ever told them he slipped a King Cobra in with the Bock samples? That would be kind of like a brewer claiming they had a fine beer when they put rice in it.

To be fair, Rice is listed as an ingredient on the label.

So I tried Berghoff Famous Bock from Joseph Huber Brewing of Wisconsin. They claim to be the second oldest brewery in America. (FYI: the oldest is Yuengling, which is pronounced just like it looks.)
There was no freshness date provided and it poured with a "now you see it now you don't" fizzy head. Thought it might be stale, but other reviewers indicate similar behavior. The advert blurb says "creamy on the palate" but I don't get that at all. More body, alcohol content and hop bitterness than the last three beers I've tried. Lots of detail on the website that would be of interest to home brewers, such as original gravity and IBU (International Bitterness Units. You just knew there was an official scale of bitterness out there, dintcha?) I'd buy it again if it was on sale.

I Want That!

Dang Lee, it must be nice living in Austin. Not only is it filthy with brewpubs, your movie theater's manage to have enough sack to serve Mo' Fo' beer AND offer a better selection than most of the bars in KC:

Then, come to find out they serve Red Hook on tap at the SPORTS BARS! You're killin' me, man, killin' me.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Black or Blond?

I guess it's contrast Wednesday. Continuing with more Mix 'n Match fun I started with the "beer of world fame", DAB Original. DAB is an acronym for "Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei" No freshness date on the label. A nice blond German lager, dry with just the right carbonation and a nice aftertaste with no bitterness. Someone on Beer Advocate called it "biscuity." Good thirst quencher, Yard Beer for the Ward Parkway crowd.

Next I went for the Samuel Adams Black Lager. The freshness notch clearly showed I needed to consume before the end of October. You don't see many brewer's touting a Black Lager. This is lightly hopped with a medium body and a chocolate-coffee flavor, but not sweet like the Cream Stout. A good after dinner beer, Yard Beer for the Westport crowd.

Slut or Not? Doesn't facebook have this application?

"I Love Beer" Lee makes a strong case for why NXNW’s Oktoberfest party is awesome. But BeerGirl thinks its slutty.

I say, "Not!"

I was able to dig up a review of this uniform from the archives of the now defunct Beer Wench Advocate site, http://www.beerwench.com.au

While not period correct, this tavern wench costume is a good effort. Pouring over the costume, finds the forest green, lock-laced, boned bodice contrasts nicely with the pumpkin skirt. The billowing sleeves set off the bodice straps and the frill on the bustline hits just the right note. The vestigial lap cloth paired with a lingering lace slip provides a strong visual flavor. Unfortunately, thematically the impact is confusing with a teutonic cut clashing with the celtic color scheme and tudor piping. Overall rating: 81

Voting is now open on this:

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Goose Island Nut Brown Old

I decided to try the Goose Island Nut Brown Ale to see how it compared to Samuel Smith's. I poured it and got no head. Uh Oh. Goose Island bottles have a convenient "best consumed by" date on the bottle. This one said 9.16.07

Gotta be more careful when I take advantage of HY-VEE's mix and match.

The comparison will have to wait, but that's no reason I should have to suffer, so I reach for another mix 'n match: Samuel Adams Cream Stout.

Does Sam Adams have a "girl" like St. Pauli Girl?

I couldn't find one, but suprisingly they do have a "Brother"

Checked for the date on the bottle. SA has a "notch" system. The months are listed along one edge of the label and there is supposed to be a notch to tell you the month best consumed by. Well, the notch was less than discernible. Unless they expect the consumer to have an electron microscope handy, they should rethink this method. This pour was disappointing also as it produced a very meager head, so another bottle at the end of its life. Nice taste though, very smooth. Lighter aroma and taste compared to Guinness. Like it. Must try again.

While doing some research on what constitutes a "Cream" Stout -- it has lactose added to the brew. Lactose is a sugar that does not participate in the fermenting process, so it adds sweetness-- I came across a funny review from a blog named The Disgruntled Chemist. For a good laugh, check out his most recent post . The tags for the post include "people who suck" and "baseball". It also includes a math lesson and a link to Fire Joe Morgan a very fine baseball blog.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fanziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

I bought one pint. It was on sale and it had "Spaten" on the label. Turns out Spaten is just the distributor.

It appears that "Hefe-Weisse" is german for "Yeast-White", apparently not to be confused with Hefeweizen. Since "Dunkel" is german for "Dark" in english this would be a "Yeast-White Dark" beer.

The only thing more confusing than the name was the taste. It looked and smelled good, but it was sour. Unless someone buys one for me, I won't be trying this beer again.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

He'll be riding grey Shire horses when he comes

Samuel Smith keeps grey Shire horses stabled at the brewery for local beer deliveries.

Keep Vegas, before I die I want to experience sitting at the bar of a Samuel Smith pub when they deliver the beer with these.

I just finished their Nut Brown Ale. Next I will try the Goose Island that Bull is always raving about and see which one is better.

Monday, October 08, 2007

New Addition to the Blog!

phydeaux3: Code for New Blogger Tag Cloud / Label Cloud

It's a Tag Cloud! Thanks phydeaux3!

A blatant excuse for adding to my tag cloud: Did you know that Deepika's father is a badminton ace? Apparently her mother was a pushover for a man who knew how to handle a shuttlecock.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Gold Rush Fever!

MU TD's: 5, NU TD's: 0

And thats's not counting the most amazing one, where Coffman caught the ball and hovered over the out of bounds like some kind of Yoga master.

Not to be outdone, Chase Daniels (captured in the pic) proceeded to levitate and float around the Faurot Field end zone until the referee threatened to flag him for excessive elevation.