Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cheers from Charm City

It's been a Baltimore Beer day.  We had a happy hour at work this afternoon to celebrate new business.  As our HR person ran out to get some beers she asked for some recommendations. My advice? "Go local, don't bring me back none of that generic, mass produced, ge
t it anywhere in the world swill."

So I was quite pleased to open the bridge and see some of Baltimore's own Clipper City Beer.  I've been a fan of their beer for quite a while - personal fave is the Small Craft Warning. However today the fridge had McHenry.  I've enjoyed McHenry at Camden yards many times, but in this setting it was a very refreshing beverage.  I've got to admit it was the perfect fit for a company happy hour -- light and refreshing but not to heavy as to hamper conversation.

But even an better beverage was waiting for me when when I got home.  As I looked in the fridge there was a six pack of BaltoMarZhon.  Rich amber color, malty flavor and poured into a chilled glass makes the perfect way to end the day.

I hope you get a chance to look for these beers.  Even better, drop by their site or if you want some insight as to their beers, check out master brewer Hugh Sisson's Blog.

As they say in Baltimore, "Cheers Hon!"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Daring... but part of mainstream

We never got around to grocery shopping this weekend so the family loaded up and went to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner (yes, I feel for a trite ad during a TNT movie this afternoon).

Walked up to the bar while waiting for a table and perused the handles on the draft beers.  Out of all the ones I expected to see there was one I hadn't seen before.  Beach Bum Blonde Ale.  Ahh something refreshingly new to try (or so I thought).

First, an opinion..... Light and refreshing.  I really like the color and the malty flavor which leaves a pleasant aftertaste.  It was a great compliment to the summer season and dinner meal (seafood of course).  Bit of a fruit taste like a hefeweisen with the lemon already added.  There are some at Beer Advocate that review it better, but suffice to say... I'd drink it again.

So what's there not to like?  It's another Anheuser-Busch beer.  Yeah for them for bringing out something seasonal that expands the palette.  However, it would be nice to see these restaurants looking for something a bit more off the beaten path when providing beer options.

Bottom line.  Good beer that I'd happily drink again, I just know where my money is going this time.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Official Beer of Summer?

Summer has hit hard here in Virginia.  The thermostat hit 95 degrees with the humidity of a southern swamp.  

So after a brisk walk with the family and dog it was nice to come home and as I started cooking dinner I grabbed the chilled glass from the freezer dropped a slice of lemon and wafted in the aromatic scent of .... Hefeweisen.

Flavor, body, aroma without being heavy.  Now, my choice tonight was Widmer's Hefeweisen, but I've also lately enjoyed a cold class of Pyramid and Erdinger.  It depends on how you define the traditional wheat beer depending on the Belgian and German variety,  but for me many unfiltered beers fall into this category and satisfy my taste for a refreshing light beer that isn't just another light beer.

Now from a beer snob's point of view one of the nice things about the popularity of hefeweisens is that it has also helped major manufacturers see the light and bring some better options to market.  From Blue Moon (made by Coors) to Shock Top (made by Budweiser) tastes and options are opening up for others.

So enjoy the heat and humidity.  A relax with a cold glass of My Official Beer of Summer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Ballpark Beers

Summertime and there's nothing better than the crack of the bat and a cold beer.  Of course, my visit to Nationals Park last night gave me an opportunity to think about beer (yes, they lost in case you're wondering).

Once upon a time you had limited choices in beer at the ballpark.  But in today's modern baseball park your options are quite varied.  Off the top of my head i had my choice of Blue Moon, Peroni, Heinekin, Amstel Light, Bud and Bud Lite, Miller and Miller Lite, Leinenkugel, Corona and more that I can't remember.  My only wish is that the beer guys coming through the aisles had more choices.

It's good to have choices.  But what would be better would be more LOCAL choices.  I mean, in the DC area we have Old Dominon, Capitol City Brewing, Shenadoah Brewing Company, Foggy Bottom and if you're willing to go north to Baltimore we can throw in Clipper City.  Let's open up the ballpark experience to make sure that it's truly a LOCAL experience even in terms of beverage choices.

Oh, and in case you're wondering what my choice was?  Blue Moon.  Flavorful, crisp, cold with that summer goodness.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


I've talked about this blog for quite a while now.  And as a reason to go out and drink more beers, here it finally is. 

So pop open a beer, grab your mouse and lets explore the world of beers together.  We live in a great time for beer fans – our options have gone way beyond Bud, Bud Lite, MGD and Miller Lite. Thanks to globalization we have imports (YAHHH Belgium) and broader tastes which has spawned microbrews.  Heck, even the big guys are getting into it (have you tried Budweiser's new Shock Top?).

So for now, I'll sign off and go grab a cold one.  Check back for more beer fun.