Monthly Archives: November 2006

50 beers to drink before you die, Part 1

A while back the BBC posted a feature titled “50 things to eat before you die” and I thought at the time that this would make a good topic for beer. So in the spirit of adventure and living life to the fullest, etc. etc., I’m coming up with the 50 beers to drink before you die, in ten weekly installments listing five beers each (in no particular order, other than whatever theme I fit … Continue reading →

Beer for Thanksgiving

Our local paper today had an article (picked up from the AP, though I haven’t found it online elsewhere) about pairing beer with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Once through the fluff of the article, the general recommendations are a Belgian-style beer, a brown ale, or a bière de garde, as single beers that are well-balanced against the overall dinner "package." Myself, I would prefer to have more variety and pair beers with certain dishes or … Continue reading →

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale

Blue Moon is the craft beer operation run by megabrewer Coors (website note: crap—age verification nonsense on more than one page) that is notable for producing their Belgian White and Pumpkin Ale that both don’t suck. Their Pumpkin was the first pumpkin beer I’d ever seen, craft brewed or otherwise, years ago. It still holds up pretty well, though it’s not the best pumpkin beer I’ve had. Appearance: Head is foamy, a light tan. Beer … Continue reading →

Jumping Cow Amber Ale

Another Trader Joe’s find is Jumping Cow Amber Ale. It’s brewed by Steinhaus Brewing (no website, but they’re a Trader Joe’s brewer) in Paso Robles, California, and sits at a comfortable 5.5% alcohol. It’s a decent beer, worth the TJs price. Appearance: Clear red-amber with brownish tones. Carbonated and bubbly. Head is off-white (reminds me of old bone). Smell: Malty, with a sourish note; almost a burnt aroma? No hops. Taste: Bitterish and malty; bitter … Continue reading →

Josephs Brau Oktoberfest

The source of this beer is a bit ambiguous: my wife brought it home from Trader Joe’s, and while it says "Josephs Brau Brewing Company" it’s really one of the Trader Joe’s brews, according to BeerAdvocate. What this means is it’s really brewed by Gordon Biersch. As a standalone amber lager it’s not bad, a decent session beer. As an Oktoberfest it doesn’t quite live up to the standard, but no matter; it was only … Continue reading →