Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Personal beer tour underway

New Belgium 1554Welcome back to the beer blog. I'm starting up a personal beer tour of this lands finest beers. Each week, I'm buying a different 6-pack of beer from a smaller brewery, tasting it over the course of a week and reviewing them. I'm currently on my 4th week and 4th sixpack. Here's what I've been drinking so far:

- Warsteiner Premium Verum from Warsteiner (Germany).
- Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewery.
- 1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewery.
- Samuel Adams Brown Ale from Boston Beer Company.

I've given up drinking those watered down big commercial beers (Bud, Miller, Coors, etc) and have taken up enjoying life's finer ales and lagers. I enjoy the ambers, imports and darker beers from around the US and Europe.

Warsteiner Premium Verum is a great alternative to American light colored beer. I was introduced to this beer this Spring on a trip to Michigan. There is a US division of Warsteiner in Cincinnati, Ohio that imports this beer. They even serve it at Paul Brown Stadium. It goes down smooth with no after taste.

What can I say about New Belgium Brewery. Their line of award winning Belgian-style ales are quickly gaining a reputation as one of Colorado's finest breweries. I happen to work in Fort Collins about 5 miles away from their brewery and am enjoying going over to their free tasting room on the occasional lunch break. They'll give you a small glass of 4 different beers to try when you visit. My original New Belgium favorites are their Fat Tire Amber Ale and their New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. I've grown a liking to their Belgian style brews, it has a recognizable bouquet and leaves a clean taste unlike other darker beers.

Update 1/23/2008: I've changed my ratings a bit here based on my experience with other beers during the last few months. Fat Tire is a good session beer, but is dropping on my ratings. I'm favoring porters, browns and stouts more, brews with a bit more taste and strength. Coming back to a Fat Tire after trying the darker, richer beers tends to change my taste for it a bit.

Samuel Adams Brown AleI've heard a lot about the Samuel Adams line of beers lately and decided to try a six pack of their Samuel Adams Brown Ale this week. I've finished off half of the 6-pack already and am enjoying the taste. This brown ale has less of a hoppy taste than the Belgium beers but still satisfying. I've had slightly better brown ales before (Rock Bottom's Brown Bear Brown), but this is still a quality brown ale.

I've enjoyed drinking these beers while watching the Rockies baseball team play. Beer and Colorado go together well. Just recently, Colorado overtook California as the USA's top beer producer. Yup, we've got a lot of breweries here in the Centennial state and I plan to sample beers from just about every one of them over the next several years.

If you've got a favorite microbrew you enjoy, let me know. And if they sell it here in Colorado I'll be sure to put it on my list of beers to try. If there is a great small brewery that has a beer you think is great - let me know about it. I'll be visiting as many craft breweries in the years to come as I can.

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- New Belgium revisited.
- New Belgium creates new beer glass.
- Samuel Adams Denver beer dinner recap.

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