All my Heavy Seas Marzens are empty this morning...blah. All I had to tell my friend was that they tasted like the Sam Adams Octoberfest, and poof.
So I'm stocking up for the game today. Going to watch it with my dad. I've been giving him different styles of craft beer over the years, and know what he likes at this point. He doesn't venture too far off of the traditional Budweiser flavor, which is the only beer he'd drink until I handed him his first craft brew.
Will never forget it, gave him the Sierra Nevada 30th Anny Fritz & Ken's Stout. He pretended to like it . Even though the beer sat there for so long that I ended up finishing it for him. On his last birthday there were a couple stouts mixed in with some beers I gave him, and he told me he wasn't going to drink them. The man hates stouts because of me, not too much of a hop fan either...he simply likes his Budweisers. So I started to ask myself which styles have that same American Lager feel? Best ones that came to mind were Triples, Belgian Ales, Blonde Ales, Pilseners and Hefeweizens.
Moral of the story is, if you want to introduce someone to craft beer, go with a golden beer, sweet and mellow. Don't make them try the Brooklyn Black Chocolate or anything.
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For the game tomorrow I got a 6 pack of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, and a 6 pack of Victory Prima Pils.
Paulaner Oktoberfest has a very full body for the style. Getting a ton of toast and wood, they stand out for sure. Roasted caramel keeps a very strong backbone. It's a big beer, hearty and filling. 11.2 oz bottles are usually somewhat depressing. I want my extra .8 oz sip. But the full flavor and body makes me forget about that. Price on this sixer was $12. Worth it.
Victory Prima Pils is an extremely bitter beer. Stone Ruination meet your match! It's an immediate blitz of very high pitched bitterness. Wow. Virtually 0 warmth from the alcohol, virtually no malt, this is like the ripest grapefruit ever. Finish is very long too. Just a beast for a bitter beer lover. Damn!!!
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Flying Dog Dogtoberfest 2012
Caramel-driven Marzen, from aroma to flavor. Yeast pops in and gives the beer a fairly toasted overtone. Caramel is dominant, just can't quite get my tastebuds away from it. Dark fruit undertone is definitely sweetening this beer up a lot. This is another hit for Flying Dog. Let's say a triple by their standards. Good beer!
Last edited by d0ublestr0ker0ll; September-11th-2012 at 06:45 PM.
Ugh you are killing me double.. I still couldn't find it over the weekend so I got a six pack of Hex which is magic hat's octoberfest style beer. It was real good but no dogtoberfest!!
So what is Maryland's best Marzen? It's between the Dogtoberfest and...
Heavy Seas Marzen
Not a second after the initial sip, I can already tell you the Dogtoberfest beats this beer. The Heavy Seas Marzen is light virtually all the way around. A sweet, bready malt is the vague theme, with toast and caramel touches. Body is the only thing fairly hearty, but it still is a couple notches lighter than the Dogtober. I'm still an advocate for the Heavy Seas Marzen, because the stuff is on the shelf all year, and it's alright. It's just that the Dogtober is pretty beastly next to this stuff. Time to start putting it up against the elite.
Last edited by d0ublestr0ker0ll; September-12th-2012 at 03:42 PM.
Tried two new sam adams beers this week. they've got a Harvest Pumpkin and a Hazel Brown. I hadn't had either before.
Harvest Pumpkin: if not for the label, i wouldn't really have been able to distinguish this from the plain old boston lager, the spices and pumpkin flavoring was so weak. not a fan. a shame, because i normally really like both sam adams and pumpkin ales. stick with DFH's Punkin' Ale or go for the best: Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
Hazel Brown: this one on the other hand did not skimp on the flavor. the nose and flavor are overwhelmingly and pleasantly of hazelnut. the hazelnut is so heavy that it almost feels like a hoppy IPA, but with nuttiness instead of hops. very tasty.
In San Juan right now and the craft beer scene is non-existent. Went to Old San Juan yesterday and hit a microbrewery, (Old Harbor), and, with the exception of one of the stouts, the beers are weak.
I'm so sick of Medalla Light and Magna right now..the Medalla is 4.2% and comes in 10oz cans...and the Magna is around 5.something%, but at least they come in almost 12 oz bottles...ugh!
You can get some decent craft beers in stores, but no way I'm paying $14.00 for six-pack of Magic Hat. First thing I'm going to do when we get home is run to the kegerator, stick my mouth under the spout, and pull the handle!!
....and the flip side...the weather, the beaches, the resort, restaurants and people have been fantastic!
Last edited by Skinsfan1311; September-12th-2012 at 06:22 PM.
I went to my brother in law's bar for some drinks over the weekend. She asked me what I wanted, I asked what they had on tap, it was all local brews for the most part and I'm not from around there so I asked if they had a Märzen on tap. I said it properly too cause ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch. Anyway she looked at me funny and I went on: "It's a rich lager, originates in Germany, it's typically a seasonal beer this time of year because of oktoberfest..."
She says well I have XXXXXX (I couldn't hear what she said) and this month it's their seasonal lager...
I said is it a reddish color and somewhat sweet? She said yes. I said alright I'll try whatever it is.
Turns out it was a Märzen. Never caught the name, though it reminded me of the Paulaner posted above.
I haven't been a big beer fan for long on account of I didn't find my niche, but it bugs me when the people who are serving look at me like I'm speaking a different langu.....oh...well I suppose I was but still. I mentioned something about it just as a joke to my brother in law when he was off his shift drinking with us and he said he had to correct her for months about needing to pronounce Smithwicks beer Smit-icks and not Smith-Wicks.
Last edited by No_Pressure; September-12th-2012 at 11:08 PM.
"It's like catching a stack of pancakes."
Sweep the leg.
Have to pretty much stick to cocktails there. If you feel the "when in Rome" moment you can handle a Medalla or 3.
In HS we used to order Coronas, drink the neck, and then have them pour a shot of Bacardi Limon in instead of adding a lime. I call them Puerto Rican Coronas. Make sure you plug the bottle and turn it upside down so the rum doesn't sit on the top.
If you make it back to Old San Juan and walk by a bar called "El Batey" pop in there for a second. I spent my Junior and Senor year of HS there. My name is on the wall and my business card is hanging from one of their lamps.
Extremeskins UFC Undisputed Champion Xbox ID: Sebowski77. Just bring it.
Now that I live in Bethesda, Twinbrook Deli is my go-to for beer. Any one got any other good suggestions? On a side note, I some how consumed a 6pack of Loose Cannon. Forgot how strong, and delicious, this brew is.
The second store is called Belby Beer and Wine, which is on 355 almost immediately after you cross Edmonston Dr (on your right). Their selection is badass as well, I go there the most. Better prices than Gilly's.
The Deli isn't shabby, they have a good selection of beer packs, the selection of single bottles on the other hand is very poor. I want to give the guy some advice, but don't want to sound condescending. He has Baltika's taking up the "specialty beer" rack.
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