The Beersocks Beer Blog

This Blog is dedicated to my many thoughts and feelings about beer. I will describe different beers and my experiences with them

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Better then anything

Are the things you do for yourself...just tried the attrill surpirse.

more on santa

Monday, December 12, 2005

Thank You Pabst Blue Ribbon

Just got back from the Madison Santacon, which was a glorious time. Everyone that attended was in high spirits and we got to see some very neat parts of Madison. The kicker this year was that the event was sponsored by Pabst. The best part is all they did was give us money, we didn't even have any Pabst, and I don't recall any of the bars that we went to having Pabst available. Now that is my kind of advertising, give us money, then leave us alone. No posters, no coasters, no pamphlets, not even a bottle opener. Just cold hard cash, which covered the cost of our bus, driver, gifts, song books, and I think the death nog.
Let me say something about Pabst, hmmmm. I have a love hate relationship with pbr. I can drink it in mass quantities and not get too drunk, but that isn't actually a good thing, unless your in the desert or trying to impress the ladies with your beer drinking abilities. For this reason, I have really tried to stay away from the Pabst lately. However, I must say, I would put a Pabst over any other mass market beers based on quality and price.
Santacon....we started at a bar, went to a museum, went to a really cool sculpture garden called evermore, went to a performing arts center and performed, went to a bar, went to a bar, went to a bar, went to a bar. It was truly what this santa needed.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The attrill surprise

My beer was bottled on Sunday and should be ready for a taste in 2-3 weeks. Well I already gave it a fresh taste, and it was yummy. Its got a bit of an amber flavor to it. Certainly can taste all of the malt, and the hops were rather subdued. Can't wait to enjoy.

Lakefront, wine, beer, repeat...

Had some friends over for dinner on Friday, and had another great friend from out of town for the whole weekend. We had a nice dinner and some wine, which is always a good thing to do on Friday night. My buddy brought over a couple six packs, 2 of which I think are worthy of a post. He brought a 6 pack of the lakefront cream city pale ale and a 6 pack of the Lakefront riverwest stein beer. I have had the pale ale before, but the steinbeer was a new and much appreciated experience. I think Lakefront is an often overlooked midwest brewery, and its a shame, cause they kick ass. I wanted to bring a keg down to synchro last year, but they couldn't get it in time so we settled for a 2 hearted (i know not to bad).
The cream city pale ale, is a much like a standard Wisconsin amber rather then an American craft IPA. To me this is a good thing, and like its name suggests its got a creamy texture to it. Amber in color, smooth in the hops, and yummmy in your tummy.
The riverwest stein beer, is a whole different story. The all malt beer, is rich from the start, yet beckons to be sloshed down your throat with much haste. This beer is all about the malt and this gives it a refreshing character, that is complex yet comfortably warm.
All of this and closing the local watering hole with 2 cases in hand made for an excellent evening. Cheers!!!!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

No bubbles is good bubbles

My beer has stopped perculating lately. I think its almost time for it to go into bottles. I'm going to bottle it in 1/2 litre bottles. I believe we will be priming the bottles with amber malt instead of sugar. Yum. Priming is basically giving the yeast one more kick in the pants or I guess its more like sending them to one more Vegas buffet to eat themselves completley to death. The wart/mash (not sure what its called at this stage) as a nice dark hue to it, but its not black like guiness.