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Big Rock Brewing, Calgary, Canada ROCKS!

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Have a great, safe week, and if you are in the path of Hurricane Isaac, stay drive and on high ground and find a Hurricane party to crash!

An unOfficial Beer Goddess

Beer 4 Women…

Today was Spirit Day:

On Spirit Day wear purple in remembrance. On October 20th, 2010,we will wear purple in honor of the several young adults who committed suicide in recent weeks/months/years due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools.

I am staunchly opposed to bullying of any form and so I wore purple when I went out for lunch today… but the only purple t-shirt I had to wear was one from The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston emblazoned with a tactful: Beer4Women.

Talk about stares of disdain and disgust from patrons of a local Panera Bread! I knew from experience at Brewpubs that a lot of people don’t understand that women can appreciate good craft beer, but I wasn’t ready for the looks of disapproval from passersby – it made me wish that I had a beer in my hands at 2 o’clock this afternoon!!!

Then I read a posting referenced on the Beer Bloggers Unite website today on Rabid about Beer’s Blog:  Girlie Beer Anyone? And in reading the responses to the blog posting about women liking fruit infused beer (some by women) – I realized just how judgmental everyone in the world is today!  And that includes opinions about craft beer and women (as expressed by – women!)  While I have no issue with women defending their pride about drinking stout and porters and other hearty brews, what’s the problem if some of us also imbibe on the sweeter side?

What happened in the last several years? – I simply do not recall such polarization and opinionated comments when I started drinking beer.  And, hey, I’m female and I absolutely love a good IPA (such as Harpoon, Drifter and others) at the best of times.  But, if it makes me a wuss or some sort of stereotyped “candy ass” to admit that I also enjoy fruit and flavored beers, so be it.  I’ve been called worse by better!

There is a variety of flavors and styles of craft beers that involve fruit or other flavors ranging from syrups (yuck!) to other infusions.  My personal “fruit beer” tastes run the gamut from Sam Adams‘ Cherry Wheat and Sam Adams’ Blackberry Witbier to Magic Hat #9 (not quite pale ale), Pyramid Brewery‘s Apricot Ale, Dunedin Brewery’s Apricot Peach Ale, and Hurricane Reef’s Raspberry Wheat Ale.

But there are also fruit beers that I do NOT like:  (does this change the judgment?) — I have to cut a Leinenkugel Berry Weiss at least 1/2 and 1/2 with a lager because otherwise it’s just too syrupy sweet.  I also don’t fancy a few of the offbeat varieties such as Kona Brewing’s Wailua Wheat Ale brewed with passion fruit (it just didn’t taste like beer at all and I thought I pulled out a mislabeled Seagrams Wine Cooler by mistake from the cooler!)   And, I can only stomach one 375 ml of Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic on a hot summer day!

What I do like is a 1/2 pint of Lindeman’s Kriek Lambic topped with a 1/2   pint of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.  Or a Southern Tier Pumking or a Hoegarden pint anytime!

Quite frankly, as is said on one beer shirt I saw recently, beauty is in the eye of the “beer holder” – and I believe that in whatever direction your personal taste for beer lies, that’s okay as long as you and your beer are both consenting!  Just as in art or music or even cooking – variety is the spice of life!

Even if it means – dare I say it – Budweiser or – gasp – Miller Lite!

Have a great beer weekend!

-The unOfficial Beer Goddess.

3 Brasseurs Brewpub – Montreal, Canada…

3 Brasseurs brewpubI visited the 3 Brasseurs brewpub last week in downtown Montreal (there are five locations in the Montreal area) and asked my waitress if she could tell me when the brew master would be in, and whether I could interview him about his brewing choices (in hopes of publishing his responses on the Know Your Brewer – KYB blog).  Her response totally caught me off guard and illustrated a little known fact about businesses in French Canada.  She told me that the brewer would be in the next morning – early – but that he wouldn’t be able to give me any insights because the choice of what to brew is made by restaurant owners – IN FRANCE!  She added that he might be willing to talk to me about what he brews as a home brewer (they have choices at home) – just not for the brewpub.  (I realized then that the “early morning hours” were likely to accommodate his bosses’ hours in France.)

WOW!  I couldn’t believe that brewing choices came down from – France – for a Canadian set of restaurants – in the 21st Century?  I ignorantly thought that these practices went out with Canadian confederation in 1867, but I realize that many multinational companies headquartered in France (with divisions in the U.S.) function in the same way.

I enjoyed a nice pint of their local IPA with my meal, but I never returned to interview the brewer.  It just didn’t make sense when he simply followed the rules as set by his superiors in France.  Perhaps in a future visit to France I can arrange a visit to 3 Brasseurs headquarters if such one exists.

Meanwhile, it’s a brewpub worth visiting if you are in Montreal – they feature a good choice of local microbrews brewed on site as well as French wines and a good menu featuring a specialty dish like pizza.  Bon appetit!

Have a good (tasting) weekend!

The (un)official beer goddess.

Heartland Brewery Seasonals… Wildflower Wheat Ale is a Gem

One of my favorite haunts in NYC is Heartland Brewery (multiple locations) in the summertime for their Apricot Ale!  I went there with my son and daughter during a Manhattan visit yesterday and discovered a wider variety of summer seasonals than in several years.

Here’s the list of new brews for the summertime:

  • Buffalo Bock: Delicately kilned specialty malts lend a mellow sweetness and a touch of toasted caramel to this smooth, mahogany colored lager. 5.9% alc/vol.
  • NY State Wildflower Wheat: This light, crisp golden ale is made with New York clover honey, lavender, and a selection of NY malts and hops. Served with a lemon wedge for a bright floral nose and a light, crisp finish. 4.9% alc/vol.
  • Summertime Apricot Ale: A succulent summer wheat ale with a light, fruity sweetness and a pleasant bouquet of fresh apricots. 5.5% alc/vol.
  • Empire Premium: Pale golden with a crisp, dry finish, this traditional Czech lager will quench your thirst and invigorate your senses.

A couple of other pale ales were also on tap but not listed on the website (my photos of the list didn’t do the names justice!)

The grand surprise of the afternoon surpassed my traditional Apricot Ale favorite:  The smooth and almost hefeweisen unpasteurized taste of the NY State Wildflower Ale.  If you like hefeweisen’s and blondish wheat beers (not quite Belgian!) be sure to try this new seasonal.  But hurry in because when the supply runs out in a couple of months, it’s gone for the season.

To better pints and more tastings!

Until next time… I remain the unofficial beer goddess.


Let me know what you think – have you been to Heartland Breweries lately?

Cheers!

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