Recently, G-LO was working the interwebz and received an offer from a PR firm in New York City that he couldn’t refuse. To be perfectly honest, any offer involving free beer or whisky is one that we will not refuse. We may not find that we like every product, but we will gladly accept it. Anyway, G-LO was offered a sample of Guinness’ Foreign Extra Stout and he then passed along a bottle for me to try. Having just returned from Ireland and sampling all the Guinness that I could, I felt that I was in the proper state of mind to try the Foreign Extra Stout.
Here is what Guinness has to say about the Foreign Extra: Continue reading
Having already had, and thoroughly enjoying a Founders Red’s Rye PA, I was looking for another beer out of the Founders lineup, and selected their Dirty Bastard. I chose this beer partly for the packaging (I am far too susceptible to advertising), and partly for the style (I really like the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy style). Founders has quietly become one of the best brewers in the world, and consistently places a great portion of their lineup among the best beers in the world. Their philosophy involves a concerted effort to not brew beer for the masses. Rather, they focus their efforts on crafting beers for a much smaller group that rewards experimentation, and places a premium on taste. Basically, they have chosen to brew beer with themselves as their target audience. If the folks at Founders like it, they reason that others will too. Clearly they believe that if they brew it, we will come.
Here is what Founders has to say about their Dirty Bastard:
While on my way home from a meeting with a life insurance agent last Wednesday night (they really should call it Death Insurance, but I guess that wouldn’t attract too many customers), I made a stop at WineWorks in Marlton, NJ to see if they had any interesting beers in stock (talking about my eventual demise left me a bit parched). Continue reading
While the Craft Beer industry has been experiencing steady and consistent growth over the past several years (click here for a list of Craft Brewing Statistics from the Brewers Association), there has been one very significant downside to all of this growth: Craft Brewers can’t keep up with demand. In order to keep Continue reading
What’s the best way to end the weekend (or start a new week)? With a late Sunday night tasting of one funky brew, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ. Continue reading
Round 2 of our mini Thanksgiving Day beer tasting would be a Founders Breakfast Stout. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this lurking in the back of my In-Law’s fridge, since it’s the polar opposite of what they usually have in stock (think Yuengling Lager and Heinekin). My Father-In-Law already tried it and wanted to see what I thought. Here goes…
- Appearance: The Beverly Hillbillies came to mind while I poured this one (Texas Tea!). Talk about a beer with a high viscosity! Looks like a cross between crude oil and blackstrap molasses. This one has zero head.
- Aroma: Dark chocolate. French roast coffee.
- Taste: Heavy on the bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee. This one coats your mouth with flavor. To call it chewy would be an understatement.
Though this beer is very rich and flavorful, having it after the Brooklyn Local 1 was a mistake, since they weren’t playing nicely together in my belly. We should have saved it for dessert. It would have gone really well with the superb pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake that Mrs. G-LO made. Just because our timing was less than optimal to drink this beer, doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it. I give it a B+. I definitely need to try it again, but next time I’ll have it with dessert.