Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Boston Lager

With my hiatus from doing the podcast, I’m focusing on some of the beers that I had on the early shows (that have been deleted for quality) today I’m having the first beer I had on the podcast which is Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Boston Lager was the first non-macro beer I ever drank and I can honestly say, started me on this long road of loving craft beer. Back in 1989 I believe, I went to Boston for the day and decided to try a local beer. Despite what you may think of Boston Lager, if all you had up to that point was Old Style and Miller Lite, everything about this was a revelation! The color, the aroma, the taste! What the hell is this sweet malt taste, what is this spicy bitterness? This is only 30 IBU, but compared to maybe 10 that the macros have, this was like drinking an IPA now. I’ve been a huge fan of Boston Lager from the first sip, and having on tap is a lot better than the bottle. Still, I could knock off Boston Lager any day.

Boston Lager has a wonderful color to it, the aroma from this was lacking but still decent. The flavor was nice, it has sweetness up front with the Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops adding some spice and bitterness at the end. It has good carbonation and a nice aftertaste. I would prefer this on tap and would rate it higher if I had this out and about. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a Vienna Style Lager that has a 5.0% ABV and 30 IBU’s, you can find it everywhere and it’s still a nice solid beer!

CategoryScoreWeighted
Appearance100.6
Aroma61.44
Taste83.2
Mouthfeel80.8
Overall81.6
Total7.64

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Having the classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tonight, it’s been a while but has always been a go-to when it comes to the American version of the style.

SNPA has a great color that is darker than many pales out there. The aroma was lacking at first, however about halfway through started to pick up. The same goes for the taste which is odd because it was not ice cold when I poured it. I really picked up the grapefruit notes from the Cascade hops as I was drinking it. This isn’t an overly hoppy beer, but I did get some bitterness at the end. There is a good reason Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale has been around since 1980, it is still a great beer!

On my scale of 1-10, I scored it a 8.06. I use appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and overall impression with the score weighted more towards taste.

CategoryScoreWeighted
Appearance90.54
Aroma81.92
Taste83.2
Mouthfeel80.8
Overall81.6
Total8.06

Episode 69 Schlitz

This week I’m going for the gusto and having a Schlitz as the Beer In Front. Schlitz was my favorite amongst the macros I’ve had and it’s worth trying out! I’ll talk about upcoming projects with the great E14 Podcast, I Like Beer Podcast, and Da Beer Bros Podcast as well! 

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Episode 68 Miller High Life

Normal show this week where I have the classic Miller High Life as the Beer In Front. I’ll have some good beers from Oscar and Rod that they sent me and there are a few weeks of Jagoffs to catch up on!

Taste Of The 11th District

If you listen to the podcast, you’ll know that this week Beermiscuous located at 2812 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago is having a special Taste Of The 11th District. 10% of the sale of great local beers like Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter, Begyle’s Blonde, Dovetail’s Hefeweizen, and Metropolitan’s Flywheel will go to the Common Pantry in the district.

The promotion will run through Monday, July 5th so when going to your in-laws for a BBQ this weekend and you know they’ll have bad beer, stop over to Beermiscuous to support a local business, local breweries, and most important, our community members. Just make sure that your brother in-law goes and buys his own 4-pack and doesn’t drink all of yours!

Begyle Blonde Ale

Begyle’s Blonde Ale is a crowd pleaser that everyone can enjoy. Locally sourced Midwest honey is used in the Blonde Ale and adds a nice sweetness to this. It is a 5.4% ABV with 20 IBU’s. Nice clean aftertaste and would be perfect on a nice day outside!

Dovetail Hefeweizen

The Hefeweizen from Dovetail is another terrific beer that everyone can enjoy. You get the banana/clove taste in this true to style Hefeweizen that is very refreshing on a Summer day. This clocks in at 4.8 ABV so you can enjoy more than one of these.

Metropolitan Flywheel

Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan is their version of the classic German Pilsner and this one is really good! Flywheel has a wonderful spicy aroma from the hops, the flavor is spot on with the hops sharing space with the bread like flavors from the malt. Drinking this makes me wish my father were still alive so we could enjoy this one together! Flywheel has an ABV of 5.5% with 40 IBU’s.

Half Acre Daisy Cutter

Batting cleanup is Daisy Cutter from Half Acre. Daisy Cutter belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Chicago craft beer! 12 years after it first came out is still as wonderful as it was when you first had it. This is a West Coast Style Pale Ale and has the pine/citrus notes that made you fall in love with the Pale/IPA style years ago. Daisy Cutter weighs in with 5.2% ABV and has 60 IBU’s.

All 4 of these beers are outstanding! There is something for everyone in this mix-pack and everyone from a non beer snob to a fanatic will be able to enjoy this one! The promotion runs through next Monday, July 5th so head over to Beermiscuous and pick some up!

Episode 65 Braxton Brewing – Storm

This week I’ll have a Cream Ale from Braxton Brewing called Storm as my Beer In Front. This came courtesy of Rod J from @RodJBeerVenture

I’ll also talk about some good beers from Old Irving Brewing, Sew Hop’d and others. 

Sew Hop’d Brewery Stan’s Amber

Stan’s Amber is an American Amber Red Ale from Sew Hop’d Brewery located in Huntley, Illinois. Stan’s has a great dark red/brown color with a wonderful sweetness to it in the aroma and flavor. They use Centennial and Cascade hops however this is listed with 28 IBU’s so the sweetness from the malt is the overwhelming flavor here. The can says it’s not too sweet and I’ll respectfully disagree here, I feel the sweetness makes this a good one and I’ll be consuming more of Stan’s Amber in the near future. This is a 5.9% ABV beer and goes down nice and easy and I could see this complimenting a nice meal at dinner. I picked this one up at Beermiscuous and I’ve been a fan of everything I’ve had from Sew Hop’d so far. My Huntley friends, there is More than one place in Huntley to go to, you better start going to Sew Hop’d!