Archive | July, 2012

New Glarus: Moon Man

31 Jul

Moon Man is one of my favorite beers from New Glarus. I’m really starting to love the APA (american pale ale) style of beer. I love my IPA’s and am pretty sure they’ll always be my favorite, but the sessionable nature of the APA is quite pleasant.

Moon Man pours a very clear golden. Light carbonation is visible with lots of good bubbles rising, and a fairly small crisp head. It smells great, in fact actually smells stronger than it actually tastes. It has a floral aroma, with maybe a bit of orange or maybe a tiny hint of grapefruit. The floral stands out to me the most. The taste is great, you taste the hops right away but they’re just present, not too powerful or very bitter. It has a good malty bitterness on the backend aftertaste. I could Taste the floral hops, little bit orangey. Moon Man is smooth, rolls right down the throat, very pleasant. It has good carbonation, and fills mouth well, bitterness comes out more if you let it sit a bit.

Overall this is a solid beer, very enjoyable. Good if you’re in the mood for an IPA type beer, but aren’t totally in the mood to get hammered with hops. A solid sessionable offering from New Glarus. I think the claim they make on their website is pretty acurate:

“You hold a session beer with a bright bold blend of five hops that flirt obligingly with the smooth malty backside. Don’t let this one lay around it is brewed to be enjoyed today. Bold and engaging without pretense, because in Wisconsin you do not have to be extreme to be real.
Just be”

New Beer Review: Tallgrass Brewing 8-Bit Ale

27 Jul

I’m finally back on the beer review wagon! I found this gem at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee when Alicia and I went for our anniversary. Well, the first and most notable thing about this beer is the branding. The can is just about the coolest I have ever seen. As a fan of all video games and especially anything retro, the 8-bit stylings are fantastic.

8-bit ale has a soothing citrus aroma, fruity sweet. You can tell there’s hops present, but they don’t overwhelm. It pours smooth slightly hazy golden color. It has a wonderful thick head, even with a slow poor, the first time I poured one I had to wait a while for it to settle, and it stays around.

This is a pretty solid beer, has a really nice gentle carbonation. It doesn’t taste quite as fruity as it smells, which was a plus for me, although you can taste a hint of the melon they claim is there. 8-bit ale is really well balanced, and definitely isn’t an overly hoppy beer. The hops are present and tasty, but it’s not a super bitter beer, very accesible.

I can’t see any reason not to pick this beer up. If you see a 4-pack, or find it on tap, grab it up, you won’t be disapointed.

 

 

 

The year is more than half over!

23 Jul

Well,  the year is almost half over, and It’s probably been months since I updated this blog )=

I’ve been busy, working a lot, biking a lot, the dog ate my beer reviews… oh wait, they’re digital. Ha, well here I am. At least for now. I’d like to say that this is the time I get serious and post often, but I can’t for sure.

Anyways, I thought I would just give an update about how the year is going.

For starters, here are the things on my to do list that I have already accomplished:
1. Alicia and I have moved to Appleton.
2. I found a job that lets me have a beard (and ironically decided to go clean-shaven, who saw that coming?)
3. I am really behind, but still sticking with my LAMP seminary classes.
4. I saved up and bought the Lego Tantive IV (and will probably eventually sell to help pay for a bike).
5. I haven’t really reconnected with the old friends I’d hoped to, but I have made new ones!
6. I got healthier, in fact I have lost about 36 lbs so far this year!

So I’d say it’s been a pretty good year so far. A lot better than last year. The most recent event is my completion of the Scenic Shore 150 bike ride. I raised about $350 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and biked 74 miles on saturday and 73 on sunday. It was a gorgeous ride! It was also extremely well supported, with plenty of rest-stops supplying clif bars, fruit, water, gatorade, among other delicious necessities. Along with lunch and dinner there was even a limited craft beer just for the ride! Secnic Shore 150 Ale! The volunteers throughout the whole event were phenomenal. Even when some group put random cones up in the parking lot, and it appeared people were going to have to drive 5 minutes away and take a shuttle back to the school, they figured it out in short order, and let us park super close.

All in all, this ride was one of the coolest things I think I’ve ever done and I am going to do it again next year. In fact, each year they have Scenic Shore Sprinters, anyone who raises at least $,1000.00. Sure I get a freaking sweet jersey for doing it, but I think it would be really cool to be a part of something like that. A lot of people are going to be getting letters next year (=

If anyone wants to ride with me let me know! I’d love to have more company (=

Gathering for the start of the ride.

 

Tents set up at UW Manitowoc

 

Lake Michigan

 

Fields of sunflowers