Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Don't be afraid of the dark. There is a common misconception that the darker a beer, the stronger it is. This is just not the case, as the color of a beer has to do with the degree it is toasted/roasted in a kiln. The more you kiln malt the darker it will get. Some malts will be pale and white in color, while others will as dark and roasty as coffee.
Schwarzbier or "black beer" is a great example of a beer that uses dark malts, which gives this beer style its black color. Schwarzbiers have outstanding dark malt aromas and flavors, and are really fantastic dark lagers with tons of flavor and character, yet remain very drinkable beers. If you like dunkle, or even stouts and porters you will like schwarzbier. An excellent example of this style is Das Schwarze from the Schwaben Brau brewery of Nurnberg, Germany.
Das Schwarze pours to a jet black color with a thick, creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. When held to the light, you can see this beer is actually a very, very deep, bright brown color. The nose on this beer is excellent with lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and light roast aroma, paired with some grassy hop aroma. The palate on this beer is very smooth and polished with excellent malt flavors, dark chocolate flavor, a touch of coffee, and a touch of light roast. This beer finishes with more excellent dark chocolate and light coffee flavor, then ends with a mild, grassy hop bite that balances this beer to perfection.
This is a great example of schwarzbier. Dark beers are nothing you should be afraid of. The alcohol strength in this beer is on par with dunkel, and helles and its the type of beer you could drain by the liter. Not sure if you can find this one in the U.S. as my example was brought back from Germany by a friend, but its one well worth seeking out. For more information about this beer and the brewery, visit: http://www.schwabenbraeu.de/
Friday, April 23, 2010
Named World's Best Premium Lager at the World Beer Awards and winner of a slew of other shiny trophies, Session has truly earned itself a place at the bar. Not to mention the barbecue.
ABV 5.1% IBU 18
ABV 5.4% IBU 18
Thursday, April 22, 2010
This might quite possibly be the most amazing chicken sandwich ever known to man. Two KFC boneless chicken breasts (Original recipe or grilled) sandwich two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterrey Jack and pepper jack cheeses, and Colonel's sauce?!! Where is the bun? Not happening. The chicken breasts are the bun.
I give you the KFC Double Down Sandwich. It was my honor to try this sandwich today. The DD lives up to the hype and then some. If only once in a lifetime, you must try this sandwich. Insanely good. The stuff of legend. I went with the Original recipe, but I image the "healthier" grilled is tasty as well. Nutritional information? Do you really want to know with a sandwich like this? Don't plan on eating for the rest of the week, but this sandwich was so, so worth it. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.
I've had this sandwich twice now, and for all the nay sayers and all the "the sandwich will kill you" crowd? Don't buy one. Show a little self control, and take responsibility for your own actions. KFC is not billing this sandwich as healthy, and as an indulgent, satisfying, sandwich to have once in a while? The Double Down is just awesome. Chose to not have a DD if you think it is going to kill you.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010