Monthly Archives: December 2013

Interesting Beer Facts from Mental Floss

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Leibinger Zeppelin Bier

Leibinger Zeppelin BierAs you may know, I’m a bit of a Led Zeppelin freak, so once I saw Zeppelin Bier, I had to try it! (even though it’s not actually Led Zeppelin beer)

I’ll admit, I believe this is my first Keller Bier, so I have nothing to compare it to. Pours cloudy and a coppery orange. The aroma is a bit grassy. Very smooth. Not a ton of flavor, but it’s nice. A little caramel, a little grass, just a hint of hops at the end.

it’s not bad, but there just isn’t much there.

Grade: C


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New Belgium Abbey

New Belgium Abbey

New Belgium Abbey

In a recent trip to Arkansas, I was fortunate enough to find some beers I can’t get here in Ohio, New Belgium Abbey being one of them. Although, new Belgium will begin distributing in Ohio soon.

Color is on the orange side of brown. Pleasant aroma with toffee and yeast funk. Round malt flavor with a hint of banana. Bit of mustiness in a dry finish, but it fits. Tight carbonation provides a little bite. As it warms a little, I’m getting some black pepper in the flavor and caramel in the finish.

One of the best American Dubbels I’ve had

Grade: A

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Ommegang Announce New Game of Thrones Beer


(Cooperstown, NY) – The next beer in the Game of Thrones-inspired series is being readied for market, and the brew kettle at Brewery Ommegang is running hotter than ever.Brewery Ommegang and HBO jointly announce the third beer in their successful partnership, Fire and Blood Red Ale, will release in the run-up to the show’s return to air in spring 2014. The new beer, inspired by House Targaryen, features a series of labels, one for each of the three dragons on the show: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.

Fire and Blood follows Iron Throne Blonde Ale (spring 2013) and Take the Black Stout (available now) in the hugely popular and unique partnership between the network and Brewery Ommegang. The first beer in the series, Iron Throne, flew off retail shelves and poured through tap spigots at an unheard of pace, leading to two additional brews. Just released (and at 2.5x the scale of Iron Throne), Take the Black is enjoying similar success as fans of great beer are getting into stores early to ensure they don’t miss out. Timed for the launch of Season 4, Ommegang’s Fire and Blood is sure to find interest at a feverish pitch.

Ommegang-Fire-Blood-Red-Ale-topFire and Blood Red Ale is brewed with pilsner, spelt, rye and other specialty malts. It’s hopped with Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops and spiced with ancho chilies for additional complexity. The hue is deep, dark red with a persistent, creamy, off-white head. Aromas include ripe fruit, raisins, slight spice and malt, with a slight floral, spicy hop character. Taste includes fruit with sweet malt character that gives way to faint dryness. The sweet malt is balanced by spicy rye and hop characters with an underlying raisin and prune note. The finish offers balanced malt and spicy characters from hops and rye.

“Once again, we really worked hard to ensure the beer tied nicely into the themes of the show,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang. “Obviously the use of ancho chilies pays homage to the dragons, but the use of rye and spelt wheat links back to the Dothraki people that Daenerys is leading – they are nomads of the plains and these are the grains that would be well at home there.”

“Our partnership with Brewery Ommegang has been a huge success, and we look forward to Fire and Blood being the hottest entry yet,” said Josh Goodstadt, Director of HBO Global Licensing. “Ommegang has consistently delivered superior quality beers that reflect a deep passion for the show and open up an entirely new facet of the series to its legion of fans and beer lovers alike.”

Fire and Blood Red Ale will be released in spring (exact launch date still TBC) in the lead-up to the debut of Season 4. It will be available nationwide on both draft (sixth-barrels) and in corked bottles (25.4 ounces). The recommended retail price is $8.50 per bottle.

Unfortunately, I was unable to set my hands on the first beer, but I loved Take the Black Stout. I’ve become somewhat of a Game of Thrones nerd, having watched the show and just started the second book. Really excited about this one!

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