Friday, October 29, 2010

Beer in Bathtub - Time Lapse



Do you like beer?  Do you like ice?  Do you have 30 seconds to watch the most amazing video ever?

46 cans - 154 pounds of ice - 64 hours - one magical moment! This is a time lapse of beer and ice in a bathtub with a little bit of a message at the end.

64 hours is a long time to wait for beer. Boy am I thirsty. Cheers!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale - Beer Review

It's fall and time for some fun fall seasonal beers. Punkin Ale is Dogfish Head's most popular seasonal beer. Is this good like pumpkin pie or scary like Halloween? Is it a trick or a treat? Tune in and find out!

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Punkin Ale

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are drinking Punkin Ale from the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. This beer Dogfish Head's top-selling seasonal release. It has been brewed every fall since 1994 -- before the brewery was even open for business. You can find it around September 1st each year and the brewery claims that it is usually sold out before Thanksgiving.

This beer is 7% Alcohol by volume and 28 International Bitterness Units. The brewery describes it as "a full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg." Pay attention to the alcohol because some of it comes from the fermentation of the organic, brown sugar.

Real pumpkin meat is added to the beer during the mash process.

Q&A -- Does this have more or less pumpkin flavor than you were expecting? Are the spices prominent in the flavor? Does this remind you of pumpkin pie?

Punkin Ale gets a (???) on the BBA scale. Do you like pumpkin beers? What's your favorite? Let us know in the comment section. Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA - Beer Review

Beer Geeks love this beer. It is the most reviewed beer at beeradvocate.com. Did we agree with the geeks? Do we have a little geek inside each of us? Of course, but watch it anyways.

Partial Transcript: "On tap – 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Hi, I’m James Knott. Today we are talking about 90 Minute Imperial IPA from the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware. It was released in 2001 and has been reviewed more than any other beer on beeradvocate.com.

This imperial IPA, also called double IPA, is 9 percent ABV, 90 IBUs and the brewery recommends drinking it out of a snifter. They suggest that there are flavors like brandied fruitcake, raisin and citrus.

Dogfish Head uses a process called Continual hopping in which they add hops to the boil continuously for 90 minutes – hence the name.

In 2003, Dogfish Head released two sister beers called 60 & 120 Minute IPA. The 60 & 90 are both year-round releases, while the 120 minute IPA is only brewed three times per year.

Q&A

90 Minute IPA gets a (???) on the BBA Scale. Which do you prefer? 60 – 90 – or 120 minute IPA? Let us know in the comment section. Thanks for watching. I’m James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ename Tripel Abbey Ale - Beer Review


Tripel is a reference to the strength. Abbey is a reference to the origin. The name doesn't really say a lot about the style. So, what is this beer really like? Is it classic Belgium? How does it stand up next to other similar beers we've reviewed like Duvel and La Fin Du Monde? Tune in and find out!

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Ename Tripel Abbey Ale

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are talking about Ename (eeh-NAH-mah) Tripel Abbey Ale from the Roman Brewery in Oudenaarde, Belgium. There is evidence that the Roman Family has been running the brewery since 1545.

This beer has 8.5% ABV and has living yeast cells in the bottle for secondary fermentation. The brewery recommends serving it between 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Beer writer, Michael Jackson, describes it "as a firm tripel with a fresh, dryish fruitiness" and suggests it has hints of "orange marmalade, pineapple and banana"

This beer is a "certified Belgian Abbey Beer" -- which, in general, means the beer is not produced by an abbey, but that they have an agreement to share proceeds with an abbey. In this case, The abbey was destroyed by French revolutionaries in 1794, so the money is used to preserve the ruins of the Ename abbey.

Q&A -- Tell us about the pouring process.

Ename Tripel Abbey Ale gets a (???) on the BBA Scale. Have you been to Belgium? Let us know about your beer experiences abroad in the comment section. Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Young's Double Chocolate Stout - Beer Review

This is a thick, rich stout, but is it too thick? How many times can we use the word "chocolate milk"? Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a highly-acclaimed beer. Will the Better Beer Authority agree with the other beer geeks? Watch and find out. Bingo!

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Young's Double Chocolate Stout

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are drinking Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Young's and Wells Brewing Company in Bedford, England.

This stout is brewed with dark chocolate, chocolate malt and sugar. The brewery says it is "satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet". Other ingredients include pale and crystal malt along with goldings and fuggles hops. It is 5.2% ABV and the cans have a nitrogen widget to add to the creamy head and mouthfeel.

The company says to serve it "cool, but not ice cold".

Q&A

Young's Double Chocolate Stout gets a (???) on the BBA scale. Is this your favorite chocolate stout? Let us know what you think in comment section."