Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Saranac Octoberfest

And a way we go! The aptly named Oktoberfest celebration occurs in september, so there is no reason we can't review this Marzen styled beer in november. I bought this 12 pack from my local "tobacco market" grocery for $13.99, an affordable buck sixteen each. The bottle neck label is abundantly informative with the following message; "In 1878 our grandfather came to America from Germany where he apprenticed at the Duke of Baden's Brewery. Brewed to the standards established over a century ago, Saranac Octoberfest is a rich flavorful lager. We use imported two-row and crystal malt and balance it with the pleasant bitterness of saaz and tettang hops." You think with all that information they could have included the alcohol content like most other brewers are practicing these days, but no.

At first pour, it has a wonderful clear-copper color with a good 2 inch head that dissipates rather quickly. I didn't get much from the aroma, a faint metallic hint of a caramel and maybe some baked goods but not yeasty (though I am a notoriously horrible smeller). The first taste is a sweet caramel (are we seeing a pattern) with a wisp of hops. Its light bodied but fairly complex, with a good nutty finish and an unfortunate tinniness. As the brew warmed, the tin escaped from the taste and a better balance of breadiness with a more herbal nut flavor came to the forefront. If I could do this tasting again, I would definitely pull it out of the fridge early and let it warm up considerably (as it was i took pictures of the damn thing for a half hour and was still too cold for optimal tasting).

This beer is no slouch, with good taste, color and "drinkability" (the new buzz word of the miller herd). As for Oktoberfest's; there are better one's out there, but this is a great change of pace beer that should keep everyone not looking for light beer happy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beer Review

This blog is in serious need of help! I made a post, then forgot about it. Then I remembered it and wondered what in the hell I was thinking when I began, then I forgot about it, then I.... ok the vicious circle continued until today when I had a moment of clarity.

I have a love for beer that is not easily matched, whether it is tasting new brews or taking pleasure in old favorites. I wouldn't consider myself a beer snob, but you won't find me ordering a miller/bud light if at all avoidable. Not saying they're bad beers that can't be enjoyed, but just not by me. Anyways, lately I have been trying a lot of new beers, thanks to being employed (whoo, money!!) and for some time have been meaning to begin a record of my experiences. So I got the old hamster wheel spinning... neglected blog, beer journal, neglected blog, beer journal, neglec... vicious circles tend to be a theme of mine.

Has this been done before? Of course. With this be another horrible failure? MAYBE. The important thing is I'm setting goals.

Cheers to the new beer blog! and who knows, maybe a real post will slip in sometime too, it's worth a shot.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Snow (Half) Day!

Here goes my steadfast commitment to the blog... once every two weeks (whoo, yeah)! Yesterday was the first snowfall of the new year and always it was beautiful. What made it even prettier was the fact my boss was so concerned about me getting home safely that she let me off at 12:30 to beat the dangerous snow rush home. So yeah, you could say it is a good day. Now I'm home safe and looking forward to my one my most favorite activities, shoveling snow!! (no seriously, I am that fucked up)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Philosophy of Film

I love movies, I really do. Pay no attention to my snarky, pessimistic comments or my constant rejection of your invitations to the theatre. There is nothing better than sitting down and getting lost in a good movie. Unfortunately movies and Hollywood are attached at the hip (read wallet) and I don't like blindly supporting this industry by shelling out 10 bucks a pop to wade through garbage. There are entirely too many "films" that get made for no other reason that some schmuk is going to buy a ticket, a soundtrack, a t-shirt and themed action figures. Its my job as a responsible consumer to spend my dollars wisely and support the art, not the industry. The best way for me to do this is to exercise patience, wait for sound reviews and avoid movies ending in III.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Welcome! So I thought something new for the new year would be fun (and maybe take my mind off other things). I have flirted with blogs in the past with myspace, facebook etc. and they have all been dismal failures. I hope this can last a bit longer than the rest.

And speaking of blogs, this isn't one of them; this is more of a creative outlet about anything I want to talk about... that's what a blog is you say?!?! I don't give a shit, it is what I say it is because this is my... errr journal, diary, log, blog. Dammit.