29 October, 2009

Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss.

It's a rarity to find an American Hefeweizen that actually resembles a Hefeweizen, apart from Flying dog In-heat wheat, of course. I have struggled to find a take on a traditional German that had both the clove and banana nose teemed with a heavy bready palate. Sierra Nevada have managed to pull quite an authentic style out of their Californian bag.

This is one of the only American Hefeweizen's made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation, this technique adds complexity and depth to the flavour and is quite evident in the finished product.
It pours cloudy, golden with a bright white head. The nose is all clove, banana and notes of warm dough. The palate is yeasty, fruity with an element of spice and a malty finish. The mouthfeel is quite light - light enough to have more that 3 without slipping into a wheat beer coma, crisp and creamy.
Really good beer,

28 October, 2009

New gear for November Tasting.

Got some brand new Artisan Belgian Beers and some speciality German gear for the November tasting........ Both brands happen to be Organic, for those of you that have a slightly more purist approach to life, for the rest of us, they're shiny new, look interesting and also it's a good excuse to get together and taste some beers. Fruh Kolsch just arrived along with a couple of new Americans, some English, German and a little bit of stock left from Oktoberfest -for those who couldn't make our last tasting.
Date of Tasting: November 5th, Thursday.
Venue: Deveney's, Dundrum.
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
Line-up: Pinkus Hefe Weizen, Pinkus Pils, Pinkus Special, Brunehaut Amber, Brunehaut Wit, Brunehaut Blond.
Hope to see you all here,

15 October, 2009

Adnams Innovation and Explorer.......

The Adnams, Southwold Explorer and Innovation just arrived in today.
The Innovation has been brewed to celebrate the completion of the new Adnams brewery and the steps they have taken to reduce carbon emissions in the brewery. A golden ale with grapefruit and herbal flavours and a subtle sweetness on the finish.
Brand new to the Adnams family.
The Explorer is a blonde beer with citrus and grapefruit aromas, loads of citrus on the palate with a fruity bitterness on the finish.
Will be tasting these tonight so I'll keep you posted on the verdict.

14 October, 2009

Budvar Dark, October special.

This seasonal beer from the Czech brewery is back
again. I always forget how delicious it is.
It's even more delicious when it's on special.
Budvar Dark 500ml bt x 4........€10
Just in, cold and available in Deveney's Dundrum.

10 October, 2009

Oktoberfest tasting synopsis....

Finally, Oktoberfest arrived in Dundrum.
The turn-out was impressive despite a couple of false starts. Although the stock was ordered well in advance, delivery was about 2 weeks off schedule. They arrived, you arrived and the tasting was a success. Loads of new faces and a couple of girls, so thanks to everyone for making the effort. For those who no-showed here are the tasting notes and general opinions of the spread.
Erdinger Oktoberfest: Malt and grain quite evident on the palate teemed with caramel and almost a cake mix flavour. Really balanced sweet and malt finish, a really approachable, crowd pleasing style. I threw in a couple of commercial Oktoberfest brews, this being one of them, just to get an overall look at styles. Surprisingly enough this came out on top as close to favourite.
Augustiner Oktoberfest: I'm a solid fan of this brewery. This was not an a-typical Oktoberfest style. It lacked the honeyed layers and caramel flavours that I always associate with these brews. Hops and bready flavours on the palate with some mineralities and a yeasty finish.
Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest: These guys make a gold which I sell and it's delicious. I found their Oktoberfest a little too dry for me. Yeast, malt and some round fruit character on the palate. Finishing with a creaminess but lacking something.........
Lowenbrau Oktoberfest: This pours like a Kolsch, surprisingly light in colour. The palate is malt and bready flavours and kinda floral. Sweet malt and a citrus finish.
Paulaner Oktoberfest: When I closed the shop at 10pm on Thursday night I went straight in to the Oktoberfest tent at Georges Dock for the trade night. When I tasted the beer in a stein I realised that my serving temperatures at our own tasting may have been a little extreme. The bottled Oktoberfest had a ripe fruit, cake and malty palate but not overly full-bodied. The tap version that had warmed up to room temperature in the heaving tent was a big round style, loads of fruit flavours, creamy, caramel and honeyed notes. A really good beer and a plate of traditional German stodge - smoked ham, fried potatoes and Saar-kraut. Definitely worth the epic trek from Dundrum. I was too far behind to partake in the table dancing and general sing-a-long with the incredibly bad German pop band. Well worth a visit over the next 10 days if you find yourself at a thirsty loose end.
The last German beer of the night was Georg Schneider's Weisen Edel Weisse. A Munich brewery until the fire in '52 where it now lies outside the Munich boundaries. He brews this for the Oktoberfest but it can't be classed as an Oktoberfest beer. Cloves and floral notes on the nose with banana, white pepper and some fresh honey on the palate. The most complex of the 6 we tried and maybe more of a food beer. Really big and loads of flavour.
That concludes the much anticipated Oktoberfest tasting. I'll be in touch with theme and date for October/November meeting.
See you all soon,

03 October, 2009

Flensburger beer special

Beer Special:

Flensburger gold 5x330ml €10

Flensburger Weizen 4x500ml €10

Flensburger Pilsner 4x500ml €10

While stocks last.

Being poor doesn't have to mean a 6pk of Dutch Gold.


Oktoberfest Tasting Thursday 8th October.

Finally, the Oktoberfest beers have arrived in Deveney's..... The line-up for Thursday is as follows:

Augustiner Oktoberfest Brau

Lowenbrau Oktoberfest

Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest

Georg Schneider's Weisen Edel Weisse

Erdinger Oktoberfest

Paulaner Oktoberfest

Usual drill, 6.30pm - 8pm, Deveney's Dundrum.

See you all here