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Posted in Uncategorized on August 6, 2013 by alexis2

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First European Beer Bloggers Conference in Leeds

Posted in Event with tags , , , on March 30, 2012 by alexis2

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Hey Folks, haven’t posted for a long time, but now there’s some news. On the weekend of May 18-20, I am gonna attend this beautiful event pictured above. The first European Beer Bloggers Conference in Leeds will hopefully bring together a big crowd of international beer geeks and freaks. I am especially looking forward to the international beer tasting as well as to the brewery visit on sunday, when we’ll hit Magic Rock Brewery in Huddersfield.

See you there!

Rosé de Gambrinus – a Belgian Lambic and a perfect food pairing!

Posted in Beer and Food pairing, Belgium, Restaurant with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by alexis2

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We are in a 2 Michelin Star restaurant in Belgium, having a menu with corresponding wines and guess what the Sommelier suddenly pours: beer! Of course, otherwise there would be no point in writing a post here. But still, it is great to see that restaurants are widening their horizons and beers is slowly finding its way into fine dining. Continue reading

Titan IPA, Great Divide Brewing

Posted in American Craft Brews with tags , , on February 16, 2011 by alexis2

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First time I have this Titan IPA by Great Divide Brewing from Colorado. Shows a copper to golden colour. Intense nose of fresh almonds and orange zest, some caramel. On the palate a hefty bitter-hoppiness which is nicely caught up by the fruity aromatics of the beer. Carbonation maybe a bit low but it doesn’t bother much. This is a bit above IPA judging from its strength, rather close to imperial IPA level. All in all, a very enjoyable IPA with much going on for the taste-buds.
Oh, just saw on the label they have some food match recommendations: Grilled Halibut, Thai Curry, strong/soft cow’s milk cheeses . I could do with that, especially with the cheese – in that case I would probablx pick a Roquefort or other strong blue cheese though! But concerning Thai Curry: I guess I’d still prefer to accompany it with a refreshing Lager .

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Brooklyn Local N°2, Brooklyn Brewery

Posted in American Craft Brews, Brooklyn with tags , , , on January 6, 2011 by alexis2

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So here it is! Now available in Germany. Garrett Oliver‘s specialty beer N° 2, made with lots of knowledge and closed-up with a fancy cork. The style is inspired by Belgian strong dark ales. Inspired only, because Garrett obviously wants to do better than limitating himself only to Belgium. His ingredient list unites the finest a global brewing world has to offer: Belgian dark sugar, German and English hops, German Pilsner malt and English Chocolate malt. A total hybrid thus, considering these ingredients.

And its taste. Very good. Smooth in texture with a just right carbonation. A good measure of sweetness, not exagerated, just matching the velvet-like mouthfeel. A very aromatic head. A beer to sip only, given its 9% alcohol.
Well done! Garrett rules!

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Brew Dog Punk IPA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 6, 2011 by alexis2

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Nice head retention, nice perfume. It shows what makes IPA’s so worthwile: the nice play between the smooth body of an ale with the powerfull aromatics of Cascade hops.

A lot of grapefruit in the finish, very smooth body, perfect carbonation. Nothing to argue about that IPA. Actually, rather one of my favorites!

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Anchor Steam Beer

Posted in American Craft Brews with tags , , , on October 31, 2010 by alexis2

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You wouldn’t believe it but this is actually the first time I have a steam beer. It has been praised by many as one of the top American brews, demonstrating creativity and savoir-faire of American craft breweries.
What I know is that it is a low fermenting beer, or let’s say a low fermenting yeast used to make the beer, but it actually ferments at higher temperatures, making it somehow a hybrid beer.

Before tasting the beer I’ve read quite a few about it, also some clone recipes and thus I had some precise expectations.

To make a long story short, I was at first sip, disappointed! But that was maybe linked to my expectations. I thought it would be fuller in taste and also that the hops would come out stronger. Actually I read that Cascade hops are used in it, but that seems to be wrong.

Nevertheless drinking the beer anew without prejudices I must say that it is quite solid. Nice head retention. Quite malty in the nose with slight fruit esthers reminding banana.

In the mouth it appears much thinner that I would have thought but not without appeal. Nice maltiness, complexity with some flowery notes and also the malty sweetness, hops are in the background, but this makes it a really balanced beer with a hint of sweetness also in the finish.

Still thinking of what would pair well with this, or is it best drunken on its own with a good football game (Right now it is, and my club just scored! yeehah!)

Schlappeseppel Brewery, Aschaffenburg, Germany

Posted in Brewery Visit, Franken / Franconia, Germany with tags , , on October 13, 2010 by alexis2

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Schlappeseppel is a small brewery (part of Eder & Heyland group though) in the city of Aschaffenburg which lies about 40 km east of Frankfurt, but actually is part of the State Bavaria.

Its history goes back as far as the 17th century when durring the Thirty Year’s war, the Swedish King Gustav who occupied the city requested a beer being brewed. The man everyone called “Schlapper Seppel” (lame Seppel), because of his limping, brewed the first beer in this brewery and the tradition has been kept until today.

In the restaurant of the brewery which is located in the historic center of the city, not far from the castle, 2 draught beers are served: one unfiltered Lager (Helles) and one filtered Lager. Basically they’re the same except that one hasn’t been filtered and appears blurry. One could say it still contains all the healthy goodness of the yeast! Anyhow, they’re both similar in taste and equally good. Light, refreshing with a clear fruitiness.
Other special beers are also served as well as seasonal beers. But at the time of our visit all specials and seasonals were available in bottles only, so our interest faded.

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Löwenbräu Brewhouse in Munich

Posted in Germany with tags , , , , on October 11, 2010 by alexis2

I passed by the Löwenbräu brewhouse in Munich the other day and thought I might as well share the sight of it on this blog.

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Oktoberfest 2010

Posted in Event, Germany, Oktoberfest with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by alexis2

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It wasn’t really planned long in advance but rather a spontaneous trip that brought my friends and me to the 177th Oktoberfest which is also celebrated since 200 years (it got cancelled on several years, in particular during wartime). Those kind of weekends always end up being fun, especially with that setting of it being the last Oktoberfest weekend of the year and beautiful weather: You can imagine that it was packed!
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