April Dirty Thirty Day 14 – Bell’s Oberon Ale

The weekend got me a little sidetracked but I still had one new craft beer a night and reviewed it (just didn’t get around to posting it).

Sunday’s April Dirty Thirty beer was…

Bell's Oberon Ale

Bell’s Oberon Ale

Bell’s Oberon Ale

Critical Information:

  • 5.8% ABV
  • Summer Seasonal

My Experience:

– POUR

Poured from bottle into pint glass. It has a hazy, golden-yellow color with a white foam head that disappears quickly. There’s a fair amount of bubbles that work their way to the top of the beer.

– SMELL

I think I get just some malt and cloves. It is very subtle.

– TASTE

Fresh, even blend of malt and hops. No strong flavors here but it’s consistently flavorful. There’s a slight bit of cloves and nuttiness.

– FOOD PAIRING

Burger with bacon and swiss. Need I say more?
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April Dirty Thirty Day 13 – 21st Amendment Sneak Attack

The weekend got me a little sidetracked but I still had one new craft beer a night and reviewed it (just didn’t get around to posting it).

Saturday’s April Dirty Thirty beer was…

21st Amendment Sneak Attack

21st Amendment Sneak Attack (don’t get confused by the Starr Hill glass)

21st Amendment Sneak Attack

Critical Information:

  • 6.2% ABV
  • Farmhouse Saison

My Experience:

– POUR

Poured from can (with badass artwork like all 21st Amendment cans) into false pint glass (at least I think that’s what it’s called). Very transparent, pale straw color with minimal head.

– SMELL

Fruity, strawberry with some spicy hop aroma.

– TASTE

Light and fruity. Definitely has a kick of spiciness to it. That’s about all thought I put into it as I was being summoned for an impromptu foosball series just after opening it. However, it was pretty delightful.

– FOOD PAIRING

Strawberry and jalapeño salad. I had this once at Clyde’s and keep thinking about this salad while drinking it.
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How to Start a Beer Blog in 3 Steps

Who am I to say how to start a beer blog?

If you do not have a beer blog, I’m a bleeping expert. Once you do step one below, you can decide whether or not I know what I’m doing. But until then, I am your beer blogging coach. You are Rocky and I’m Mick.

Step One – The Nike Slogan

Yep, that’s right. You know the good ole Nike slogan…

“Just do it.”

This is step one. Just start the damn blog. Go to WordPress.com, sign up for a free account and just start writing. It’ll take some time to figure out how to use the site. I’m still going through and tweaking settings as I see fit. Go to Lynda.com, sign up for the trial period and take the WordPress.com Essential Training course.

But first instead of doing the above you’re going to say at least one of the follow:

“I just like reading other people’s blogs.”

“I have nothing to contribute.”

Or my favorite, “I have no time.”

You are wrong on all accords. If you are reading this then at some level, even subconsciously, you want your own beer blog. I’m sure there’s some Freudian envy theory somewhere than can explain it better than me but yes, if you’re here you have some interest in starting one.

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April Dirty Thirty Day 12 – Long Trail Pollenator

Today’s April Dirty Thirty craft beer review is on…

Long Trail Pollenator

Long Trail Pollenator

Long Trail Pollenator

Critical Information:

  • 4.6% ABV
  • English Pale Ale

My Experience:

– POUR

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. It has an orange glow to it with lots of bubbles and an off-white head.

– SMELL

It has a nutty, caramel malt aroma. Is there also some grape in there? It reminds me more of an autumn beer than a spring one.

– TASTE

It starts with some crisp hops and finishes with some sour, floral malt flavors. It has a pretty light body as well.

– FOOD PAIRING

Hurray, it’s finally spring! No more bundling up to walk the dog. This beer calls for some outdoor grilled BBQ chicken. Has to be the thick BBQ sauce (that’s Memphis right??).
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April Dirty Thirty Day 11 – DuClaw Euforia

Today’s April Dirty Thirty craft beer review is on…

DuClaw Euforia

DuClaw Euforia

DuClaw Euforia Brown Ale

Critical Information:

  • 4.8% ABV
  • 22 IBU

My Experience:

– POUR

I only had about 30 minutes to get this cooled down. Poured from bottle into mug. It has a transparent brown-amber color with an off-white head.

– SMELL

Toffee, maltiness, chocolate and nutty.

– TASTE

It’s a lot lighter than I expected, especially for a brown ale. The toffee and malt really come through. It’s paired with just a mild bitterness from the hops. I think it works pretty well together. The carbonation is just right. There’s some coffee flavors mixed in also.

– FOOD PAIRING

This feels like a dessert beer to me. It would go down well with some coffee cake.
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