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Alpine Spring

Posted: March 28, 2013 in Beers we've drank

alpinespringAlpine Spring from Sam Adams Brewing

Alpine Spring is a lager sold by the Samuel Adams Brewing Company out of Boston, MA. 5.5% ABV. Keg or bottles.

My Thoughts:

So let’s call a spade a spade. My body is not exactly built for running. I need motivation. There are few things that can motivate me to run, but I can run for beer. The real question becomes, what beer? I can spend an entire 5K thinking about things. Beer is usually high on that list. And why the Philadelphia Phillies aged so quickly yet still offered long term contract extensions to some easily replaceable stars. But I digress.

I am always parched after running. I need refreshment. But getting a strong beer, which I prefer most of the time (I agree with Mr. Nester on Short’s Huma being amazing), is saved for those times when we run downtown and I can walk home. Hammertime comes much quicker after a run and a couple beers after all. After the Run for the House 10K last weekend (which was not my finest hour and twelve minutes), I settled on an Alpine Spring from Sam Adams. Arguably one of the godfathers of the craft beer movement and the largest american owned brewery left, Sam produces some solid beers. Alpine Spring is no exception.

It is an unfiltered lager that comes across citrusy to me. Really no hoppy flavor to it, even though there are hops in there, obviously. Kind of a golden coloring to it. Nice head that dissipates slowly, but surely. Because who wants to drink foam after running? The beer has a body to it, even without piles of hops. It isn’t just a (insert mass market name here) Light. Best of all, only 191 calories! Wait, is that good? No? And that is probably a 12 oz serving? Since I drank multiple larger than 12 oz servings, I probably drank more than I burned on Saturday. Whoops. I guess that is motivation to run next time.
Review by Tim Schmitt, Lover, Drinker, and BAMF.  Follow on Twitter at urbaneplanner


Huma Lupa Licious

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Beers we've drank

huma lupaShort’s Brewing Huma Lupa Licious

Huma Lupa Licious is an IPA sold by  Short’s Brewing of Bellaire, Michigan.  6.8% ABV.  Sold in bottles.

My Thoughts:

First off, if you are not into IPAs (India Pale Ales) or a very hoppy finish to a beer, than you will need to look elsewhere for your next drink.  This one is only for the sexy people.

I absolutely LOVE this beer.  I’ve loved it since my first sip.  When I first was presented with this I thought, “Wow.  Someone out there finally gets me.  They know that what I want in an IPA is to get blasted in the face with delicious hoppy goodness, lots of bitter, and ample citrus.  Thank you Short’s Brewing!”

That is what I thought upon first encounter…..that is what I still think.  I love this beer, however it is not for everyone.  If you don’t want full-on hops and bitter, than stay away.  Lots of other fine brews out there for you.  We won’t judge.   As for me, one of my new favorites and soon to be a staple in the beer fridge.  (mental note: buy separate fridge and put in basement.  Fill with good beers.  Repeat.)

Review by Tim Nester.  Father, Husband, Broadcaster, Cook, taster of many beers, lover of life.

Bell’s Oberon

Posted: January 3, 2013 in Beers we've drank

oberonOberon from Bell’s Brewery

Oberon Ale is a summer seasonal American Wheat Ale brewed by Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ABV is 5.8%. Sold in bottles, kegs, and mini-kegs.

My thoughts: 

There are those who are not big fans of Oberon.  Many who claim that Blue Moon and others offer more consistency and solid wheat flavor than Michigan’s own summertime brew.

I am not one of these people.   I look forward every year to Oberon Opening Day.  I’m there the first day to grab it off a tap with an orange (yes, I like it with an orange).  I buy a six pack on my way home.  And it becomes my go to from May until early August.   There, I’ve said it.  It is Michigan’s most noble beer tradition, in my opinion.

Smooth flavor, refreshing, a fantastic example of a wheat Ale that isn’t especially heavy on the hops or malt and is perfect for a summertime evening.  My preference for Oberon over most wheat brews is that it seems to retain a little of the “craft brew” origin in it.  While most mass produced wheats are stronger than lagers, they all seem to be too refined to me, too weak on the flavor.  Oberon allows for a bit of a hoppy finish to it, not over-bearing but just enough to notice.

I go with an orange slice in it when I can (I find it accentuates the spice notes well), but enjoy it just fine without.

Review by Tim Nester.  Father, Husband, Broadcaster, Cook, taster of many beers, lover of life.