From Portage Northern.
I decide to celebrate the USMNT win with a delicious six pack of USA beer. I'm feeling kind of festive tonight so I pick up a 6-pk of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat since they are largest US owned brewery since Bud was sold to those Godless commie bastard Brazilians.
Anyway, I take a reading to the neck label and lo and behold, the cherries used in the beer are said to be Michigan cherries (balaton to be exact). So I call my buddy in traverse city who's married to the daughter of the Cherry Baron of Northern Michigan (kind of like the Beer Baron, but 30% less Rex Banner), and sure enough Jim Koch (owner of Sam Adams) makes yearly trips to TC to find his supplier for cherries for the year. The contract supplier to the brewery per the contract gets the first keg of Cherry Wheat brewed at the Boston brewery for that year and as many cases as requested.
So if you're looking for a way to celebrate our nation, our state, and beer, try a six pack of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, it's delicious, good for Michigan football (the Cherry Baron's daughter is a Michigan grad and a significaant donor), and good for you.
Well here is the first pour of "Ale to the Victors". It came out suprisingly well for the first batch. I can best describe it as a cross between Blue Moon and Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. The first cup was a little bitter, which is common because there is always a small amount of sediment on the bottom of the keg. The 2nd glass was much better. I'll probably use a different type of hops on the second batch. Overall I would have to say that I was very pleased! Go Blue!!
Just to let everyone know, I will be pouring my first glass of "Ale to the Victors" tomorrow evening. The beer has been in the fermenter for almost 2 months and now it's in my kegerator and should be carbonated tomorrow. I'll be sure to post Pics and my opinion of the first batch! I can't wait!
Most important question of the day. I'm making a beer run for the weekend. That's not just a simple task as my county doesn't allow liquor sales... including beer... to the average person. Restaurants can sell by the glass, but that's it. They also have to gouge you with "membership fees" to drink at their establishment. It's horrible.
So the question, do I buy American beers for the World Cup or do I drink themed to the country we're playing in pool play? Obviously Slovenia and Algeria could be tough, especially in a beer-starved state like Texas, but I'm also open to suggestions in the comments.
Sam Adams - It's a solid American representative even if it's not the best. I'd prefer Ommegang's Three Philosophers, but that's a Belgian style of beer despite being American. I think I can at least convince myself that Sam Adams is a very American style. I refuse light beer or anything owned by those Dutch (Bud) or English (Miller).
Bass - Light enough where I can have a few over the game, but not so much that I'll be full at the half.
From what I hear, they like pale lagers. I may cheat and head 2 countries north to Pilsner Urquell. It may not be true Slovenia, but where am I going to find a Slovenian beer in this market? Unlikely.
Algeria is primarily Muslim to the point that alcohol is very limited. I'm definitely in help of something that can represent Algeria. Perhaps O'Douls due to the alcohol ban? Yeah right.
Here is a picture of "Ale to the Victors" in the secondary fermenter. This will be ready to bottle in about 2 weeks. It will be ready to drink another 2 weeks after that. I can't wait!!!
Well the first batch of "Ale to the Victors" is in the fermenter. This recipe is a cream ale which includes actual flaked maize. My thoughts are to have a cream ale and a pale ale at the UConn game this year for people to sample and decide on a winner. I'm still looking for help on designing a label, if anyone is interested. Hope to see you all at the opener! Go Blue!!