September 14, 2014

Beer Bums Meeting – September 2014 – Session Beers

We are trying to kick off the end of these excessive heat with session beers.  Beers below 5% abv. This was a surprisingly varied, but very good group of beers.  The Save the World Humilus Filius was an extra a little above 5% abv, but we let that slide.  I enjoyed all the selections and we made sure to make Session out of it.

Next Month, October – Pumpkin Beers

September 9, 2014

The Brü Revü - Freetail Velocihoptor IPA

A trip to San Antonio isn’t complete without a visit to Freetail Brewing Company. I was able to pick up a bottle of their Velocihoptor on my last visit which is a single hop IPA that features Falconer’s Flight which is a proprietary blend of the Pacific Northwest’s best hops.  According to the label, each hop in the blend was hand selected for its superior aromatic qualities, imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon & grapefruit tones. The beer poured a golden amber with a huge fluffy white head.  I detected tropical fruit with citrus notes in the aroma with some slight floral hops as well.  The taste starts with a huge juicy tropical citrus hop bitterness that take over your palate then transforms into a fruity floral bitterness that coats your tongue.   The Velocihoptor is a very well balance IPA that takes you on a perfect hop journey and ends with a nice dry finish.  I know Freetail is currently expanding and will be start putting their beers in stores.  I can’t wait for more Freetail and hopefully it means some available in Austin too.

Freetail Velocihoptor IPA

September 2, 2014

The Brü Revü – Hops and Grain Greenhouse IPA, August

August’s Greenhouse IPA is about balance.  According to the Greenhouse IPA site, there are definitive notes of lemon up front, an earthy middle and juicy finish.  Hops & Grain used a blend of 33% Centennial, 15% Mosaic, 15% Meridian, 15% Crystal, 15% Perle, 3% Bravo, 3% Falconer’s Flight to achieve their balance.  As usual the beer pours and looks almost identical each month with a deep golden amber and fluffy white head. The aroma was an initial lemon rind hop with some earthy tones underneath.  The taste followed with a definite lemon rind bitterness at the start that faded to a juicy dank finish.  It left a lingering bitter coating on my palate that had me anticipating the next sip.  As with every Greenhouse IPA this was easy to drink and this version was definitely the most balanced.   On those terms H&G definitely hit their mark and made another amazing iteration of the Greenhouse IPA and achieved balance… ohmmmm

Hops and Grain Greenhouse IPA

August 31, 2014

Pint Glass Nights - September 2014

Misc. pint glass nights around Austin for September.  Buy the beer, keep the glass.

Gingerman – Mondays, at 6 PM
Sep 01        Real Ale Lost Gold IPA
Sep 08        Hofbrau Oktoberfest
Sep 15        Sierra Nevada Flipside IPA
Sep 22        Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Sep 29        Saint Arnolds Oktoberfest

Zax Pints and Plates – Wednesdays, at 6 PM
Sep 03        Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra
Sep 10        St. Arnold Icon Green
Sep 17        Full Sail Cascade Pilsner
Sep 24        Assorted glassware

Flying Saucer  - Wednesdays, at 7 PM
Sep 03        Ommegang 3 Philosophers
Sep 10        Stone Arrogant Bastard
Sep 17        Saucer Oktoberfest
Sep 24        Victory Litremas

Draught House – Wednesdays
Check their twitter page for glass updates

Red's Porch – Thursdays, at 6 PM, Check their events page for glass updates

August 26, 2014

The Brü Revü – Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen

Another stop on my Summer Tour de Hefe was with the Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen.  Ooo organic.  This beer poured an almost crystal clear gold until I decided to activate the yeast and pour in the rest of the beer.  There was a stormy mess of a mixture until it all settled into an opaque straw yellow brew.  There was the typical thick head, but on the Pinkus it quickly dissipated and left little lacing.  There was faint banana on the nose, but I picked up more of the clove spice typical of the style.  The taste was strong on the Hefe spice and begins with a bready wheat that melds into the spice.  I did not have much in the way of the signature banana and bubble gum yeast notes that I have come to expect, but more spice and wheat.  The opaque appearance and creamy mouthfeel belied its light and refreshing finish.  A tasty brew nonetheless and a worthy stop on my Hefe tour.  Remember to activate your yeast to get the full Hefe experience.  Cheers!

Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen