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Monday, March 9, 2009

Talking Head: Beer events and new releases

click to enlarge Rx for Beer Blahs: Mama
  • Rx for Beer Blahs: Mama

Take two and call me in the morning

Oskar Blues Brewery, makers of Dale's Pale Ale and Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, have released a Czech-style pilsner called Mama's Little Yella Pils that should prove popular this summer. The Lyons, Colorado-based Oskar Blues has made a name for itself as one of the first craft breweries to sell their beer in cans rather than bottles. Cans are easily recyclable, more easily handled, require less energy to produce, and can be taken many places where glass bottles are not allowed, such as the park, the beach, or the pool.

Mama's Little Yella Pils is modeled after the classic pilsner from the Czechoslovakian region of Pilsen that inspired the original Budweiser. A generous amount of pale malts and German specialty malts give this interpretation a firm, grainy body, while the Saaz hops provide a fresh, floral aroma and a crisp, dry finish. The modest 5.3% ABV keeps it in the realm of an everyday quaffer. Yella Pils is available now in 6-packs of bright yellow cans. Unfortunately, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau rejected their tagline on the can, "Take two and call me in the morning." Don't ask me why.

Firkin Saturdays at the Brick Store Pub

The Brick Store Pub will be tapping a fresh cask of real ale every Saturday at noon, just in time for sidewalk season. The first offering this past Saturday was the Russian Imperial Stout from Thornbridge Hall Country House Brewing Company, an amazingly rich, smoky stout with a dark-fruit tang and notes of chickory and bittersweet chocolate. If you weren't there, you missed it, since the firkins only last a couple of days and this was the only one shipped to Georgia. Coming soon will be Gwatkins Yarlington Mill Cider, the CAMRA Gold Medal Champion Cider of Great Britain in 2002.

Stone Beer Dinner

The Porter in Little Five Points is hosting a beer dinner on Tues., March 24, featuring pairings from Stone Brewing Company of Escondido, CA. The four-course menu includes crab salad served with Stone IPA and roasted guinea hen paired with Arrogant Bastard Ale. The dinner costs $40 ($30 without the beer pairings). Check out the bar's website for the full menu, or call 404-223-0293 for reservations.

Sunray Wheat joins Terrapin's year-round lineup

Terrapin Beer Company has added a wheat ale to its regular line-up, joining the flagship Rye Pale Ale, Golden Ale, and India Brown Ale. Sunray Wheat is a German-style unfiltered wheat brewed with a touch of Tupelo honey from the Savannah Bee Company. It features the traditional banana and clove aromas from the yeast, with a hint of tartness in the finish. It is available now in 6-packs, as well as in the variety 12-pack of all of Terrapin's regular beers.

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