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Sunday, August 31, 2008
After 44 days of drinking my way home, I am finally one country closer to home. Today we are at the harviestoun brewery in Alva England drinking what is definitely the best named beer so far. When I first opened it, I wasn’t sure why they called it Old Engine Oil because it didn’t look that black or that thick. I liked the taste even though I usual don’t like thicker ales. Iron Chef said something about the burnt chocolate taste that I can’t remember, but we both thought it was a bit too sweet. After vomiting it up the next morning (apparently you shouldn't mix lager and black ale-who knew?), I understood why they called it Old Engine Oil. The substance that was regurgitated had the exact same color, viscosity, and even smell of burnt oil drained from a ‘79 Volvo. No, seriously, I once had a ‘79 Volvo that burned a lot of oil. I came across an Old Engine Oil haiku that I figured I would post for The Dorky Dad.
wickedly dark taste -
is this a new chocolate
or Old Engine Oil?
Day 46 - Whitbread Pale Ale
On this day Beer Heads we found ourselves in London at the historic Chiswell Street Brewery where we are drinking a beer originated by former Parliament member Samuel Whitbread. The brewery is notable as being one of the first to utilize James Watt’s steam engine technology in 1785. Unfortunately, as a result of last nights events, this beer only tasted like Old Engine Oil Light to me. That was probably just me though because Iron Chef liked it enough to finish 3 bottles of it. She is sleeping right now after not getting much sleep this weekend while camping so I probably shouldn’t wake her up for a review. We will just have to leave that as one of the great mystery’s of the world. Does Sasquatch exist? Does Iron Chef taste cocoa or fruit in Whitbread Pale Ale? The world may never know.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Today Beer Heads we salute Fraccas and her full cupped friend Olga as the odyssey brings us to Strasbourg France. See beer heads, in France, brew pubs are called Brasseries. And of course I’m the kind of boob that would see that the word brasserie looks like the word brassiere. But, that’s OK because I am learning more in order to keep abreast of the different cultures I have been visiting on the beer odyssey. So now let’s bust open a bottle of Kronenbourg 1664 in honor of our bosom buddies Fraccas and Olga.
Kronenbourg 1664 is another one that’s pretty good if it’s all you got. I am tasting something grassy in it. Iron Chef said she could smell some champaign-y type fruit smell, but that was the only thing she liked about it. I will rate this a 5 on the beer scale.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Today Beer Heads we are on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. I was hoping to make some stupid jokes that referred to that stupid Cheech and Chong movie 'The Corsican Brothers', but I couldn't think of anything. Not even about Trisexuals or the Evil Fuckaire or anything. So, I will just get to the review.
Pietra is an OK beer. We couldn't taste anything resembling the chestnuts that are advertised on the bottle. It had something weird wrong with it. I can't place my finger on it, but there was something odd about the taste. I think I will rate this a 5.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
With the close of the 29'th Olympics now finalized, we find ourselves treking towards the Country of the Gods.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Today the Beer odyssey brings us to India; A country that exports almost as much curry as it does convenient mart managers. From Calcutta to Bombay and The Ganges to Sri Lanka, you will likely find todays beer; Maharaja Pilsner. This beer had a funny sharp smell, and an aftertaste that left my mouth dry. Iron Chef just said, "It's odd". After making the joke above, it just occured to me that there may be some curry spice in it. That would make sense because curry is abundant there and people there really like the taste of curry. Shoot, there are even Americans who like curry. I for one don't happen to be one of those people so I will rate this one a 4 on the beer scale.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Today Beer Heads the odyssey brings us to Kenya, the home of east African political unrest and notoriously fast Olympic marathon runners. The beer today is a light crisp lager named Tuskers. It has a pleasant smell, and a mildly drinkable taste, but unfortunately it has a strong chalky aftertaste. Iron Chef said it was an OK beer, and I suppose it is. I will rate this a 5 on the beer scale.
So now go drink a few with all of your blogger friends.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
It's an OK Lager that's pretty drinkable. It has more substance than most mass produced beers, but not much. Iron Chef saifd there was a faint skunky smell. I didn't really notice that though. I think I will rate this one a 6 on the beer scale.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Today Beer Heads we're in the South Australia city of Adelaide trying Cooper Sparkling Ale. This Australian state was originallt inhabited by Aboriginies, but was eventually serttled by the British and later became the destination of immigrants from, you guessed it, Germany. I goota tell ya Beer Heads, I had higher expectations of this "Sparkling Ale". The name makes it sound like it will be Champaign-like. I didn't know this was one of those beers that had the sediment in it, so I poured the first one straight in the glass. Iron Chef, our friend Grand Tetons, and I all thought it tasted soapy. It was really undrinkable. Then Grand Tetons pointed out that the bottle had instructions that told you to pour the beer so that the sediment stayed in the bottle. So the second glass I tried was actually pretty good. I think we were still affected by the soap taste of the sediment to be able to identify any flavors. I will give this one a 6 on the beer scale.
So now go and tie one on with all of your friends at Humor-Blogs.com
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Hey Beer Heads, remember how I said that Budweiser is a bad attempt at copying Bitburger? Well clearly Tiger Beer from Singapore is the Asian Pacific Brewery's bad attempt at copying Budweiser. I can taste the specific Macro-brew nature of it. It has no hops flavor whatsoever, and there is a faint citrus smell to cover up anything bad from it's mass production. It's more drinkable than that "liquid smoke" beer I tried, but really not very good at all. I will rate this a 3 on the beer scale.
I gotta say, that I didn't really know how tough it would be to drink 100 beers in 100 days. It appears as if everyone else has lost interest in this, and now it's just me. At only 1/3 of the way through, I am having difficulty being inspired to drink another one of these crappy Asian beers. I think I will skip the Philippines and move on to something hopefully more interesting.
So now go tie one on at Humor-Blogs.com
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Today the odyssey brings us to Bankok. It's an oriental setting and with us Beer Heads, the city don't know what the city is getting. I suppose we could call this the creme de la creme of the Asian beer world with a brewery that's got everything but Yul Brenner. Time flies -- doesn't seem a minute since the Tirolean spa had us beer boys in it. All change -- don't you know that when you drink at this level there's no ordinary venue. No matter about the actual city of Bankok. One town's very like another when your head's down over your beer mug, brother. Though you might think it's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity to be looking at the beer, not looking at the city. Get Thai'd! You're talking to a guest whose every move's among the drunkest. I get my kicks above the barstool, sunshine.
Well at any rate beer heads, Singha is just another Asian lager. It has a citrus smell as soon as you open the bottle and then it's just a blah beer after that. It ain't good, but it that bad either. Iron Chef was equally as unispired for comment as I am. I will rate this one a 5.
So now go tie one on with all of your friends at Humor-Blogs.com
Friday, August 15, 2008
In honor of the Beer Odyssey bringing us to Ho Chi Mihn City, I have decided to teach you some of the cool Army hand signals that are seen in all the best Vietnam War movies.
Those are really cool to know aren't they? So now in honor of drinking 33 Export beer tonight, I am going to show some of the more common hand signals used in bars.
"Hey Bro' let's get a drink."
"Hey, what do you mean..."
"...That I shouldn't have started drinking tonight?"
"I thought you were the designated driver!"
So now that you are more versed in Army and Bar sign language than Hellen Keller, go to Humor-Blogs.com
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here we are in Japanese city of Kirin. Brewery here longtime leader in Japanese beer. Kirin Ichiban is good beer, but have strange after taste. Maybe rice in beer. Me not know. It taste lot like Bud. Maybe because distrubuted by Anheiser Busch. Iron Chef say beer smooth. I say this asian man broken english starting to sound like Indians in old cowboy movies. I rate it 6 on beer scale.
Now go Humor-Blogs.com
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
100 Beers in 100 Days - Why Did The Beer Odyssey Come From The East? The Cypress Tree In The Garden.
Today the beer odyssey brings us to the Shandong (pronounced wang-dong) region of China to try Tsingtao Beer. Tsingtao Beer is a super happy golden lager. It is made from people who have been up the Yellow River (or at least once in the 80's, but they did not like it). It has a faint smell of Beijing smog with a flavor that is as cheap as Chinese made merchandise. It was an average lager where all the ancient Chinese brewing secrets were obviously discarded in the making of this beer. I will rate it a 5 on the beer scale. [insert gong sound here]
So now bow to your sensei and then go drink a few with your friends at Humor-Blogs.com
Monday, August 11, 2008
Day 27 - Red East Beer
We continue our beer odyssey in Russia today with Red East Beer. After tasting some pretty good stuff in small countries like Lithuania, and Czech Republic, I was somewhat surprised at just how crappy this beer is. It's merely a 4 on the beer scale. I didn't much like the taste, but I did like how it looked in the glass. So here it is for you to admire also.
So now go drink a few brewski's with all of your comrades at Humor-Blogs.com
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Today beer heads we head to the other side of the "Iron Curtain" to the edge of the Russian Siberia to the city formerly known as Leningrad, which was the city formerly known as Petrograd, which was the city formerly known as Saint Petersburg, and incidentally now has it's origianl name of Saint Petersburg again. Baltika Porter is a nice heavy dark beer with a lot of great flavor. Iron Chef said it was very robust and had a slight fruity flavor. We both like it and I will rate it a 6 on the beer scale.
So now go tie one on with all of your comrades at Humor-Blogs.com
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have officially entered the Eastern Hemisphere as the Beer Odyssey brings us to the Ukrainian city of Kiev.
The Obolon Brewery is very young by brewery standards as it has only been in operation since 1980. This brewery that draws it's water from an artesian well made history when it became the first company in the Ukraine to escape the grip of government control to become privatized.
Iron Chef was unavailable to taste test this one with me so I brought in my friend (lets call him) Icehouse to help review. Hey, this guy can drink a 24 pack and not be phased, he's gotta be a beer professional. We both thought the smell was a little Bud-like, but we immediately liked the taste and smoothness. Icehouse said he could drink a case of it and definitely not be disappointed, and I thought it was much more worthy of being called a prestigious beer than Beck's or Heiny. Obolon Magnat Ale is a really good beer. As far as the specific taste, see "Day 24 - Kalnapilis". The interesting thing about this beer is that it's packaged in the beer bottle equivalent of a mood ring because the label changes color with temperature. This way you know the beer is properly chilled when the "Obolon" on the label magically appears, which I think is pretty cool even though it's already been done with Coors. We liked it and will rate it a 7 on the beer scale.