New Year Means More New Beer

There is welcome relief to the end of the so-called winter holiday season. Of course much of this is merely perception, because there are plenty of excuses to party further; the upcoming Mardi Gras and Super Bowl, along with whatever play off bowl, cross town rivalry or any other event of significance will suffice. When it comes to beer, perhaps 2011 should be the year that beer enthusiasts reach out to their cereal cooked swilling brothers and sisters, and tossing all cynical superiority aside and show, these millions of folks who have never experienced it, the absolute pleasure of a well brewed beer.
SAMUEL ADAMS, being a brand found nearly everywhere, is a good place to start. Their American Original variety 12 pack, recently released, might be a solid opening. Included in this sampler is the new Revolutionary Rye Ale, a rye spicy take, along with their great Noble Pils, a pilsener that Beer Dave Gausepohl said was amongst the finest produced in the world. I certainly agree.
Rounding out this tasty sampler, our S.A.’s Irish Red, their peat smoky Scotch Ale, their Belgian-American White Ale, and of course their flagship brand Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

You might be able to change the taste perceptions of the light lager drinker if you offer them a Noble Pils or White Ale. Even the famous Boston Lager is still a bit of a pine resin shock, to millions of beer drinkers. Which is what the so-called craft brew revolution was really all about: that beer is meant to have flavour.
There is still so much work to be done.


That Is A Wrap

In 2010, when it came to holiday beer, the year’s end was stocked full of releases. I wish I could have got around to more. What was once, two decades ago, a rarefied exotic search, is now almost inexhaustible with possibilities. The great brands, the so-called stuff of legends has become the order of the day. The American editions alone are enough to occupy your time; including the releases from other countries… well as they say, that completely tears it.

With the arrival of the new year, I look back at 2010 and remember the many fine efforts put forward by a variety of brewers, offering new takes on many categories. I could go in to that, but that’s not my job this time. My job is to name, what was for the beer doctor, the beer of the year. That honor belongs to: HUDEPOHL AMBER LAGER. Here is why.
“The market is ready for a full bodied, full flavored lager,” said Greg Hardman, head of Christain Moerlein Brewing, which also owns the Hudepohl-Schoenling brands. And what a lager they came up with! A viable, modestly priced alternative to all the cereal cooked soups called American lager. A flavorful drinking beer where its beauty is found in its direct honest simplicity, by adhering to the use of only the classic ingredients, and not through some souped-up advertising.
Enough said. Let this first post of the New Year be short and sweet.
Happy New Year To All
Thank You
The Beer Doctor