Category Archives: Braxton Brewing Company

A Zest For Fest

With the onslaught of the American style IPA, which used as it’s base, the English creation originally designed to withstand the rigors of a long ocean shipment by using extensive amount of hops. But now in the USA, American IPA uses much higher amounts of hops, kicked up to notches unknown, as Emeril Lagasse might say. I have completely lost my appreciation for that kind of approach. So much so, that even annual favorites such as Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, I will not purchase this year. Partly because I was recently given a can of Lord Hobo’s Galaxy IPA, and after sampling that, I seriously question whether I will ever drink IPA again.

So it is really no surprise that my taste for marzen and associated Fest lagers, now begins at the beginning of August, and extends all the way to November.great-lakes-updates-oktoberfest-packaging-L-l0OeuZ Of Oktoberfest beers brewed in Ohio, Great Lakes Oktoberfest is a personal favorite. One of the stronger versions (6.5%) it has a malty depth combined with a delicious balance of hop support.

westsixWest Sixth Brewing of Lexington, Kentucky produces a straight forward Fest bier  with their Dankechain Oktoberfest, where Hallertauer hops and Munich and Caramel malts keep this focused on a very tasty malt presentation.

okfuelBraxton Brewing of Covington, Kentucky makes what is known as Oktober Fuel, which is a fine example of adhering to traditional methods, producing a (6%) malt showcase that is substantial and very very good.

150 Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Lager: After seeking to try this beer for quite some time, I finally obtained 3 bottles in the Leinenkugel Explorer 12 Pack. Strange it seems that the Miller owned Leinenkugel brewery does not share my enthusiasm for this collaborative effort with the Hofbrau Munich. Perhaps the younger generation does not fully appreciate the historical significance of this very tasty Fest bier, where German malts are combined with American hops, making this an outstanding, memorable, 2017 creation.

Samuel_Adams_Octoberfest2Brewed in Cincinnati, Ohio, Samuel Adams Octoberfest remains the classic it has always been. The slightly sweet doughy balance, I return to annually. Please do not let the market snark fool you. This is a great beer.

franz Rhinegeist Franz is a very pleasant edition to the festivities. My only complaint is: Why do,t they put these cans in a 12 pack?

Marzen, your grain is tasty.
Best wishes,
The Beer Doctor

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The Two Kinds Of Beer

It was John Keeling of Fuller’s Brewery who said it best:

“To me there is only two kinds of beer. Beers I like and beers I don’t.”

Which sums up how I feel about the brewing industry after many decades of research. All those marketing terms about craft and can craft and all the double talk about beers being inferior because of adjunct grains, and then remarkably become outstanding when a hip brewery makes a stab at a Mexican lager.
Then of course there is the ridiculously stupid statement from Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione who said rheinheitsgebot was a centuries old art censorship law. No Mr. Sam, it was a food purity law where pork scraps were not considered to be worthy of beer production. But all of that concern for pure ingredients is behind us now, in the globalist tradition where Goose Island products can be purchased on the continent of Australia.

As far as I know, no one calls London’s Fuller’s Brewery a craft brewery, but the 172 year old brewery makes some of the finest brew in the world, in my ancient opinion. Their ESB, London Pride and 1845, I hold in highest regard. These are venerable go to beers… if you are lucky enough to find them.

When Alaska Finally came around.alaska alt

For nearly a decade, the only contact I had with the Alaska Brewing Company in Juneau Alaska was being on their e-mail list where I read of merchandise and new productions to their portfolio. For quite awhile Alaska Brewing beers were only available on parts of the west coast. So like a thirsty beer gorilla I look through the bars of my logistical cage, wondering what their rauchbier Smoked Porter actually tasted like. Then recently I saw a reasonably priced 12 pack of their Amber Alt Ale ($16, tax included) which was and is a can beer I have been waiting for. Unlike many flagship ambers, that are usually variations on Vienna lager, Alaska Amber is the old ale style usually associated with the Westphalia region of Germany. Top fermented at a cooler temperature, the recipe is an adaptation from The Douglas City Brewing Company of over 100 years ago, when thirsty miners needed a beer with substance.

One of the best local beers is marketed as a baseball season novelty.

I can not express how much I have enjoyed the Braxton Brewery’s 1957 All Star Ale1957-Can-300x270Their wonderful take on an English mild. A limited specialty release, which is sad, because this is a great recipe that I would love to see brewed throughout the year. The baseball marketing with the Crosley field cracker jack analogy simply gets in the way.

Now to a beer I do not care for. pacer
Christian Moerlein Pacer Pale Ale is a Citra dry hopped ale designed to accentuate the fruit characteristic of this hop. It is well done, but as John Keeling reminded me, it is a beer I have no desire to drink again.
Again thank you, from an ancient taster.
The Beer Doctor

A Text Driven Dinosaur

As a note on this website I recently received a comment from magic plus white cream that suggested that this blog is good, but could benefit from great graphics or videos to give the text more “pop”. As magic plus white cream put it: “Your content is excellent”  but with the addition of more graphics and video clips , beerdoctor’s website “could undeniably be one of the most beneficial in the niche.”
Well first and foremost, for better or worse, I am a writer, and one of the most important objectives in creating this archive, is to encourage others to increase their reading. Which I hope, in my own tiny way, is being accomplished here at beerdoctor.wordpress.com., where images are sometimes used to assist the text, for encyclopedic or geographic purpose. In other words: the text is the thing. A small gift to the unknown reader.

Of The Braxton Brewing Company

The Braxton Brewing Company is a Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati contribution to the local brewing scene. Canning their recipes in Covington Kentucky. the first one I sampled turned out to be a personal favorite: storm2x-220x300 which I was somewhat surprised to see it referred to as “A traditional American lawnmower beer”. The lawnmower designation has been around for decades in places like All About Beer magazine, which I never particularly agreed with, even back in the last century. The Cream Ale style is a North American hybrid invention that deserves more respect  (Does anyone remember Cinci Cream Lager? or does anyone want the handsome waiter?) Nevertheless, Storm Golden Cream Ale is an absolutely delicious beer.
Then there is the collaboration of Braxton with Graeter’s ice cream. Graeter’s has been given divine approval from no less than Oprah Winfrey, giving the brand a glowing national endorsement. Whether or not this justifies the high prices of their products, is best left to the consumer to decide. As to the milk stout brewed by Braxton, staying true to its super premium pedigree: 267496 the price of this beer in Ohio, with tax included, comes to $2.66 for a twelve ounce can. This milk stout,  a type of ale brewed with lactose sugar, has plenty of black raspberry flavor all across the palate. The chocolate chip presence seems quite dark, especially combined with the black raspberry. Not overtly sweet, it hides its alcohol strength well, at 7% abv. As a milk stout this is quite a departure from the classic Mackeson’s XXX Stout, that alas, has been absorbed by the Anheuser-Borg InBev portfolio, where resistance is futile.
Then there is Dead Blow Tropical Stout 161540 A very dark brown pour (almost black) with a red undertone visible in bright light, with a subtly rich nose.
Brewed with macerated dates, this is an interesting take on tropical stout. What is tropical stout? This is a style of stout that originated, or was created for, in Asia. The Lion from Sri Lanka is probably the most famous example, considered by many to be the benchmark of the style. Dead Blow has a distinctive smoothness and a finish I would say, can be attributed to the yeast strain utilized at Braxton. A very tasty departure from a style of stout first brewed in places like old Ceylon.