Category Archives: Beer

Shandy !!!

It is that time of year that we are busy busy- so not much time for my blog. Sorry:(

But did get some new Shandy’s made finally ! Now can hardly wait for it to carbonate !!
I made a kit of each Lemon, Orange, and Grapefruit. I tried a taste of each and so far my favorite is grapefruit. 🙂 If you like Shandy’s Style Beer- give these kits a try .Sure they will coming out with more flavors. At least I hope so- as Cherry Shandy is my very favorite.

Would like to say Happy Holidays to All!!

Proper Beer Glasses

As I have mentioned before, I am always reading articles about my craft of wine making and beer brewing. Read this article by David Ackley about the use of the proper beer glasses. Decide to past this information along. Will add link to full article at the end of this post.

Proper beer glassware enhances the positive aspects of your homebrew, with different types of beer glasses highlighting different qualities.

So what are some of the different beer glass types and their uses? Below we’ve put together a somewhat comprehensive list of the glasses you’ll run across when drinking your brews. This is a menagerie of glasses that you may want to consider having on hand when serving you your own homebrews.
Proper beer glassware enhances the positive aspects of your homebrew

GobletGoblet – Ideal for Belgian ales and Berliner weiss, the goblet features a wide mouth for easy access to the beer’s complex flavors and a structure that supports head retention.

FluteFlute – A flute is a narrow beer glass that tapers towards the bottom. The shape gives the viewer a good look at carbonation and helps release the pleasing aromas of gueze, lambic, swarzbier, and Vienna lager.

PilsnerPilsner – The pilsner glass is similar to the flute, but it has a wider mouth. The change in shape showcases color, supports head, and encourages aromatics of – not surprisingly – pilsners, but also blonde ales, bocks, and witbier.

Pint Glass Pint Glass – Of all the beer glass types, this is the all-around go-to glass. It is versatile as it is common and is ideal for many of your favorite beers, including amber ale, altbier, English bitter, brown ale, IPA, porter, and pumpkin beer.

SnifterSnifter – The snifter, just like what you would use for brandy or cognac, is a smaller version of a goblet with a lip that turns inward, capturing desirable aromatics. Snifters are smaller than most other glasses, making them a good fit when drinking higher gravity beers. Use a snifter when enjoying barley wine, Belgian dark strong ale, double IPAs, imperial stouts, and tripels.

StangeStange- A strange is a relatively narrow beer glass type with no taper.It concentrates aromas into a narrow channel and gives the drinker a good look at the beer. Stange glasses are appropriate for a number of styles, including altbier, bock, lambic, and rye beer.

Stein Stein – In German, “Stein” means stone. For years prior to the widespread use of glass, these large mugs were made of stone. Go to Germany today and ask for a “Mass stein” – they’ll give you a full liter of suds. Steins work great for Oktoberfestbier.

TulipTulip – The tulip is one of the great all- around beer glass types for evaluating your homebrew. The glass’s shape gives a good sense of color, enhances aromas, and holds a big head. The tulip works especially well for saisons and other Belgian styles.

Weizen GlassWeizen Glass – The weizen glass is designed for wheat beers. Its size allows for a large serving of the refreshing beer and a big, wheaty head while also helping to enhance aromas. Use a Weizen glass for all types of wheat beer.

Don’t get to hung up on using the “proper” glass for your beer-just make sure you are enjoying the fruits of your labor 🙂

Link to full article : http://www.eckraus.com/blog/beer-glass-types?trk_msg=HNHG1404PCI476FPHHQKMA0QS0&trk_contact=P7BI8F772COS0C2G7VHMJVP05K&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Article+1+-+Read+More&utm_campaign=%3f+%5bWeird%5d+But+The+Beer+Glass+Matters!

Hope you enjoyed this blog–now will have to find one on Wine Glasses !

Happy Sipping!

Calories and Beer

Everyday I spend hours in my office. First getting the daily book work done, checking e-mails, Facebook,  reading new articles that are sent me through email and other social places. Then I double check the calendar of events and or appointment we have in the store. As I receive e-mails from several other web sites on a daily basis, which I will link at the bottom of this post for everyone.

Well in today’s e-mail from Brad Smith of BeerSmith.com, he took a look at the calories in beer. Nice, because I was always wondering. I will not post the entire article here, but just the part I feel the general public would be interested in. Will add link to site so you can read the entire article if you want.
Brad Smith Partial Article on Calories:
“Calorie Counting
“I’ll start with the god news first-an average 12oz. commercial beer has slightly less calories than a comparable soda or even a glass of juice. An average American lager (say Budweiser at 5% ABV) has about 145 calories for 12oz. A Coke classic runs about 155 calories for 12oz. and orange juice is about 184 calories.
If you drink light beer, they generally run from 110-112 calories per 12oz and have slightly less alcohol(average of about 4.2% alcohol), placing them well below regular soda or juice. Premium beers run a bit heavier- a Sam Adams Lager or Boston Ale has about 160 calories and high alcohol beers like New Belgium Trippel (7.8% alcohol) contains215 calories in a single 12oz serving.”

There is much more to this interesting blog. Here is the link  to the entire article: http://beersmith.com/blog/2011/02/04/counting-calories-in-your-homebrewed-beer/

They also have a neat program for beer recipes. I use it here at the store when I am converting or writing my own recipes. Worth checking out if you are into home brewing.
Another blog I read daily is from the ECkraus Company. They have many years of experience in the wine and beer industry. Here is the link to their blog main page:
http://www.eckraus.com/blog

Well this is all for the day

Happy Sipping !

Planning a Special Event- How to figure quantity of wine & beer needed

Are you planning and special event this year, such as a wedding, family gathering, and etc.
This is a rough formula to help you figure out just how many bottles you may need. Of course all depends on how your guest drink, where it is a open bar, or limited bar. But hopefully this will give you a guideline to get you started.

Wine: Calculated with 750ml bottles and 5 ounce serving.
Each bottle has about a 5 glass service of 5 ounces. Again this will depend on how it is poured, could be more or less servings per bottle.
Take the number of guest and divide by 5, this will equal the approximate total of bottles needed. Multiply that by the amount planning on serving per guest. As a extra precaution add 1 more bottle per 20 bottles you are purchasing.
100 guest  divided by 5 servings per bottle=20 bottles x 4 serving per guest= 80 bottles. If you know of the number of children and non-drinkers you may eliminate them from you calculations.
Please check with the store you are purchasing from that they will refund you for any unopened or tampered with bottles not used. Be aware they may have a policy against this. Remember to always include both a white and red wine.

Beer: Again this will depend on if your are having a open bar or limited bar. Figures are a standard 12 ounce bottle.
Take the number of guest and multiply by 4.
General rule is 4 bottles per guest.  To figure Beer is pretty straight forward. As beer comes in 24 bottle cases.
100 guest x 4 = 400 bottles divide by 24= 17 cases of beer.

But remember when try to figure all this out, not all guest drink alcoholic beverages.  And not all drink wine or beer. If you can figure a rough idea of how many guest drink what, you will be able to cut the volume of wine and beer purchased. but always remember to add a couple extra bottles to your total- guest can surprise you. A few may partake just on special occasions.

One of the best ways to help cut cost is to make your own. Find a local “On Premise” Wine and Beer Store. Discuss with them about what you may like to make. Then set up to have a gathering of your friends to make what you will need. It is always a special feeling to know that you made it yourself, and that it is a great quality of beer and wine.