Archive | June, 2010

New Brew Tuesday: Pilsner Urquell

Type: Beer – Pilsner
Name:  Pilsner Urquell
Price: $1.59
Made: Czech Republic
Alc/Vol: 4.4%

After drinking Staropramen I was a little hesitant about drinking another beer from the Czech Republic, but then again this is ‘The’ pilsner beer, litterally. Any beer that claims pils, pilsner or pilsener however you want to fling it stem from this beer. Being the very first, and still going strong today as a popular style of beer with various versions of you know that they had to do something right.



Field of Opportunities?

I found my way up to Iowa City, well okay actually I was staying in Coralville but whenever we ventured out to enjoy the town Iowa City was where it happened. I got to explore the university, help a friend move through bribes of beer and wine and enjoy a few visits to the Ped Mall which is not your ordinary mall. Who knew that after traveling through miles of corn you could stumble onto something other than a tractor.



New Brew Tuesday: Staropramen

Type: Beer – Lager
Name: Staropramen
Price: $2
Made: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Alc/Vol: 5%

This beer hails all the way from the former Czechoslovakia, and I’m not sure if the other half of this beer was left in Slovakia when this country split into two or if it simply never had that ‘x’ ingrediant. This beer like the Mythos beer I sampled a few weeks ago has that skunky lager smell that is similar to Heineken. However, that pretty much ends where it resembles a quality drink.


No Monkeying Around

Lover.Kitty, 'Monkeys Thinking' June 27, 2009 via Flickr, Creative Commons License

While road trips are not an uncommon experience few have the privilege to enjoy the journey atop a motorcycle. The differences are subtle yet vast greatly at the same time. Completely exposed to the elements with no distractions I kind of picture myself as a modern cowmonkey (Not sure if cowboy would apply and cowmonkey sounds like a weird genetics experiment gone wrong but you get the point). I have my steed – a Honda Shadow 1300, my cowboy hat – a helmet and whatever other things that I can pack on the bike although my pack has a few electronics.


New Brew Tuesday: Stone Levitation Ale

Type: Beer – Ale
Name:  Stone Brewing Co – Levitation Ale
Price: $1.79
Made: North County San Diego
Alc/Vol: 4.4%

Stone Brew beers have always been good to me. This is one of the most well know craft beer companies in the US today, and it’s name is synonymous with sadistic humor and good taste.

Stone Levitation

“That’s Stone Levitation Ale. Not “alleviation”; not “divination”; and no, not “leviathan” either though these other oft-uttered permutations of this very special brew’s proper name may not be too far off the mark. First of all, let’s talk about what the word “levitation” means. One definition states that it means to rise in “apparent defiance of gravity”.** Yes, that’s a good one. Another perhaps more nuanced meaning is that this phenomenon is typically the “result of a supernatural power”. We’ll take that one too. After all, Stone Levitation Ale certainly defies the gravitational forces at  work in much of the beer industry today-less character, less flavor, less creativity and as for any supernatural forces at work in this beer,  well, we can only guess. (Though yeast pretty much qualifies in our book.) We do know that you will find more flavor and character than previously thought possible in a beer of such a modest (for Stone Brewing Co. anyway!) alcohol level (4.4%). It does, in this sense seem to indeed defy the laws of gravity and nature. There really is nothing unnatural at all about the beer itself, of course. It is made from the four all-natural, basic elements of craft beer: water, barley, hops and yeast. Cheers!”