According to what the Great Divide Brewing Co. shared with me on twitter, Hades Ale was originally a seasonal beer in 22oz bottles but became so popular that they started brewing it year round in 6 packs. Now that to me is bad-ass, but then again when you have a name like Hades you know your in for one hell of a good beer. They surely talk a big game on their website boasting the awards they have won, and challenge others to, “Crack open a bottle and decide for yourself.” Although, if you are dealing out the good stuff why not throw on a Greek god and his three headed puppy, Cerberus, and call it a day.
This beer hails all the way form the land of the rising sun, a certified beer drinking culture. True, I’ve never visited Japan but I had done some serious research when I thought I had a job teaching English. What did this research bring to light, well never use your chopsticks as drumsticks and the Japanese people love their beer. Sure there is sake, but I’ve never had any and I’m not sure if I want to ruin my possible future love for sake by drinking some cheap liquor store import. But beer, oh glorious beer I know so I was excited to see what would be my first alcohol induced experience to better understanding Japan. (yes you can get that deep about beer)
Type: Beer – Stout
Name: Lion Stout
Made: Sri Lanka
Similar to Estrella Damm this beer gives its own introduction, so what does the bottle have to say about the beer?
“…the stout was soft, fresh and quite delicious. This was the top-fermenting Lion Stout … It was bottle-conditioned and had an extraordinary chocolaty, mocha … character.” – Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter
Name: Warsteiner Premium Lemon
Made: Warstein, Germany
First and foremost I need to say I really really like Warsteiner beer, you can enjoy this beer in all its’ glory at the German-American festival in Oregon Ohio. Well, all except this version, which unless Warsteiner was trying their hand at making their own pop is a horrible stain on the Warsteiner name. The first thing I noticed was that it was green/yellowish Mountain Dew kind of color. I first thought it was from the bottle, but as you can tell from the picture the bottle is clear – this scared me a wee bit to be honest. This ‘beer’ gave off a sweet lemony citrus smell. The taste was very similar, a sweet citrus pop like flavor.
Name: Estrella Damm
Made: Barcelona, Spain
So before I tell you how I feel about the beer, let us see what the bottle has to say about itself…
“La Cerveza de Barcelona: Since 1876 when August Kuentzmann Damm arrived from Alsace, Estrella Damm has been brewed as a premium quality beer in Barcelona. Estrella means star in Spanish and its name suggests the brand has become a star to the people of Barcelona. It has evolved with the city reflecting its character – sophisticated and passionate yet at the same time relaxed and welcoming. Estrella Damm is THE BEER OF BARCELONA”