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It has been ages, and I’m sorry

January 20, 2012

Good morning, fellow beer lovers!  It has been ages since I posted anything here, and for that, I apologize.  As some of you may know from previous posts, I was going to school for civil/environmental engineering the whole time I’ve had this blog, and graduated December 2010.  Well, in August, I started my first engineering job, and between the hour and fifteen minute commute each way and the long hours (up to 60 hours a week), I didn’t often have the time or inclination to blog.

But then, I got laid off Dec 30th.  So no more long hours or long commute, but still no time to blog.  I was in emergency job search mode, and had to focus most of my time on that.  I am happy to report I start Monday as an Environmental Engineer at my new job, and in honor of this, I hope to review a Brooklyn beer very soon.  They were kind enough to send me two samples of two different beers recently, and I plan on hopefully reviewing one of them by the end of this weekend.

So come back soon, and often, and I will try harder to post consistently and keep this blog current!

Cheers!

The Beer Snob

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Why I should be flown to Reno for CANFEST

September 2, 2010

So Buckbean Brewing Company, whom I have touted on this blog many times, is holding a contest.  And I am begging you, send me to CANFEST.  Details below:

Starting now and lasting until the 1st week of September, we’re offering those with an established beer blog (meaning you didn’t build a blog simply to participate in this contest) an opportunity to write one blog post, centered on why they deserve to come to CANFEST.

Once we’ve got the compiled list of blog posts, we will post every link to our blog and filter via social networks, and pick a winner based on votes. The winner will be flown to Reno for the weekend and have the opportunity to attend all of CANFEST’s festivities and even be a guest judge during the competition portion.

I found out about this in, oh, July, and as usual, I procrastinated until almost the last minute., mostly because I wanted to think of a really creative blog entry.

And I failed.

At first I thought I’d try to come up with an autotuned song explaining why I should be selected.  But even autotune couldn’t help me sound halfway decent.  If I make your ears bleed, I guarantee you won’t vote for me!

Then I thought I’d do a video explaining, in a funny way and pulling in various memes like the double rainbow guy and Antoine Dodson, but my video camera uses Hi-8 tapes and I don’t quite know how to convert them to digital.  Yes, I know no one uses tapes much anymore, but at least I’m not still rolling with the full size VHS tapes!

Then I thought I would impress you with my engineering knowledge and explain to you why I should be there to judge the viscosity of the beer and calculate the flow rate as the canned beer is shotgunned by various folks, but thought that would bore you.  Heck, it bored me!

Then I had the brilliant idea of using my extremely hyper-masculine rugged movie star looks, hoping the ladies’ votes would put me over the edge.  But then I realized, I’m as ugly as a post!  And not a freshly painted, brand new post….a raggedy post with peeling paint that’s been peed on by dogs and knocked askew as a result of an unfortunate meeting with a Chevette.

Finally, I decided just to appeal to your sense of sympathy.  Please please please send me to CANFEST.  As you can see, I am a procrastinating out-of-tune-singing obsolete-technology-using engineering-studying ugly-as-a-post beer blogger hoping you find it in your heart to take pity on me and send me to CANFEST.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart….and my beer belly.

The Beer Snob

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See you June 6 or 7…I’ll be in Greece!

May 25, 2010

I fly out tomorrow morning….see you soon

Cheers!
The Beer Snob

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Rogue’s Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale

October 8, 2009

Rogue's Northwestern Ale

Rogue's Northwestern Ale

I was in the market for some beer lately (imagine that!) and came across Rogue’s Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale.  According to the bottle, portions of the proceeds of this beer go to support the Fisherman’s Fund. The Captain Sig in the name of the beer, in case you didn’t know, is Sig Hansen, of the crab fishing boat The Northwestern. The Deadliest Catch is one of my favorite shows, and Sig Hansen is my favorite captain on that show.  So I had to try this.

By the way, if you like Deadliest Catch and the Hansen brothers as much as I do, check out the Northwestern crew’s Web site.

Rogue calls it an India Red Ale and it uses 2-Row Pale, Munich, Carastan and Chocolate Malts, Amarillo and Cascade hops, Rogue’s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

The Pour
A good solid pour resulted in a massive, billowy and light tan, three finger thick head.  The beer itself is a dark caramely color and looks slightly cloudy in the glass. (Remnants of the Pacman Yeast perhaps?) The head leaves nice lacing on the glass as you enjoy this brew.

The Nose
This has a good malty nose. I can smell coffee notes and the freshness of hops with floral hints. It smells very clean and fresh. Repeated deep sniffs give you more of the hops, including the citrus and grapefruit usually denoting the Cascade hops. Good bitter and floral notes are found as well.

The Taste
This is one tasty brew! There’s a good roundness and well balanced flavor that give way to a nicely lemony and floral finish. The finish becomes more grapefruity as the beer warms, but as the hoppiness fades at the end of the finish, chocolate flavors linger. This starts off malty and sweet, but also brings clean and refreshing flavors to the party. This is a medium bodied ale.

Overall
Captain Sig Hansen should be proud to have his name associated with this beer, and with Rogue. Like Sig, Rogue doesn’t do anything half assed. They do what they do, and they do it big! This beer has a great depth of flavor and is just a very tasty brew.

Recommended: You bet! Very tasty and full of flavor

Price: $6.99 / 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle

ABV: 6.2% according to Beer Advocate

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It has been way too long…..new beer reviews coming soon!

March 2, 2007

I’ll be buying at least one beer tonight to sample. Maybe I can swing two. Either way, I hope to bring you a new beer review this very evening. Not sure what kind of beer yet. I’m leaning towards maybe a seasonal Spring ale. Maybe I should do another stout or porter before it gets too warm for those?

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