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Sorry to hear of the demise of Buckbean Brewery

May 3, 2012

Back in 2009, I was contacted by an upstart new brewery out of Reno, Nevada, Buckbean Brewery.  They wanted to send me samples in hopes that I would review them for my blog.  I did so and enjoyed their beer, especially the Orange Blossom Ale.  Sadly, I just learned they have gone out of business as of the end of February.  Their beers won awards at the World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and other festivals, but sadly the economy took its toll on the new brewery.  To me, the closing of a good brewery is like a death in the beer family. I’ll raise my beer glass soon in a farewell toast to Buckbean Brewery and it’s owner, Doug Booth.  Your beer will be missed.

Read more about the closing of Buckbean Brewery.

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Beer Review: Buckbean Brewing Company’s Roler Bock (maibock)

June 17, 2010

Perhaps a month or two ago, I heard that Buckbean Brewing Company was coming out with a maibock.  They are quickly becoming one of those breweries from whom I can expect very tasty beer, every time they can something new, so naturally I asked for a reviewing sample, and they were happy to oblige. 

More: Beer Review: Buckbean Brewing Company’s Roler Bock (maibock)

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The Village at Lake Las Vegas and Buckbean Brewing Co. Present Brew’s Best

February 18, 2010

A Hand-Crafted Beer Festival Benefiting the New Vista Community

(Las Vegas, Nev.)The Village at Lake Las Vegas and Buckbean Brewing Company, the largest production microbrewery in Nevada, will host Brew’s Best Hand-Crafted Beer Festival Saturday, March 13, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Taster kits are available for $25, which include 30 sampling tickets and a souvenir tasting mug. All proceeds will benefit local charity New Vista Community.

Brew’s Best is the third installment of successful craft beer festivals hosted at The Village at Lake Las Vegas. The festival has grown to more than 20 breweries sampling as many as 75 craft beers, and the highest expected attendance to date. More: The Village at Lake Las Vegas and Buckbean Brewing Co. Present Brew’s Best

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Beer Review: Buckbean Brewing’s Very Noddy Lager

January 6, 2010

Good evening beer fans…I finished the Fall 2009 semester a couple of weeks ago now but have just now finally been able to update my poor blog. Hope you enjoy. Tonight’s beer review comes to you from the kind folks at Buckbean Brewing Company, who sent me reviewing samples of this Imperial Schwarzbier.  I’ve previously reviewed their Original Orange Blossom Ale, Black Noddy Lager and Tule Duck Red Ale, so you know I’m a fan of their beer.

Here’s what they say:

Brewed specially for owner Doug Booth’s 40th birthday, this Imperial Schwarzbier has twice the malt and hops of our Black Noddy Lager, creating a deep black color, rich, nutty malt flavors and a smooth hop bite. A symphony of balanced intensity!

Here’s what I say…

The Pour
This beer pours from the can into a pint glass extremely thick. Pours to a two finger thick head that’s a light coffee with cream color. The beer looks like a very dark ruby brown around the edges of the glass. Other than the edges, it looks like motor oil.

The Nose
This has a great smoky, malty nose with coffee and caramel notes. There are also slightly noticeable floral hop notes hiding in there as well. As it warms, faint hints of raisin are also detected.

The Taste
This comes across far hoppier than the nose lets on. There are powdery and dry qualities to this full bodied beer. Coffee seems to be the most pronounced flavor I noticed. There is a slight caramel sweetness hiding there beneath the dry flowery hoppiness. It’s more effervescent than I think I was expecting, but the finish is quite dry and leaves your palate ready for another go at this beer. The fact that it’s 10.5% ABV is easily missed when first drinking this beer, as the higher ABV is hidden well. You do notice it after finishing the entire can though!

Overall
I really didn’t know what I thought about this beer at first. My preference is for beers ranging from well balanced to the malty side of things, so the pronounced hoppiness gave me pause at first. But this is an interesting beer, definitely worth trying out. I don’t know that it is as balanced as it could be.

Recommended: I’d encourage fans of hoppier brews to give this a shot and savor it slowly, letting it warm considerably to fully experience it.

Price: Unknown (reviewing sample)

ABV: 10.5%

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The Village and Buckbean Brewing Company host second Village Craft Beer Festival Saturday, September 19

August 4, 2009

Event benefits The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Nevada

The Village (MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas) and Buckbean Brewing Company, the largest production microbrewery in Nev., host the second Village Beer Fest on Saturday, September 19, from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets for the festival are available at the event for $20 per person which includes an engraved commemorative glass, with proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Nevada (MDA).

Riding waves of success from the March 2009 festival, Buckbean Brewing Company and MonteLago Village anticipate crowds of more than 2,000 attendees, and expect to exceed the nearly $30,000 raised previously for the MDA.

The Village Craft Festival showcases craft beers from around the U.S. served along The Village’s cobblestone streets with waterfront views. Jazz music is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. to cap off a great day where guests can enjoy these hand-crafted brews in support of a great cause.

Guests wishing to take advantage of MonteLago Village Resort’s luxury lakeside lodging can do so by calling 888-600-2688. Complete with scenic balconies, full kitchens and living areas, lodging at the resort starts at only $99 per night, plus resort fees and taxes. Mention “Beer Fest” when calling to receive the special rate. A special Beer Festival package is also available and includes an overnight stay and two passes to the event for $125, a 35 percent savings (plus resort fees and taxes).

For more information on this event, please visit www.montelagovillage.com. For sponsorship information during any MonteLago Village event, please call 702-564-4785.

ABOUT BUCKBEAN BREWING COMPANY:

Buckbean Brewing Company recently expanded into the Las Vegas and Northern California markets. The craft beer company produces its two signature beers, Original Orange Blossom Ale and Black Noddy Lager, in 16-ounce, environmentally-friendly cans, giving beer fans the opportunity to take their favorite brew with them hiking, biking, golfing and boating without the worry of glass breaking. http://www.buckbeanbeer.com

ABOUT THE VILLAGE:

Located just 17 miles from the heart of Las Vegas, The Village (MonteLago Village) creates the calm and leisurely pace of a Mediterranean town with cobblestone streets, sweeping mountains views and more than 30 unique shopping and dining options along the way. A perfect lakefront location for a celebratory dinner, a night out with the ladies or a romantic weekend away – The Village is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. MonteLago Village Resort offers world-class accommodations located within The Village and Lake Las Vegas. Services at The Village and Lake Las Vegas include shopping, dining, boat cruises, spa services, gondola rides, fishing, golfing and other activities. http://www.montelagovillage.com

ABOUT MDA:

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a voluntary health agency – a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. The MDA of Southern Nevada serves over 455 families affected by muscular dystrophy in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. MDA funds worldwide research, provides free clinics, assists with the purchase and repair of wheelchairs, leg braces and communication devices, provides loan closets, facilitates support groups and provides the MDA Summer Camp for youngsters. http://www.mda.org

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Beer Review: Buckbean’s Brewing’s Tule Duck Red Ale

July 29, 2009

As promised, my package from Buckbean Brewing Company did arrive, and boy was I happy to see it. I’ve been looking forward to this for 2 months! Along with the Original Orange Blossom Ale I have been eagerly awaiting, I received a tall can of Tule Duck Red Ale. Here’s what their Web site had to say about this beer:

This deep red, robust ale combines a silky smooth, rich body with a fruity, caramel malt flavor and a soft, herbal dry hopped finish. A full flavored, classic beer that pairs well with hearty foods of all types.

Sounds great, right? Well, I’ll be the judge of that!   ;-D

The Pour
This looked almost thick coming out of the can. It poured to a one finger head, which is a light brown color, somewhat like the color of brown rice lightened up a notch. The head was somewhat short-lived, and the lacing was of a decent amount. The beer itself is a reddish-tinged lightly chocolatey color and is quite opaque.

The Nose
There is a definite maltiness present, that gives the nose a caramel and roasted malt intro with woody hints. It smells very tasty, and clean and crisp but with a good (not overly cloying) sweetness.

The Taste
Something of a sweet coffee taste is what I noticed right up front. Roasty coffee and woody flavors linger a while on the finish in the back of the throat. As the beer warms and multiple swallows are taken, mineral notes and a pleasant mustiness make their presence known. Halfway through the can, and also as it warms, a little bit of floral hop flavor is also detected. This beer seems a tad shy of full bodied. It’s crisp but it does soften on the finish as the Buckbean Web site mentions.

Overall
I actually haven’t had a lot of red ales in my day. In actuality, the only red beer I can even think of that I’ve ever tried is Killian’s Irish Red, and that was so long ago I don’t even really remember what that was like. But this beer was not what I was expecting. But overall, I think this is a very good beer. It’s a good, malty brew with enough hoppiness to dry and crisp it up and avoid being nothing but malt. The depth of flavor comes through as you drink the beer, which is always a good thing. I liked this beer very much!

Recommended: Yes, if you can get this, it is worth every penny of whatever you have to pay for it. Buckbean Brewing Company comes across to me as a brewery that knows what it’s doing and does it their own unique way.

Price: Unknown (sample sent for reviewing)

ABV: Unknown, but from drinking it, I would have to say it is 6% or higher. Could be the fact that I drank it on an empty stomach, though.

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Beer Snob updates and a plug for Buckbean Brewing Co.

May 19, 2009

Hello, fellow beer snobs. Just wanted to post an update to menti0n a couple of things. I hope this update finds you well and enjoying good beer!

First, I wanted to recommend you try Buckbean Brewing Company’s Original Orange Blossom Ale. I reviewed it already, back in July 2008, and was pretty enamored with it. Well, of all the beers I have reviewed, this is the beer I can’t stop thinking about and  wishing I could get here. What a tasty and refreshingly clean beer! Check out my review and look for it if it’s sold near you. You won’t be sorry!

Next, I have a review of Sam Adams’ Summer Ale coming soon. I had that beer once before, a few years ago and before this blog. I decided it would be a good beer to review right about now as we ease into summer.

Also, on the school front….it looks like I will be able to take Fluid Mechanics this summer, which makes it very likely I can finish my degree in the Fall of 2010. Maybe then I’ll finally have more time to devote to this blog!

Finally, May 28th I board a plane bound for Paris, France. I’ll do my best to find some good beer there and take tasting notes for reviews to be posted when I return. It’s a great place to be if you’re a wine snob….but alas, I am only The Beer Snob. I appreciate good wine but am by no means qualified to review wine.

Cheers!
The Beer Snob 

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Beer Review: Buckbean Brewing Co. Black Noddy Lager

July 24, 2008

As I mentioned in my review of their Orange Blossom Ale, Buckbean Brewing Company was founded in 2007 in Reno, NV. They can their beer instead of bottling it for environmental reasons. According to their press release package, microbreweries only bottled their beers initially because the aluminum canning lines were not designed for smaller production, so glass bottles were their only option. So people began to equate glass bottles with good beer.

Along with sending me free samples of their Orange Blossom Ale, Buckbean was kind enough to send me samples of their Black Noddy Lager. As I am a fan of dark full-bodied beers, I was looking forward to this.

The Pour
This poured with a beige tight, thick and fluffy one-finger head. It is not completely opaque but pretty close. This looks like my kind of beer….looks like motor oil in a glass.

The Nose
There are nice coffee and roasted malts notes mingling in the nose. There is definitely chocolate in there vying for attention as well. This smells thick and chewy, and also has hints of dark plummy fruit.

The Taste
This has medium carbonation and is an oily medium-full bodied beer. Coffee, chocolate and malt flavors are well balanced, although coffee notes take the forefront. This is a smooth brew with a strong, almost bitter roasted finish. The plummy notes are present as well, but the bitterness stands out on the finish.

Overall
This is a very dark tasting brew. Lots of different flavors going on at once, which is nice, but I do wish it had a bit less of the slightly burnt tasting bitterness on the finish.

Recommended: Maybe…if you’d really like something full flavored and very roasty, this is your brew.

Price: Unknown

ABV: 5.2%

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Beer Review: Buckbean Brewing Co. Original Orange Blossom Ale

July 6, 2008

Buckbean Brewing Company was founded in 2007 in Reno, NV. They can their beer instead of bottling it for environmental reasons. According to their press release package, microbreweries only bottled their beers initially because the aluminum canning lines were not designed for smaller production, so glass bottles were their only option. So people began to equate glass bottles with good beer. I was not aware of any of this but I definitely prefer glass bottles myself, not that I drink out of bottles or cans. I pour whenever I can to open up the beer and catch all scents and see the color and clarity.

Anyway, on to the Original Orange Blossom Ale…

About the beer
According to the press release package I received with the free samples, this is “a bright zesty ale built from Munich and caramel malts, American hops and orange flowers.” According to their Web site, “…this copper colored ale combines the flavor and aroma of real orange tree flowers with a well-balanced, full flavored ale to produce a real treat for the senses.”

The Pour
I’ve been drinking everything from my new pilsner glasses lately, but I wanted to try this from a pint glass. This poured with less than a finger of creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. The color is very orange but it’s not completely clear. There looks to be some hint of cloudiness and it seems barely carbonated.

The Nose
There are floral hops present, but the dominating scent is citrus. It smells strongly of orange oils or orange zest. Smells clean and sweet.

The Taste
My first impression of this beer was that it was very light and shallow of flavor. You got the orange flavor and some malt and hop flavors and that was it. As I finished the first, and then the second, pint, I started appreciating this beer more. It’s very smooth and eminently drinkable. It is very light bodied, and the orange is the dominant flavor, but hops notes come through on the finish.

Overall
After the first couple of sips, I was preparing to come talk about how I wish it were fuller bodied and more complex, but in the end, I decided this was a uniquely tasty brew. It’s a very drinkable and refreshing brew, great for quaffing after you cut the grass or while grilling. The flavor is not that multi-layered but it is spot on. I’m already thinking about the next time I cut the grass and how good this would taste. In a nutshell, I am well pleased with the flavor and how refreshing it is!

Recommended: Yes. It is, at the very least, worth a first try. Drink a pint or two and see if the flavor doesn’t make you want more!

Price: Unknown

ABV: 5.8%

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