Archive for the ‘year of the beer ’09’ Category

beer: gordon biersch sommerbrau

tasted very hwheaty (spelled correctly)
tasted very hwheaty (spelled correctly)

store: gordon biersch
type: kölsch
abv: 4.6%

so this was a consolation beer after waiting roughly an hour for district 9 (and then getting turned away) with geoff.

this is currently the seasonal beer at gordon biersch and it’s definitely worth a shot — i really like wheaty beer… there’s a crisp, refreshing flavor…

it went awesome with my meal: cheeseburger and garlic fries (appetizer of beer cheese soup)… the beer cheese soup is AMAZING… the cheeseburger kicked my ass tho — i dunno what it was. i still maintain that the bun was a bit “tough” (for the lack of a better term)

oh well… it’s still good beer AND they’re on twitter! AAAAND they respond to tweets (cont’d)!

(i’m currently asking them what the abv of this beer is — let’s see how fast they respond)

UPDATE: they responded!

beeradvocate: B+
me: A

beer: jumping cow amber ale

it didn't taste like milk surprisingly
it didn't taste like milk surprisingly

store: trader joe’s
type: american amber/red ale
abv: 5.50%
suggested by: debbie morales

at first taste, i wasn’t a huge fan… but since i had six of ’em, it kind of grew on me.

it’s kind of funny — the different things i’ll notice the second, third, fourth time i drink a beer — it’s a bit on the hoppier side, but it has a slight creamy finish as you progress through the  bottle, which is nice.

i’ve ended up eating a snack whenever drinking this — try it with those lays jalapeno kettle cooked chips – that’s a good combo… well, they’re good chips overall – ha

i think that fat tire is a bit smoother to drink, but this one is alright.

beeradvocate: B-
me: B+

beer: san miguel premium lager

beer, pare!
beer, pare!

store: bevmo
type: american adjunct lager
abv: 5.00%

FIFTY…. ridiculous that i got the goal a little past the halfway mark of the year. i definitely wanted this one to be my fiftieth (that looks weird, so i’ll just write 50th).

ahh… san miguel — the beer of choice for the filipino. i remember family parties (when i was a wee one) where uncles would drink this stuff… that was when i thought beer was gross (so maybe when i was like 18 or so)… the commercials on the filipino channels were awesome too — i couldn’t find the one i was looking for, but i saw these on youtube and they’re just as awesome:

SABADO, SABADO, SABADO — this is my jam before i roll out on saturdays — make it yours too:


and the obligatory pacman spot:


anyways… it’s a really smooth lager (american adjunct lager — you’ll notice this is a pretty popular type)… it’s light just like the rest of ’em…with minor flavors of grains

you might be thinking, “damn, joe… what an anti-climactic drink to achieve your goal on”

i say, “nay”

it’s kinda cool that it all came full circle around the world back to the philippines… aww

but don’t take my word for it, take it away, zane! (awesome — it’s a still image of balut! don’t click that if you’re squeamish!!!!)


beeradvocate: C
me: B+

beer: birra moretti

the beer for the italian businessman
the beer for the italian businessman

store: trader joe’s
type: euro pale lager
abv: 4.60%
suggested by: debbie morales

so this is one of three different types of beers that were given to me as a ‘thank you’ gift from andy’s mom, debbie (being a computer nerd has its perks). it’s funny how reformatting a computer is like pulling teeth to some people, but to me — it’s actually fun… something about wiping a computer and making it faster than before.

apparently, i didn’t have italy up on the list so this is her contribution to the list!

birra moretti was a very clean, drinkable beer… if you’re a comparison-type person, then it kinda was on the same level as a miller lite, which isn’t a bad thing… if i had a choice between ML and CL, i’d totally choose ML.

poured into my frosted stone smoked porter mug with a one-finger head and had a gold color to it

overall, it was a good after-work beer that won’t destroy you or anything… i could totally drink it again… i accompanied it with the awesome combo from vons*

*if you’re not familiar with the combo, it’s potato wedges, mac/cheese, and chicken strips (LIKE A BOSS!)

beeradvocate: C
me: B

beer: aguila

word of advice: stick to the blow!
word of advice: stick to the blow!

store: colombia
type: american adjunct lager
abv: 3.90%
suggested by: juan

drank this on the heels of the aforementioned club colombia — had a slightly differing taste. and by that i mean it didn’t really taste like anything.

juan mentioned that colombians don’t really have a taste for dark beers so this is the best they’ve got… there’s the phrase about not saying anything if you don’t have anything nice to say right? so i’ll let this dood on beer advocate say it:

“This is one of the blandest, most lifeless lagers I’ve tasted. That said, it doesn’t taste bad. It just tastes like club soda with a splash of beer.”

ehhh… i’ll have to agree…

HOWEVER, that’s not saying that the effort to get the beer to me is overlooked… lawlz… i appreciate it, juan — congratulations, you have your flag in the beer list AND you’re pregnant!

beeradvocate: C-
me: C