Archive for January, 2012


That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout

Pearl Street Brewery

La Crosse, WI

http://www.pearlstreetbrewerycom

ABV -6%

IBU – Unavailable

 Hey there…I’m back for more beer related shenanigans. Today we’re going to have a look into the pitch black depths of Pearl Street Brewery’s “That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout” Rolled Oat Stout.

 TWITB appears pitch black in my pint glass. Seriously, it looks like someone poured a glassful of the thickest, blackest molasses they could find. There’s a slight tan head, but that disappears pretty quickly leaving just a bit of foam at the top.

 The aroma is pretty amazing. All the roasted malt punches you right in the nose. Seems like a bit of chocolate comes through as well.

 TWITB is thick and rich. It’s chocolatey with the slightest hint of coffee. Just as the malt flavors are fading away, a pleasant bitterness sneaks in the back way to take its place.

 That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout is a delicious, full-bodied ale. You really have to pay attention to uncover everything this beer has to offer.  I know several people who enjoy a good stout…and I would recommend this to any one of them with out a second thought. TWITB is a really tasty beer. Ya know what might be good…and maybe not…but this is me being childish yet again…a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream dropped into a room temperature glass of Pearl Street’s Rolled Oat Stout. Yeah…you heard me…a That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout Float…

 Don’t just sit there…run out and grab some now.

By the way…if any of you are tired of reading about Wisconsin and midwestern micro’s, send me something else. If you have a great microbrew in your town and you want people to know about it…send me one…I’ll happily taste and review anything you send my way. Drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I’ll set you up with some mailing info.

Cheers…

Josh Frank

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I totally need to talk my wife into letting me build a kegerator.  The problem is that right now…I don’t drink much.  I only consume about a beer a day and we don’t entertain much, so other than that a kegerator would be cool…I just can’t justify it to my lovely wife.

This is where you all come in…

Any ideas on how I can convince my wife to let me build a kegerator?  How long does a typical keg stay good?  If I only have a beer a day, is there going to be a bunch of beer going to waste?  or will it stay good until I get to it?

Anyone know of an inexpensive kegerator in the midwest that might need a new home?

 

Drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

cheers…

 

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

PS

 

More reviews and recipes to come…seriously…I promise

Hey there…here is the plan.  This weekend, I’m going to be brewing an IPA…

It’s going to be a single step infusion mash which for the most part is a fairly simple way to handle the mash process.

For a 5 Gallon batch you’ll want to add 6 to 6 and 1/2 gallons of water to the mash.  The target temperature for your water should be 150 degrees F for a duration of 60 minutes.

Any questions?

Ok…on to the next bit.  After the mash is complete, put all your liquor into your pot and move back to the stove…boiling time for this recipe will be a total of 90 minutes.

The ingredients.

Grains

12 lbs of 2-row pale malt

2 lbs Rye malt

2 lbs Caramel malt

Hops

1 oz Admiral (added at start of boil)

1 oz Brewer’s Gold (added 30 minutes into boil)

2 oz Magnum (added 15 minutes before end of boil)

 

Yeast

Wyeast 1332 (Northwest Ale Yeast)

 

Following the boil, move the wort to your primary fermenter and allow the liquid to cool.  Once cooled, pitch your yeast.

The primary fermentation should be about 7 to 10 days.

This IPA should run right around 8.5 ABV with an IBU of 139 if all goes well.

 

Predicted Original Gravity is 1.078

Predicted Terminal Gravity is 1.013

 

To some extent, I sort of assumed that if you found your way to the recipes section, maybe you’ve done a bit of brewing, but if not drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I can fill you in on some of the basics of the brewing process.

 

Cheers…and happy brewing.

 

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

 

Creativity…

There’s a lot of brewers and breweries out there coming up with some cool and creative logo’s and designs.  Really cool stuff.  Check out the T-shirt below for Naked City…I dig the logo.

Very cool shirt.

Sorry to keep throwing shirts and things up here.  I’m always impressed by creativity…and am always eager to lend support to the brewing community whenever I can.

There are more beer reviews coming though…so don’t go thinking that all you’re going to see here is t-shirts from now on.   I’ve got several reviews in the works as well as a couple of Homebrew recipes that I’ve been meaning to post for you.

Not sure if this is someone’s homebrewery…or if this is a micro or what, but Fat Bassett Brewing Company is a pretty cool name…so I thought I’d post their T-shirt here…

Night Train Ale

O’so Brewing Company

Plover, WI

http://www.osobrewing.com

ABV – 7.2%

IBU – 86

O’So Brewing Company prides themselves on what they refer to as “Freestyle Brewing”. Their Night Train Ale is a perfect example of freestyle brewing success.

 Night Train Ale is a pitch black oatmeal porter. There is very little head or foam, just a bit of film that floats ontop of the blackest of beers.

 Night Train’s aroma is mouth-watering. Coffee and chocolate with a hint of black liquorice.

 The flavors are rich and malty, roasted coffee flavors blending nicely with a hint of chocolate. There is a pleasant hop bitterness that clings to your tongue. There are also the slightest of alcohol flavors…though it in no way detracts from the beer. The finish is dry.

 Night Train is a complicated ale…most likely a Robust Porter if we really need to apply labels to things, but really who needs labels. I thoroughly enjoyed Night Train. It might be hard to drink more than two or three in a night and still maintain any sort of coherent thought process, but I’d recommend that you give it a try. I know several of my friends who would love this beer. Pick up a six pack or two of this fine porter

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Brewery

Bend, OR

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com

ABV- 5.2%

IBU – Unavailable

My father-in-law likes his beers dark. Often times when he comes into town for a visit he’ll tell me about the beers he’s sampled since we last saw him. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, he has quite a few to choose from. A few months ago, he brought along one of his favorites. Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.

 I recently stumbled upon a couple of bottles of Black Butte Porter that were left behind in our fridge. Remembering how much I enjoyed Black Butte the first time I had it, I figured it would make an ideal subject for one of my reviews.

 Black Butte Porter is black in the glass. It doesn’t have a head so much as a loose beige foam that quickly dissipates, leaving behind a little bit of film that floats atop the porter. It appears to be nicely carbonated.

 The aroma is heavily chocolate malt. It honestly smells fantastic.

 The first sip delivers rich roasted malt and coffee flavors. It has a dry finish and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

 I really enjoyed Black Butte Porter. I must be honest. Part of the enjoyment comes from joking with my kids that the name is actually “Black Butt Porter” (Sorry, I’m a six year old in a thirty-six year old body).

 Black Butte is a nearly perfect porter. I would have another in a heartbeat…in fact, let me check in my fridge…that may be sooner than later.

 I’d certainly recommend Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter to my friends. I’d also offer the advice that Black Butte Porter is best consumed early in the evening. It’s richness and complexity are deserving of your undivided attention…before a night of drinking numbs your taste buds.

 cheers,

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Kilbourn Hop Ale

Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company

Wisconsin Dells, WI

ABV- 5.5%

IBU – Unavailable

When visiting the Wisconsin Dells, you’ll find Wisconsin Brewing Company’s Kilbourn Hop Ale on draft at both the Moosejaw Restaurant & Brewery and Buffalo Phil’s.

 This particular day we were having lunch at Buffalo Phil’s. My Kilbourn Hop Ale arrived in a frosted mug. It is golden or possibly bronze in color. It has no real head to speak of, just a slight film floating at the top of the glass.

 Kilbourn has a piney hop aroma mingled with a slight sweetness.

 The first sip is all malt and the hop flavor is  vague and hard to define. The ale has a clean finish with no lingering aftertaste.

 Kilbourn Hop Ale is a decent beer , not great by any means, but certainly the high point of a pretty lackluster line up.      I wish I had more to say about this one.  It’s really just not a noteworthy beer.  Kilbourn Hop Ale is an American Pale Ale that is average at best,  made by a brewery that is lucky enough to be the only microbrewery in the Wisconsin Dells.

cheers,

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

Contorter Porter

Ale Asylum

Madison, WI

www.aleasylum.com

ABV- 4.8%

IBU – Unavailable

I’ve been a fan of Dean Coffey’s brewing since his days at Angelic Brewing Company.   I’ve had a couple other Ale Asylum beers. My favorite is a hoppy as hell amber that bears the name Ambergeddon.

 I had high hopes for Contorter Porter. I opened the bottle and poured the dark brown ale into an imperial pint glass. An inch thick, frothy beige head quickly formed.

 I held the glass to my nose and found the aroma to be sweet with hints of chocolate.

 However, Contorter Porter actually seems rather bland.  The malt flavors were distant and almost non-existent and were followed by a ever so slightly bitter aftertaste.

 It was actually pretty disappointing.  I’ve enjoyed some of Ale Asylum’s other offerings and have been looking forward to cracking open this bottle of Contorter Porter.

 The Ale Asylum website describes Contorter Porter as complex with a rich flavor and silky smooth finish. Maybe it’s just over my head or something. Maybe my tastebuds just aren’t equipped to handle the “complexity” that Contorter Porter brings to the table…who knows.

 I really wanted to like this one. I took each sip with great care… I tried to find something, but all I really found was disappointment.

 While I would happily recommend other Ale Asylum beers…for instance, Ambergeddon is fantastic…I’d recommend that you steer clear of Contorter Porter.

Anyway…

cheers,

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com