Posts Tagged ‘beer’

Mulled Beer

Posted: 17 September 2011 in Uncategorized

I just tried my first mulled beer: BFM La Dragonne.  While the weather is not quite appropriate yet, it is just beginning to get cool here in Atlanta.  I heated it to about 55 degrees C and enjoyed it in a wine glass, though perhaps a tumbler would have been better.  Also while the beer is labeled at 7%, someone scratched it out and wrote 4% by hand.  Not sure what that’s about.  I’m going to save a bottle for Thanksgiving and enjoy it again with family, when the weather is more appropriate.  Christmas might be a better choice, but I don’t have that kind of patience.

Mulled Beer: BFM La Dragonne

Mulled Beer: BFM La Dragonne


I am a fan of good beer. In this post I am going to talk about my ideas for how to improve websites that offer ratings for different varieties of beer, and how I think recommender systems would improve their service.

Why I care

Whenever I’m asked what kind of beer I like, I experience a moment of awkwardness. Because I don’t just like good beer, I hate bad mediocre beer. Usually the person asking is a beer noob and I don’t want to sound too snobby by throwing beer jargon at them they probably won’t understand. So I say something along the lines of “I like the more expensive stuff, like from small breweries or imports.” The response is usually something about Sam Adams. I used to enjoy Sam Adams Boston Lager, but I can barely stomach it anymore. There are a couple Sam Adams brews that aren’t half bad, but the Boston Lager no longer cuts it for me. (more…)

Here’s to you, Mr. Ancient Brewer Man

Posted: 12 November 2007 in Uncategorized
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Or Mrs. Ancient Brewer Woman?

One more reason to thank God for beer. Apparently, beer makers in Honduras 3000 years ago used cacao seeds to make their brew. One byproduct of that process ended up being a predecessor of modern chocolate, though it tasted nothing like what we’re used to nowadays. Traces of chocolate were found on pottery fragments dated to between 1100 and 800 B.C. I always wonder where certain foods come from. When you have to go through an involved process to make something, don’t you just have to stop and think, who the hell came up with this? It’s no surprise that the pursuit of the wonderful drink we mortals call beer led to similarly awesome discoveries.

Bell’s Batch 8000

Posted: 21 September 2007 in Uncategorized
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Wednesday night I had the rare opportunity to go out to a bar and try some Bell’s beer. There was a special event run by the distributor where they gave away a shaker, a coaster and a pin if you bought their beer. The shaker unfortunately featured the Oberon, my least favorite Bell’s, but I’ll take what I can get. The bar was a pretty cool little place call Fat Heads Saloon. They had a bunch of decent stuff on tap and I got to try the Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid, which was a massively floral hop monster. Fat Heads also has a custom Belgian Trippel made for them by some Belgian brewery I didn’t recognize. It was decent, but I’m always a little underwhelmed by Trippels.


Bell’s Batch 800 Ale and Swag


Leinenkugels Sunset Wheat

Posted: 21 August 2007 in Uncategorized
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Tonight was the reception “TG” for new students of the Language Technologies Institute.  TG is the general term given to parties thrown in the department of computer science at CMU.  Typically TGs are thrown on Fridays by the student organization Dec/5.  So TG as in TGIF.

So anyhow, I tried a new beer that I hadn’t heard of before called Leinenkugels Sunset Wheat.  I was given a tip prior to coming to the TG that Leinenkugels was the mystery beer.  After a quick search on, I found that Leinenkugel has one good beer and a whole lot of crap.  Smart money was on the crap being the pick.  Unfortunately, this was correct.  I even guessed the correct specimen of crap:  the Sunset Wheat.

So I decided to taste it so I could add another beer to my rating list.  My reaction was immediate.  Here is the comment I posted on the ratebeer page for this beer:

“I was immediately struck by a similarity to Flintstones vitamins. It was so intense I exclaimed. This beer was really atrocious. On the up side, it didn’t linger very long on the palate. This is a drain pour.”

I stand by this assessment.  After I posted my comment I perused the other comments to see if people agreed with me.  What I found was great.  A few of the tastier specimens I came across are below:

There are aromas & flavors in this that just don’t belong in a beer. Tastes like the milk left over after eating a bowl of Fruit Loops was poured into my beer. And worse, the fruit taste is very artificial. Maybe it wouldn’t be bad on a hot day, but I think i’m going to avoid this one for now.

If I got really drunk on beer Friday, woke up on Saturday and ate some Fruity Pebbles then threw up…this is what it would taste like.”

“On tap. Smell is 100% Fruity Pebbles Cereal. It is uncanny – as though it is liquid Fruity Pebbles. Cloudy golden appearance with no lastin head. Reminds me more of a Hefe than an American Wheat. Really distinctive orange flavor. Almost tastes like a candy beer. Very sweet taste.”

not so good. Had a flavor of jelly beans totally nasty. Might be the worst beer Ive tasted”

Scanning just a few more pages of comments I found 8 more references to Fruity Pebbles.  I think the key here is that distinct artificial fruit flavor they put in jelly beans, flintstones vitamins and that cereal.  So yeah, it sucked.