What Was Your Thanksgiving Beer?

posted on November 28, 2008 in Craft Brewers,Likwid Bred Site News

My Thanksgiving wasn’t much in the way of beer (the food was great). We had Fat Tire Ale. I’d never had it before and thought it was a good supermarket beer but nothing really special. It was somewhat hoppy and clean tasting but lacked the complexity that I generally like in a beer.

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Review: Dogfish Head Midas Touch Golden Elixir

posted on November 24, 2008 in Craft Beer Tasting

Grade: B –

After reading the New Yorker article I decided to see what Dogfish Head brews my local BevMo carried and was surprised to find that they had Midas Touch Golden Elixir.  It’s based on residue found in vessles in a tomb in central Turkey which some archeologists believe may be the tomb of King Midas. Through molecular archeology it was determined that the residue was made up of barley beer, grape wine and honey mead. There was also a yellow substance that they guessed might be saffron. Dogfish Head tried to recreate this ancient drink with barley, honey, white Muscat grapes and saffron. As you might expect, it’s an interesting brew.

The color is golden with a minimal head. It is much clearer than I expected. Something a little cloudier might have felt a little more ancient. The nose is somewhat sweet and a little spicy but also distinctively beer. The taste is sweet with notes of honey, grape and some spice. The mouth feel is a bit thin with a effervescent quality not unlike a good champagne. I liked this beer but didn’t love it. It’s interesting and would be a nice departure from the typical beers served at parties. The price I paid is $12.99/4 pack which is about what I’d expect for a limited release craft beer.

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Dogfish Head and Extreme Beer

posted on in Craft Brewers,Homebrew

The New Yorker has an excellent article on the relatively new extreme beer movement among craft brewers. The main focus is Sam Calagione the founder of Dogfish Head and a person who’s love of pushing the envelope of what can be considered beer has become legendary.

The article covers many aspects of craft brewing as well as a personal look into how Calagione develops one of his trademark beers. It’s a great read for home brewers as well as anyone who loves craft beers.

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