Sunday, October 29, 2017

Beer Review: Sam Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin

Pumpkin beers are a classic fall beer, that almost every brewery produces a version of. As pumpkin beers are obviously flavored, there are only a select few us kosher consumers can drink. Sam Adams has produced a few different pumpkin beers over the years, with this year's version called 20 Pounds of Pumpkin, due to the almost twenty pounds of pumpkin in each barrel.
20 Pounds of Pumpkin pours a dark amber with an off-white head, that just sits on the beer for awhile, before slowly receding. It has a creamy pumpkin pie aroma, along with nutmeg as well. The taste is rich creamy pumpkin along with caramel toffee, that goes down in a spicy finish, with hints of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The beer is medium bodied, with a nice creamy feel to it. Overall a 20 Pounds of Pumpkin is a well balanced beer, where the sweetness is counteracted by the spices nicely.

*20 Pounds of Pumpkin is under the supervision of the Star-K* 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Samuel Adams 2017 Winter Variety Pack


With Winter just around the corner, the Boston Beer Company has released their new seasonal variety pack. The 2017 version is called Winter Classics, and has four old classics and two new beers.

Before we get to the beers, a little heads up about the Kashrus info. Although three of the beers do appear on the current LOC, the Star-K has yet to update their LOC and therefore, I am going to go by the labels as I have done in the past. 


The following was copied and pasted from an email received from the Star-K. (some grammatical changes were made)
* Chocolate Bock has lactose. It is a milk sugar and is added cold. Lactose is derived from whey when it is split into whey protein concentrate and lactose.  It has a hechsher. We consider it dairy.*
In conclusion it seems that 5 out of the 6 beers are Star-K Certified Parve, with the last one Star-K certified Dairy.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Beer Review: New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White

New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White is a classic Belgian White, that takes on the name of the popular Fat Tire Amber Ale. New Belgium is an employee-owned brewery based in Denver, CO, with a brewery in Asheville, NC as well. They are under the Hashgacha of the Scroll-K of Denver. While not every beer they produce is certified, most of their mainstream beers are. Belgian White's are wheat beers with orange peel and sometimes coriander added.
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Fat Tire Belgian White pours a hazy straw color, with slowly receding huge fluffy white head. The aroma is doughy, like a freshly made yeast bread, along with citrus-y orange, and coriander. The taste is similar to the nose with a yeasty doughy-ness, and orange, almost like an orange marmalade on they yeasty bread. It has a nice creamy, light bodied feel, that goes down smoothly. Overall a refreshing thirst quenching witbier, that is above average for the style.

*Fat Tire Belgian White is under the supervision of the Scroll-K*


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Beer Review: Sam Adams Harvest Hefe

Sam Adams Harvest Hefe is a unique stand alone seasonal. Hefeweizen is a German Wheat beer, not usually made with flavoring or spices. However, Sam Adams took the classic Hefe and made it Harvest Hefe by adding classic Fall Spices.

(best beer pic I ever took)

The beer pours a light brown/dirty blonde, with a slight haze, and a huge foam cap that leaves lacing. Smells like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and bubble gum. The taste is more of the same, but not in a boring way. I never tasted a beer that liquefied the aromas like this one. Feels nice and crisp on the tongue, along with a yeasty twang. Overall not your regular Hefe, but nice tasting beer nonetheless.


*Harvest Hefe is under the supervision of the Star-K*



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Monday, October 16, 2017

Beer Review: Saranac 1888 Octoberfest



 My next beer review is of Saranac Brewing's 1888 Octoberfest Lager, part of their German Roots Fall Pack. Saranac is owned by FX Matt Brewing, and brewed in Utica, NY. They are under the Hashgacha of the Va'ad of Detroit. The beer pours a rich red copper, with a thin off-white head. The initial aroma is that of sweet malt, with hints of burnt caramel creeping in as well. Richly roasted malt hits the tongue at first sip, followed by sweet caramel toffee, and continues down with a dough-y finish. The feel is a bit light-bodied, yet crisp and well carbonated. Overall this is an above average Octoberfest, with a beautiful color, and nice taste.



*Saranac 1888 Octoberfest is under the supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit*


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Sam Adams Harvest Hefe

Sam Adams Harvest Hefe, a stand alone seasonal available in 6-Packs is certified Kosher as is noticeable from the Star-K on the label.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Blue Moon Info


Blue Moon
For all those wondering why I don't post information the Blue Moon Variety Packs, the reason is very simple. It is that all Blue Moon Beers are certified Kosher, as is noticeable by the OU on the Label. If this were to change I will definitely keep you all posted.

Blue Moon's Website

OU's Website





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