Praga Premium Pils

In: Reviews

26 Jan 2014

Praga Premium PilsGolden amber color. Inviting aromas toasted pretzel bread, fig jam, and herb frittata with a supple, dryish medium body and a long, refreshing finish with notes of nuts, clay, jicama, and buttered herb-pepper baguette. Very well made and thoroughly refreshing.


RATING: 90 points (Exceptional)


Produced or marketed by:

Pivovar Samson a.s.
České Budějovice
Lidická 458/51
IČO: 281 43 345
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 386 708 120


Capital Pilsner

In: Reviews

20 Jan 2014

Capital PilsnerMinutely hazy golden color. Aromas of toasted corn pepper bread, ground almond and hint of mushroom with a supple, dryish medium body and a drying grain flour, salty root vegetable, parchment, and grass accented finish.


RATING: 91/100 points (Exceptional)


Produced or marketed by:

Capital Brewery Co.
7734 Terrace Ave.
Middleton WI 53562
Tel: +1 608 836 7100
Fax: +1 608 831 9155




Elliot Ness Lager

In: Reviews

11 Jan 2014

Elliot NessDeep amber copper color. Bright aromas of orange marmalade, pepper, and honey with a rich, chewy medium-to-full body and a long, peppery beet and leafy green hop finish.


RATING: 93/100 (Exceptional)

CATEGORY: Amber Lager

Produced or marketed by:

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2516 Market St.
Cleveland OH 44113
Tel: +1 216 771 4404
Fax: +1 216 771 2799

Fordham Brewing is resetting their core lineup beginning in February of 2014.

Fordham Gypsy Lager

Three new core beers, the Rinse and Repeat series, focus on sessionability. None of the beers will clock in at higher than 5.0% ABV. The first, Gypsy Lager, is a Munich-style Helles brewed in the tradition of great German lagers. Munich and Vienna malts provide a honeyed backbone that is contrasted with the clean bitterness of Perle Hops. The result is a crisp and refreshing beer.

Fordham Copperhead Ale logoCopperhead, an American Amber Ale, will remain Fordham’s flagship beer. Caramelized malts give this beer its flavor and signature copper hue. Bravo hops attribute a slight bitterness to the finish.

Finally, and most excitingly, Route 1 Session IPA will join the year-round lineup. Noted for its hop forward flavor, low alcohol content, and pale amber color it possesses a subtle malt presence. The smoothness of this ale makes it easy to lather, rinse, and repeat as needed.

Fordham Route 1 Session IPA labelJim Lutz, President and CEO of Fordham Brewing, said, “We designed these beers to tell our story and the craft beer drinker’s journey. Gypsy Lager is approachable and represents the start of an adventure. In our story, it was our first batch of beer in the Annapolis Rams Head in 1995. For the craft beer drinker, it is the first step away from mass produced beers. Copperhead Ale is a little bit more complex and intense. For us, that relates to the years that we spent crafting beers before it was mainstream. For the craft beer drinker, it is that first taste of a beer that embraces full flavor. Finally, Route 1 is about where we and the drinker are headed. Sessionable, but with all the flavor of a traditional IPA, it is about taking on new challenges.”

Look for the new Fordham beers on retailer’s shelves during the first quarter of 2014. Gypsy Lager, Copperhead Ale, and Route 1 IPA will be available in six-packs and on draft in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager

Lost Abbey

Bristol Brewing Company announces a new beer in its Community Ales series, Give! Black Lager, a German-style schwarzbier.

Bristol Brewing CompanyIn keeping with the tradition of its Community Ales program, the brewery will donate 100 percent of the profits from the new brew to the 2013 Give! campaign and the 59 nonprofit organizations in its 2013 class. The Give! campaign is powered by the Colorado Springs Independent and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, who will come together with Bristol and its community-minded customers to celebrate the release of Give! Black Lager on Nov. 20 from 5-9pm at the brewery’s pub.

The brewery describes the beer this way: Give! Black Lager is the lightest dark beer you’ll ever love. Though cloaked in a deep reddish-brown hue, this beer’s lager roots ensure a quaff that’s clean, mild, and at 5.5 percent ABV, utterly sessionable. Munich and Carafa Dehusk malts impart a smooth breadiness and mellow roast flavor, while Czech and German hops weigh in gently for a brew you just have to sip to believe.

The release of this Community Ale will usher in a fun, new twist in beer philanthropy. Customers who buy a pint of Give! Black Lager either at Old Chicago or the Bristol Pub will be given a ballot and allowed to vote for their favorite of the 59 nonprofits in this year’s Give! Campaign. $2.00 from the sale of that customer’s pint will be donated to the non-profit he or she voted for.

“This is a great opportunity to make our Community Ales work even harder, because not just one, but 59 nonprofits will have the chance to benefit,” said Mike Bristol, owner of Bristol Brewing Co. “We especially appreciate Old Chicago coming on board to support the cause. It’s a unique beer style and a tasty beer, so we’re hoping a lot of people will help out by enjoying a pint or two.”

The beer will be available for a limited time only on draught and exclusively at the Bristol Pub and at all four Old Chicago Restaurants in Colorado Springs.


River Horse Lager

In: General

30 Oct 2013

River Horse Lager

Last week, Denver, Colorado hosted the 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), an annual, three-day beer festival and one of the most coveted beer competitions in the brewing industry.

Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the nation.

Ninkasi Pravda Bohemin PilsIn an award ceremony held on Oct. 13 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, the top three winners in the competition’s 84 beer-style categories were announced. Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi Brewing’s founding brewer and co-owner, and other Ninkasi team members excitedly accepted an award on-stage as the brewery was presented with a gold medal in the Bohemian-Style Pilsener beer-style category for its Bohemian Pilsner. In total, 53 beers from breweries across the nation competed in this category.

Released in July 2013, Ninkasi’s Bohemian Pilsner was brewed under its Rare and Delicious Series, offering limited-release beers that are creative expressions of its brewing collective. The beer itself was released specifically for the 26th Oregon Brewers Festival, and is a Ninkasi take on the traditional Bohemian-Style Pilsener. Ninkasi’s Bohemian Pilsner is a medium-bodied golden lager with spicy floral aromas from the styles signature hop, Saaz.

“Winning gold or any medal for a Bohemian-Style Pilsener is an incredible achievement for us as brewers,” explains Floyd. “This is an incredibly difficult beer to make and we love to show that we are as committed to making delicious lagers as much as we are to the hoppy beers we are associated with.”

Set to release in January 2014, Ninkasi will release its Bohemian Pilsner as the next beer in its Prismatic Lager Series. Renamed after the Czech word for truth, Pravda will be available in 12oz. bottles and on-draft January through April 2014.

“This style has been produced for centuries in Europe so we are excited to share this delicious lager with our fans as a true representation of the style,” says Floyd.


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