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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

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Tröegs Brewing Company: DreamWeaver Wheat Ale

Despite not pouring this beer correctly (yes, there is a correct way to pour different styles of beer) tonight’s selection from Tröegs was pretty darn good. I’m becoming quite impressed with this brewery. I hope they distribute in Chicago.

Ignore the lack of head on this pour. I said I didn't do it right.

The DreamWeaver Wheat Ale is an unfiltered wheat beer that reminded me a little of a Hefeweizen, which would not normally be a good thing, but it turned out alright! The first thing I noticed was how much it smelled like a wheat beer. I also got a hint of spice and fruit in the scent. Then came the taste: more spice, more fruit, more wheat. The fruit is a new one for my beer palate: banana. Thankfully it’s only hints of it, otherwise I’m not sure how I would feel.

One thing I will definitely say about this beer: it’s thirst-quenching. It isn’t too bitter or too dry, and it’s quite light. It would be an excellent “relaxing at the end of the day” kind of beer.

Try this if you like: Hefeweizens, Blue Moon, or other wheat beers (see my review on Indian River Light)

Tröegs Brewing Company: Sunshine Pils

Three posts in a row! Today for your reading and drinking pleasure we’ve got Sunshine Pils, a summer seasonal from the Tröegs Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA.  As you might have gathered from the name, Sunshine Pils is a European Pilsner–with a bit of a hoppy kick!

Sunshine Pils is a lovely golden color with a decent head (if you pour it properly.) It has a slight citrus aroma, and a slightly less citrus taste. You can definitely taste the hops in this one, but the bitterness isn’t overpowering. Sunshine Pils is crisp and refreshing, a good summer beer, but one you should probably have with food–especially if you’re not the biggest fan of hops. Because it’s a lighter beer, it is easier to drink…but you’ll probably be thirstier afterwards.

Try this if you like: other pilsners, IPAs

Ithaca Beer Company: Partly Sunny

Well, it’s been more than partly sunny here in Syracuse and I’ve been enjoying the wonderful weather. To celebrate, I cracked open a summery beer from the Ithaca Beer Company. (Yes, we’re back to NY beers…)

Partly Sunny is a classic Belgian Witbier brewed with coriander and other spices, as well as hints of orange.

Sorry there’s no pint glass picture…I was drinking this on my balcony and I really just wanted it right out of the bottle. The beer is a lovely cloudy straw color (as is typical of Belgian Witbiers.) The aroma of the beer is mild wheat with spices, and the taste is just the same. Honestly, this is basically a slightly better version of a Blue Moon. It was good but not too exciting or different. This is a “hanging out with your friends, grilling burgers” kind of beer.

Partly Sunny is a perfect sunny-day beer: light, refreshing, and just enough interesting flavor to keep you wanting to drink it.

Try this if you like: Blue Moon, Heartland Indian River Light