Posts Tagged ‘beer’

#DrinkUpLinkUp — Shiner White Wing

November 22nd, 2013 No comments

I love when I have a conversation one day, and then a couple days later that conversation’s topic jumps up again elsewhere.

Monday night, I was talking about how Shiner has been doing a yearly brew for the last several years. Specifically:

  • Shiner 96 — Märzen/Oktoberfest
  • Shiner 97 — Bohemian Black Lager
  • Shiner 98 — Bavarian Style Amber
  • Shiner 99 — Munich Style Helles Lager
  • Shiner 100 Commemorator — Starkbier
  • Shiner 101 — Czech-style Pilsner
  • Shiner 102 — American Style Double Wheat Ale
  • Shiner 103 — Wild Hare Pale Ale

I mentioned they had to be on 104, but I had no idea what it was. Then two days later it appears on my Facebook feed. Shiner White Wing. Then today, I snagged myself a six pack of it. Serious. Joy.

 Shiner White Wing

Now, anyone familiar with my beer preferences knows I call myself a “wheat beer girl,” so when I found out 104 was a Belgian-style wheat ale I might have squealed. Out loud. In fact, no might to it… I did.

That cloudy, golden color. That bright white head. I’ll take that over any other beer ANY day.

Shiner White Wing

If you’re looking for the next Blue Moon,  you’re not looking in the right place. Personally, I compare it more to the classic Hoegaarden and I can’t wait to try my next glass with a squeeze of lemon. It’s more about the wheat than it is the orange and coriander, so it ends very dry on the palette.

Shiner White Wing

Hoegaarden was my first favorite witbier, and I regret having strayed from it over the last five years. I’ve become a big fan of Shocktop, even over Blue Moon, because its much more fruity of a flavor. But when I took my first drink of Shiner’s White Wing, I was slammed back in my memory of my first favorite. I love me a fruity beer (see Abita Strawberry Harvest) but sometimes… sometimes you gotta go back to the flavors of the standards that have stood the test of time.  I’d expect nothing less from oldest independent brewery in Texas than to bring to my taste buds a classic witbier flavoring. And boy did they deliver! Love it!

Shiner White Wing


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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Red Hook Wisecracker Wit

July 26th, 2013 No comments

Wheat beer brewed with Ginger, but still digs Mary Ann.

I picked up a Red Hook Wisecracker Wit awhile back, when my husband and I did one of those, “make your own six packs” at the store. I finally got around to drinking it the other day.

 Red Hook -- Wise Cracker Wit

My favorite beer style is a wheat beer, and for a long time if it was a wheat beer I’d love it. Now, though, I’m a lot pickier about my wheat beers. I look for drink-ability first and foremost. (Duh!)  But beyond that, I want one that that stands out among the rest.

Red Hook Wisecracker Wit is high on the first, but middle of the pack with the last. This is a HIGHLY drinkable beer. I poured it into a glass, but I think it would be just as easy to drink from the bottle. (Wheat beers are meant to be enjoyed from a glass, in my opinion. Sometimes, though, that might not be an option.) I’d happily pack a six-pack for a day on a boat or for a backyard barbecue. It’s very easy to drink. Which could potentially be dangerous.

Red Hook -- Wise Cracker Wit

However, it didn’t really make me go, “WOW! This really stands out from the rest!” It just kind of runs middle of the pack of all the wheat beers I’ve had regarding uniqueness. Nothing really jumped out at me flavor-wise that made me stop and really analyze it.

Nonetheless, that’s nothing to stop me from having it again, though. I did enjoy it very much, and, like I said, it might just show up at a future barbecue in my cooler.


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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Liquor + Beer

June 20th, 2013 4 comments

Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, nothing to fear. Beer AND liquor together… yummy goodness!

Disagree with me on that? Well let me introduce you to some yummy goodness to show you what I mean.

My first beer + liquor was Mule Monday. (Also know as $#*@ Tuesday.)


What’s a mule you ask? (Besides the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.) A classic mule (Moscow Mule) is vodka, ginger beer and lime. (I like a touch a simple syrup to sweeten it just a bit.)  There are variations of it, though, that trade the vodka for bourbon, gin, Jägermeister (gross!), or Tequila. Believe it or not, my favorite is probably gin… and I’m not a gin fan.

This mixture of liquor and ginger beer is one delicious, refreshing drink that’ll sneak up on you fast as you gobble them up.

Then you have the beer margarita…

160: CoronaRita
Yeahhhh… that’s good stuff. There are many different variations on this delightful drink… but generally its a light beer (preferably a Mexican beer, of course), tequila and limeade. It’s pretty simple, really, but its a delicious take on the standard drink of a Mexican restaurant. (Oh and my husband and I like to have Margarita Monday with friends… Mondays are a good day to drink apparently.)

Now, a popular eating establishment has introduced beer can cocktails this summer. I won’t name the establishment since they aren’t paying me for the advertising… but its a color and a bird in the name.

215: Yummy drinkies

The Coors Light one actually tastes a lot like a mule, because it uses ginger vodka and lemonade. (See what they did there?) And the Blue Moon has clementine vodka, orange juice and lime juice so its actually a lot like a Blue Moon with an orange in it. Which I liked. I’ve also had Blue Moon topped with Grand Marnier. Yeah, once you do that, a plain ole orange is hard to settle for… Try a Landshark or Corona with white tequila and lime juice. Yum.

Oh there are lots of ways to mix liquor and beer into a yummy goodness drink. Boilermaker… Irish Car Bomb… etc.  But these are a few of my favorites. Especially for summer.

What are your favorites??


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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Redd’s Apple Ale

June 13th, 2013 3 comments

Tonight, after doing lawn work, my husband and I did what we are slowly turning into a tradition: grilled out. Steaks, potato salad, beans, corn on the cob and a mix-your-own six pack.

One of my beer choices was Redd’s Apple Ale.

 Redd's Apple Ale

After I popped the bottle open and took a drink, my exact quote was, “Oh my hell that’s good.” I didn’t care that it is 5% ABV, I practically chugged it down it was so yummy. (I had to stop myself to take the above photo.)

Described on their Facebook page as, “Crisp like an apple, but brewed like an ale, Redd’s® Apple Ale is an apple flavored golden ale with low malt and bitterness cues. With a crisp clean finish that allows the natural apple flavor to come through, this ale is for those times when you are looking to branch out and try something different.”

Frankly, it drinks like really good apple cider. Red delicious apple, to be honest. There’s no bitterness to it whatsoever. No tart taste of many of the popular ciders today. It’s just… smooth. Sweet. Yummy goodness.  Absolutely perfect after a day of lawn work. I was sad I only had one to drink! But it was probably for the best… I’d have easily downed a six pack. So. Very. Yum.



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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Yazoo Rye Saison

June 6th, 2013 No comments

In keeping with the CMA Fest theme this week, I thought I’d feature a brew straight from Music City.

Nashville has several local breweries, but the best known one is probably Yazoo Brewery. They make a wide range of beers, many of which have as many fans as many of the country artists that fans are here to see this week.

I just the other day discovered a new favorite Yazoo brew:

 205: Yazoo Saison

Last week, my husband and I ended up at the Flying Saucer, where they had certain beers available that they were donating all sales to Oklahoma tornado relief. Yazoo Rye Saison was one of those beers.

I had never tried it, so I ordered one both out of curiosity as well as for a good cause. I knew nothing of what a “rye saison” was… but I discovered a beer I REALLY liked. (Enough to buy some a few days later when we grilled out at our house!)

The Yazoo Rye Saison is their spring seasonal, which features “Belgian saison yeast, to be pitched into a sweet concoction of pale, vienna, wheat, and rye malts. There, it will ferment at unbelieveably high temperatures (95 F instead of our usual 68 F) until the beer is infused with peppery aromas and a wonderful juicy-fruit tartness.” source

It has SO much going on as you drink it, and yet its definitely a beer for days that are getting warmer. Fruity, peppery, smooth… I thoroughly enjoyed it for our backyard barbecue. Yummy goodness indeed.



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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Killian’s Irish Stout

May 30th, 2013 No comments

Tonight, my husband and I grabbed dinner at our favorite Irish Pub. Our waiter/bartender told us they were trying a new Irish Stout and wondered if we’d like to try it. Sure! We’re adventurous!


My husband is the dark-beer drinker, but I occasionally love a stout for something different.

It poured a rich, dark chocolate color — you couldn’t see through it. There wasn’t the strong hop smell I am used to with beer, so I wasn’t exactly prepared for what I’d taste.

What hit me was a smooth coffee flavor, ending with a slight chocolate finish. I really liked it! My husband said it matched perfectly with his bangers and mash, but to me it would be a great dessert beer. Either way, we were definitely fans!

Next time you order a Killian’s, see if they have the Irish Stout. I think you’ll be surprised by how good it is.


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