Archive | February, 2013

Alice White Lexia Moscato 2011 vintage

11 Feb

Knowing his little pumkin’ so well my father got me a bottle of Alice White Lexia Moscato wine as part of my birthday gifts, which I popped open this weekend.

(Sorry, no brewing just yet. Shooting for next weekend.)

Moscatos are sweeter than what I usually drink but every once in a while they are refreshing. I had never heard of a Lexia Moscato before. I believe Lexia is just the type of grape from eastern Australia where the wine comes from. It’s a 2011 vintage with 10% alcohol by volume. It was tolerable warm but I would suggest you refrigerate it before drinking. The bottle related the wine to a White Zinfandel which I would have to agree with. The smell had sweet notes like apricot and peach. It had weird legs that I had never seen before; they just sort of disintegrated off the glass. I was anticipating it to be super sweet because of how it smelled, but it was actually refreshing. It tasted like sparkling orange juice and had a crispness that balanced out the sweetness. For a $6 wine from ABC liquors I would say it was better than I was expecting.  

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Alice White Lexia Moscato 2011 vintage

Yuengling Factory

5 Feb

Part of my 23rd birthday gift from my father was to take me on a tour of the Yuengling brewery in Tampa. There was so much information given I wish I had brought my voice recorder to help me remember it all. I was seriously impressed. They have been family owned since 1829 making it literally America’s oldest brewery. The factory makes about a million bottles a day and they are currently expanding to double that.

The tour takes you through all aspects of the brewing process. You get to see the mash press and all the huge equipment they use to sterilize and bottle the beer with. They even take you into the lab and let you smell the different ingredients they use. I had no idea that beer tasting was more complicated than wine tasting. Apparently there are around 2,000 flavors to a beer that a taster has to be able to identify versus around 200 per wine. And I thought wine was more complicated.

At the end of the about hour long tour visitors get to taste their brews on tap. They don’t have a liquor license so they can’t sell you the beer but they can give it away for free, although they limit you to two small pours. I tried the Lord Chesterfield Ale and the Bock since I had never heard of them before. The Lord Chesterfield was too hoppy for my liking but the Bock was a darker brew that went down much smoother. 

Tours are free and they have about three a day. Check out their calendar and plan a visit so next time you grab some brews you can even further appreciate the years or expertise that went into the delicious Yuengling you’re drinking.

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Tour of the Yuengling brewery in Tampa, FLA.

Bottles for the brewing process

1 Feb

As I mentioned last week I am slowly acquiring some Grolsch to use for my home brews. Grolsch is a Dutch beer and not exactly what I enjoy but it’s tolerable. We just bought the premium lager which was surprisingly harder to find than I anticipated. I believe it’s about 5% ABV. My dad said it was pretty skunky tasting, which I would agree with.This is the next best thing to buying a capper or empty resealable bottles. It cost about $8 for a four-pack of 15.2 fl oz of beer, just under a pint. I plan on buying at least one more four-pack next week and then beginning the brewing process next Sunday. 

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Grolsch I acquired for my beer making endeavors.