Is there some sort of competitive sport on television right now?
I wouldn’t know.
I’ve been too busy getting ready for the beer olympics.
I’ve been training really hard for the past three months.
Meet the competitors.
Dogfish Head: Festina Peche
Shiner: Ruby Redbird
Twin Lakes: Pale Ale
Sam Adams: Imperial White
Rogue: Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Dogfish Head: Chicory Stout
Each beer will be judged on aroma, color, flavor, body and mouthfeel.
Let the games begin.
Dogfish Head: FESTINA PECHE
Aroma: Fruity and flowery
Color: Pale yellow
Flavor: Tangy, tart, like white wine
Body & Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly
Judges notes: One judge loved its crisp and bubbly mouthfeel and thought it would be delicious mixed with fresh fruit a la sangria wine. Other judges were less impressed but drank it anyway because its beer and who turns down beer?
SHINER: RUBY REDBIRD
Aroma: Lemony, light, citrus-y, ginger-y
Color: Cloudy, pale
Flavor: Tart, ginger, citrus
Body and Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, and tingly
Judges notes: A judges favorite. Strong ginger notes with a crisp finish make this a summer drinking staple. Reminiscent of ginger ale but with a spicy adult kick.
TWIN LAKES: PALE ALE
*Disqualified for making derogatory comments about the Dogfish team and West Nile Virus.
SAM ADAMS: IMPERIAL WHITE
Aroma: Syrup-y, honey-ish
Flavor: Caramel, sweet, honey, slightly bitter after-taste
Body and Mouthfeel: Thick, coats your tongue like honey
Judges Comments: Many judges were turned off by the bitter notes at the end. One judge drank every drop of the other judges glasses and declared this one of the best of the games. This particular judge loved the thick, rich, sweet beer so much that it was automatically given an honorary gold medal.
ROGUE: HAZELNUT BROWN NECTAR
Aroma: Syrup-y, caramel
Color: Dark amber
Flavor: Sweet, syrup-y, coffee-ish, smoky
Body and Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth
Judges comments: A coffee lover’s beer. Sweet, nutty, and smooth. Would be perfect for cool Autumn evenings and seasonal apple desserts.
The Summer games require a good summer beer.
The gold medal goes to Shiner Ruby Redbird for its light, citrusy flavor and its crisp, refreshing kick of ginger.
The judges were really hungry after an afternoon of competitive beer drinking.
They refueled with fresh peach salsa served with crispy blue-corn and flax seed tortilla chips.
There’s no need for a recipe here.
Add fresh, ripe peaches to your favorite salsa recipe and serve in halves of avocado.
Add whole grain tortilla chips for a meal that will fill you up with heart healthy grains, healthy fats, and enough antioxidents to replace any nutrients lost during extreme beer drinking.
Go for the Gold.
Tasty, golden amber beer, that is.
KEEP CALM AND GET YOUR DRINK ON