Pinta Browar brewed a new one. Their quest to explore and bring us the whole beer world stopped this time in Rome. Born in Rome – that´s the motto of Quatro – Special Double Ale! Well, I can´t wait!
The knockout stage is here! I let some of my frieds vote and they had to choose two beers from every group which they liked to taste it the most. I made a tables then and there are the results! For Round of 16 I will use only names of states and kinds of beer so you can get a perspective what styles are interesting for tasting.
Mexico (Stout) – Chile (Oatmeal Stout)
Japan (Espresso Stout) – Italy (Saison)
Ecuador (IPA) – Bosnia & Herzegovina (Keller/Landbier)
Portugal (Pilsener) – Russia (Porter)
Brasil (Rauchbier) – Spain (Imperial IPA)
Colombia (IPA) – England (Oatmeal Stout)
France (Bierre de Garde) – Argentina (IPA)
USA (APA) – South Korea (IPA)
Suprisingly Germany, Netherlands and Belgium didn´t make it to the Round of 16. The reasons are probably that I have chosen not so attractive brands or that my voters were in mood for something more exotic and in fact they were a bit suprised that you can find some very interesting beers in South America and Asia.
It´s not a suprise that no African beer made the playoffs.
Well, let´s play a little game. World Cup 2014 starts in a few days and billions of people around the world will be watching. And many of them will enjoy a good beer and I have decided to give them tips for at least onde good or at least decent brew from every country playing there. Some will be easy, some will be pretty challenging. So there we go!
Uruguay – Davok Shannon Dunkel – Montevideo – Cerveza: Negra Estilo: Cerveza Ale Oscura con Trigo. Receta personalizada para The Shannon Irish Pub Cont.Alc: 6,0 % Apariencia: Color marrón oscuro. Espuma espesa color canela con buena retención. Aroma: Aroma intenso a maltas tostadas con muy bajo aroma a lúpulo. Notas a pan se confunden con los ésteres frutados característicos de las cervezas que utilizan levaduras para mostos elaborados con trigo. Cuerpo y Sabor: Cuerpo medio-pleno con elevada carbonatación. Es una cerveza compleja, densa y de bajo amargor. “Tap at The Shannon, Montevideo. Dark brown color, good off-white head. Aroma is coffeish, roasted malty. Medium-bodied. Toasted, coffeish and a bit sweet. Nicely balanced and the best Uru beer so far.” – Tbone
Costa Rica – Costa Rica´s Segua Red Ale – Cartago – Irish Ale – La Segua Red Ale will lure you in with its full hop nose and surprise you with it’s full body and nice caramel color. Then she will finish you off with a monstrous crisp, hoppy finish. The only beer of its kind in Costa Rica, this beer is sure to please the taste buds of the most discerning Craft Beer drinker. We challenge you to bring La Segua home and enjoy her to the bitter end! “Keg at Hotel Belmar, Monteverde. Clear amber, small head. Bready nose with roses and grapefruit. Mid dry with light-medium body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Crystal malt and toast, slight citrus hops. Mid bittet finish. Nicely balanced.” – omhper
England – Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout – Tadcaster – Originally a drink for lactating mothers, oatmeal stout was described as nutritional on early labels. Oats are in the same family as barley, and a small addition yields great flavor. Popular in the late 1800’s, the last oatmeal stout was brewed before the First World War until Samuel Smith reintroduced this style in 1980. “Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a longlasting creamy tan head. Fruity roasted malty chocolate aroma with some hints of caramel. Roasted malty chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Smooth malty chocolate finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.” – anders37
Italy – Birra del Borgo Duchessic – Borgorose – Saison – Birra del Borgo saison blended with Cantillon Lambic. “Bottle 75 cl. RBESG Rome 2010. Pours a cloudy and opaque golden with an off-white head leaving some laces. Dry lambicish nose – a little barnyard. Rather light in body, again dry lambic accents – hardly any residual sugars here. Sulphurous but not really sour though. Ends very dry. Quite interesting. 020610” – papsoe
Interesting form of promotion chose Tambor – brewery from Dvur Kralove nad Labem (near Hradec Kralove). They decided to support motorcycle rider Michal Chalupa who competes in AA CUP Adria Raceway. The photos were taken from Tambor´s Facebook page and show logo of the brewery on the bike altogether with a trophy for 3rd place. Michal Chalupa finished third in both Italian races and gained some points to the overall standings in European Championship.
The beer geeks could also noticed that this fine result was celebrated by the team with a new Tambor´s beer – J.Jakoubek. It´s Vienna lager named after a famous songs writer and it should be available by now in restaurants and pubs around Dvur Kralove nad Labem and elsewhere.