Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Session, and the Junkies

Tonight's beer: Session Lager - Full Sail Brewing Company. A session lager is defined, according to the Beer Advocate website, as "Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV, featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish - a combination of which creates a beer with high drinkability."

Full Sail's Session Lager is aptly named: It's easy summertime drinking, not overbearing alcohol-wise, but full of flavor. It's a great beer for a night under the stars...lit up by the gentle glow of the fire-pit or the bbq grill....

Song of the night: Cowboys Junkies - Angel Mine

A great song from the "Lay It Down" album. Simple and sweet, a perfect pairing with tonight's beer. Enjoy!

Angel Mine - Cowboy Junkies

Monday, August 3, 2009

Tonight's goodies

Beer of the night: Agave Wheat by Breckenridge Brewing Company out of (you guessed it) Breckenridge, Colorado.

I usually don't pursue wheats - I'm not a fan of the cloves and bananas flavor of many of them. But I was sitting in Old Chicago...trying to decide what to have. I'm in the part of the World Beer Tour where I've had most of the ones I know I like. So it's not so much "what do I want" as "what do I need" to drink. Agave Wheat was my local OC's rotator...so I gave it a shot.

And it was a pleasant surprise. It's a filtered wheat, so the fruity flavor is mostly absent. And this one is brewed with agave nectar; it's not noticeable until the finish, where it provides a nice smoothness and an oh-so-subtle hint of sweetness. Nice.

A fantastic summer beer. If you have Breckenridge beers in your area, find this one and enjoy.

Song of the night: Jet Black Sunrise by the Gin Blossoms.

Jet Black Sunrise - Gin Blossoms

The Gin Blossoms reformed a few years ago and put out a new album, "Major Lodge Victory." The album was barely promoted, and disappeared from view with little or no fanfare. Unfortunate, since this was the most cohesive collection of songs by the band since their break-through, "New Miserable Experience." This is just one of many fine tracks from that album. Enjoy!