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The Great Beer Quest Diaries
The Great Beer Quest Diaries

Drinking through Michael Jackson's Great Beer Guide, from A to Z, Since 2000. Sometimes barman, all the time connoisseur. 💯 Original. 🗽NYC In Oslo🇳🇴

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NorthBrewing

#northbrewing #seasons #reverse #best #bitter - This place is a pub nook for bitter ale fandom, so let me give tons of props to this anachronistic approach - North Brewing is a #yorkshire outfit known for its modern range of IPA and other great styles to suit today's marketplace - but here they opt for an old school, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", 4.3% classic English bitter based on East Kent Goldings with Bullion and Cascade #hops. The result is this radiant technicolor caramel amber and a satisfying bitter with a resonant tang, and from a can, no less. If I'm going to slavishly fawn over 300 year old ales, gotta give credit where credit is due if a new brew is gonna help keep the dream alive👏👏👏, I still await the true modern bitter renaissance, but we are still alive and kicking. #thegreatbeerquest #england #yorkshirebeer #bitterale #realale #ale #britishbeer #beerlife #BeerLove #beerme #beersofinstagram #instabeer #beerblog

Flensburger

#flensburger #Frühlingsbock - I have ranted and raved on here about my somewhat cock-eyed allegiance to the funky pilsner craft of Northern #germany, and it doesn't get much more north than this. #flensburg is the northernmost proper city in Germany, literally a brisk fitness walk away from the Danish border, and a seafaring town of legend - after Kiel, a major #Baltic access sea port, and Lübeck, the historic #hansa city, it is the third largest city in Schleswig-Holstein (keep that in your memory bank for trivia night down the pub). Unsurprisingly, Flensburger #brauerei Emil Petersen ( a very Danish name) is notable for snappy, mouthy, and dynamically funky beers on the light #lager end of the range, including a smashing #pilsener, a Doc Marten to the balls #export strength #dortmunder called "Gold" and a Helles - super duper, all. This Lent beer is no different, just a greasy light bock with North German funky styling, lots of grainy and sharp flavors and a verrrry creamy head, a delight - all presented in their inimitable swing top, just a top class job here. The world has so much great 🍺, and that's that. #Germanbeer #bier #thegreatbeerquest #lentbeer #maibock #Bock #BeerLove #beerblog #beerme #instabeer #beersofinstagram #beerstagram

DenGlazenToren

#DenGlazenToren #saison d'Erpe-mere #lentebier #2021- I already wrote a lot right there, so I'll keep this brief: Bier de Mars, March bottled #beer, beer for drinking at the end of Lent, whatever you please. This is a workingman's beer blog, so while I'm in my depth, I don't want play a fool and over-do it, at base this is a bottle fermented #farmhouse Saison with late hopping of flowers from the local region called #Aalsterse. It has a power to it that signifies extra care and super crafting. It is a good size and strength for sharing, and worth it. A good beer for all types of spring and summer weather - and of course a classy archaic #belgian style paper wrap, the full compliment.🍻🇧🇪 #farmhousebeer #bierdemars #lentbeer #springbeer #belgianbeer #biere #cerveza #øl #beerlife #beerblog

 
Weltenburger

#weltenburger #Kloster #Dunkles #radler - Worth noting, something completely different here. German radler culture, I would venture to proclaim, more than 9 times out of 10 bases it's enjoyment in mixing fresh and frisky helles and pils with sweetened #lemonade to give you a smooth, low gravity (this one 2.3%) send off into summertime lala land. Weltenburger Kloster however, the venerable *over 1000 year old* Bavarian grog factory, makes beers, among them Asam Bock and Barock Dunkel, that are by the textbook some of the best and most classic beers in the world, but so gritty, deep, malty and stark that you need a machete and an hour to hack anything more than nostalgic enjoyment from the endeavor of drinking them. So here we come to #DunklesRadler -- half #barock #Dunkel, the primordial Munich Dark, a real tire iron to the face, and half lemonade 🙀. Never seen anything like it before-- honestly it would never occur to me someone would try it on a commercial level, but someone must be buying it because it's made it's way this far. In a word, this was a raunchy #booze. #sweet over bitter, but not bittersweet, more like putting perfume on after playing a game of rugby in the heat and humidity. It was easy enough at 2.3%, as I mentioned, but I struggle to see who other than... maybe other cloistered monks at other monasteries would appreciate this type of yin/yang concoction enough to keep in viable in the marketplace 🤔. Some things, of course, are not for me to know! It was interesting and worth the try. #thegreatbeerquest #german #Germanbeer #bier #Radlers #Darkbeer #bavarianbeer #Bavaria #beerblog #BeerLove #beer #instabeer

Ohara's

#ohara's #irish #red - I've taken a quick break but wanted to write about this beer I've had recently -- A few months ago I had a classic beer out of Calgary🍁 called Big Rock McNallys Extra Ale, a deep brown crisp and extra malty brew, a companion to a self described "traditional ale" in their classic suite, which was certainly one of the best beers I've ever had, and I've been on a search for a similar beer to be had locally ever since. I love traditional ales, it would come as no surprise to you, kind reader. Enter O'Hara's Red, another #irish style traditional ale, much more on the register of a dynamic big flavored roasted malt merchant brown ale than a smooth #red or #amber, and it's perfect. This is a beer for all seasons, and I plan to take that to the bank, slainté🍻. #Darkbeer #redale #traditionalale #malt #irishbeer #irishale #beerstagram #instabeer #beersofinstagram #BeerLove #thegreatbeerquest #beer #ale #brewery #maltbomb #craftbeer #craft #brew

I encountered an orphan bottle of the 2013

I encountered an orphan bottle of the 2013 #boon #kriek blend at a friendly neighbor's house, which they felt like cracking open (it was received as a gift 5 years ago, and "inadvertently" cellared). This classic is a blend of old and young lambic #beer flavored with macerated black cherries at 6 months. The usual flavor, when consumed at the peak of it's powers, is a stark sweet and sour, a traditional #belgian Kriek, which is a dynamic style. Anecdotally, but a generally accepted notion, is that fruit based beer should not, or at the very least, doesn't need to be, aged more than 2 to 3 years, tops, so I was interested in seeing, as an experiment, what this extra time had done to this natural corked vintage. Sufficed to say, the cellaring, one way or another, incapacitated the beer. It wasn't dead, but it was almost inert, sweet cherry, mellow and settled, limited carbonation and absence of sour tartness. It was a nice beer to sip on to ring in the nice weather, but that's about it - Drink this beer within 3 years -- I am thinking there is something to that! #thegreatbeerquest #lambic #bier #biere #cork #beerbottle #cherrybeer #pivo #øl #cerveza #beerme #beerblog #beerlover #beertography #beertime

NewBelgium

#newbelgium #cherry #beers - One of the "What else can I do?" beers of #thegreatbeerquest - New Belgium, famous for their market staple Fat Tire #bottles and the Voodoo Ranger line, made a dry fruit beer called Old Cherry #ale up until 2008, according to my crackpot research, and it was discontinued, before I could get my hands on one🤷‍♂️, in favor of more progressive styles and not directly replaced. The erstwhile Old Ale was a #belgian style #fruit augmented beer and not akin to a #lambic as you'd find throughout Belgium proper, but nevertheless, New Belgium partnered in the last few years with Belgian specialty #brewer #OudBiersel to make a cherry lambic style called #transatlantique #Kriek. Very deep and rich with a poppy #tartness. It's certainly not worthy of being ticked off as a bottle found along the trail of the quest, but because I've looked at the list thousands of times over the years, my brain identifies the names and styles passively at this point and so this beer blinked red to me like the Terminator's mechanical eye as it crossed the shelf, and having it will be the closest I will get to a general New Belgium Cherry beer close enough to be ajudged a kissing cousin to the beer list tick, short of them bringing the Old Ale back. What else can I do? Not much! #fruitbeer #cherrybeer #cherries #BeerList #beerquest #beerlog #BeerLove #beerhunter #beerblog #beerproject #beer #beers #oldbeer

 
Harviestoun

#Harviestoun #oladubh #18 #special #reserve - It's pure coincidence that the 500th post of this here #beer #blog coincides exactly with the one year anniversary of my first post here - a happy happenstance - I began this effort at the suggestion of my old confidant @fourdigitcharmer to bring my generation of toil to fulfill the prophecy of #thegreatbeerquest out of the shadows, and in the effort I've interacted and learned a lot about beers, brewers and pubs from #beerinstagram in a way that has enriched me in unexpected ways, as well as becoming a bit of a showcase for the "old money" beer styles and names that I have enduring affection for. It's been my projection out to the world, so thanks for following. I thought it was appropriate then to share a beer that has recently become available here in 🇳🇴, but also has a generation of aging behind it's crafting, the 18 year Ola Dubh soaked in the #highland #park Oak - pretty much the perfect allegory. I've reviewed the 12 year Ola Dubh here and it wouldn't surprise most that the 18 year is a ton more mellow in it's #SCOTCH tasting impact than the 12, at 8% a really nice sipping beer, but doesn't have the whiskey nose qualities of the other and depending on what you fancy, that's just fine. Enjoyed here on the first anniversary of this project🍺🍻🍻🍻🤙👌 #britishbeer #Darkbeer #whiskyaged #barrellaged #scottishbeer #scottish #scotland #beerproject #bottle #black #blackbeer #beerpic #beerme #BeerLove #beerlife

Franziskaner

#franziskaner #Dunkel #hefe #weissbier - At some point over the years the branding on this bottle has been updated from hefe-weissbier to "Premium Weissbier" a branding decision that has the year 2004 written all over it, to my mind😆. When I first began drinking it in Germany in the early 2000's, it was always delivered "vom fass", so we may never know what went down in the marketing department and when. 🤷‍♂️ A murky dark wheat, it's among, if not the, best in this class among the very widely distributed #dunkleweiss labels - an ABInbev property in stable with Spaten it can be found all over the place, and the current beer has tremendous fidelity to the picture taken of it in the late 90s (never really a given.) I have worked recently in bars that carried this bottle, so had regular access, but I post this picture of one I had on my honeymoon atop the #kitzsteinhorn glacier above #zellamsee #Kaprun in the Austrian #alps🇦🇹 because of the, always appreciated, bottle to glass matching.👌🍻 #thegreatbeerquest #germanbeers #german #Bavaria #munich #wheatbeer #bier #Dunkles #instabeer #beerstagram #bierfotografie #deutschesbier #beersoftheworld

Japanese Dark Rarities - A venue post of

Japanese Dark Rarities - A venue post of #thegreatbeerquest #thisweek in #2005. It was the memorable date 05/05/05, I achieved two "one and done" ticks, #Asahi #stout and #sapporo #black Beer at #asakusa. The #asakusa fan post. On the top of Eversholt street up from Euston, for those who know #london, right at the Mornington Crescent and situated caddy corner to the Camden Palace/KOKO theater and the much reviled Purple Turtle on Crowndale Road, now gone, sat/sits this basement level eaters and drinkers paradise. The type of place that would serve you saki poured properly in a small wooden box, and roasted pork belly that would melt instantly in your mouth, pound for pound, the best everyman's #japanese place in London, I can speak for the days of yesteryear when I lived off of Camden High Street '04-'06, although the place is still there today. To host these very rare Japanese dark exports on the same menu at the same time was a super rarity. I have not seen either beer again in the wild in the 16 years since. The quest is part of a greater delicacy sometimes, luckily. #stouts #Darkbeer #japanesebeer #beerblog #beermemories #beerstory #beerproject #beerbook #beer #bier #øl #biere #beerstagram

Helles

#helles #Schlenkerla #lagerbier - A beer in a class all it's own. A beautiful helles #landbier bedecked in a manageable and even shroud of smoke. Ooh man. My taste buds want to break new ground and wax poetic about this specimen, but really, what more can I say, it's all about that #smoke , and it's sunny outside and we all have better things to do! Stupendous #beer , if you have the pleasure. #greatbeer #smokedbeer #Germanbeer #thegreatbeerquest #lagers #german #HellesYeah #Germanbeer #bier #bierblog #bierme #beerme #beerblog #beergeek #beerporn #beercan #lightbeer #LightLager

 
Macardles

#Macardles #traditional #ale - #thisweek in #2019 I literally hunted down a Macardles in #dublin; I consider it one of the great conquests of #TheGreatBeerQuest. An original #brewing neighbor of #harp in the northern reaches of the Irish Republic in #dundalk from 1863 until 2001, and a property of #guinness since the 50s, this beer has a total of 940 total untappd ticks over a lifetime - yes, a Guinness property, the people who make and distribute worldwide both Kilkenny and Smithwicks, the prevailing Irish reds in the marketplace. So the word with this beer is certainly "traditional" - it seems like it's only being brewed for tradition's sake. In fact there were only 2 places confirmed in all of Dublin to have it, and they were both what are termed "Heritage" pubs. I snuck away from a stag-do for an hour and ran the 10 blocks to #JohnKehoe , one of the great bars I've ever been to in my life - if they are supposed to promote classic Irish #pub culture, they do the job. They had exactly 3 bottles. The burly barman told me that the popularity of the stuff is on the serious wane and the only people who drink it are very old men and in small glasses - my sort of people. I had two of the 3 bottles, and then the perfect Guinness, as you do. Guinness are so dominant in the Irish commercial space with their brand range of Harp to the various Guinness darks to Rockshore lager and cider and everything in between, that even with tastes changing it's hard to believe that, with their operating capital and popularity, they will be forced out of anything they don't want to be in, but if they do cut weight, it wouldn't be a surprise if Macardles was first to go, kind of a beer without much cut and thrust in the year 2021. A nice old school beer, and sometimes tradition is reason enough. #TheGreatBeerGuide #irish #irishale #irishbeer #irishred #irishredale #redale #beer #beerblog #beermemories #beerstories #ireland #beerrun #beerstagram #beerhunt #beerhunter

Mørkgonga

#Mørkgonga #brown #ale -Local beers in their local places. Mørkgonga is a #volcanic plate fissure in the #mountains about 45 minutes north of Oslo city in #Norway. Sort of like famous chimney rock, the surrounding sandstone was eroded and left this interesting landform high above the inland fjord below. They named a grizzled, rugged northern English type Brown ale after it - weather resistant, feels just about right. #thegreatbeerquest #brownale #Darkbeer #norwegianbeer #noisom #norwegiannature #nano #mountains #nature #hiking #BeerLove #beerblog #beer #thebeermatesnetwork

Bischofshof

#bischofshof #radler #Quitte #Naturtrüb - This won't spontaneously turn into a radler blog, but in fairness, one good radler deserved another, at least more interesting, bottle in the genre that I was able to acquire, straight from the brewery floor in Regensburg. This is a quince flavored lemonade radler. I won't front and say I have preexisting purchase on what a quince tastes like in it's cultivated and processed form, a rustic and tough one-off fruit, but the upshot is that the addition brought out burnt orange hues that aren't present normally in the bottles you get from Germany in the standard style. It was a nice beer-ish drink, and worthwhile to try, the only quince radler in the commercial market, as far as I can tell. #thegreatbeerquest #Germanbeer #germany #bier #biere #øl #radler #lemonbeer #beerblog #summerbeer #BeerLove #beerpic #beerme #quince

 
StGeorgen

#stgeorgen #Bräu #Naturtrüb #radler - The market and economy of the radler is a mystery to me - I have this idea of #brewmasters Germany over taking excess brew and commanding their ubiquitous apprentices to fire some #lemonade into the pot to harvest, although I'm *generally* certain it doesn't go down like that. Nevertheless, I have a radler from time to time - it's a beer drink, or beer adjacent at worst, for the purposes of this blog.. good enough. St. Georgen of #buttenheim make solid #weissbier, to say nothing of their industry standard kellerbier, which is a true world class nectar of the gods, but not germane to this particular conversation😁. I write about this radler because, sold in the half liter bottle, clocking in at an airy 2.3% and built like a proper Weissbier enough to look the part in a distinguished glass, I have to say that this is, most likely, the best #lemon 🍋 radler 🍺, top to bottom, I have ever had. Sweet, well balanced, a good weight for the compromise of the juice. Beautiful from the #pour to #bottle #Art, I'm stoked someone thought to bring it here! A very nice drinking experience, and very much not an afterthought. #thegreatbeerquest #Germanbeer #germany #bier #biere #øl #radler #lemonbeer #beerblog #summerbeer #BeerLove #beerpic #beerme #backyard

Paulaner

#paulaner #original #munich - #Münchner Hell, Münchner #urtyp, Münchner Lager, Original Munich - turns out, all the same beer, depending on where and when you had it! So, a #Repost from the fall when I came into possession of this #golden idol. I'll just repost the review in full below, but I'd note that I did call this probably the best light lager available this side of the #german border. I think that means I'm getting the palate of MJ, which I like to think is the eye of DiMaggio, but for #beer😁. Interesting notes from the book are that back in the 90s Paulaner had a long reputation as a lager #brewery, which has since been eclipsed by their ubiquitous wheat beer - did not know that! This helles was the original #style #tastemaker from the 1920s, a real OG - they lowered the volume on this from 5.5% to 4.9% at some point in the last generation, but the marquis still stands firm, perhaps the worlds most sturdy lager - perhaps. I had this one for the first time at Paulaner Dresden just recently... July 2003😂. This blog at it's heart is recounting the journey of tasting this book of beers, and I think I'm entitled to a whiff once in a while😊✊. Chin chin🍻. ******** Unexpectedly, probably the best merch light lager you get in a can this side of the German/Danish border. Emphasis on can. The #beer, an ostensible German helles standard #flagship, travels really, really well in that aluminum tube. Sweet, smooth, a little greasy, but immersed with an essence of biscuits. It's Bavarian to the core, no hint of northern funk, and a soft touch. The head was fluffy and light sitting on top of a trophy🏆 gold, turning to a dense cream after settling out. I got this one in from Sweden, so only had one -- wish I had more, it kills anything you can get up here in it's class. #thegreatbeerquest #lagers #german #HellesYeah #Germanbeer #bier #bierblog #bierme #beerme #beerblog #beergeek #beerporn #beercan #lightbeer #LightLager #beerhunter

Freedom

#Freedom #pilsener - Another mysterious one-word beer ✔️ without review; a derelict venue post from #thegreatbeerquest diaries of yesteryear: Bünker. From 2003-2009 (I believe) there was a #german #sausage palace in a downstairs #microbrewery space on Earlham street in Covent Garden #london called #Bünker that I would go to every now and then. A grand old classic concept, and a great spot - I had a Freedom Pilsener here in 2005. It wasn't until much later that I learned that, up until just a year earlier, the space was in fact the Freedom #brewery itself (from 99-03) a temporary weigh station on their way from Fulham to bigger and better things, and that the German #gastro #bar and micro was owned, at least early on, by the founder of Freedom Brewery outright, before selling off. That's why it's beer retained tap space. It all fit. Freedom had moved to greener pastures - they left the city and were able to commit to their clean and sustainable brewing philosophy in a big way. Freedom brewery still exists today in Staffordshire. Michael Jackson gives them a lot of credit for being creative with the Pilsener, and since it supported a sausage menu for a few years, I don't doubt it one bit, however I have no notes, and need to try it again. The space flipped to a British style corporate Italian (think Jamie Oliver but even worse), and then a theater and a sushi joint - but did it ever reach the heights of Freedom or Bünker. Doubt it. Along with the long lost HMV, that stretch of CG isn't what it used to be. If anyone remembers Bünker, leave it some love 🍺🌭😘. #beermemories #beerdiary #BeerList #beerhunting #beerstory #beerstories #beerstgram #britishbeer #englishbeer #og #brewing

Spaten

#spaten #Münchner #hell - The classic #munich #helles lager- Smooth, light and confidently robust, this undated #thegreatbeerquest diary tick dates back to 2005 at the Spatenhaus on Marienplatz in the heart of the #Bavarian capital. We spent the day popping into the various flagship beerhalls, all in proximity to each other, enjoying some sausages and pretzels served with beautiful strong and sweet mustard - Spaten, specifically, boasted an ornery waiter who looked like a German Mr. Belvedere (2nd pic). The pictured bottle was unearthed in Dublin🇮🇪, of all places in 2019 (ya know, just got accuracy's sake.). What remains of the 2005 event though is a few snaps, including this one at the beerhall door, low res, taken with a digital camera, which has been living in a 15 year old memory card. I also inscribed "OPTIMATOR" on the page because at the time I consumed a whole lot of that gargantuan bock, which stands among the giants of the class, and I could write ALL about it, but not here today! My message to beer fans out there is make it to Munich when you're able to, and not necessarily during Oktoberfest, it is open year round, and a pilgrimage of course, well worth it. #TheGreatBeerGuide #Germanbeer #bier #deutschland #lager #biere #beer #beerblog #beerme #beerdiary #BeerList #beeroftheday #beerstagram #beergeek #beerculture #beerbeerbeer

 
Glazen

#glazen #Toren #jan #de #Lichte - Thought I'd take a minute to shout out this really great #belgian brew. I'd never seen a #dubbel #witbier before so figured I'd give it a try as the weather is getting a little more palatable. Spicy, and bright, light in color and taste, but had a surprising density and disguised sweetness with a hard shell. I don't know how wide this is circulating, but it's a must try if anyone sees it in the wind👌. #Belgium #thegreatbeerquest #witbeer #beerblog #beerreview #BeerLove #wheatbeer #whitebeer #bier #biere #øl #pivo #cerveza #deglazentoren

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