Episode #226: Haandbryggeriet Bestefar

Rolling into the colder months of the year, Dan felt it was time to sample the Haandbryggeriet Bestefar Winter Ale to warm up a little this season.

Haandbryggeriet Bestefar Winter Ale

Haandbryggeriet Bestefar is a winter ale weighing in at 9% ABV imported from Norway by Shelton Brothers. “Bestefar” is the Norwegian word for “father”, or as in this case refers to “Nisefar” aka Father Christmas. “It might just be the Best By Far.” LOL.

Appearance

Extremely dark brown in color with little to no light coming through with small bubbles.

Aroma

A bit of spice cake mixed with dark fruit, molasses, dates, burnt brown sugar and rum-like notes.

Taste

A little bit of funk, but the ale is an imaginary blend of Belgian styles like a dubbel or a quad.

Mouthfeel

A little lighter on the mouthfeel than expected, but the tight carbonation really rounds out the flavor.

Overall

Dessert-friendly (Cheesecake and Black Forest Cake come to mind), but well-marinated or spiced meats and strongly-flavored cheeses might work. As the ale warms up, the complexity and the different spice notes change or become stronger. If you run across this, I would recommend it to help expand your palate vis a vis a different approach to the winter ale style.

Cheers and remember:

Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.

All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.
Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking Fools
Outtro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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Life On Tap Episode #226: Haandbryggeriet Bestefar

Life On Tap Episode #225: Oatsmobile Ale

Episode #225: Oatsmobile Ale

Dan needed a break from cleaning the Life On Tap Compound, so he reached for Bell’s Brewery Oatsmobile Ale, a session pale brewed with oats.

Bell’s Brewery Oatsmobile Ale

Bell’s year-round Session Pale Ale, brewed with the signature ingredient (Oats), “uses a blend of classic and modern Pacific Northwest hops, including Mosaic, Equinox and Glacier”.  Oatsmobile Ale is available in 6-packs and on draft, weighs in at 4.3% ABV and whopping 60 IBUs (high for a session beer).

Also, if you’re in NYC over Christmas and want to do a little drinking on Boxing Day (aka the 26th), join Dan and Dad On Tap and more of the crew for the Boxing Day Pub Crawl! Contact Dan for details.

Appearance

Orange/golden orange in color, with a frothy, beautiful head and soft lacing on the glass.

Aroma

Sweet, almost orange blossom honey-like note blended with the oats and reaminder of the grain bill.

Taste

While the mouthfeel really shines, there is a tremendous amount of malt flavor with the hops coming in towards the end and on the finish.

Mouthfeel

Really big body for a session ale, compelte with coating of the tongue. Luxurious for a sub-5% beer.

Overall

Oatsmobile Ale is a killer session pale ale, period. It is very food-friendly and could definitely be drank all day. I would say it’s a good way to get your oats in…or you could say make your oats mobile LOL. If Bell’s is in your market, definitely try one for a session beer off the beaten path.
Cheers and remember:

Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.

All music on this show came to us from the now defunct Music Alley.
Intro: “Meet Me At The Bar” by The Beer Drinking Fools
Outtro: “Bubblegum and Beer” by The Supersuckers

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31 Days of December Beer Advent Calendar

 

If you haven’t checked out this year’s 31 Days of December Beer Advent Calendar from @2BeerGuys, you’re missing out.

Here’s my latest submission to their annual curation. You can also check out my previous thoughts on my featured beer in Episode #107: From Kalamazoo to Timbuktu.

Thanks again to the Jansens for inviting me again this year to write for the 31 Days of December Beer Advent Calendar.

Also a huge congratulations to their family on the new addition!

 

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - 31 Days of December Beer Advent Calendar