Showing posts with label Schwarzbier. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Schwarzbier. Show all posts

January 28, 2013

How to Present an Incredible Beer and Cheese Tasting

This weekend's "No Whey Friday" beer and cheese tasting event absolutely lived up to expectations.

Beehive Barely Buzzed cheese
Michael Landis, of Atlanta Foods International, made an intoxicating presentation that stunned the 50 or so people in the meeting room at the Four Points Sheraton. As a Certified Cheese Professional, lead trainer for the Institut du Fromage, and international cheese judge, Michael brought expertise that made the event as educational as it was delicious. It was essentially a master class on how to conduct an amazing beer and cheese tasting.

March 6, 2012

Panama Brews Part 2: The Imports (or Are They?)

Panama City, located on the Southern access of the Panama Canal, is considered by many to be the economic hub of Latin America. Each year, roughly 14,000 ships pass through the Canal, which in 2011 generated some $1.7 billion in revenue for this developing country. These numbers will surely increase with the ongoing Canal Expansion Project. Not surprisingly, economic activity like this attracts international attention -- which translates directly to the selection on the beer aisle.

January 19, 2012

Brazil: Xingu Black Beer

Alright, so I don't usually review imported beers, but I'm making an exception with Xingu for two reasons: a) I really like black beer (aka schwarzbier, a dark lager style originating in Germany), and b) something about the six-pack caught my eye.  Yes, it's a cool-looking black package with an alligator and snakes in the logo, but in the top right corner there's a stamp for Y Ikatu Xingu, an organization aimed at protecting the Xingu River in the Amazon rainforest.  Now that's pretty awesome.  I'm a big fan of companies that make supporting social causes part of their business plans.  If you want to read a great book about companies that try to make the world a better place, check out Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World, by Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm.

Now back to the beer...

Yup, that's a Sierra Nevada glass
Appearance - Xingu pours a nearly opaque brown into my pint glass, with red tints.  A moderate, light brown head fades pretty quickly.

Smell - Very clean aroma.  The most noticeable characteristic is sweet malt.  There's essentially no hop or yeast aromas, which is appropriate for the style.

Taste - Immediate caramel sweetness on the tongue.  A hint of chocolate with a lingering bitterness.  Hop bitterness is a little hard to find.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, crisp with prickly carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good representation of the style.  Not quite K√∂stritzer, the original schwarzbier, but I'd give Xingu maybe 4 out 5 stars.  This would be a great intro to dark beers for someone that's not quite into stouts yet.

Stay tuned for some cooking with beer!