Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tennent's and Staropramen

Tennent's Lager is Scotland's best-selling pale lager. The lager was first brewed in 1885 by Hugh Tennent and in 1893 it won the highest award at the Chicago World's Fair.
Staropramen Brewery is the second largest brewery in the Czech Republic, situated in the Smíchov district of Prague. It was founded in 1869 and the brand name Staropramen, literally meaning “old spring,” was registered in 1911.

The Tennent's Lager had great carbonation and poured with a thick rich head. The flavor was very similiar to a Pilsner. It had stong flavors of sweet malt and grains. It was a very light and refreshing beer.

Staropramen's Lager poured a deep golden color with little to no head. It smelled very skunky upon pouring it and left little lacing in the glass upon finishing. This lager was fairly bitter and had more of a dry flavor than the Tennent's.

Overall, I thought the Tennent's was a better beer. It had a very light, and had a smooth crisp taste that would be great refreshment for a hot summer BBQ.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

Belhaven is a brewery that hails from Scotland. The brewery was established around since 1719 and has been brewing ever since. The Twisted Thistle is a English style IPA that has more of a malty flavor than hops. Since this medium bodied beer was not overloaded by hops, it would be a great starter for people just getting into IPAs.
The beer was light amber in color and poured with a good amount of head. Even though this beer is called "Thistle", after flowering plants that have spikes coming from them, I found it to be less than prickly. This was a very drinkable beer, but I would have preferred it to be a little more bitter than sweet.