Monday, September 19, 2011
The Uncle Bill Roach Band & The Hacks
Thursday, September 29 at 9:00pm - September 30 at 12:00am
The Amsterdam Bar
The State Fair opens on the 30th. We're going to user it in appropriately with The Uncle Bill Roach Band & The Hacks.
Rockabilly by a group of Tex-Mexicans & Bluegrass by some fine southern rednecks seems like the perfect way to welcome the Big Tex, Corn dogs, Funnel Cake season. Come on out; it'll be fun. You can enjoy the last night of free easy parking before the fair!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
From Conroe, Texas, Pine Belt Pale Ale is a deep copper colored American pale ale with a substantial malt backbone accented with British crystal malts with aggressive hop bitterness (IBU: 45) and substantial American hop flavor and aroma. The alcohol by volume ("ABV") is a comfortable 6.3%. From a review at Beer Advocate:
"This one smells of pine, fresh hops, ample orange and lemon citrus, and has a nice caramel finish. The taste is very similar, beginning with the hops, pine, and some earthen tones before a blast of citrus takes over; again, the finish is a rich, almost amplified caramel and toffee flavor. The mouth is very smooth, and finishes well; not dry or sticky, just clean."
From Salt Lake City, Utah we have Wasatch White, an easy-drinking Belgian-style White Ale with 6% ABV. Wasatch White is seasoned with orange peel and coriander. From a review at Dallas Beer Snobs:
"The beer is a fine example of a Belgian Wit beer with a golden, hazy pour with not much head to speak of. The smell is of coriander, banana, citrus and malts and the flavors follow along that same line. You will find the texture to be quite thin, but not watery, and low carbonation."
Thursday, September 15, 2011
A very important figure in the craft-brewing movement passed away back in April 2011.
Pierre Celis, the "King of Belgian White Beer", died over the weekend. He was 86.The Houston Press has the rest of the story.
In spite of several unfavorable transactions with major brewing companies, Celis is widely considered one of the forbearers of the craft-brewing movement in America. His self-named brewery operated in Austin from the mid-1990s to 2001. He was also the founder of Hoegaarden beer.
Celis was born in Hoegaarden, Belgium, and founded the beer named after his hometown in 1966. Hoegaarden had been without a witbier brewery, a specialty in the area, for 11 years. Though the wheat beer style had been a Belgian staple since the 1400s, Celis was widely considered to have reignited the declining popularity of the beer style.
You can pay tribute to Pierre Celis by coming by the Amsterdam to enjoy a delicious wheat beer--we carry several kinds.