A Good Beer Blog

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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Lisa Howard -

Okay. I've opened the Czech beer. It looks like a Guinness. When you pour it out there's a fair bit of froth. I was also expecting something bitter but it's not bitter. It smells malty though. In a way, it doesn't really taste like a dark beer. I like it.

Alan -

Lesson learned. A black lager is actually a smooth beer. I think that one is also low alcohol and probably low carb if you are into that kind of thing. That is because to make a beer black you have to basically burn the malt destroying much of the carbs. Guinness is a low carb brew naturally.

Lisa Howard -

The Czech beer is the one in middle called Krusovice. By the way I suspect this beer has a long and noble heritage. I think the brewery (or the beer) may have been founded in 1581/1583. Forgive me my German is not that strong and I speak no Czech at all. It won the Gold medal in Prague in 1891 (or so it says on the label)

Alan -

If you klick on the name of the beer below the picture you will see some reviews. I think you may have started with the best of the three.

Lisa Howard -

I'm pretty sure you are right.

Lisa Howard -

It says 3.8 percent alcohol.

Alan -

So for the low to moderate drinker who wants something interesting this is a pretty good brew?

Lisa Howard -

Yeah. I'd recommend it.

Lisa Howard -

I'll get back to you about the others tomorrow.

Lisa Howard -

I've opened the Dreher. I should say that because this is the best ordinary Hungarian beer I've heard of I always try to order it whenever I go to a bar (which is not often). That is, I know a wine snob who recommends Dreher. Unfortunately, I almost never get to drink it because it's never available. So I order it, and then I listen to an unintelligible (because of the music) harangue by the bartender after I try to order it and then they offer me something else. Or I look up and order the first beer I see on board other than Dreher. Anyway, for whatever reason I always end up with Stella Artois which if memory serves is much less palatable Belgian beer. So Dreher is a nice dry (a bit bitter) light (in colour) beer. First brewed in 1854. It's better than Stella Artois. Gotta go now.

Lisa Howard -

I have the flu, so I'll be going out later than I had planned. Sorry.

Alan -

Your obligations are of the lighter lifting sort around here so don't worry.

Phil -

I was pretty impressed by Dreher, I found it to be comparable to Staropramen (popular Czech beer) but smoother and more flavourful.

Yama -

A couple of friends and myself went backpacking through much of europe last summer. And we've been trying to find anywhere in the states that offers Dreher.

We went to a hungarian restaurant in budapest called Bor la Bor.
And had a great meal. They served us Dreher and it was the best beer I've ever tasted. We tasted many czech german and Belgian beers also. But this one was our favorite.

Anyone know where someone can find it in the states. Or where can we order a couple of cases?