Friday, September 28, 2012

The Pursuit of Hoppiness

Welcome to the first installment of Christian's "The Pursuit of Hoppiness" Blog segment! Each week, I will be featuring a new review on a craft beer that you should probably try out.

Allow me to first introduce myself; I work as the Marketing Coordinator for Katz Americas and during my time here, I have been exposed to a lot of new beers and breweries that I most likely would never have known existed. I've developed a bit of a taste (okay, more like a love) for craft beers, and have been trying new brews ever since. The goal of this segment is to hopefully provide you with some insight into new beers and get you to reach for something different the next time you're at the pub. Having said that, I'd also like to note that my thoughts are my own, and in no way do the opinions expressed in this segment reflect Katz Americas directly or the brands that I'm reviewing. Okay, lets get tasting...

This week I am reviewing Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, a classic German seasonal brewed for the famed Oktoberfest celebration in Germany. I will rate the beer by Appearance, Taste, Finish, Body, and an Overall Rating.

Appearance - Medium-dark amber with a thick creamy head, dissipating evenly over time. The beer coats the glass nicely, and as you drink you can see the lines of foam ringing the glass. The beer itself is very clear despite its darker color, and you can see the carbonation streaming upward.

Taste - The first thing I noticed about taste was the delicious malty flavor. There were notes of sweet, caramel, and a heavier tone from the the wheat aspect of the beer. There wasn't much of a hoppiness, but just enough to balance the beer.

Finish - For a darker malty amber, I was surprised by the cleanness of the finish. The sweet malt lingered a bit on my palate, but aside from that, there were no tones that had lingered.

Body - Paulaner Oktoberfest was a very full bodied beer, but was not heavy. The carbonation was at a moderate level, and I would have enjoyed it a bit more had it been a less carbonated beer, similar to a cask-style brew.

Overall Rating - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a beer to celebrate Oktoberfest with. I give Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen a rating of 8.5/10

Thanks for reading! Check back next Friday for more craft beer reviews!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Anyone in for Chili's tonight? Dining for a cause!

Do you need dinner plans for tonight?  If you have a Chili's in your area, here is great reason to stop in.   You can't make it?  tell a friend, or, as a matter of fact, tell many.  

You Dine at Chili's, We Donate.

On Monday, September 24th, Chili's will donate 100% of profits to St Jude. 

Dine with them on Donate Profits Day

and help make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer and other 

childhood diseases.

Please try to join them today.  
The chain is in their ninth year of support to St. Jude,and we love kids.

Not to mention delicious food we don't have to prepare ourselves.   Hope to see you there. 


Hey Everyone,

Welcome to the new Katz Americas Blog! Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the page, the comments section, the share buttons, and the archive of posts. We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions along the way to make this an awesome way to communicate, so let us know what comes to mind when we speak ours! We also have an infographic segment coming up, so don't miss it! Having said that, take a scroll through and check out our posts, and check back for new ones as we will be blogging about a lot of great topics, such as...

  • Awesome coasters
  • Beer
  • Events
  • Wine
  • Restaurants
  • New technology
  • Football
  • Recipes
  • Hockey
  • New animals at the zoo
  • Tide schedules and lunar phases
  • 80's Nostalgia
  • George Orwell vs. Stanley Kubrick
  • Spirits and Liquors
  • Advertising
  • The parallel universe
  • Why Jurassic Park was the greatest film ever made
  • The occasional rant...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Better...

I love the fall time, I have to say that it is honestly my favorite season. Part of the reason that I enjoy it so much is all of the wonderful craft brews that come out of the barrels and kegs to celebrate the changing of seasons. For a long time, and it continues to be so, my go-to fall beer has been Samuel Adams Octoberfest. The beer is a classic; a dark amber with a reddish hue, rich malty flavor courtesy of five different blends of malted barley, Bavarian Noble hops to balance the flavor, and a lightly sweetened finish with notes of caramel and toffee. Is your mouth watering yet?

Apparently, someone at the think tank of Red Robin decided that this delicious beer was in need of an even greater upgrade. Red Robin has introduced a fall specialty item to their menu; the Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake. Okay, now I know you're drooling... But seriously, it's blended Octoberfest beer and soft serve ice cream with vanilla extract, whipped cream, and a caramel topping. Here's where the title comes in: It doesn't get any better than this!

The Über-shake is available until November 11th or until supplies run out, so get out there and taste this incredible treat!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ale to the Chief

It was recently made public that the Obama Administration had installed a craft brewing operation in the White House. Being curious by nature, people were wondering, and even asking the president on his campaign trail, what type of brews were being made there and what ingredients were being used. After about a week of speculation, the recipes were made public.

The first beer is The White House Honey Ale; a light and crisp beer with a rich aroma and bright finish. TWH Honey Ale uses honey extracted from honeycombs right on the White House grounds, which is a cool touch to make a unique brew. Unfortunately, the official White House Honey doesn't seem to be on sale, but can be substituted if trying to make it at home. The official recipe is as follows:

The second brew is The White House Honey Porter; a darker, maltier brew that has a heavier, more robust flavor with chocolate accents and a sweeter finish. Again, the Honey Porter uses Honey from the White House South Lawn beehive and four different types of malt. The recipe is as follows;

Although we haven't actually tasted these beers yet (and I do mean yet), we're pretty sure they taste like freedom.