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NwB: K’s Choice “Cider”

by on Dec.20, 2007, under Nerds With Beer, Reviews

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Written by Andrew, syndicated Nerds With Beer Writer

As happens in everyone’s life, a party invite showed up in my inbox a few days before the party. Normally, such things are no great concern. This invitation, however, was for a friend’s house warming party. Considering the group that would be there, alcohol selection had to be constrained. It was a house warming, not a moving out party. I stopped on my way home to grab a Strongbow Cider, considering most of the people that would be there rather enjoy it. (At least the ones that would drink, and hence, the only ones that really counted for my purposes)
I should have realized the vortices of time and space were conspiring against me from the late arrival of the invitation. They also transported me into a bizarre world of retail grocery where no one realized that Apple Cider could ferment and a time where “Strongbow” was some sort of archery reference. After many recommendations to sports authority and “Aisle one, with the rest of the fruit juice” I gave up. (continue reading…)

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NWB vs the Black Wattle Baron

by on Dec.07, 2007, under Nerds With Beer, Reviews

blackwattle_bottle.jpgIt was a dark and unstormy night in the arctic tundra Zanny calls an apartment.

Kat had been informed that the Nerds with Beer articles had magically dropped off the face of the planet, coincidentally coinciding with the terrible tradgedy of all the Nerds that like beer being quite significantly less than affluent. Kat herself had not had a decent encounter with beer since her Oktoberfest extravaganza.

Well, things needed to change.

She went to the fridge and pulled out the first glass bottle she could find: “Black Wattle Superior Barons Wattle Seed Ale” (which was apparently left behind during the rapture…I MEAN, left behind by Andrew the Great and Magical Sage). Kat marched the intense dark brown bottle over to Zanny and informed him of the tragic catatonia that had befallen the articles. (continue reading…)

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Nerds with Beer: Hermit Reviews Pt 2 – Blue Moon Belgian White

by on Nov.16, 2007, under Nerds With Beer, Reviews

I was inspired by Kat’s new hermit review and the TLP interview to perhaps undertake a review of my own.See, we all secretly obsess about becoming an official Nerd With Beer, with a profile and everything (well I do, but I’m a joiner not a leader), before realizing we actually have to drink and think at the same time! Isn’t the whole point of drinking to NOT think?

Either way, I decided that watching Rock of Love (just plain dorky) and doing my calculus homework (geeky?) was enough to equal a nerdy evening deserving of a beer. (continue reading…)

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Nerds with Beer: Kat’s First Oktoberfest

by on Nov.09, 2007, under Nerds With Beer, Reviews

Written by Kat, syndicated Nerds With Beer Writer

A Wholesome Journey into Oblivion (via Warsteiner)

Part I: Sober Kat

Saturday morning started off rather bleak for me as I drove over to my mother’s house, previously having committed myself to helping her clean. Along the way I received a phone call from Zanny telling me that they were at Oktoberfest and why on earth wasn’t I there?? My response went much like this: “why didn’t you remind me earlier and more importantly, why I would want to drive myself all the way down to Lantana is beyond me”. Always the one to find a counter point, Zanny informed me that Randy was going to be attending and that I should go catch a ride with him.

At approximately 2:30pm I show up on Randy’s doorstep to a very bewildered Randy and I inform him (continue reading…)

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Nerds With Beer: Griffin Brothers Hard Cider (Home Brew)

by on Nov.02, 2007, under Nerds With Beer, Reviews

Written by Zanny, syndicated Nerds With Beer Writer

Disclaimer – Kat the Malicious is not very happy that Clay the Corrupter and I happen to like cider a little more so then beer.

So some of us here at Nerds With Beer decided to experiment making beer and cider. We got a “Beer Kit” from a website called mrbeer.com.

The traditional brewer’s kit consists of: (continue reading…)

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Nerds With Beer: Trust the Midas Touch?

by on Oct.26, 2007, under Nerds With Beer, Reviews

Written by Clay the Corrupter, syndicated Nerds With Beer Writer

Midas Touch

So, about a year ago I saw this beer and looking at the box it mentioned saffron, which is an amazingly expensive spice, that I just so happen to love. So I became intrigued, beer with saffron, huh, could be interesting, could be tasty, and it could be the most amazing thrill ride for my taste buds since red meat! Fast forward to a few months ago: Zanny told me this story about a beer that was found in some ancient king’s tomb, and they analyzed it and found out how to make it and someone made it, and it was called Midas Touch (after King Midas, not the brake shop).

So a few nights ago I decided that NWB (Nerds with Beer) needed to try this Saffron infused beer. So I went to get it at the only place I know that has it, and guess what, it’s Midas Touch! So I’m all excited now, not only does it have saffron, but it’s a 3,000 year old recipe! This is going to be amazing.

For those you that don’t know, or remember, King Midas was the king that had the golden touch. Everything that he came into contact with turned to solid gold, including food. He was rich, but skinny as hell.

Anyway, I arrive at NWB HQ with a 4 pack of Midas Touch and $15 less in my wallet (yes it was $15 for 4 bottles, saffron is expensive) The bottles are left to chill for a bit and since there was one for each of us I handed them out. Opened the bottle and took a sniff, it smelled like 3,000 year old beer, but smell is never enough to make a judgement so I tasted it.

Now this elixir is made from Barley, Honey, Moscat Grapes, and Saffron, sounds appealing, no? After I thought about it I realized what this really was: it basically combines Beer (Barley), Wine (Moscat Grapes), Mead (Honey), and Spiced Rum (Saffron). Going on that logic I learned one very important fact, King Midas did not use his golden touch on this brew. It tasted as if someone has soaked month-old gym socks in boiling water, added some wheat germ for color, then honey so it would carbonate and spice it up a bit, then added wine to up the proof to mask the flavor. This was some nasty mixture, then it started to grow on me, and then it got worse. Kat thought that it may need to be warm, seeing as how they did not have anything to cool it 3,000 years ago. So I warmed it, and I could taste toe fungus. So $15, literally, went down the damn drain.

On an interesting side note, they believe that this brew was actually imbibed during funerals. So it really shouldn’t be consumed except at funerals, because it does make you want to die.

All in all I still believe that beer sucks for the most part and that cider is the way to go.

Midas Touch gets a 2 out of 5 bottle cap rating. Partly for the taste, partly for the ridiculous price, and partly because Dog Fishhead has single handedly killed an amazing legend in my eyes. It was going receive a 1 out of 5, but they did do some cool molecular analytical stuff to get the recipe, which earns them bonus points.

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Nerds With Beer: Adventures in PA. Land

by on Oct.19, 2007, under Nerds With Beer, Reviews

Written by Zanny, syndicated Nerds With Beer Writer

So I recently took a trip up to PA to meet some long lost family. The Plan was to fly in, hang out in the airport and grab a bite to eat with my aunt and cousin, while waiting for my dad’s flight to arrive… (continue reading…)

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Nerds With Beer: Beer vs. Blood: Dracula Battles de BoomGaard Tropicale

by on Oct.12, 2007, under Nerds With Beer, Reviews

Written by Kat, syndicated Nerds With Beer Writer

On occasion I have been known to act much like a hermit crab and hide inside my little apartment all by myself, with the lights out, perfectly content with doing nothing. Every now and then a little glimmer of happiness will appear via the mailbox and to my surprise the Netflix DVD I ordered will arrive. The addition of a movie or television series I have been anticipating greatly enhances my likelihood to be a hermit crab and enhances the quality of my hermit-like behavior. At that point I am able to live as a hermit but experience life vicariously through the PS2 and television which enables me to view the DVDs. Ah yes, at that point, life is grand.

One such night occurred recently and I found myself cuddled under a blanket watching (continue reading…)

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Nerds With Beer: Leinenkugel Showcase

by on Oct.05, 2007, under Articles, Nerds With Beer

Syndicated Nerds With Beer Writers

Leinenkugel

The Beers:
Leinenkugel Honey Weiss
Leinenkugel Red Lager
Leinenkugel Berry Weiss

Review Team:
Clay the Corruptor
Zanny the Enabler
Kat the Malicious

The night of August 1st marked the first ever official Nerds With Beer (NWB) meeting. (continue reading…)

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Nerds With Beer: Ybor City and the Curse of the Golden Fraggle

by on Sep.28, 2007, under Articles, Nerds With Beer

Written by Kat, syndicated Nerds With Beer Writer

Purple Haze

It has come to pass, (much to my surprise for it’s not like I haven’t been trying new beers or anything) that two months have gone by without a new review. Oh for shame! I shall attempt not to let such a travesty occur again.
At any rate, last night I found myself in the presence of greatness… and not such greatness. I had decided to make a trip over to Tampa because for some crraazzzyyy reason I wanted to drive for 4 hours. Call it the urge to contemplate perhaps. Call it the urge to visit a relatively new-to-me city and taste some beers from their bars. Call it boredom. Call it what you will. Call me call me when you need a frie-… ok I will stop.

First we shall start with (continue reading…)

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