Season 2, Episode 19: In keeping with show guests from the band “Music For When I Grow Up“, the “I Love Beer” Show decided to feature some beer we can best describe as “beer that’s grown up” as well such as Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, a great and highly rated Hefeweizen from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan in Germany, the world’s oldest brewery!
You want a “grown up” and great tasting German beer? Then we highly suggest you try the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. At 5.4% alcohol, we found this Hefeweizen makes for a great sessionable summer beer that’s sure to please. It’s light, it’s balanced, and it consistently receives almost perfect ratings each time. Now we know why.
The beer pours exactly like a Bavarian Hefe beer should with a hazy, creamy and golden color which gives off an absolutely delicious breadiness smell of banana and cloves. If you like wheat beers, you’ll be amazed at how good this craft beer really tastes. The mouthfeel is so light and smooth, you won’t be able to drink just one. Overall, it was an 100% winner from the show, the band, and the guests at Cheers, who sampled all our selections during and after the show.
We were also lucky enough that Dameron’s gaming friend “The Fireman” sent us some really awesome Michigan brewed beers to try. We first tried the “Two Hearted Ale” from Bells Brewery, in Kalamazoo, Michigan which is an IPA that really hits you with the hoppiness at 7% alcohol.
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.
We next went to the Founders Porter from the Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This 6.5% American craft beer porter is world-class rated and tasted absolutely fantastic if you like a smooth coffee-type kick to your beer. Dark, rich, and sexy, this porter pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate, caramel malt , and coffee presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you’d expect from a “world class beer” – and it shows. WARNING: This is for “grown up” porter drinkers – you need to get on this right now!
After a few more amazing selections from brewery’s local to Michigan, the show finished off with Westmalle Trappist Tripel from the Brouwerij Westmalle Brewery in Belgium, one of the oldest and highly ranked trappist beers in the entire world!
If you never heard of them before, the Westmalle Brewery (Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle) is a Belgian trappist brewery located in the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle. It produces three beers, which are designated trappist beer because they follow the rules of the International Trappist Association. The brand Westmalle Tripel has been much copied, and is credited with being the first golden strong pale ale to use the term “Tripel”.
Finally, the band “Music for When I Grow Up” rocked Cheers Bar until midnight with a music selection that had those in attendance screaming for encores. The show would also like to thank Holly Marquardt from All Vegas Valley Realty for providing the WIFI access for the show. Contact her if you’re interested in Las Vegas real estate, especially the HUD home market.
The craft beer went down great, the music from the band was great, and everyone had a great time at the event – which seems to be the recipe that’s successfully making the “I Love Beer” Show work its educational mission of featuring craft beers that you probably never heard about before at fun venues and beer festivals.