I purchased a Beer of the Month Club subscription as a Christmas gift for my husband. I ordered his beer subscription through Clubs of America, which is an affiliate program promoted through The Cheap Gourmet Blog.
This is the second Beer of the Month Club subscription I have ordered. The first beer subscription expired July 2009 and my husband has been going through "micro-brew withdrawal" for the past five months. He loved receiving his 12-pack of specialty beers each month and reading the informative newsletter that arrives with each order.
I am not a big fan of beer and couldn't tell you if it is good or not, so I asked my husband to provide a review of the brew he received. The following Beer of the Month Club microbrew review covers the four beer varieties he received in January.
Michigan Brewing Company
Celis Grand Cru – Grand Cru, refers to a type of specialty ale brewed in the Belgian-style, often served on special occasions or at festivals. This is a style of beer that has very strong characteristics, and connoisseurs of the brew making art will appreciate the bold flavor.
Michigan Brewing's Celis Grand Cru is brewed with the vintage traditional recipe of fine malt and hops, Saaz (a Czech Republic aroma hop), and spices with citrus. Celis Grand Cru pours nicely producing an appropriate head with complex flavor that is true to tradition. This is excellent ale to serve with beef, wild game, or anything with accommodating bold flavors.
High Seas IPA – India Pale Ale refers to a type of ale that is very pale in color due to the malting process and because it could be transported for long periods of time, hence the name "India Pale Ale." East Indian traders would transport this type of ale by ship to India, but it was also widely brewed and transported on ships traveling across the globe.
Michigan Brewing's High Seas IPA is nice blend of complex malts and hops that pours nicely and follows with a light head. Although I would refer to India pale ale as more of a light, yet complex and bitter ale, it truly has a flavor that discerning aficionados can appreciate. This is an excellent beer to serve with poultry, fish, or hanging out just eating wings and watching the game.
Snake River Brewing Company
Snake River Pale Ale – A modern-style pale ale using domestic malts and hops best describes this common-man brew. Today, this type of pale ale is very prevalent in the U.S. in terms of mass-production, but many micro-brewed pale ales use a more vintage recipe.
Snake River Brewing's Pale Ale has a real Pacific-Northwest micro-brew vibe, with a smooth citrus flavor that finishes with a classic bitter tone. This finely-tuned pale ale pours nicely with a light head, and beautifully clean color. Common-man would fit the smooth flavor with this beer, as anyone would appreciate it. This excellent ale compliments salads, fruit, poultry, fish, or anything with a light flavor.
Snake River Zonker Stout – Stout refers to a type of specialty ale that is extremely bold and complex. It is also referred to as Porter because it was popular with the street and river porters of London.
This is a style of beer that is not for the faint of heart and commands respect. Stouts typically use roasted barley, as well as chocolate and caramel malts, that produce an intense flavor with a dark black color.
Snake River Zonker Stout pours nice and smooth, with a thick head and color. The flavor is astonishing, yet it has a very complex flavor and finish only a true connoisseur would appreciate. This is an old-world or foreign-type of brew and excellent to serve with smoked meats, wild game, pungent cheeses, chocolates, or anything with a strong and complex flavor.Clubs of America Beer of the Month subscription. Additional monthly clubs include: Wine Club, Flower Club, Fruit Club, Cigar Club, Coffee Club, Chocolate Club and Pizza Club.
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