TomKo's Favorite Beers
Scotch Ale: I
like my beer strong and sweet! McEwan's is a beer after my own heart! At 8%
Alcohol by Volume it kicks it up a notch or two... and has the flavor and
style that brings you back for more!
- Spaten's Optimator: This is has become
my second personal favorite.
Optimator is a Munich Dopple-Bock, a brew that is sweet and high in alcohol. Like most
German Dopple-Bocks, Optimator has no hop bitterness or hop aroma. The beer has a rich
red-brown color and a very light head. It's a great beer, but don't overindulge... it
packs a bit of a wollop!
- Schneider Weisse: Possibly the best Weiss beer made,
it has only been widely available in the United States for a short while. Schneider Weisse
is a Wheat Ale. It should NEVER be served with a slice of Lemon... This beer is just too
tasty to be tainted by Lemon. This beer more resembles a British Ale in color than the
lightly hued weisse beers most people have tried (like Franziskaner). The flavor has a
strong spiciness, as well has some fruitiness.
- New York Harbor Porter: This is one of the best
Porters on the market. The rich coffee-like flavor is light and refreshing. Far too many
Porters have a burnt aftertaste which really ruins the drinking experience. That lack of
an aftertaste makes NYHP a world class beer! I have given NYHP to many non-beer drinkers
and they were instantly converted.
- Blue Moon Raspberry Cream Ale: The name perfectly
describes this tasty brew. Fruit ales (or Lambics) are amongst the tastiest (and most
expensive) beers available. A single bottle of a good Lambic, like a Boon Kreik or
Leifmann's Framboise can often cost as much as a six-pack of regular beer. Blue Moon is no
more expensive than you average Microbrewed beer. It's quite a bargain!
- Fuller's ESB: This is a premiere Bitter Ale. Unlike
many ESB's[Extra Special Bitter], Fullers is a highly bitter brew. When you compare it to
other beers that call themselves ESB's Fullers is in a class by itself. All too often
brewers think that an ESB should not be bitter... well what's so special about that?
Fuller's is often available in "cask-conditioned" kegs.