Beer Beer Goggles

Alas Gents, I have found a video that encapsulates everything we are trying to accomplish here at Dapper Young Gentleman.  The fine folks at College Humor have perfectly described the essence of beer choices.  This is the reason we are here, to “try and set you up with something better.”  Now it’s up to you to go out and attain that something better.

Brew Review- Heineken Mini-Keg

Howdy folks it’s The Gentleman here with the second installment in our mini-keg series, this time sampling what the Heineken mini-keg has to offer. Heineken has clearly gone all in when it comes to the mini-keg market, as they are by far the most common brand we found when trying to locate different kinds. We found their product on shelves nearly everywhere, from liquor stores to grocery stores, even finding a few at gas stations. The availability was impressive, but what about the taste? The first thing we noticed when we reviewed the Newcastle mini-keg last post was the difference in taste and experience between the bottled and draft versions of Newcastle, with the draft version being superior in nearly every way. While that effect is certainly present in our Heineken samples we found the difference to be much less pronounced. Unfortunately for Heineken this wasn’t merely due to the bottled version just being that good, the Heineken mini-keg taste and experience is just decidedly less enjoyable. Where Newcaste is a full-flavored (and full calorie) drinkers beer, Heineken seem stuck in between identities. There simply isn’t anything extraordinary about Heineken’s taste. This doesn’t mean we’re giving Heineken a bad rating or a negative review, here at Dapper Young Gentleman we like to use a relative scale. That relative scale unfortunately, currently has Heineken second on a list of two beers that come in mini-kegs. Though on the bright side for the brewers from Holland, there are many more reviews to come.

Brew Review- Newcastle Mini-Keg

Those of you that are familiar with us may have noticed our fascination (bordering on obsession) with mini-kegs, they’re stylish, they’re cost-effective, and most importantly, beer tastes best on tap. No beer we’ve reviewed here has exemplified that last bit more than Newcastle Brown Ale. Where from a bottle or can the chocolate and nutty undertones that typify Newcastle can certainly be detected, from the keg that distinctive taste comes to the forefront, the difference is significant. This is a tasty beer, not one to get drunk off of necessarily but a beer to be enjoyed. In our experience Newcastle mini-kegs can be found at almost all liquor stores for between $20 and $25. This beer is for beer drinkers, and here at the Dapper Young Gentleman we highly recommend it.

Brew Review- Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

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Howdy gents we’ve got a real popular brew for ya tonight in Dogfish Head’s most popular product, the 60 Minute IPA. This beer is called 60 Minute IPA because the brewmasters over at Dogfish Head add 60 additions of hops over a 60 minute period, this lends itself to a hoppier beer without the normally associated bitterness. We at Dapper Young Gentleman greatly enjoyed this beer, it was quite citrusy without being overpoweringly so, and was just generally an extremely smooth, very drinkable, beer. We’re giving this a 9/10, this is a phenomenal brew that we highly recommend.

Brew Review: Fireman’s #4

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A local Austin favorite, Fireman’s #4 is a great light-flavored summertime beer. Think of Fireman’s #4 as a welcome respite from the trendier, heavier craft brews that are all the rage these days. It’s not very hoppy at all, instead starting with strong fruity undertones and developing into a more classic wheat taste. Due in large part to it’s light nature and sweet taste it is very palatable and easy to drink. The brewers over at Real Ale were clearly trying to create a simple, enjoyable blonde ale, and they nailed it. Next time your headed to the lake, beach, or pool you might want to take a few Fireman’s out there with you, you won’t regret it.

Brew Review- Black Dog Ale

Backyard Brew

Backyard Brew

Alright gents this post kicks off our twice a week Brew Review Section (Sunday and Thursday) where we at the Dapper Young Gentleman will be lending you our better than expert opinions on all things beer related. You’ll notice that we review everything from tiny craft brews to the major domestics. We do this in order to give you, the reader, a better sense of the relative quality of each beer we review, a baseline if you will.

Today we review Black Dog Ale, a West Coast craft brew that is available (though hard to find) throughout the country. I’m enjoying mine on Balboa Island in sunny California, and this english style amber ale is only adding to the relaxed atmosphere. It has a very sweet taste with notes of brown sugar and a distinct hoppy kick in the middle. It’s not in any facet an excellent brew, but it’s better than average. If 50 is average (we’re not going with 50 as fail here, think of 50 as a C) I’d give Black Dog Ale a 67. It’s good, not great.

The Mini-Keg Beertender

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This. You don’t know it yet but you need one. Here at the Dapper Young Gentleman we will be starting a series, reviewing not only the Mini-keg dispensers (there are several to choose from), but also the beers that are available in 5L kegs. Getting these kegs isn’t easy, but never fear young breau, we’ve got you covered. Check back for more updates.