Brew Review: Fireman’s #4


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

Das Beertender


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.