No Philters is not the beer review that is going to tell you about “mouth feel” or “lacing”.  These reviews are for the popular beer kids, not the geeks.


Afraid of Americans…

We had a short week this, so I got a Beer Review for you and hopefully next week we can manage a new strip.

Here in NJ we have had a mild winter with some warm weather and since Feb 8th, just a few days after the Giants big win at the Superbowl, the sports talk radio shows haven’t stopped talking about baseball.  That means Spring and Summer and full time warm weather, not just weird 60 degree February days, are right around the corner.  That also means that the Summer of Cans will be here shortly as well.  For our non-regulars, SOC is the celebration of enjoying the nice weather while drinking canned beer.  It’s great!

Where am I going with all of this?  Well, I’ve started my Summer of Cans early.  In fact I’ve simply turned it into “Cans”.  If I see a can that looks good I pick it up.  I’ve decided that there is no reason to wait for Summer any more.  My most recent pickup was 21st Amendment Brewery’s Bitter American Session Ale and I must say that it was pretty damn good.

I’ve discussed session beer extensively in the past, but for those not in the know a session beer is exactly that, a beer that you can drink a lot of during a particular session like lounging in the pool or riding the train or on your lunch break.  Since they are usually lower in alcohol than your other full flavored beers it makes them easier to drink, which our friends at Bud call “drinkability”, but trust me here Bitter American is full of great malt and hop flavors.    Bitter American comes in at 4.4% ABV, so you can enjoy a bunch of them without feeling too guilty or too hungover the next day.  Also the can has a monkey in a space suit on it.  That alone should be enough for you to grab it out of your beer stores cooler.  If it’s not you need to seriously reconsider your priorities in life.

21st is one of my favorite breweries, so if you have a chance grab some of their brews.  Plus all their beers come in cans making them that much better.


cans just cans


Also I made Beer Bread the other day.  Beer has always been refered to as liquid bread, so I figured why not turn it into actual bread.  I found a Sam Winter Lager in my fridge and decided to use it to make the bread.  You will need:

3 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup sugar

1 12OZ beer

1/4 cup melted butter


With those you are going to want to do this:


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix dry ingredients and beer.  Then pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan.  Pour melted butter over mixture. Bake for about 45mins to an hour and enjoy hot.

I roasted some garlic before hand, smashed some into my mixture and then folded some whole cloves in before placing it into the loaf pan.  Yes, I made roasted garlic beer bread.  It was great, though if you are doing something like that, cut back on the sugar a bit.