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Sunday, May 29, 2011

HOW OLD IS YOUR BEER?

Hey Ya'll, 

I'm from Wisconsin. And if we know anything here...it's BEER. After all we have some of the oldest breweries in the United States. Wisconsin's beers are rich in German beer brewing history. Miller, Old Milwaukee, and Pabst are the most common names associated with Wisconsin beer but many other breweries have fine selections.


German of German beers, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls. Going back over 150 years in Chippewa Falls, Leinenkugel is one of the oldest breweries in Wisconsin.


Seven year round beers and four seasonal choices can be found here, all of which are brewed in traditional German fashion. Berry Weiss is a unique fruity taste with blackberries, elderberries, and loganberries combining with wheat and hops to create a great flavor that won awards at the Great American Beer Festival.


New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus has eight regular selections and seven seasonal brews to entice our beer lover's palate. They are unique based upon the many wonderful choices we have in flavors. Try the Stone Soup, an abbey ale, that tastes like cloves and ginger and goes great with a hearty soup.




Eight regulars form the benchmark complemented by eight seasonal beers and they even make a gluten free variety for those who are allergic to wheat and barley. The Holiday Spice Lager, available around Christmas, is fantastic for those cold winter nights in front of the fire. Made with cinnamon, orange zest, and honey this sweet and spicy concoction will rock you to bed.




Sprecher Brewery in Milwaukee posts five award winners from this year alone. In business since 1985, Sprecher also makes gourmet sodas for a non-alcoholic treat.  
Five year-round selections with four limited seasonal brews highlight one of the most popular breweries in Milwaukee. The Hefe Weiss Wheat Ale is creamy and cloudy with a hint of citrus fruit and wheat finish.


Capital Brewery near Madison proves that beer exists outside of Milwaukee. Founded in 1984, Capital Brewery produces eight annual beers and four seasonal varieties for our consumption.


All this said...we are also noted as the "BINGE DRINKING STATE"...Oh well, I guess you gotta take the good with the bad..Right?



Beer — an alcoholic beverage brewed with hops, malt and barley; has a half life of about three months. Six months from the date of brewing, beer turns from dizzy delight to skunk water.  Most American beers do not display their expiration dates, so consumer's can pick the freshest brew possible.Beer cans are always stamped on the bottom. Bottles are usually on the necks, but sometimes the date is on the label.
 Age is critical... Nearly all beer begins to deteriorate before it even leaves the plant, partly due to oxygen in the bottle, and many experts say most brews are well past their prime after six months.


The way the code works is this. Letters from A-M represent the month of the year. The next four digits are the day and year the beer was first brewed, and the last two letters are the state code where it was brewed. So you may want to stay away from the beer marked M0787DE.(The month code skips over the letter "I" and uses "J" for September in most cases.)

 The next two digits, "12," refer to the day of the month, and the two numbers after that, "05," are the last two digits of the year. Corona uses two different alphabetical codes. The year, the first character, is coded from A for 2001 to F for 2006, while the months go from L for January to A for December. The day of the month is expressed numerically. So a bottle  bought with the code "EE08" was made Aug. 8, 2005. The company doesn't publicly disclose its code.