Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Brown Shugga' Ale

By now you've probably seen the commercial on TV for Danimals Crush Cups. Apparently this is yogurt that you squeeze out of the cup. My only question is how you are supposed to get all of the yogurt and not waste what is left in the edges of the bottom. Because if they expect you to squeeze it like a tube of toothpaste, that will certainly kill all of the enjoyment out of eating the product. For what it's worth, my kids like their mini yogurts, just enough food.

Anyway, the reason I brought that commercial up is because the two wannabe crusher kids reminded me of one of my favorite Kids in the Hall skits. The "head crusher" was hilarious and was a regular part of the show. Funny Stuff! Here's one. Here's another. Let me know what you think.

Today I'm drinking Brown Shugga' Ale brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. The label says this is a Sweet Release, whatever that means. The label also compares part of the brewing process for this beer to "feeding Raw Shark to your Gerbil," unlikely to occur in nature.

The aroma is sweet with dark fruits, molasses and duh, brown sugar. The flavors start out sweet as well, with raisins, plums and brown sugar right up front. Some caramel also shows its way in followed by a slight hint of citrus. Big 9.84% warming alcohol gives a boozy taste along with a decent little burn. Not bad and not hidden! Thick and syrupy, molasses consistency and flavors, chewy. I liked this beer, but didn't love it. Try it, but one should be enough.

The Kids in the Hall Megaset

BUNN NHBX-B Contemporary 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer, Black

Brown Family Farm Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, 32-Ounce Jug


bunny said...

I had Brown Shugga back several months ago at a local pub. It was a special release, Bourbon Barrel Aged. Talk about boozy! But tasty.

I bought the regular Brown Shugga Saturday as you know, and had one last night. I like it, but its not as good as I remember (the Bourbon one being, that is, which, of course, is sorta like a different beer altogether). The sweet taste upfront is nice, but I found the lingering bitterness to be not so good. And I bought 2 6-packs based on my memory. Oh well. Still very drinkable!

Beer Drinker said...

Hey bunny. No doubt a solid beer. Don't you hate it when you go back to a beer all excited from your first sampling only to be disappointed?

bunny said...

Yep. I sure do. I think sometimes it has to do with the "atmosphere" at the time too, esp. if you are eating while drinking. A beer with food vs. a beer alone can be VERY different. Think Corona, for one.