Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Firemans #4 Blonde Ale

I hope that everyone takes a few minutes on this Veterans Day to honor our military veterans and give them the thanks and respect they deserve.

Speaking of the military, there has been a lot of talk lately about General Stanley McChrystal's request to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, and even more talk about how long it's taken President Obama to grant that request or at least provide an answer.

Personally, what I think is taking the President so long is a secret search for someone like Rambo, so that he doesn't need to commit so many troops. And why should he? I was watching Rambo III a few nights ago, and Rambo kicked the entire Soviet force out of Afghanistan with nothing more than help from a few goat herders and a stockpile of timer bombs. Oh, and his giant knife and his ability to use automatic weapons and fly helicopters and a decent dose of luck. But still, way better than sending so many troops.

Seriously, though, I suggest that the President grant whatever the commanding officers are asking for, especially considering he hand picked this guy to run the operations there. I'd like our strategy to be a winning one and trust the dude with experience.

Today, another beer that came back from my friend's Dallas trip, likely never to be available here in Florida. That's Firemans #4 Blonde Ale brewed by Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas. Supposedly best consumed by 11/18/09 so I just beat that. There is a badge on the front that says "Firemans Texas Cruzer" which I don't understand, and the label also keeps referring to the area where the brewery is located as Texas Hill Country.

Earthy, grainy with light hops in the aroma, mild and sweet. The flavors start out fruity and sweet with grainy flavors as well. Some hops, light citrus and spiciness take that sweetness away after a moment. The finish ends a little bit dry and slightly bitter. Carbonation is medium-high and is very bubbly and active, actually making it a little much and the worst part of this beer. Crisp and refreshing. A nice and flavorful beer, and I must admit that I was expecting less. It's nice to be surprised!

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2 comments:

David said...

It's a local thing. You wouldn't understand.

Beer Drinker said...

Thanks, David, for making the effort to enlighten me on something that surely is not rocket science.

Local = redneck in some places. Is it the same there?