Saturday, February 27, 2010

Alamo Golden Ale

OK. Let's do two in a row from Real Ale Brewing Company.

Back on 1/10/2010 I was drinking Alamo Golden Ale. The label says it is brewed by Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas. The label also directs you to their website, which is for Alamo Beer Company in San Antonio, Texas. So someone is really confused, and that someone is me. I can hardly believe that there was some kind of merger or takeover considering all the bottle bragging of "a fiercely independent spirit". One last comment the bottle says is, "Handcrafted by real Texans". I find that amusing. This beer came back from San Antonio with a friend of mine, and the consume by date is 03/23/10 for the record.

The aroma has some light citrus along with a little fruit and hops. A bit weak. Flavors start out similarly. Fruity, earthy and dirty to start. Grains galore! Medium to upper-level carbonation is prickly in the mouth; medium body fuller than I was expecting. This beer is on the bitter side but not overly so. Crisp and refreshing with really nice flavors. MUCH better than I anticipated. I was pleasantly surprised, so don't pass on this beer if you get a chance to try it.

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Anonymous said...

Remember Alamo Golden Ale, from Alamo Beer Co. in San Antonio, is supposedly the same recipe as Firemans #4 Blonde, made by Real Ale Brewing Co. in Blanco, TX. Though, by another account, one of the recipes was supposedly changed. It's been an awfully long while since I've had Firemans #4 so I can't vouch for either part of that story.
At one point, Alamos was actually brewed by Real Ale but I'm not sure if it still. Rather recently, Alamo acquired land in San Antonio for their own brewery so perhaps it is still brewed for them in Blanco.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Thanks for the info, but I don't remember any of that or know much of anything about any of these breweries. I tried both of those beers you mentioned, but only one bottle of each... in my entire life. They were brought back from a friend's business trip for me. Otherwise, they would never see the inside of Florida.

Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

First off I like Alamo Golen Ale, because it is tasty and easy drinking. A good hot weather beer. Now for the confusion, Alamo contracts with Real Ale to brew Alamo Golden Ale just north of San Antonio. Not a difficult concept to comprehend. To suggest Alamo Golden Ale is the same beer as Fireman #4 just with an Alamo label is idiotic, as Alamo is not owned by Real Ale. Also there's the dead giveaway that those two beers taste nothing alike. Needless to say a beer named Alamo made and sold only in the San Antonio area will play on Texas pride, the birthplace of which was the Alamo, an actual historical battle turned legend of revolutionary bravery and patriotism. So they named a beer after it. And a stadium. And half the businesses in San Antonio.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

OK, Anonymous #2. I can grasp contract brewing, though I think they should steer away from their "fiercely independent" marketing babble. I wasn't really confused, that's my sarcasm at work.

As for all of the rest of the comments, they are directed at Anonymous commenter #1. And as I told him, I don't have a clue and don't remember anything (s)he told me I should remember.

Oh, and I also said I liked the beer, if that matters. I posted this 18 months ago, too, which does not aid in beer tasting memory.

But I love you for commenting! :)