|Antares Tanks and Bar in Mendoza|
|Ofelia and a friend|
Here is where I tell you she is friends with the owner of Antares who is apparently very excited to hear about his beers on North American soil. This guy gave her the beers and she gave them to me, so I didn't pay for them. I did, however, pay Mr. Brown to bring them from Brickell to my house in Miramar so as not to inflame my allergies to Dade County. I actually started writing this before I even received the beers. Quite the production with Brown Logistics, too! Here's another Mr. Brown that I can't stop laughing about every time I hear it!
And that's where I stopped writing, before this story got really interesting. You see, Mr. Brown didn't pick up the beers at the Daily Drop Off Spot for two days in a row, despite Ofelia making sure they knew at least one package would be waiting for them. A weekend passed and to the dismay of everyone, the box was still in the same spot the next Monday morning. The dismay wasn't for the lack of expert logistics that Brown brags on, but that was certainly the cause. You see, over the weekend, some asshole in Brickell rifled through the package and stole all the beers! Unbelievable in a building with hired security. I hope whoever stole them got a massive hangover and that the bottles were infected and tasted horrible!
|Best Husband in the World|
But Ofelia amped things up a notch and convinced the "Best Husband in the World" (pictured to your left) to give me two of his remaining four bottles that he brought back for himself. What a nice guy! She also had already put a call into her mother in Argentina, and it's likely that the other three Antares' beers will be traveling with her in October. So I guess I can finish the series then. I LOVE happy endings, don't you?
So Mr. Brown got a second chance, but this time the package was put right in his hands. I received the first two beers yesterday. So the plan right now is to review one beer with this introduction and the other with another segment in this series, with a few remaining entries to come in a few months. Probably better that way, anyway, spreading it out. After everything, Please God, let these beers be the most wonderful nectar on earth! :) And thanks for all the effort, Ofelia!
|Cerveza Artesanal Antares in Mendoza|
But Antares has a Barley Wine? And a Scotch Ale? And a Kölsch? And an Imperial Stout? Damn Straight! That is very impressive and made me really want to try these beers. There is almost no information about these beers or this brewery online, and I really dig an adventure. Unfortunately I didn't get to go skiing on this one, like some people, but I am fortunate to somehow be a part of the experience.
Antares calls itself the Southernmost Premium Brewery World Wide, partly based on geographic location and partly on its beer reputation as they've been around since 1998. They talk about tradition and quality and craft and independence as they strive "to make a global beer brand." OK. That's enough talk, and remember, this is a series. I don't want to tell you everything today. So let's get to drinking one of these beers!
My first two choices to review are the Kölsch and the Porter. The other three are just a twinkle in my eye right now, assuming the Brickell Bandit isn't caught. I chose to drink the Kölsch first. No particular reason, just a coin flip. And I even broke out a doily for the pictures of this review!
Fluffy white head. Grain aroma, lightly sweet. Delicate light flavors start things off. A barely sweet malty toast is the first flavor that grabs my attention. Some grain is also noticeable along with a very subtle apple flavor. The initial sweetness turns lightly bitter as some hoppy and spicy characteristics take over. Even a little flowery toward the end. Crisp and refreshing with a nicely bitter finish. Great carbonation. The 5.0% alcohol is not a factor. Simple and flavorful. Very nice beer that I would easily drink over and over. Have some on your next trip South!