It’s that time of year again. The leaves are starting to change from bright greens to oranges and reds, the breeze is starting to take on a crisp edge to it and Pumpkin beer will begin to dominate the shelves. But if you’re like me, you could care less about Pumpkin-flavored anything. When the air starts getting cold, I want something with a high ABV (Alcohol By Volume) to keep me warm and a pumpkin is not going to cut it. Fall is the time for sweet and spicy. Hops can have the spring and summer but fall is the time for malt. When it comes to a roasted malty flavor, there’s nothing better than enjoying the deliciousness that is Langunitas’ Hairy Eyeball. Picture this: you’ve just finished raking the lawn and now you’re relaxing in front of crackling bonfire, family and friends gathering around you, as you see off the summer and welcome the fall. Hairy Eyeball is what you want in your hand.
If you’re looking for consistently high-quality beer, look no further than Langunitas out of Petaluma, CA. Checking in at 9.1% ABV, Langunitas describes Hairy Eyeball as being “roasty, toasty, malty” and just what you need once the temperatures start to dip. Available only in the fall months in 22oz bottles or “bombers,” if you can find this seasonal release, snatch it up while you can. Fans of hoppy beers won’t find much love here as this beer’s only 56 IBUs, but what it lacks in hoppiness, it makes up for in toasted malt sweetness.
So, while you’re sitting around that bonfire enjoying this hefty brew with your friends, you’ll want to enjoy it while it’s cold and refreshing right? Well I’ve found that the best way to keep my bombers cold is with a Bomber Jacket. Not only does this jacket keep my beers 50% colder, but it also insulates and protects it, Hairy Eyeball is 9% ABV after all. Plus, the Bomber Jacket has a convenient zipper for easy beer access. As the winter months approach you’ll need your jacket, your bomber should have one too!
Like an immediate firestorm, the summer has dropped heavily upon us, so you can gently put away the big, malty, coffee-drenched imperial stouts and porters and exchange them for something crisp, lighter, and refreshing. As warmer temperatures rise, my thirst for something that still has a nice hop profile, but provides the thirst quenching crispness increases. My choice on one of the very first days of the summer season is the Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company. To keep this sucker nice and cold, I dropped it straight into my favorite Beer Bomber Koozie to ward off the penetrating rays and the brutal blast of the sun.
Did I say I was thirsty? Yes I did! I popped the top off of this native of Downington, PA, and didn’t even bother pouring this one into a glass. I know how it looks; kind of like many other pilsners. I’m sure it pours a nice, straw colored gold with some mild head retention and a nearly see through appearance. For this one, I’m more concerned about keeping it nice and cold and savoring the crispness of a good summer brew.
One thing is for sure…this one has the nice, mild hop presence that I really enjoy in a properly brewed pilsner. Some nice, pleasant floral and citrus aromas escaped from the top of the bottle, and snapped with some fairly decent carbonation. From the get-go, this one already had me excited to take my first sip.
The first sip was nice and cold, just as a pilsner should be consumed. The taste was very nice, with some minor sweetness, a tad of spicy bitterness, and the presence of traditional Germany yeast. Sometimes it is difficult to find a good pilsner that can match up with the masters from Europe, but the Prima Pils holds its own against some of the best. It’s light, it’s refreshing, and what do you know…it tastes like beer! It’s not watered down, it’s not flavorless…it’s lightly hopped, well balanced, and very easy to consume. Bring on the summer heat! As long as this bad-boy is wrapped up in this Beer Bomber Koozie, I might as well drink it slow and savor the taste of this one. Then after that, I just might go get me another!