Beer Is Good – Benediktiner Original

Can it be, another German? From the Bitburger stable, a “Bavarian style lager”, pours clear bright yellow with medium strong head that quickly dissipates. Hops aroma but moderated well. There is a certain sweetness that keeps the bitter in check. Clean with just a hint of grain in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

May not be the most complex, still a nice drinking beer. 3 out 4 helles monkeys.

Beer Is Good – Spaten Oktoberfest

Next selection to battle my rant about Doofland not having new German beers is another Oktoberfest, this one from Spaten. Pours dark amber with light head. Pretty strong pilsner style hop aroma, flirting dangerous with being skunky. Green bottle, please keep out of sun! Those hops also produce a bitter, but its not overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel. Also higher ABV than the other Oktoberfests I’ve had so far this season, just shy of 6%.

I’m pretty undecided on this, I’m not a big fan of pilsners, but have been known to enjoy some. Better than 2 but not quite 3 out 4 Oktober hiding as pilsner monkeys.

Astronaut Okazu

I’ve always wanted some Japanese military rations, I imagine that they’d include some of these dehydrated items that Don Quixote has brought in.  As per instructions, add 1/2 cup boiled water, stir and let sit for 10 minutes, enjoy! This one is the Unohana, to me it’s okara. It’s not as good as mom used to make, nothing is, but it’s pretty good especially considering it’s space food format! Other items they have is a horenso/spinach, hijiki, and a couple others.

Beer Is Gut – Kostritzer Schwarzbier

Just when I was going to complain that domestic craft brews populated with trendy hop heavys were taking a large amount of shelf space at Foodland and German beers were reduced to the usual, this along with a few others showed up. Pours a opaque black with medium head. Dark roast aroma, smooth even bitter that is quite easy drinking. A session dark beer? This very well could be!

It could be because finding darks in this world of IPAs seems so rare, but I could give this 4 out 4 Schwarz monkeys. May the Schwartz be with you!

Beer Is Good- Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

It’s October, time for Oktoberfest! This is Sierra Nevada’s entry. Pours a light amber with light head. Fair amount of hop bitter, but the floral is not strong. Only a touch of nutty malt comes through on late aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

While a decent beer, in comparison to the Sam Adams reviewed earlier, this pales in comparison. Just barely 3 out of 4 Oktober monkeys.

Fresh Fish Dessert – Wakaayu

Presentation genius, whoever came up with these. Saw them at Marukai in the Aomori fest stuff, I couldn’t resist. Thankfully, like animal crackers, they are not flavored with what they represent. These are like a folded single dorayaki with a yuzu flavored mocha filling. Unfortunately I couldn’t really taste the yuzu, but the dorayaki part was good.

Beer Is Good – Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Sam Adams seasonal, Octoberfest. Pours a medium dark amber, small head. Nice balance of hops and malt A bit of bitter and touch of tang that tapers to a very nice nutty finish. Medium mouthfeel. A very nice smooth beer that holds up well to warming up.

Solid 3 out 4 October monkeys.

Beer Is Good – Worth Brewing Easy Day Kolsch

The other worthy offering from Worthy Brewing is this Kolsch. Pours a light yellow with moderate head. Fair amount of hops and its bitter, but not overly floral. It does linger for a bit. Reminds me of a pilsner, although this is an ale. A medium mouthfeel, the carbonation and astringent keeping it crisp. ABV on the lower side at 4.5%, I’ve heard it said that Kolsch’s are the original “session” beer.  All in all pretty good offering,

3 out of 4 session monkeys,


Superb Squamish

Wednesday started overcast and just as forecast as we drove down to Squamish started clearing. By the time we got to Tantalus bike shop, atches of blue sky and sun were out. They were out of the SORCA trail passes, which is a voluntary usage fee to support the work done on the trailsm well worth the $15. We consulted the great staff on the area we wanted to check out. Awesome thing at the shops are pretty much everyone is a core rider. Continue reading ‘Superb Squamish’

Damp Tuesday

Woke up once at 4AM, outside was raining and wet. Weather forecasts here are pretty spot on, Tuesday was forecast for a damp day. It was a lazy morning and we eventually made our way to the Village to browse and shop. Lunch was Gone Village Eatery for a second day in a row. The guys had never been to this soup and sandwhich shop tucked behind the bookstore before, good stuff.

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