I recently completed the Cicerone German Beer Styles Course and I felt like KC Bier Company in Kansas City was a perfect setting and set of example beers of the major German styles. Wish I had been able to do my studying here – i would have passed sooner.
I pretty much tried them all. Dunkel is rich. Hefeweizen is refreshing. Helles and Pils are crisp. Radler – wish it was spring and I’d just come in from a long bike ride. Maibock – yes – I feel like a monk during lent with only Maibock and no food. And, Winterbock, warming, cozy. Ausgezeichnet! I think my high school German teacher would approve of that. One of the few words I remember.
My friend, Ashton, tipped me off to this place and I’m so glad he did. I only had one night in Kansas City and I really enjoyed the beers here and wish I had more time to hang out.
I stopped in at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, New Jersey. For being a beach brewery they have a real breadth of beer styles including “darker, heavier” styles I would most commonly associate with winter and cold weather. And, these styles are available year round. Parade Day Irish Coffee Stout is a delicious coffee stout. I was very impressed with the easy-drinking Grapefruit Radler. The Strawberry Radler was tasty but felt more like a wine cooler. The beer I enjoyed the most, and perhaps their best beer, was the High Side Blonde Ale. It was fresh, complex, easy drinking and delicious. I liked it so much that I bought a six-pack to bring home to enjoy later.
I stopped in at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina. The atmosphere is German bierhall and biergarten. It’s a great place. I tried a flight of beers. The Fat Boy Baltic Porter was just as I had hoped. Smooth, malty, caramelly. The Copper Amber Ale is a great mix of malty smoothness and a little bite. I was pleasantly surprised with the Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen. This was crisp and enjoyable. Finally, the Radler, a mix of Captain Jack Pilsner and Sprite (lemon soda) reminded me of the Radler I had in Munich decades ago. Delicious!