The Beer Savant

October 6, 2012

Moose Drool Brown Ale

Moose Drool Brown AleDate: September 29, 2012
Cost: $7.00/bottle
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company, Missoula, Montana
Alcohol content: 5.3%
Served: Cold in a chilled glass at the National Park Inn, Longmire, WA

When you’re staying at an inn inside a national park and you see an ale called “Moose Drool” on the drink menu, well, there’s only one thing to do: try it!

At Mt. Rainier’s National Park Inn, you can sit on the front porch of the hotel, your trail-sore feet propped up on the railing, surrounded by nature and a glorious view of the grand mountain across the valley, and order drinks off the menu, which are then delivered cold with a chilled glass. Again, I found myself in a familiar situation: was I grading the beer on its taste or on the experience surrounding it? It wasn’t easy, but I dialed down my euphoria for a few moments to give this beer its true day in court.

Moose Drool poured a medium brown that almost looked like blackberry at times. It had nice lacing and carbonation and sported a full, hearty taste without being overwhelming. I tasted some nice malts and caramel flavoring with a touch of nuttiness, all well balanced and not overly sweet. Take away the mountains, the forest, the song of birds and rustle of leaves, and this beer would still score high with me. And that’s a good thing, because I plan to drink it again, and unfortunately, the next time will probably be within the city limits.


June 9, 2011

Skid Mark Brown Ale

Filed under: Ale,American,Brown — hikingsandiego @ 10:07 pm
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Date: June 8, 2011
Cost: NA
Brewer: Pizza Port, San Diego, California
Alcohol content: NA
Served: By the glass from tap onsite, with pepperoni & mushroom pizza

Yeah, yeah, yeah. The name. Go ahead, laugh. And when you’re done, come back and read what I have to say about this beer.

Last night was my maiden voyage at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach, which is one of four Ports in the San Diego area, not counting the Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad. Pizza Port opened for business in 1987 and has been creating craft beers since 1992. I’ll let you click on the link above if you want to read more about them.

Seven beers are brewed onsite, and many…and I mean many…other fine beers are available on tap or in bottles. The choice was difficult. But with a name like “Skid Mark Brown,” I had to give it its day in court.

The beer poured a clear, mahogany brown with a slight white head that disappeared quickly. If an amber ale and Guinness had an offspring, its color would look like Skid Mark. On first sip, I tasted cocoa. Then the malts came into play. I’ll admit, the consistency was thinner than I expected, but I was anticipating the fullness of a stout. My bad. This is an ale, after all.

Overall, it was a nice beer with a pleasant, fresh taste. It could stand to have a little more zing, but I would definitely order it again.

And by the way, the pizza here is far better than your usual pub grub. The cheese is good, and the sauce is full of herbs and spices. I would dine here again just for the pizza.

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The Ocean Beach Pizza Port, San Diego, California

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