Monk Brewery Reviews

United Flight 252 – COS to Dallas

Posted by admin on May 20th, 2010 | Permanent Link | 1 Comment »

Leinenliugel’s Sunshine Wheat (as the can says “the pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867”)

OK, since you know this monk by now, I could not drink a Miller or Miller genuine draft, so the Leinenliugel’s was the best I could get on a United flight and it was the only one on board the plane (seriously?). Therfore, Pappa J took a chance and jumped on the only beverage a self honored monk could possibly stand.

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To my surprise, the Leinenliugel’s was actually a tasty beverage! It was a lot like a Heifewiezen, citrusy smell and flavor, but not bad overall in taste. I am not sure I would have had more than a couple because it was a little fruity for me (you really cannot drink just one of any beer ∗∗∗ you need at least two to get a real flavor for the taste and character.

Overall, I would rate United a 1 out of 5 for only having one worthy beer and for that matter only one of that one worthy beverage. As for Leinenliugel’s, I cannot say I would purchase it at a store, but for a flight, it is a good beer to enjoy on a short flight.

May your next brew give you a frothy mustache!

Pappa J †

Morimoto’s, New York NY

Posted by admin on October 20th, 2009 | Permanent Link | No Comments »

Well, Pappa J was on pilgrimage to the great city of New York to help some poor nuns to understand the way of the brew. I tried several beers while I was there, yet the most impressive was found somewhere I did not expect…Morimoto’s in NYC! The beer I had (two actually) is Iron Chef Morimoto’s own signature brew called Black Obi Soba Ale. Ok, this beer was awesome…smooth, dark, not too hoppy or strong, even the nuns liked it! From speaking to the wait staff, we can all enjoy this special brew and not have to breach the monastery by visiting our local sales establishment and asking for the Rogue Brewery selection, especially brewed for Morimoto!

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May your next beer give you a frothy mustache!

Pappa J

Squatters Pub and Brewery, Salt Lake City UT

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First beer was the Captain Bastards Oatmeal Stout. On the menu it is listed as "smooth as silk, brim full of flavor with a big roasted malt finish." I found the beer to have a flavorful start yet the roasted malt finish tasted like burnt malt. The person beside me said they thought it tasted like a strong dark chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, it was tasty, but I felt the aftertaste could have been better.

Next on the list was the Emigration Amber Ale "medium bodied, amber ale brewed with whole flower cascade hops." this one came out nice and amber with a frothy head! The first taste was like sticking my nose in a hop flower… very aromatic and the taste was sweet hops!

Finally, under the recommendation of the menu and having Carnitas, the Organic Amber Ale was a selection. As I sit in the dining area beside the bar, I see that the organic amber ale was the 2007 beer winner…not sure who made the selection, but this brother is willing to try it to see how god it really is.

Ok, I did not know what I was expecting from "Utah’s first organic beer", but that probably was not it. I have to admit, it tasted a lot like the emigration amber ale. I will say that it was a little smoother on the finish and not as hoppy, but this monk does not know why a pub would have two brews that are so closely aligned? Well, as you would expect, it was tasty…I felt like it was a repeat! I suppose it is for the better living monks who do not like preservatives in their brews?

After three of the queens pints, this monk left full and a little tipsy. I would have to call Squatters a pub I would definitely make another visit too and try more of the large selection of site brewed beers… two thumbs up!

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Squatters Pub and Brewery

Oh, try the Carnitas!

May your next beer give you a frothy mustache

Pappa J