25 May 2010

WILK Friday Beerbuzz - 21 May 2010 (Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner)

WILKFridayBerbuzz7 Week three of the Friday Beerbuzz and I’m starting to get the hang of things.  Nancy and John make it all look so easy, but trust me…they are very good at what they do (thank god).  I’ll admit it’s taken me three weeks to notice the “On Air” light in the studio, and with my back to board operator Bosco, I suspect I’m still missing quite a bit of what goes on behind the scene.

Last week the Friday Beerbuzz followed a live interview with Joe Biden, which was a lot of fun for me.  Now granted I got to sit quietly in the studio while Joe was on, but it was still a really fun experience….thanks to Nancy for landing that interview.

I know as you read this you're already saying, “two paragraphs and no mention of the word beer?”  Well here we go.  Today we were lucky enough to have a real treat.  Our beer of the week offered us all a sneak peek (or should I say sneak-taste) of a yet-to-be-released beer.  Today we tasted the re-released Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner.  This is a beer that was put out in 2006 as a summer seasonal following the spring addition of Stegmaier Bock.
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Summer Stock Pilsner is the first lager-style beer we’ve tasted on the show, and I think a really solid choice in that it is not only a traditional northern-German lager but also a Pilsner style.  Since most Pilsners have a little more hop-backbone to them, this fit nicely with our first two weeks of tasting hoppy-ale-style beers.  This beer is a crisp, clean VERY slightly-lemony and VERY sessionable and drinkable Pils.

I’m not sure why so many people ask, but I think it is usually evident what everyone on the show thinks of the beers.  I encourage people to taste them several times, but to also be honest about their preferences.  Also many times after the show, we get a chance to talk and taste more and opinions many times do change in a positive way after a few more tastes.  Needless to say this was a beer everyone enjoyed.  Look for Stegmaier Summer Stock Pils to available very soon and look for it to be priced similarly to the other Stegmaier seasonals.

If you’d like to taste it NOW….there will be a special Meet The Brewer Night tonight (5/21) 5:30PM at Madisons in Nanticoke.  Darel Matthews from the Lion brewery will be on hand with Summer Stock Pils and some of the other new Stegmaier brews like their Pale Ale and IPA.  Stop in to Madison’s tonight and try today’s beer for yourself.

Thank you to Leo Orlandini, Bob Klinetob, Darel Matthews and everyone at the Lion Brewery for brewing some new and exciting beers, for seeking the input of our local beer community, for listening to our input AND for sharing their new beers with everyone on the show.  A second thank you goes out to John, Nancy, Joe, Sue and Bosco for making this yet another fun Friday Beerbuzz……

Bringing good beers and good people together.

As always to check out the show video on WILK you can click HERE.  We encourage your beer suggestions, input and opinions so please be sure to comment on WILK, or here on mybeerbuzz.com OR feel free to e-Mail Nancy, John or myself.

14 May 2010

Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner is IN the Bottles!

StegSummerStock More details to follow…but Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner was bottled yesterday!

Summer Stock is the Lion's take on a traditional Northern German pilsner.  It uses 100% Cargill German Pils malt and Perle hops, with Ahtanum added for a subtle, refreshing lemongrass finish.  The beer finished out at about 5% ABV and 25 IBUs.  For this initial re-release it'll be available in its' own cases and six-packs as well as on draft.

08 May 2010

Stegmaier IPA & Pale Ale

StegIPAPale As promised here’s a sneak peek at the packaging for the NEW Stegmaier IPA and Pale Ale.  These will be reaching distributors on Monday May 10th so you should see them in your area sometime shortly thereafter….and I can tell you they both taste great.

In this initial run, the IPA and Pale Ale will only be available as part of the Stegmaier variety pack with Stegmaier White and Stegmaier Amber,  Expect the price at most distributors to be under $25 (your mileage may vary) and in the next run of Stegmaier IPA and Pale Ale, expect to see them sold separately in cases and not just in the variety pack.

I’ve followed these beers from their inception last fall, through testing and brewing and finally to packaging, so for me personally it is very exciting to see the end result.  Cheer to everyone at Lion for producing two quality beers!

06 May 2010

Chip the Beer Guy – Lion Brewery

StegIPAbMar2010 Today’s show featured Leo Orlandini and Darel Mathews from Lion brewery.  For those that have followed along on mybeerbuzz, you’ll know we broke the news back in Nov about the upcoming release of Stegmaier IPA and Pale Ale, and we’re excited to see it hit the market.  The new packaging looks great (I’ll post up some photos tomorrow), and the new variety pack also looks great too…and as you can see in the post below, there are some other details about the release dates and the variety pack contents.

It’s not your grandfather’s Stegmaier anymore and the guys are proud to make a point of that….although the heritage of Stegmaier brewing does continue on.  Cheers guys and congratulations on the new beer release.  The photo above is an exclusive picture of the IPA being brewed from our initial announcement….check out the hop bill.

05 May 2010

Lion Brewery – Stegmaier IPA & Pale Ale

StegIPAcMar2010 I know everyone has been excited to try out the new Stegmaier IPA and Pale Ale…well I’ve got some good news.  The guys at Lion tell me the new Stegmaier variety pack, which contains Stegmaier IPA, Stegmaier Pale Ale, Stegmaier White and Stegmaier Amber is being packaged now and will be reaching the distributors on May 10th.  I’m not sure exactly when it will be available to the public, but it should be shortly thereafter.