This past week has been so hectic and a little stressful. Between technical problems and running out of time, I didn’t get enough accomplished this week. Then when I finally set some special time aside I just couldn’t get my working groove. Don’t you just hate that? Though to be fair the week wasn’t all bad because I did have one really great date day with my husband. But even with that said I am glad the week is over, I’m ready to begin a fresh and more productive one. Besides there are many people out there with worse problems than mine.
It is often customary to celebrate a new beginning with a drink so I thought it was fitting to share this beer with you. Okay let’s talk smoked beer, have you ever heard of or tasted it? My husband and I are always on the lookout for new or unique beers so we had to give this one a taste.
Knowing nothing about smoked beer lead me to some online reading, this is what I found out. Per Wikipedia “Smoked beer (German: Rauchbier) is a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame.” Apparently smoked beer is popular in Europe and as far away as North America and Australia.
The beer I tasted is a Rauchbier style smoked beer by a micro-brewery from the Czech town of Český Krumlov. It is a dark lager beer with an alcohol content of 5.2%. When I opened the bottle the smoky scent was noticeable. I was intrigued and surprised since that isn’t the smell I’m used to when opening a bottle of beer. The taste was smoky but it faded into a subtle beer taste. Afterwards I could taste a slight caramel like sweetness. Overall I quite enjoyed the unique taste. I liked that it smelled and tasted smoky but I wasn’t overwhelmed with the flavor.
To go with our beer my husband made us steak. He served it topped with a buttery blue cheese sauce and a green salad on the side. It tasted awesome and complimented the beer perfectly. (Does the steak also look heart shaped to you?)
By the way did you happen to notice the date of the bottle? 1560, that is the when the brewery began brewing beer. Now how neat is that?
Happy Sunday everyone, and like a song by one of my favorite bands, Nickleback, says bottoms up!