Piston Head Kustom Lager

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Brewery: Brutal Brewing AB
Location: Sweden
Style: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.6%
Calories: 147
Price per ounce: USD $0.26

Randy

Natalie

Taste

10

9

Weirdness

8

9

Appearance

8

8

Smell

3

3

Order-ability

3

4

TOTAL

32

33

Randy says:

  • Taste: It tastes like an ordinary lager. It’s not memorable nor does it stand out for being bad. It’s vanilla. It’s light, easy to drink, and a good mid-summer day beer that will quench a thirst quickly.
  • Weirdness/Uniqueness – I’ve never seen this beer from Sweden before. It’s probably difficult to find outside of Europe.
  • Appearance – The can has a sugarskull painting with silver flames and PISTONHEAD written in cool font all on a black can. I like the design a lot and anything with a skull gets a appearance good rating from me. Piston Head is a badass name too. I really hope their tap handle is the same skull that’s on the can.
  • Smell -It smells sweet, lemony, and a bit like wheat.
  • Order-ability – Sure, I’ll drink more and again Piston Head would be a fun beer name to shout in a bar.

Natalie says:

  • Taste: Mehhhhhhh…I was hoping for more. It tastes like Tiger. And Anchor. And Angkor. And every other beer we’ve had recently. Not bad just not super great or anything.
  • Weirdness/Uniqueness - A Swedish beer imported to Santorini seems pretty weird.
  • Appearance - Awesome! The name “Brutal Brewing” is pretty cool. I wish I knew what it says. I think the ingredients say there is “human” in it. Oh, Randy says it’s “humala.” I looked it up and there’s no translation except for people’s last names. I think it’s brewed with human.
  • Smell -I wonder how long it will take before Randy notices that I rate every single beer smell as a 3…
  • Order-ability - Since it tastes like every other beer we’ve had lately but has a better can, I guess I’d order it over something like, say, an Angkor or a Heineken. No one needs to know that the cool can disguises mediocre beer! Why don’t other companies understand that marketing tip?

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The World’s First Stout-Specific Beer Glass

Left Hand Brewing, Rogue Ales, and Spiegelau have created the world’s first stout-specific beer glass and Gizmodo wrote a nice article about it. They also linked to Natalie’s excellent breakdown on beer lacing (thanks Gizmodo!).

I’ve always been skeptical about the importance of glassware, but these glasses sound pretty cool. I’m a huge stout fan and if these glasses bring out even more flavor then I’d be amazed. That sounds like an experiment and a future blog article.

They will set you back $24.90 (for two) on the Spiegelau site, $9 each at Left Hand, and Rogue has two for $18.

I wonder if beer bars will serve Left Hand and Rogue stouts (or all stouts) in these glasses in the future. Anyone seen the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada/Spiegelau IPA glasses in bars?

Links about the stout glasses:

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Photo Friday

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We took this picture at the Brewhouse in Santa Barbara, CA.

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