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Two Decent Cheap Beers April 8, 2012

Posted by Jim Berkin in Food.
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… courtesy of Trader Joe’s, and I don’t even mean Simpler Times, the uber-cheap craft beer (made by Minhas craft brewery) version of what we all supposedly remember as yesteryear’s dad beer for when he wants to watch Sonny Jurgensen. That stuff is certainly drinkable, but I usually opt for spending a few more bucks on something a little more upscale.

The Josephsbrau brewer for Trader Joes (from what I can find, it’s actually contract work by Gordon Biersch) makes a very good oatmeal stout, Stockyard. It’s somewhat sweeter than Guinness, but has solid flavors of coffee & chocolate, and a nice creaminess to the texture. I also liked Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-style lager, which has a nice sharp & hoppy bite to it. The PLZNR went well with spicy Chinese food, and the stout paired nicely with an oven-fried garlic chicken concoction I made the other night.

Not the best pilsner or stout I’ve ever had, but certainly passable.



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