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Jacks Abby | Hoponius Union

So I’m pretty sure that you all know (teaser alert) that Obama was re-elected to the run things for us again and I for one think this is a good thing if only for his passion for drinkin’ beer.  But there is also another reason it’s a good thing which is that he single handedly bailed out the automotive industry.  I’m thinking he could take that same plan and tweak it a little bit by taking out “GMC” and replacing it with like I don’t know, “Hostess”!  I’m saying it right now; Obama put aside Obamacare for a moment and take up the Obama4Twinkies cause.

If you had engineered the Hostess bailout before the election you would have won in a landslide, you could have promised a Twinkie in every household, you could have stopped hunger worldwide by airlifting Twinkies to 3rd world nations in need.  The possibilities are endless, so get out there fella and Save our Twinkies.  Remember we’re not just losing Twinkies we’re also losing Donettes and Suzi Q’s ohhhh the humanity.

On a far less sobering subject, this week’s beer is brought to us by Jacks Abby, a brewery that is local too our tastedbeer.com world headquarters in Big D.  They make some of the finest Lagers we’ve ever tasted and if you know anything about the big bad brothers of beer it’s that we’ve tastedbeer aplenty.  While they make only lagers, several types at that, we chose a beer that was closet to our favorite type, Hoponius Union.  It’s said to be an India Pale Lager due to the lower temperatures that lagers are brewed at.  The IPL still holds true to its brethren, the IPA, in that it has all the bitterness, hoppiness and citrisiness that you find in the typical IPA.

If you thinking a lager and ale comparison is like the difference between the Barack’s and Romney’s your right but you’re also wrong.  It’s still beer but according to About.com it’s the yeast that makes the difference between the ale and the lager. Ale yeasts flocculate (clumps) at the top of the fermentation tank. They generally thrive at temperatures between 60 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Lager yeasts are more successful at lower temperatures, typically 46 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and flocculate closer to the bottom of the fermentation tank. Lager yeasts also tend to ferment more aggressively, leaving behind less residual sweetness and flavor than ales.

The difference doesn’t end with the yeast. The brewing techniques of each are as important as the yeast used. After fermentation ales are usually aged no more than a few weeks. The aging process is generally done at 40 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Lagers are similarly aged but at much lower temperatures, 32 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and for a much longer time typically months. This is called lagering and creates a cleaner, clearer beer.  So don’t say that tastedbeer.com never learned you anything, and learning is half the battle.

Rifle didn’t think we could follow up our last blog featuring Heady Topper with a beer that would come close to matching its flavor and complexity but we did with Hoponius Union and its every bit the beer.  It certainly doesn’t have the hop profile like the previous blogged about beer but then again nothing does, it’s a lager after all.  Hoponius has a perfect balance of malt and hops with the citrus flavor bursting with lemon and grapefruit notes that tops off a never bitter crisp finish.

At this point I’m writing this on memory because I finished the 4-pack a couple of paragraphs back, it’s really that good.  The drinkability is of the scale, it’s a nice non break from our usual love affair with IPA’s.  Dang it I should have bought a case, now I’ll have to tell (beg) the old lady to go get me another 4-pack of the Hoponius.  And remember the power of positive drinking starts with a great brew, Hoponius fills that requirement.  Cheers y’all.

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