Kitzmann Bergkirchweihbier

This beer is brewed for the Erlanger Bergkirchweih festival every year. Although being described a s a more cozy and smaller version of Munich’s Oktoberfest the Erlanger Bergkirchweih festival still manages to attract more than a million visitors each year. Normally unavailable in Canada it was lovingly transported here by my friend and newly planted German, Shannie Kosman.

It is a deliciously malty and clean marzen beer. It finishes very bright with just enough bitterness to balance the beer out. Iw ould definitely drink this again and hope to some day in Erlangen for the Bergkirchweih.

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Santa’s Little Brother 

This is a English Bitter I made using the parti-gyle technique when I made this year’s Christmas beer, a barley wine called…Santa’s Little Helper. Parti-gale is a technique where you run off a second batch of wort when making a high gravity beer like a barley wine. 

I’d never tried it before so I thought, why not. I like the idea of two batches of beer for the price of one. Now that I’ve tried it I probably wouldn’t do it again. It took forever!

The resulting beer is…OK. It’s a bit too bitter. A bit too harshly bitter. I’ll drink it again because I have a keg of it but if I’d bought it I probably wouldn’t buy, and drink it again. 

Would you drink it again?