Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

It’s been a long time since I’ve written for this blog. I hope to write an explanation for this absence, but basically it’s a combination of a serious reason and that I forgot my password.20150905_210741

Today, my wife and I were in Trader Joe’s on the other side of town killing time until we had an appointment. I was looking at the beers when I found this brew. Its cap was a simple, yet elegant picture more akin to a work of art than a beer cap. It got me thinking of my old blog.

I haven’t stopped drinking beer since my last post. No, far from it. And, the cap collection is still growing, albeit slowly. I think my card table is many years in the future yet. However, none of those beers or caps were able to inspire a return to writing. A few have made me think of it, but changing your password is a lot of work.

Ayinger has on offer an authentic Bavarian festival lager for me. This is a German import brewed and bottled in Aying, Germany. It is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516, which basically means the beer can only be brewed using the ingredients of water, barley, and hops.

As soon as I took the cap off this beer, the head began to rise out of the bottle. No, I hadn’t shaken it up. It had been resting in my refrigerator for several calm hours. Not surprisingly, this beer poured with a lot of head as well. No matter how carefully I poured, the head continued to rise. Eventually, I was able to fill my glass.

And I’m very glad I chose to fill my glass with this beer. I’m quite a fan. It’s a clean beer with a mild sharpness on the back of the tongue. It’s full-bodied, but not overwhelmingly so. It has a very pleasant flavor indeed.

This is a beer I’d be happy to have all the time. I could see drinking this with meals or when I just wanted to relax. Unfortunately, this is a seasonal beer, so I’ll have to enjoy it for the limited time it’s available only.

I’m pleased to give this beer 5/5 caps.

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1,261 Bottle Caps

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I’ve been wanting a poker table for years. Just a place to sit and throw some cards with a few good friends. Of course, with poker comes beer. I love beer. Beer is fantastic.

I found these guys online the other night while looking at poker tables. Awesome. Now I’m inspired. Although I don’t plan to do anything as fancy as these guys did, I’m thinking a simple hexagonal table (since bottle caps make hexagons nicely) at about two feet per seating area would be perfect. Some quick math leads me to believe I’ll need 1,261 caps to fill that size table. I have 21 caps right now.

As I gather the remaining 1,240 caps, I thought it would be a waste not to take this opportunity to talk about the beers under them. Over ambitious? More than likely, but it’ll be a lot of fun. Whether or not I ever gather the caps I need to make my poker table, I’ll begin writing about the beers I drink along the way. This will be a blog about one man’s opinions as he drinks beer.

So, here are the rules for my bottle caps. I’ll only have one cap of each design. I can repeat beers if the bottler redesigns their cap, but otherwise this rule will limit me to one cap one beer (at least as far as the collection is concerned). I need to drink the beer personally. No caps from friends will be added to the table. I understand that even if I drink one unique beer every night, it will take well over three years to get the number of caps I need. More realistically, I’m looking at five to ten years of drinking, collecting and blogging. Drinking beer I’m not worried about. Collecting, I’m pretty confident in. Blogging, well, we’ll see how that goes.

**The opinions expressed with regard to each beer are purely my own. No company or  brewery has asked me to review their product and as such, are not compensating me for my opinions. Should they request a review with compensation, I will say so in my post.**