Sol beer was developed in the federal district of Mexico (Mexico City) in 1899 by a German immigrant, and is so named for its bright, sunny appearance in the clear bottle. Sol has been a Heineken International brand since, 2010, when the Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma brewing company was acquired. Sol is available in fifty countries and is sold in varying bottle and can configurations, and one might occasionally see it on tap. According to Heineken, it is especially popular in the Middle East, Asia, and South America. One will find that it is also widely available in America and it is a standard offering in Mexican restaurants.
Sol is 4.5% alcohol, and the company touts its "exquisite aroma", "mild flavor", "slightly bitter" flavor, and "refreshing" character. Sol's mellow approach guarantees that it is not shunned by those turned off by harsh or strong beers. However, most beer enthusiasts will find that the beer had enough flavor and character to complement a spicy Latin meal. This writer sees a bright future for this brand in the coming decades.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
One will run across this beer on many menus in Mexican restaurants, and this writer can attest to the exceptional pair-ability of this lager with spicy Mexican or Tex-Mex offerings. It is highly recommended that the beer enthusiast sample this classic beer brand.
NOTE: Heineken International acquired this company in 2010.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Although the quality of the beers is questionable (I have tried quite a few and have found them inferior or even outright unpleasant), there does seem to be a continuing market for them, and many times they are marketed as craft beers, as one will notice with the brands sold at Whole Foods Market.
Like it or not, the private label segment of the beer market is strong, the Winery Exchange is a major player in it, and there is no sign that the trend will end in the foreseeable future.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
According to the Miller-Coors website Killian's is a 5.4% abv lager, but the Molson-Coors website shows it at 4.9% alcohol, and it might be sold at variant abv levels. In 2006, George Killian's Irish Stout (4.9% abv) was introduced, and it is sold in select American states. George Killian's Irish Honey beer was sold in the 1990s, but this offering did not last.
Killian's has proven to be a consistent seller for Coors, and it is commonly available. One will not often see any sort of advertising for this beer, however. This lager has won a bronze, three silver, and two gold medals over the years at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, so it has a trophy case to back up its claims of quality and enjoyment.
It seems as though George Killian's Irish Red Lager will remain a strong contender in the beer world for years to come. This author has had much enjoyment from it, and it's stout variant for years.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Upon this beer's introduction, and until the mid-1990s, this lager received heavy television, radio, and print advertising attention, and it was available nationwide. For whatever reason, possibly because the beer did not meet expected sales expectations, Coors Brewing Co. began to slowly cut back on promotions and on availability. The beer enthusiast will, more than likely, have to search hard to find Extra Gold, but this writer can verify that the beer offers a smooth, pleasant, and tasty drinking experience. One hopes that this beer will again be decently marketed.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
This writer has never seen it sold anywhere but in states ranging from Virginia to New York, but it is probably available, elsewhere. Since 1999 it has been a Pabst brand, and it is, like Big Bear Malt Liquor, one of their most unattended and unacknowledged brands. This beer receives absolutely no advertising attention of any kind, yet it does seem to move at a steady, if unremarkable pace. This is known to be the case, because other beers, like Falstaff and Ice Man Malt Liquor, which did not sell at an acceptable level, have been dropped by Pabst without the least sentiment or public notification.
I have tried this product on one occasion (16 oz. can in 2010), and I found it to be comparable to other mass-produced, value-priced malt liquors, such as Colt 45 and Schlitz Malt Liquor. It is recommended that the reader sample this beer, if the opportunity presents itself.
NOTE: Silver Thunder will be discontinued after 2013.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Although Shiner Premium has, over the years, been sold under different brand names, like Shiner Special, Shiner Texas Special, and in the 1990s through March, 2013 as Shiner Blonde, the recipe (4.4% abv) has remained virtually unchanged.
Shiner is a stereotypical American-style lager, brewed with the usual corn adjunct. It can be found in 12 oz. cans or bottles, although bottles tend to be the more common vessel. Shiner receives no national television or radio advertising attention, although, in western Louisiana and throughout Texas one will see a fair number of roadside billboards touting the brand, usually Shiner Bock, though.
This writer has sample Shiner Premium on numerous occasions, and I find it holds its own against all the other national, mass-produced American-style lagers. A sampling is recommended.