18th Street Brewery Dozer Pilsner

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Beer type: Pilsner Style Lager
Alcohol Level: 4.9%
Brewed By: 18th Street Brewery

Indiana, known for Three Floyds, the Indy 500, and Hoosiers. But, there’s more to it than that. Not every great name has hit the big time yet. One of those names is 18th Street Brewery out of Hammond, Indiana.

I sat down and had their Dozer Pilsner Style Lager and this is a fine, drinkable beer. With a 4.9% alcohol, it makes it drinkable without getting too crazy. With a semi-sweet smell and yellow color, this looks like your classic pilsner. The taste has a bitter aftertaste and it’s even somewhat dry. I’d suggest this beer to any of your Miller Lite fans if they’re trying to try a craft beer similar to a macro brew like Miller Lite.

18th Street Brewery has a brewpub in Hammond and a tap room in Gary. They’ve been around since 2010 and now they’re the second largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Good work brewers, good work. Side note, check out their awesome beer labels here.

Cheers

Hopewell First Lager

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Beer type: Lager
Alcohol Level: 5.1%
Brewed By: Hopewell Brewing Company

This is my second review of a Hopewell beer. This time, I bought myself a six pack and did the pours myself in my apartment.

Hopewell First Lager is your classic type of lager. It has a yellow/golden color to it and it’s light. It doesn’t have any intense smells or anything like that. It is moderately carbonated and it has a bitter aftertaste. It’s refreshing on this mid 80s day in Chicago. Hopewell says they use a Midwest malt for this recipe. This is your classic lager type beer, nothing too wild or crazy, but always good.

Hopewell Brewing Company is based out of the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, IL. It’s within walking distance from where I live and I need to go there more often. They have beers on draft, beers to go, and some pretty cool merchandise. Their taproom is a cool place to hang out, pet dogs, and play some board games.

Cheers!

 

Blue Point Toasted Lager

Beer type: Amber Lager
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Blue Point Brewing Company
IBU: 28

Sorry folks, no photo of this one. (I was too ashamed to take a photo of my beer while sitting at the bar.)

Traveling in Pittsburgh, I stumbled upon a nice burger spot called BRGR. I tried a few beers and this one was my favorite. With a sweet and caramel aroma, this one went down great. It has a nice amber and caramel color to it. The aftertaste was semi-sweet and made you want to keep drinking it. I was a big fan of this one.

Blue Point says, “Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor of malt and hops makes for easy drinking and our special proprietary lager yeast produces an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish.” Blue Point is based out of Long Island in New York. Overall, great beer and I’d love to have it again.

Abita Purple Haze

Abita Purple Haze

Beer type: Lager
Alcohol Level: 4.2%
Brewed By: Abita Brewing Company
IBU: 13

Review

I’m not usually one to go for a lower alcohol percentage beer. I know…shocker. But, to be honest I was first enticed by the beer’s label. It’s got a nice photo/drawing of someone who looks like they could shred the guitar left-handed.

This beer is known for its raspberry taste and lightness. It’s a lager with a fruity aroma and taste that’s refreshing on a nice summer day. Next time I head to the beach, I know what I’m grabbing.

Abita says it’s “a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration.” You definitely get the taste of fruit and they even suggest pairing it with a dessert or having the beer as a dessert (don’t mind if I do).