Lithuanian Lobster Lovers Beer

Lobster Lover photo by swanksalot of flickr.com

Lobster Lover photo by swanksalot of flickr.com

Lobsters Lovers Beer (9.5% ABV)

I had lunch today at one of my old favorite Greek/Eastern European delis (old because I havent been there in over a year) and tore up their very delicious beef and lamb gyro. Yum! While I waited for my order I strolled by their various sections of various foreign brands of food, wine and reading material. Somehow I was mysteriously pulled to the beer section without protest I might add. Wow I thought as I gazed them over. Many were pilsers which I wasnt looking for. Other labels were in Cyrillic which I have a basic understanding of so I wasnt intimidated. I wanted to choose one for tonight’s taste but I couldnt on my own. I asked the helpful clerk for an IPA which he didnt have or for a dark ale. He pointed out Lobster Lovers Beer (9.5% ABV) from Latvia with its high ABV and interesting label. However when I researched the brew for this post I found that it wasnt an ale at all but a strong lager and it was from Lithuania not Latvia. No worries I was still happy that I got to taste a new beer and at least the clerk got the beer’s region correct.

The featured beer comes from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje (which means Rinkuškiai Brewery) in the “Biržai region known as Beer Country in Lithuania.”  Lobster Lovers beer poured well and was a beautiful golden color and a nice white head. For a lager I was surprisingly odd when it gave a sweet and somewhat subtle fruity aroma. I actually thought that this was a real good lager even for this hop head. It tasted well and finished well too. Unlike some American domestic lagers/pilsners (I cant compare to micro lagers b/c I dont really ever drink them and I cant remember the last time I did if I did) this beer was really smooth and had a plesant taste. Will I go back for more? Maybe. Only time will tell. And why is it called Lobster Lovers? Hell if I know. Cheers!

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

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