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July 24, 2015

Good evening y’all,

I want to start off by expressing how nice it is to be back blogging about craft beer. I took about a year long hiatus due to some health issues but now we’re back in full force and I have some awesome plans lined up.

I’m feeling very chill and relax tonight. The weather in Houston today was near 100 degrees and I’ve been working over-time at the office lately like a mad man. Needless to say, I’m all tuckered out and looking forward to the weekend.  But first, a good beer… BOOM.  I introduce to you the Yogi Spiced Amber Ale made by Rogness Brewing Company out of Pflugerville, TX.  I picked this up at one of my favorite local bottle and growler shops in Houston, Premium Draught.

Why did I choose this brew for tonight?  Well, it has a special trance-like feature that only meditation and yoga have been able to achieve for me.  And since I feel like enjoying a beer instead of actually doing yoga, here we are.

Let’s start at the top because Rogness Brewing Company is one of my new favorites and I REALLY enjoy their attention to detail.  The founders, Dianne and Forrest Rogness, also own a popular homebrew supply shop in Austin, TX and Dianne’s love for yoga and Chai tea is the inspiration for this brew.  I really appreciate their commitment to bring out quality beers and their logo design work is very appealing.  This s a very unique beer made with Saigon cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, and black pepper.

I particularly think the label is awesome with various yoga poses across the top panel.  The beer pours like a darker amber and is very enticing, make sure you form some head towards the end of your pour.  This is definitely a good test of the smell senses – take a big friendly whiff!  You’ll get strong aromas of cinnamon and pepper; it actually does smell like Chai tea.  Pretty impressive if you ask me.

I don’t want to admit that I like a beer called “Yogi”.  It’s not exactly the manliest thing to say.  But this one is full of awesomeness.  The after-taste really stays with you for longer than most beers and I find myself wanting another sip, then another, aaannnddd now the bottle is gone!

I can definitely reach for another one and at only 5.2% ABV it’s not going to leave you passed out on the pavement.  Now I’m craving some spicy noodles to pair with it; it might be time for late night grub run.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.  Yes, that is my smoking hot wife doing her yoga in the background of this picture.  She’s a professional photographer and her creativity behind the camera is starting to rub off on me. Cheers to the upcoming weekend folks. I hope it’s a great one!