Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Fireside Chat poured a brownish color with ruby hues and a finger width, tan head. The nose is malty, with spices, and a little dark fruit that might be heading towards the sour side. The body is smooth, with some spices, yet light for a winter ale. There is a slight offness/sour notes that dont seem to beling in a spiced winter ale. The finish offers a little dry bitterness.
Overall, this is a below average beer. It is mild for a winter ale, as I was expecting a bigger backbone. The main problem here is the sour like notes that appeared in the nose and stayed throughout the rest of the beer. I can't imagine this is what 21st was aiming for and if it was I am a little confused. It may be a bad batch of beer, which is possible but quite unusual for a canned beer. 21st Amendment has earned my trust so I will give this another shot but the beer that came out of this particular can was not very good at all.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tröegs Scratch #33: Saison poured a hazy, dark orangey, amber color with a two fingered width, white head. The nose is really nice, thick malt with strong yeast aromas. he body is thinker up front with bready malt and a little earthiness. The middle is very highly carbonated and he back end leads to a nice dryness on the finish.
Overall, a really nice beer that gives a little different take on the saison style. The typical saison features are present but there is a little bit more bready malt then usual. I think the malt and high carbonation would allow the beer to lay down for a few months to become a little more polished, but this is a really nice small batch beer that needs to be purchased if ou can find it.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Overall, I loved this beer. The bottled version is massive and a little much for me, but I thought the casked version is either a little bit more restrained or a little rounded out. The coffee dies down a little, the chocolate come out a bit more, and the dry hopping really brings the hops forward. This is a really enjoyable nightcap and an amazing beer on cask.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Overall, this is a wonderful beer, one of the best representatives of this style. A big pilsner without taking the "Imperial" overboard. My Antonia is is balanced from the nose to the finish, hides its 7.5% ABV well, and can be either enjoyed by itself or paired with a wide range of dishes.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
There was some nice hanging lace left on the glass. Overall, a nice wheat beer. I love the fruit but it could use a little hop bitterness to balance out the ineveitable sweetness.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Good Beer 422 E 9th St. NYC
There are three requirements for perfecting a craft: hard work, patience, and Skeet Ulrich totally lying and telling everyone you're terrible in bed when you didn't even sleep with him. Not cool, bro! Dedicating their store to The Craft of suds: Good Beer NYC.
Started by a guy who after 14yrs saw his prospects in the publishing world dwindling, GB's a sunken hybrid beer cafe/shop with with a raw, old-school general store feel, boasting a wall of refrigerators stocked with bottles to take with you, and taps set up for enjoying draughts at a handful of metal tables, but not Metallica tables, as then you'd just Spill 'Em All. The small batch/craft bottles're geographically arranged starting up front with the Northeast (the densest offering, including stalwarts like Smuttynose, Captain Lawrence, Six Point, and Dogfish Head), roaming the states to cover everything from Cigar City (Tampa), to Founders' (Mich.), to Bear Republic (Cali.), and ending with international options like Delirium Tremens, Lucifer, and Hobgoblin, proving once again that all things foreign are terrifying. On-the-spot pours (also avail in growlers to go) are spread over twelve taps, with the opening rotation including Dogfish Head 60 minute, Arcadia's Jaw-Jacker Pumpkin Ale, Oskar Blues' Dale's Pale Ale, Coney Island Sword Swallower, and a a house favorite, "extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied, and copper colored" West Coast IPA from Green Flash,
Should you want to fortify, GB's also supplementing the hooch with organic grass fed dogs, kielbasa (spicy or cheddar filled), pretzels, and cheese plates, but no Meyer's ice cream or Campbell's soup, because those are just people who were in The Craft, and have nothing to do with this whatsoever.
Overall, this is a big IPA, that is still a sipper despite its ability to hide the higher ABV extremely well. A well made beer with a very sturdy backbone, the casked version is a little bit more rounded out then a kegged or bottled version.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Smuttynose’s Second Trip to Europe This Year is Twice as Nice
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale and Smuttynose Robust Porter each won a gold medals at
2010’s European edition of Mondial de la Biere, held in Strasbourg, France. An
international panel of experienced judges awarded two of only fourteen gold medals
to the Portsmouth, NH brewer, which was the only American brewery to claim hardware.
Both beers are previous gold medal winners at the Great American Beer Festival,
with Wheat Wine Ale taking a gold in 2005 and Robust Porter taking a gold in 2001.
In a world of style-shredding beers, the Mondial de la Biere is one of the few
competitions that takes a post-style approach to judging. Instead of each brewery
choosing the categories in which to enter its beers, judges nominate each beer into
a style category. The winners are then chosen through a numerical scoring system.
Beers can be entered into multiple style categories but each beer can only win one
medal and awarded medals aren’t tied to a specific style. “This unique judging
format really opens the door for a lot brewers who, like us, don’t brew exactly to
style,” says David Yarrington, Smuttynose’s Director of Brewing Operations,
“Obviously, we’re really grateful that the folks at the Mondial have taken such a
unique approach to beer judging.”
This year was the second edition of the Strasbourg Mondial de la Biere. The
original Mondial began in Montreal in 1994 and has become one of the world’s premier
beer festivals, offering not only a wide range of beers to sample but a successful
educational program as well. The festival is the premier international beer event
in North American and is world renowned, expecting around 100,00 visitors next year.
This year’s French edition hosted 16,000 attendees (up 5% from last year), showing
how rapidly craft beer culture is spreading, even in areas that are traditionally
considered wine country.
The wins continue a great run for Smuttynose in European competition. The brewery’s
Big A IPA won the Michael Jackson Award, given to the Best American Beer at the
Great British Beer Festival in August of this year. European interest in craft
beer, and American craft beer in particular, is booming, and Smuttynose is exploring
options by which it can join this European beer renaissance. The medals, which
would have simply been a nice surprise in days past, may now open a door to new
Smuttynose Brewing Company is New Hampshire’s leading craft brewery. Founded in
1994, Smuttynose brews more than 20 different styles of beer, which are distributed
in 19 different states, including the entire East Coast. Its beers have won many
awards both domestically and abroad and have been featured in publications as
diverse as “Wine Enthusiast,” “Men’s Journal,” and “The New York Times.”
Thursday, November 4, 2010
A lot of people have written us with questions and suggestions for 2011's Kate Day, the day we release our famous Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout. This year, we'll be managing the release differently than in years past. Here are the highlights, in Q & A format:
• When will Kate Day take Place in 2011?
Kate Day will take place on Monday, March 7, 2011.
• How much Kate the Great will be brewed?
We will brew the same quantity as in years past: ten barrels, divided equally between draught and bottles. Approximately 900 bottles will be available for purchase.
• How much do bottles of Kate cost?
After holding the line on price for the last four years, in 2011 the price of 22-ounce bottles of Kate will increase to $15 apiece.
• Will growlers of Kate be available?
• What time are you going to start passing out calendar pages to people who wish to
We are not going to use calendar pages this year!
• WHAT? If you're not going to use calendar pages, how are you going to handle
We're glad you asked! This year, we are going to organize bottle sales using custom-printed scratch tickets. Ten thousand tickets will be available, with nine hundred "winners" mixed randomly among them. These tickets will be sold at the Portsmouth Brewery for $2 apiece starting six weeks prior to Kate Day, until they run out. All of the revenue generated by the sale of these scratch tickets will be donated to a non-profit of our choice. Sale of scratch tickets will be limited to ten per person per day. Scratch tickets must be purchased in person at the Brewery.
None will be sold by mail.
• If I don't live near Portsmouth, how will I be able to purchase a ticket?
This is where you become resourceful and ask your Aunt Tillie in Kittery or your BA trading partners to help out and buy tickets for you.
• So I've got a winning scratch ticket, now what to I do?
A winning scratch ticket has no cash value - it merely entitles the bearer to purchase a single bottle of Kate at his or her convenience any time from March 7 through April 15, 2011. An individual can purchase as many bottles of Kate as he or she has winning scratch tickets. Winning scratch tickets become invalid after April 15, 2011. Any bottles of Kate remaining unsold after that date will be made available to the general public in our retail store.
• So no camping out on the sidewalk in front of the Brewery the night before?
Not for people wishing to buy bottles of Kate - that will no longer be necessary.
• How is draft Kate going to be released?
We've made some changes here, too, compared to years past. The Portsmouth Brewery will open its doors for business at eleven on Kate Day. We will let people into the building in groups of 50, spaced 15 minutes apart, until the restaurant is fully seated. This is to assure that service (and beer) flows smoothly, enabling us to provide the best hospitality throughout the day. The official tapping of Kate will take place around 12:30-ish.
Overall, this is a really nice beer, with huge body and depth. There is plenty going on here and is fairly well balanced for a big IPA. Well worth a try if you see it.