Friday, August 23, 2019

IPGA IPA


You probably remember when I called IPGA IPA one of my favorites back when I visited Twisted Trunk back in 2015. Well, apparently they have started canning and at least doing some local distribution. This can was on the local Miami shelves yesterday! 6.2% alcohol. 67 IBU.

Bright citrus aroma. Nicely bitter to start, full of orange citrus. Lightly spicy and hoppy with a sweet malty balance in the background. Nice beer! Definitely check out the brewery!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter


Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter? Who wouldn't want to try that from Two Henrys Brewing? You can read a little story below describing the beer. 5% alcohol.

Chocolaty, blueberry, spicy aroma. Chocolate flavors come first, lightly sweet at the start. Some peppery spicy creeps into the mix with a dull heat.

Hints of coffee and char show. Blueberry flavors don't really show, but OK since you told me they exist. And I wanted that blueberry because I think it's a great pairing idea. Beer was OK.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Dr. Robot Blackberry Lemon Sour


I'm headed to Atlanta later this week for business (with some time reserved for fun too), so when I saw Monday Night Brewing's Dr. Robot Blackberry Lemon Sour on the local liquor store shelf, I decided to do a little pre-gaming. 5.0% alcohol.

My brother-in-law and I are going to try to hit Creature Comforts in Athens and maybe another locally in Atlanta. We'll see! Meanwhile here in Miami, my older kid is not happy he's in charge of taking his brother to baseball practices. I told him he can get a job instead if he prefers.

Aroma full of berries, lemony and acidic. Blackberry flavors show first with some sweetness. That initial sweetness is challenged with hints of tartness and a light lemony kick. But I was honestly expecting this beer to be WAY more tart, and "sour" has no place in its name.

Refreshingly tart and nice flavors.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Soft Parade


Today I'm checking out Short's Brewing's Soft Parade, a fruit ale brewed with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. 7.5% alcohol and "Handmade by people who care."

Sweet, fruity, marmalady aroma. Flavor is full of berries with raspberries most prominent. Initially sweet, but there are some nice tart nips here and there. Can pick out blueberries after a few sips, but this is really more of a generic berry festival in your mouth.

I liked it!



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Rickenbacker Pilsner


Today I'm checking out Wynwood Brewing's Rickenbacker Pilsner, a Czech-style pilsner named after WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker. There's a little story on the label that you can read below. Nice label art. 5.0% alcohol.

Grainy aroma with a pleasant sweetness. Grainy and sweet to start. A bitter and spicy answer comes nipping at your palate. That spiciness grows a little with each sip. Interesting and unique. Check it out.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Visit to Somers Point Brewing Company


Every year, my family visits Ocean City, NJ for a vacation. You already know that, duh. Every brother and sister and their spouses and children and our parents and often a few hangers on. Was 19 this year, down one from a divorce from last year.

OCNJ you probably know is a dry town which is just stupid. They used to have blue laws too when I was growing up, making sure I didn't play Paperboy and Ms. Pacman on the Sabbath. This year, Darryl Strawberry gave the sermon at the OC Tabernacle the week we were there. My mom and brother went and were impressed.


Anyway, the first structure across every bridge is a liquor store. Circle Liquor got a lot of cash from us this year! But there is also a new brewery that was a must stop: Somers Point Brewing Company.

My wife and I went one evening after miniature golfing to see what this brewery had to offer. Two flights, and I can honestly say every beer was great. Nice space and location, good crowd, food delivery, was a nice experience!