Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Yard House Sawgrass Mills Grand Opening

After a series of week-long special event parties, Yard House opened its Sawgrass Mills location to the public last Saturday 12/9 at 8pm! I was fortunate enough to be invited to check out the new place in the last party before that happened.

I was expecting a smallish gathering, and while my perfect record of on-time attendance showed that might be the case, it was clear later on this was a big gathering. I didn't know anyone but the staff made me feel like I was friends with everyone!

A few beers, passed hors d'oeuvres (the wings were the best of the night, juicy and spicy) to check out a lot of what Yard House offers, super friendly and knowledgeable staff, what more could I ask for? Except more beers?!?

Now... I've tried almost every beer on the menu, but there were some I was aiming for. And the Yard House staff had no problem offering little tastes to see if you wanted to go "all-in" on a particular beer. Funniest moment: bartender can't find Bud Light tap and manager can't either (for whatever poor sap was asking for that crap)!!!

The first thing I asked for was a taste of their Anniversary Tripel, brewed in Belgium with Brasserie de Silly, then aged in cognac barrels. Yeah, right? Duh! I took a sip then immediately ordered a full glass! Sweet but super awesome!

Besides that, I am in love with Civil Society's Fresh IPA. My wife was like "I've never tasted a beer that I think is more your style." We bonded after that perfection. I almost proposed all over again!

One Green Flash beer was kicked from the prior parties, a few beers on the menu still didn't arrive since Keg Day, but Yard House is a sweet addition to the brutality which is Sawgrass Mills shopping. Wives should drop their husbands off here, with gift card in hand, of course!

One last comment: this was the best service I have ever received at any bar ever! I've been to some really awesome events, private at The Biltmore, etc., and damn these guys and gals crushed that aspect. If they keep that up, everyone will always stop by! The end.

Crusted Salmon, might have been second favorite

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager

All of you have seen Bud's TV push on their Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager on commercials. It should be awesome, right? They rolled out their old label and bottle and some stuff about repealing prohibition, but this is just Bud right?

Nope. This is Bud 6.1% which I tasted out of my "Bud Product Pint Glass." Grainy, caramel, toasty aroma. The flavors are similar, full of sweet grain, caramel, some nuttiness. Herbal with a hint of alcohol.

Screams MACRO! Off-putting sweetness and generally corny flavors, metallic finish, bad aftertaste.

Sorry I was hoping for better but was screwed!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Enjoy By 12.25.17 Unfiltered IPA

Stone Brewing released another "Enjoy By" beer recently, this time an unfiltered IPA due by 12.25.17, an Enjoy By Christmas beer! This can is "Joyously Fresh," canned on 11/19/2017. 9.4% alcohol.

Stone Enjoy By 12.25.17 Unfiltered IPA has a beautiful color and a bright sweet tangerine aroma. Flavors start out juicy, tropical, fresh, with tangerines and a hint of mango.

Spicy and sharp next, prickly carbonation. Excellent bitterness counters the initial sweet fruitiness. Alcohol provides a noticeable kick. Fantastic, as usual.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

Quad Day 2017 (#QuadDay) was FANTASTIC! It started with a bottle of this awesome Quad and progressed into a party at my house celebrating my birthday and our new backyard featuring a travertine patio with a beautiful pergola! How did you celebrate this event?

Gulden Draak 9000 has a sweet candi, caramel and raisin aroma, while not hiding the booziness of the beer! Flavors are similar and then some! Caramel, raisins, bread, boozy. And then you get a huge hit of toffee! 10.7% alcohol.

Big body, rich, spicy with a touch of citrus. Delicious, sweet, yum!

Monday, November 27, 2017

A Visit to NightLife Brewing Company

NightLife Brewing Company had their grand opening October 7, 2017. That's approximately 2 years after last night's bartender started growing his epic beard! NightLife is located under one of Marlins Park's parking garages, pretty sweet location.

But out of season, there wasn't much action, except for the Miami Brew Bus crowd. They were on a tour of the brewing area when we got there, but definitely made a presence in the Tap Room afterward!

My wife and our friends did a flight of all 7 NightLife beers so we could decide which beers to grab a full pour. Next Thursday Pale Ale, 90 Mile Pale Ale, and Flight to Freedom Golden Strong Ale were the winners. NightLife also had a nice selection of guest taps available.

The beers were excellent! You should definitely support these guys out of season because I know this place is going to kick ass when baseball starts  up again! Great location and brews!

1588 NW 7th St, Miami FL, 33125
Tuesday - Thursday: 4pm - 11pm
Friday: 4pm - Late
Saturday: 1pm - Late
Sunday: 1pm - 9pm
PHONE 786-787-BEER

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Last Days of Summer Fruited Sour Ale

Tampa Bay Brewing's local rep Dan Von Husen was pouring some Last Days of Summer Fruited Sour Ale last month at Grovetoberfest! I was sipping some Reef Donkey, but Dan was having a ball with the thousands of attendees!

Anyway, a day later, I grabbed a can of Last Days to check out for myself. "Crafted For The Florida Lifestyle" 16 oz pounder can. This is a sour ale brewed with mango and peach. Can art depicts a hazy SW Florida sunset.

Tons of mangoes in the aroma with a hint of tartness. Flavors start with a giant, juicy dose of ripe mangoes. Some prickly light sour tartness follows, adds a little balance.

Peaches are secondary for sure. Last Days has a sweet and sour candy type taste, sugary yet tart at the same time. Refreshing. Check it out!