Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ommegang Short Sleeve Saison

Ommegang recently put a "Spring Saison" on the shelves called Short Sleeve Saison. The label shows a funny bird all dressed up, perhaps celebrating change of season. This beer is brewed with lemon peel, coriander and grains of paradise. 4.5% alcohol.

Coriander and lemon aroma with some light yeasty funk. Sharp lemon flavors to start, big citrus bomb. Plenty of coriander comes next. Yeasty, hay, funk hang in the background for the duration.

There is a sharp tangy streak throughout. Super spice basket forward, way too much for my liking. Was OK.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Whizbang Hoppy Blonde Ale

New Belgium Whizbang Hoppy Blonde Ale? Yeah why not? The label gives a short description that includes "bursting with Mosaic hops." The art work shows exactly that, like a fireworks display of exploding hops. 5.7% alcohol. 45 IBU. Enjoy By 21MAY17 and I actually wrote this review 6 weeks ago, LOL.

Nicely hoppy aroma, citrus, fruity, herbal. Soft fruity apple flavors come first, initially sweet. A big dose of hoppy bitterness does swoop in and tame that. A little spicy with even a hint of sourness. Not bad but a little forgettable.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Triangulation Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Today I'm checking out Triangulation Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed by Perrin Brewing Company in Michigan. This is a collaboration beer with Oskar Blues and Cigar City, only available in Michigan and Florida Markets.

The can art shows the triangle between each of the breweries on a map, very clever, LOL. And there are hundreds of triangles that adorn the same can. 9.0% alcohol. 60 IBU.

Cocoa and coffee aroma. WOW! Super rich chocolaty start, not overly sweet. Excellent roast with a light burnt sugar and caramel flavor next. Coffee very prominent. Super creamy.

Triangulation becomes a little sweeter with some warmth yet remains balanced. Dark fruit and sweet prunes also show with time. Wife liked it. I loved it! Check it out!

Cochon555 Miami Just Two Days Away!

Who can't wait for Sunday afternoon and the start of this year's Cochon555 Miami event? Me, that's who! This is one awesome culinary event with terrific local chefs creating some delicious pork masterpieces. Besides all the food, wine lovers should take a look at the short video below to get an idea of what else you can expect.

Again, Cochon555 takes place this Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. I anticipate a fabulous afternoon and will leave you with another pretty cool butchering demonstration from a prior event.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Brewers Project: Guinness Irish Wheat

Guinness recently added another beer in The Brewers Project series: Guinness Irish Wheat. 5.3% alcohol. 11.2 oz bottle. The label says to expect "zesty citrus, subtle clove & banana notes."

Lemony aroma with a little spice. Lemon and orange citrus flavor to start. Tangy, lightly sweet. There is a soft spiciness, especially at the finish. An it took half the bottle, but banana nuances start to show as the label suggests. Simple, nice beer.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cochon555 Miami VIP Ticket Giveaway

Cochon555 will be returning to Miami this Sunday, March 26, 2017! Cochon555 is a celebration of Heritage Breed Pigs in a nose-to tail cooking competition which supports safe, honest food in support of family farms and the Piggy Bank charity. Trust me, this is a must-attend event with so many opportunities to eat and drink! Check out the awesome video below to catch a glimpse!

Want to win two VIP tickets? I'm going to make this really easy for you. Between now and midnight Thursday 3/23/2017, visit the Cochon555 website. You will find a link there about Heritage Breed Pigs. Pick your favorite then leave a comment naming it here. If you have trouble leaving a comment, email me your entry and I'll add it for you. That's it. I'll pick a random winner on Friday morning. Be sure to give me some way to contact you in case you win.