Monday, May 23, 2016

Oatsmobile Ale

Oatsmobile Ale? OK. Sure, especially after just calling the Trifecta Box in the Kentucky Derby! Interesting name, a play on Oldsmobile I suppose, along with the horse illustration on the beer label. Bell's describes the beer as "Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing. Happy-go-lucky. Full-Bodied." 4.3% alcohol Session Pale Ale brewed with oats. PKGD 04/25/16

Fruity aroma, peaches stand out, lightly floral. Lemony tangy flavors to start. Bright citrus zing, grassy, also fruity. Some malty sweetness in the background adds balance. Good body, nicely carbonated. Flavors remind me of All Day IPA--differences are this one has less hoppy sharpness and a bigger body.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Bretter Day Biere de Mars Ale

Today I'm checking out Two Brothers' A Bretter Day Biere de Mars Ale. 5/5% alcohol. 23.1 IBU. Brewed with house yeast and Brettanomyces. Best By 09/21/16.

Fruity with a distinct yeasty funky sourish aroma. Herbal and fruity flavors to start. But those are overwhelmed with a very Bretty funk, not sour or really very tart, just weird. There is a tangy zing, citrus zesty crispness in the background though I never got past that off-putting flavor. I really tried to get used to the flavor, hopefully have it grow on me, but in the end, I disliked this beer immensely! Tomorrow will be a better day!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Venice Ale House

Los Angeles in April should be hot right? NOPE! Goddamn, when the uber driver left us in front of Venice Ale House on Venice Beach, it was windy and chilly, like 60 degrees at lunch time!

Anyway, this isn't going to be long. This joint had a great tap list and a really neat twist on a flight of beers. Considering the famed local Skate Park, Venice Ale House offered a "Skate" of beers which could be 4 or 6 or 8 in a few different sized pours too, served in a retired skateboard. I think the dudes next to us ordered a full skate, like 12 beers!

My wife and I had 4 half pints, and though I had tried 3/4 of them many times before, fresh and local was awesome: Mendocino Dr. Jekyll Kolsch, Stone Ruination, North Coast Brother Thelonious, Green Flash Le Freak!

We had a great burger, all organic and California and stuff, too.  Oh, and the bathrooms had pretty cool male/female skateboard themed identifiers as well. The end (except we walked to Firestone-Walker Brewery on the way home, another story.)

That happened after a walk on the beach though!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Divine Reserve No. 16

Today I'm checking out Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve No. 16. The label is purple and prominently shows the "16" but you're out of luck knowing what to expect from within (unless of course you were smart enough to Google it beforehand.) Basically, the label tells you zero. Bottled 02/18/16.

So I went in blindly, hoping for some mid-ranged alcohol and approachable beer! Bam! Big aroma of cherries, caramel, brown sugar and no mistaking this beer for some alcy pop!

Flavors start out similarly with cherries, prunes, cola. Some sweet brown sugar and honey also show a lot in the beginning, not to mention the aforementioned alcohol kick, slightly harsh.

After a few sips, there was some char and savory character to the beer, not intense like one of those smoked beers, rather subtle yet distinct and noticeable. Some hoppy bitterness also manages to tone the initial sweetness.

It turns out that this beer is brewed in a relatively rare style called an Adambier (Beer Advocate listed it as an Old Ale). And yeah, 10.0% alcohol. Lots of nuances, interesting, different.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

21st Amendment Brewery Beer Dinner at Russo's Coal Fired Italian Kitchen

Monday night I had the chance to return to Russo's Coal Fired Italian Kitchen in Pembroke Pines for another awesome beer dinner! A few months ago, the featured brewery was Anchor Brewing. And I missed one in the interim with Coppertail Brewing while I was on vacation.

As you can see, this is quite the beer dinner series that Russo's has ventured on. Gold Coast Distributors has partnered with them to host a monthly beer dinner, and the one I'm talking about a few nights ago was paired with the beers of 21st Amendment Brewery.

Now I've tasted 21st Amendment beers here and there, traveling or trades or shares, but sneaky somehow they are now being distributed here in South Florida! The Gold Coast guys worked with Chef Jason Arroyo to create a menu that showcased local ingredients and incorporated and paired the beers.

And both Jason and the Gold Coast guys really showed off the food and beer marriage! My favorite dish of the night was the Compressed Watermelon (though that pastrami crusted fish was money) and favorite beer was the Monks Blood Belgian-style Dark Ale (though Hell or High Watermelon is an iconic star)!

We had a lot of beers on draft, but you should definitely check out the cool cans and packaging done by 21st Amendment.

Teaser, not confirmed, but expect a kick-ass beer dinner featuring the beers from Brooklyn Brewery on 6/20. Sign up NOW! I guarantee a very fun and informative presentation from both Gold Coast and the brewery! If you call Karla at 954-431-1131 she will be super happy to tell you all the details!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tropi Cannon Citrus IPA

I love Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA! This Tropi Cannon Citrus IPA is a version brewed with mango, blood orange and grapefruit. A portion of the proceeds benefits in the region where is was purchased. 7.25% alcohol. Best By SEP 07 16.

Mango and sweet blood orange very prominent in the aroma and flavors, with generic citrus also showing. After a sweet start, big grapefruit and hoppy bitterness answer the challenge. Dry, a little astringent, light alcohol flavor at the finish.

Basically, this is a totally different beer than their Loose Cannon IPA. Tropi Cannon takes the lovely sweetness from the original and replaces it completely with a bitter monster. The original is way better.