Thursday, March 21, 2019

White Geist Berliner Weisse

So the Stone Gargoyles delivered a baby 11.2 oz can from Germany. As the story says, White Geist Berliner Weisse is a descendant of what Napoleon called the "champagne of the north." 4.7% alcohol. 11.2 oz can.

Salty, lemony, sharp aroma. Wow! Quite tart grabs the sides of your cheeks, first sip! Lemon, salty and a little fruity. Super refreshing and you definitely do get used to the tart part! Nice beer!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Carnival Magic at the RedFrog Pub on St. Paddy's Day

You like that title? Set some expectations? Let me explain.

Sunday afternoon (St. Patrick's Day), Carnival Cruise Line had a little party at their RedFrog Pub aboard Carnival Magic, docked at the Port of Miami. I was emailed a press release the next day by an agency, LOL. The "Magic" was in the announcement of their partnership with Brew Hub!

I was sitting at the bar drinking a pounder can of ParchedPig West Coast IPA when I noticed that the beer was brewed in Lakeland, FL. I immediately suspected that Brew Hub was doing the bulk brewing for Carnival, so I asked the bartender that seemed to know everything, and he confirmed that.

Little did I know that Carnival's VP of Beverage Operations Edward Allen was just about to reveal that "secret" to the crowd! Speaking in front of three "ice mugs," Edward let everyone know that based on the success of their breweries on Carnival Vista and Horizon, they decided to forge a partnership with Brew Hub to scale up their craft beers in kegs and 16 ounce cans so their entire fleet of ships had them available.

Anyway, I LOVE THAT IPA. The ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat was described by a few staff as "like Blue Moon," and while I'd agree with that based on flavors and style, I'm not sure what angle the bar's leadership wants to take.

"Like Blue Moon" probably sells more beer. Some other descriptions, maybe not mentioning the Coors brand, and you preserve the "Private Label Craft Beer" tag they gave themselves in their press release. Finally, ParchedPig Toasted Amber, I have a can in my fridge to check out again. Stay tuned!

Lots of hors d'oeuvres and several pints of West Coast IPA later, it was time to disembark I was told. I thought that meant shots, never being on a Cruise ship before! (Just kidding you guys)!

Anyway, I am not positive if the beer is ONLY for the ships or if it will have some other (at least Miami/South Florida distribution). My guess is you'll probably be able to have some in Lakeland if you visit Brew Hub, but since most of you will not likely do that, definitely check out these new craft beers on your next Carnival Cruise!


Sixpoint Brewery is starting to Dabble with some new interesting hops! They created Dabble Double IPA with Sabro, Cashmere and Idaho7 hops, as you can read on the tallboy can story below. 8.2% alcohol. 20 IBU. Canned 13JAN19 Drink 17FEB19

Dabble looks like a thick orange juice! Very bright and juicy tangerine aroma.

Juicy, tangy, full of orange and tangerine flavor. You get tricked at the start with a hint of sweetness, but this beer is nicely bitter!

The can story mentions coconut, and you really can find hints of that, especially in the finish, and grows with each sip. Very interesting. Seriously an explosion of flavor. Check it out!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

Today I'm checking out Boulevard Chocolate Ale, a Limited Release beer last brewed three years ago. This beer was brewed with cacao nibs, chocolate and vanilla extracts in collaboration with Chocolate Master Christopher Elbow. 8.7% alcohol. 24 IBU. Best By 20DEC2019 Drink 16MAR2019.

Sweet chocolate and vanilla aroma, pleasant. Choco-cocoa with hints of caramel come first and sweet. Then a wave of vanilla adds an excellent contrast. Nice little battle between sweet and bitter, with some alcohol bringing out the best of both. Excellent texture, not a big bodied beer. Check it out!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Captain Lawrence Orbital Tilt IPA

Captain Lawrence Brewing recently entered the Miami market. They are based out of Elmsford, NY, just north of New York City. I always felt cheated that they opened right after I left town for Miami too!

I have had the opportunity to try some of their beers before this new distribution thanks to co-workers bringing home from business trips and vacations in Ocean City, NJ (shout out to Circle Liquor across the bridge!). But now at least their staple beers are here.

Funny part is, the beer I'm writing about today, Orbital Tilt IPA, I didn't see at the local liquor store so I don't know if it's in the current distribution lineup (at least yet). I had the chance to try this beer at a Jameson Whiskey festival of all places! And one of the people let me take this can home for this review. 5.9% alcohol. Check out the story below to set your expectations.

Fruity orange and piney aroma with some dank hoppy goodness. Great flavor! Pine, juicy, fruity orange and hints of pineapple to start. Excellent hoppy bitterness with some dank green hops showing through. Spicy, peppery, has a lot going on in harmony. Delicious!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Schofferhofer Pomegranate

Radeberger Gruppe USA has decided to expand distribution of their Schofferhofer Pomegranate after testing out a few markets successfully. That includes Miami! This drink is a 50:50 blend of German Hefeweizen and Pomegranate juice. 2.5% alcohol. 11.2 oz bottle. Best Before 22 05 2019; Drink 02 03 2019.

You might recognize the Schofferhofer name from their original USA release Schofferhofer Grapefruit. You probably remember this party! #UnleashHappiness

As you can see above, I didn't follow the instructions to drink straight from the bottle for best taste. Whatever! Very bright and fruity pomegranate aroma, nice!

Terrific! Tons of juicy pomegranate, good body, nice little tart bite. Tangy, wheaty twang. Ultra refreshing on 90°F Miami day! Check it out! Beats the hell out of any wine cooler too, so take to your next party.