Sunday, April 7, 2019

North Coast Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse


North Coast Brewing has a special seasonal release with their Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse. Clear glass bottle, pretty sure doesn't matter since drinking fresh and 0 IBU in this beer. Simple cute cherry blossom label art. 4.1% alcohol.

Nice cherry aroma, tart and sweet, has a candy smell. Nicely tart but still tame. Soft cherry juice sweet flavors. Carbonation brings out the cherry. Simple but tasty and very refreshing in ridiculous Miami April temps!


Monday, April 1, 2019

The Amazing Kosmicki's Highly Acclaimed KBS 2019


Founders KBS 2019? OK, even at $7 for the single 12 oz. bottle. This is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolate then aged in Bourbon barrels for a year. Bottled On 02.05.19 Drink 03.24.19 12.2% alcohol. Hoping my "taste buds squeal with delight!"

Aroma is so choice! "If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up!" Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate, hints of vanilla and some definite bourbon sweetness. And that's before taking a sip!

Very rich! Sweet chocolate meets excellent coffee with a light roast, some bourbon there to complement it all. Vanilla, toffee, some spiciness, and a little alcohol, nice barrel character all around.

Alcohol at 12.2% is well hidden, but enhances each aspect a lot! (12.2 is my birthday too, and my buddy Britney Spears too). Absolutely luscious texture. Chocolate lingers on the palate forever! Beautiful!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Brewers' Bridge Saison


Last week I saw a bottle of Allagash beer on the shelf in South Florida! Yes! They finally caved to my incessant call on Twitter to redistribute their beers here since their exit a decade ago!

Upon closer inspection, this Brewers' Bridge Saison is actually a collaboration between Allagash and Brasserie DuPont, brewed in Belgium and brought to Miami by Total Beverage Solution. So the march on Allagash will continue!

There's a little story on the label, difficult to read the gold lettering on gold background, but the picture below isn't too bad. 6.1% alcohol. 11.2 oz. $6 for a single bottle at the cheapest retailer.

Huge head, wouldn't go away! Funky, yeasty, lemony aroma. Very nice flavors. Belgian yeast noticeable, offering a nice and not overdone funky character. Spicy coriander and pepper. Soft lemon, light tartness. Delicate with a lot of flavor. Was great!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pernicious India Pale Ale


So Asheville's Wicked Weed Brewing recently started sending some beers to South Florida. Problem is most of them are little wine bottles of sours in the $9 to $17 price range. That's not happening! So I grabbed a can of the one oddball selection Pernicious India Pale Ale.

This beer won Silver at GABF a few years ago. There's a little story to set your expectations. Nice can artwork! PKG 020619 Drink 022319 7.3% alcohol. Gotta get my ass to Asheville!

Nice citrus aroma, tangy orange and a hint of tropical fruits. Bright, sharp tangerine flavors come first. Tangy. Nicely bitter, full of juicy citrus. Like the aroma, hints of tropical mango come through.

A little spicy, peppery, definitely taking a swing at your palate. Very flavorful. Nice beer!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Ephemere Strawberry & Rhubarb


Today I'm checking out Unibroue's Ephemere Strawberry & Rhubarb, the brewery's newest fruit version to this terrific Belgian-style wheat ale. Also known as Fraise & Rhubarbe for you Frenchies. 5.5% alcohol.

Lots of floaties, yummy yeasty goodness. Strawberry and yeasty aroma. More tart than expected and full of both strawberry and rhubarb flavors. Rhubarb has a unique flavor, works nicely with strawberry and with this beer.

A little spicy, nice little nips at the palate. Nice flavors, soft yet flavorful and very refreshing!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Parched Pig West Coast IPA


Last weekend, Carnival Cruise Line had a party on board their Carnival Magic ship docked in Miami. They announced a partnership with Lakeland's Brew Hub to keg and can their beers for distribution on all of their ships!

We got to try the kegged and canned versions, and Parched Pig West Coast IPA was easily my favorite. I brought one pounder can home with me to check out! Canned 02/20/2019 Drink 03/17/2019. 6.2% alcohol.

I had several, including the one above. Terrific beer! Piney aroma with citrus and tangerines, nicely hoppy. Lots of pine and citrus flavors from the start, nicely bitter. Spicy with a really nice body. Lots of flavor, lived up to its "West Coast" billing! Not sure I'd book a cruise to drink it, but if you're on board, seek it out!