Sunday, May 20, 2018

SOBEWFF Burger Bash 2018

Yeah, I know it was like 3 months ago, but whatever. Here are a few pics from the Burger Bash in South Beach this year. Lots of great food and hot chicks and music and dancing and crowds and friends and nice people and some Amstel and Bacardi!

This "vehicle" was parked outside the hotel hosting the Burger Bash! Sign me up for delivery boy!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Super Bock

I went to a party probably a few months ago now. It was at a wine bar in Miami so when I saw a beer option other than the blech that is Heineken, I jumped on it! Super Bock, really? Is this a rebranded Bud joke here in Miami? NOPE!

Super Bock is actually an imported brand from Unicer S.A. Leca Do Balio out of Portugal. 11.2 oz bottles, 5.2% alcohol. Pretty strange find right? Not sure why importing pretty simple beers with enormous competition at great expense is a good idea, but perhaps this beer is freaking money!

As one of my wife's friends continued to hit on me (and others) the entire night, even in front of my wife, I calmly chilled with my Super Bock! Very simple beer, a little malty and with decent enough flavor to continue drinking them. Obviously I was also sneaking shots of whisky from my flask but in a pinch, Super Bock fucking rocks! Or is super or whatever.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Two Tickets

Here's a great story on how Facebook is a force for good! You can read David Minsky's work here about how Gravity Brewlab's (collaboration with Evil Twin) Two Tickets Grand Cru was born while I'll just give the CliffsNotes (if you don't know what that is, Google it!)

The story is on the pounder can too. Basically, Evil Twin's Jeppe needed a pair of Radiohead tickets and one of Gravity's friends had them. Those tickets became the name of the beer and the reason the two breweries connected and collaborated on this beer. Peruvian influences in this beer include a fruit called lucuma and coffee. 11% alcohol.

Great aroma full of sugar and candy and caramel and coffee and plums with a slightly fruity background. Effervescent. Nice tartness, nice fruity carriage for the rest of the flavors.

Candy, caramel, rich and full of dart fruit. After a while, you'll figure out what the lucuma smells and tastes like, very distinct. Coffee is there but not too pronounced, a nuance at best. Yum!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1 Imperial Pilsner

Tampa Bay Brewing recently released a collaboration beer they did with Cigar City called 1 Imperial Pilsner. Part of their Hop Silo Series, this beer is brewed with Czech, Saaz, Hallertauer and Mittelfruh hops. Brewed in celebration of TBBW 2018 and I guess the left overs were put in pounder cans and sent over to me! Beer Advocate says this is 8% alcohol, so I'll go with that.

Lightly grainy and hoppy aroma. Sweet grain and hoppy balance to start. You will definitely know it's an imperial as the alcohol is noticeable. Floral, grassy, clean. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout

"Don't say we didn't warn you, Comrade!" is how Stone introduces their Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout on the website. I prefer the bottle copy story titled "Bespoke Totalitarianism for the Proletariat Diaspora" which is classic Stone marketing department. "You'll struggle for headway against the dark beast in your hand, one freedom fighting sip at a time." 10.6% alcohol. 70 IBU.

Blacker than black color. Chocolaty aroma, not that totalitarian. Flavors are much bigger and diverse, starting with some chocolate, cocoa and dark cherries. An excellent roasty flavor accompanied by some smoke and even a hint of char follows.

Light coffee, maybe a hint of licorice. The alcohol really brings out that streak of tart cherries. Very nice beer, though I would have preferred just a small sweet olive branch from the beast!

Monday, April 30, 2018

NO CRUSTS Peanut Butter & Jelly Brown Ale

I recently saw Funky Buddha's NO CRUSTS Peanut Butter & Jelly Brown Ale on the local liquor store shelves. I've had it at the brewery but decided this bottle needed a new home.

The label art is great. In kind of a barber-shop type setting, the peanut barber gives the bread a crust cut. I think the peanut's bicep tattoo is the artist's name, but I lost my magnifying glass to say for sure the name. 6.4% alcohol. 36 IBU.

Chocolate aroma with some jelly and jam. VERY Interesting flavors! A nice choco-brown ale in the background supports the rest of the flavors. A fruity, strawberry jam-like burst comes at the beginning of each sip. The brown ale cocoa washes that away then a distinct wave of peanut butter flavors crazily comes in the finish.

Not sweet, medium body, definitely delivers on its name. A classic from Funky Buddha!